A message to DOD Personnel and their Families:

 Like many sectors, labor challenges in the moving and storage industry are driving tighter-than-normal capacity in the Defense Personal Property Program.  These challenges are compounded by competition with non-DOD clients (like corporate and residential customers) vying for the same services.   In many locations, DOD personnel must wait upwards of four to six weeks for available moving crews.  Demand is similarly high for rental trucks and storage containers used by customers interested in a Personally Procured Move.  Senior leaders across the DOD’s Personnel and Logistics communities are aware of the issues and are exploring options to solve relocation-related problems for military families. 

Steps you can take: 

  • Visit your Transportation Office as soon as you receive orders.  Don’t wait!
  • Whether this is your first move or your 15th, take advantage of counseling.  Your local transportation office is your best resource to understand the specific challenges and delays in your community.
  • If movers cannot be arranged to support your timeline, talk with your chain of command immediately to explore options—which may include changes to reporting timelines.
  • Be patient with your transportation office personnel!  They want to solve problems for you.  Contact your local transportation office if your moving plans change or if you have questions regarding your move once scheduled. 

In no case should a customer feel compelled to conduct a Personally Procured Move.  Similarly, no customer should feel compelled to leave family members behind to handle a household goods move on their own. 

Marine Corps

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MARADMIN 297/21 Update to 2021 Peak Moving Season


The purpose of this MARADMIN is to stress the importance of immediate action by Marines, Civilian Marines, and their families executing a Permanent Change of Station move this year in accordance with guidance provided in MARADMIN 207/21 2021 Peak Moving Season Preparations.  Effects of the on-going pandemic continue to challenge normal relocation processes especially in the area of moving household goods and other personal property (household goods, unaccompanied baggage, privately owned vehicles and mobile homes).

MARADMIN 207/21 2021 Peak Moving Season Preparations

LINK: https://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/Messages-Display/Article/2572487/2021-peak-moving-season-preparations

The purpose of this MARADMIN is to provide Marines, Civilian Marines, and their Families conducting a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move in a COVID-19 Environment during the peak moving season (15 May through 31 August 2021) with direction and information on how to ship and store their personal property, also known as household goods (HHGs), unaccompanied baggage (UB), mobile homes and privately owned vehicles (POVs).  Included are force health protection requirements such as wearing a suitable mask while performing pre-move surveys, packing, loading, unloading and unpacking operations, using a Personally Procured Move (PPM) to help reduce the demand on the transportation industry’s capacity and the importance of completing the Customer Satisfaction Survey (CSS) for each shipment made during the PCS completes the personal property contents.  Paragraphs 8, 9 and 10 provide the requirement for 72-hour pre-travel testing for COVID-19 for all international travel per the references, the transportation of pets as members of the Marine Family aboard Air Mobility Command-Patriot Express (AMC-PE) flights and the importance of contacting the local Passenger Travel Office (PTO) located within the Distribution Management Office (DMO), or Installation Transportation Office (ITO) at non-Marine Corps installations, to make pet transportation arrangements as early as possible.


ABCs to a Successful PCS Marine Minute


Ways to Improve Passenger Processing for an Overseas PCS


Personally Procured Move (PPM) Marine Minute 2021


USMC PCS Family Advocacy Council Video


Health Safety Protocol Verifications Marine Minute


Travel Restrictions Information Marine Minute


Household Goods (HHGs) Safety Marine Minute


Personally Procured Move (PPM) Marine Minute


Permanent Change of Station (PCS) With Pets Marine Minute


Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Overseas Marine Minute


Importance of Completing the Customer Satisfaction Survey Marine Minute


MARADMIN 396/20 Reinforcing Guidance for Marines Regarding Transportation, Pets, Housing, and Quarantine Level- Restriction of Movement (ROM) Associated with Permanent Change of Station Moves to Japan


Within the context of the ongoing Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the purpose of this message reinforces existing guidance for Marines regarding transportation, pets, housing, and quarantine-level Restriction of Movement (ROM) associated with Permanent Change of Station Orders (PCSO) to Japan. This message does not apply to those personnel executing orders under Chief of Mission authorities, who should contact their gaining chain of command to ensure travel is being conducted by authorized means.


All Documents, Handouts and COVID-19 documents produced for Marines, Civilian Marines, and their Families on the LPD-2 PCS MOVE RESOURCES Public Page:


MARADMIN 354/21 Marine Corps Guidance on Use of Masks and Other Containment Measures for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)