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Military PCS – How to Legally Make Extra Money and Save the Government Money at the Same Time | U.S. PATRIOT NEWS & REVIEWS

Military PCS – How to Legally Make Extra Money and Save the Government Money at the Same Time

Most service members will stay at their current duty station for only three years. By the time they are finally settled, it is already time to start packing up for the next move. While this can be frustrating, it can also be an opportunity to explore and travel as well. What many service members do not know though, is that it can also provide a chance to make some additional money on the side, and without even breaking a law.

Service members often find out 3-6 months before PCS time that it is time to go. Usually, they even know where. Accordingly, there are a couple of suave PCS techniques you can employ to get the best of the situation. Head down to your transportation office and let them know you want to do a full DITY move. DITY refers to “do it yourself” and differs from the traditional military move because the military lets you handle all coordination yourself. If you go with a standard move, the military will give you a date and a time, movers will show up, and when they leave all of your stuff is gone. Seems much simpler, but there is no money to be made this way.

In a DITY move, you can make a couple of choices depending on how adventurous you are feeling. You can literally pack up your house or apartment yourself, rent a moving van, and drive to your destination. You can also hire a moving company to pack and ship your stuff, and then you just drive, or you can simply choose to drive and let the military move your stuff for you.

PCS MoveHere are the perks:

  1. The military will pay you 95% of what they would pay a contractor to ship your household goods. Since contractors charge the government significantly more than they can charge you, in a DITY move you get to keep the difference.
  2. If you drive your personal vehicle, you will receive $0.24 per mile. If your spouse drives their vehicle, add an additional $0.24 per mile on top of your vehicle. Most bases have a standard mileage rate from one base to the next.
  3. Travel days are not only non-chargeable leave days, but you get paid TDY money during them, meaning more profit.

So let’s break it down:

Example A) You do a full DITY, pack your stuff yourself and rent a U-Haul with a trailer to drive. You get 95% of what the shippers would, mileage reimbursement, TDY money for your traveling days, and only pay for fuel and the cost of renting the U-Haul.

Example B) You do a full DITY, call a moving company to pack your household goods and ship it. Then you drive to your next duty station. You get 95% of what the shippers would charge the government, mileage reimbursement, and TDY. You pay the cost of the shippers (nearly always less than what the government pays) and you pocket the difference.

Example C) You do a partial DITY, have the military ship your household goods, and you drive to your next duty station. You weigh your vehicle empty, and weigh your vehicle with whatever items you are driving with (suitcase, mattress, etc.). You get paid the total weight of the household goods being shipped in your vehicle, mileage reimbursement, and TDY.

Example D) You have the military ship your household goods, car, and get you a plane ticket. You pay nothing, and arrive the next day at your duty station.

The choice is entirely yours. Just remember that a military move does not need to be stressful, but the amount of money that can be made from a PCS can often be anywhere from $5-$7,000. So consider what your priorities are as we transition into the next PCS season, and see if you cannot make a few extra dollars while saving the government money at the same time!

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Kyle Soler

Kyle Soler is an active duty Infantry Officer serving in the US Army. He has served in the military for more than 10 years, working his way from an Infantry Squad Leader to a Company Commander with multiple combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan in between. Kyle earned his bachelor’s degree in History from Willamette University, and three Master degrees from Jones International University in Information Security Management, Health Care Management, and International Business. He also holds certifications in Six Sigma Lean and Six Sigma Lean Black Belt. His primary focus is realigning organizational priorities to get the most out of the time available in terms of training and development. Prior to entering military service, he worked as a fire fighter and an EMT. His areas of knowledge include military, training, leadership, disaster and continuity planning.
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2 thoughts on “Military PCS – How to Legally Make Extra Money and Save the Government Money at the Same Time

  1. Just wanted to add a piece of (controversial?) advice to people wanting to get the most out of a pcs, use a miles card and stay at a hotel affiliated with the card to get free (after the army reimburses you) miles to visit family.. it’s easy to pocket something no matter how you choose to move your hhg but planning is key. In my husband’s career we’ve done a partial dity, let the army movers move our hhg, 2 full dity moves and one more full dity coming up next summer. The most we pocketed from a dity was around 6k

  2. I don’t understand how to do this. We tried 3 years ago and we ended up owing 50. We did Full TDY from AZ to TX. We drove a uhaul one vehicle weighed both before and after. We didn’t hire movers or packers.We only had one night at a hotel. Submitted all receipts we only ate out 2 days and mostly fast food. We lost money please help because it’s time to move again!

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