☷PCS season is coming — Plan ahead
U.S. Army ( By Press Release office)
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Plan your move . Pay attention to the Personal Property Team during levy briefings , ask questions , take notes . Know your maximum Household Goods weight allowance and what items you are authorized to ship . Decide what to ship , store , and or donate or recycle . By Chris Gardner , Fort Sill Public Affairs FORT SILL , Oklahoma ( May 2 , 2022 ) — It’s that time of the year again when Soldiers , civilians , and their families prepare for permanent change of station ( PCS ) moves . Annually , PCS season runs from June to August and potentially into September . Soldiers and families could see some unexpected delays in scheduling their household goods moves , said Shirley Castle , Fort Sill personal property supervisor . “Soldiers and civilians need to contact the local transportation office as soon as orders are received and keep their chain of command informed of any issues or challenges , ” said Castle . “When PCS orders are received , waiting until 30 days or less before the move to contact the local transportation office could result in non - availability of DoD approved moving companies . ” Some of the delays can be attributed to fallout from the COVID - 19 pandemic , said Castle . Although the urgency of the pandemic has lessened , moving companies are still experiencing continued labor constraints , port congestions , shortage of warehouses , trucks , equipment and supplies as well as increases in material costs . “These shortfalls will continue to limit industry capacity , increase missed required delivery dates and extend lead times for shipment pickups and deliveries by as much as four to six weeks this season , ” said Castle . Immediately after receiving orders , Soldiers should create an account and log on to the Defense Personal Property System , upload their orders and complete all shipment applications for the move . The next step is to visit the transportation office for counseling , which will assist with stateside and overseas moves . By contacting the transportation office quickly , customers will have a better chance of scheduling a convenient move , receive confirmation of booking a moving company in advance , or receive approval to conduct a personally procured move , said Castle . According to Human Resources Command , 36 , 984 Soldiers are on orders with report dates during the 2022 summer peak moving season . This is a slight increase of 2 , 897 over the 2021 season . This increase and labor availability could make this season even more challenging than previous years , said Castle . Army senior leaders are aware of these challenges and actively exploring mitigation actions for relocation issues . Headquarters Department of Army G4 recently published a Household Goods Quality of Life link on the HQDA G4 news page with great resources and information . Some advice from the Logistics and Readiness Center — Fort Sill includes: P - Plan your move . Pay attention to the Personal Property Team during levy briefings , ask questions , take notes . Know your maximum Household Goods weight allowance and what items you are authorized to ship . Decide what to ship , store , and or donate or recycle . C - Coordinate your move . Immediately upon receipt of orders , log in to https://www . militaryonesource . mil/moving - housing/moving/pcs , input your information , and select shipping dates . S - Stay flexible regarding selected dates and remain in contact with your Transportation Service Provider ( Moving Company ) . The goal is to assist you in making a successful move , but you must take an active part in the process . Relocating can be stressful , but early coordination and planning can reduce the stress and help you to stay on schedule . Since preparation and planning are imperative for a successful move , the Army PCS Move App , which can be downloaded for free from Google ' s Play Store for Android devices and Apple ' s App Store for iOS devices , offers information on financial management , entitlements , types of moves , planning , scheduling and the claims process . In addition , it provides practical advice , links and interactive functions to make the PCS move a low - hassle experience . PCS season can be stressful , but with proper planning , the interactive Army PCS Move App , changes to entitlements and improved quality assurance , the Army is taking care of its most valuable assets – Soldiers , civilians and their families .
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