If you are an active duty member of the Navy with Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders, it’s time to relocate. Your PCS location can be in the Continental United States (CONUS) or Outside Continental United States (OCONUS). A Navy move can be as overwhelming as it is exciting. Online information is available to ensure that your paperwork covering the costs is in order, whether you opt for a government move or a Personally Procured Move (PPM), though a PPM only applies to CONUS orders. Information about your moving options follow as well as details about official orders and steps involved with navigating a do-it-yourself Navy PCS move.
You have three choices regarding your CONUS Navy PCS move. Choose between a full-service or Household Goods (HHG) move, a PPM or do-it-yourself (DITY) move, or a combination of the two.
When the process is left entirely to the government, details are out of your control and your HHG move will be combined in transport with others.
When you choose a Navy DITY move, all details related to your move are your responsibility. You are reimbursed up to 95% of the cost of a full-service government move. The most appealing benefit of a PPM is that you have an opportunity to pocket any money that’s left over, between the reimbursement amount you are allotted for a PPM and the actual cost to move.
For a DITY move, you can rent a truck and rely on a Simple Moving Labor (SML) for all loading and unloading of your belongings. Other options are a full-service move, which SML can also provide, and one in which you hire the truck and drivers and you do the packing.
You may receive official orders if you are a member of the Navy and:
• There is a change in your Permanent Duty Station (PDS) of shore-based command
• The homeport of your vessel changes (inclusive of afloat staff and mobile units)
• The base from which you were ordered or called to active duty has made a change
• You’ve been assigned to 20-plus weeks of a course of instruction
Your official orders contain the issue date, the issuer, your order number, and other specific instructions, such as the authorized locations you will report to and depart from. For assistance locating this information, contact your local Personal Property Office (PPO) or view this presentation from the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) on how to read Navy orders.
As long as you follow the required steps, it can be easy to complete a Navy PPM. Upon receiving official Navy PCS orders, here is what needs to be done:
1. Contact your PPO and schedule an appointment
2. Find out from your PPO about moving details and which forms are required for a Navy DITY move
3. Turn in your application for a PPM
4. Once your application for a Navy PPM is approved, schedule a move with a reputable moving service
5. Complete your PPM move
6. Submit certified weight tickets–one full weight ticket and one empty weight ticket
The Naval Supply Systems Command Headquarters (NAVSUP) and other military sites provide these essential online resources:
The movers you choose to work with can make a world of difference in the success of your Navy DITY move. A nationwide leader for providing moving services of the highest quality, Simple Moving Labor aims to ensure that you have a great moving experience.