Friday, April 24, 2015

Most Common PCSing Acronyms and Your Entitlements!

If you are anything like me, when I hear an acronym I do not know the meaning for my head starts to reel trying to figure it out. And in the Military, it seems everything has an abbreviation!  So, here are the most common acronyms you will hear during your PCS and by knowing them hopefully your transition will be a bit easier.

DHHG - Domestic Household Goods

DITY - Do It Yourself 

PPM - Person Procured Move 
DPM - Direct Procurement Method  
DPS - Defense Personal Property System
DTOD - Defense Table of Official Distances  
DTR - Defense Transportation Regulations
ETA - Electronic Transportation Acquisition
FPO - Fleet Post Office  
FRV - Full Replacement Value  
GBL - Government Bill of Lading  
HHG - Household Goods 
IUB - International Unaccompanied Baggage  
JFTR - Joint Federal Travel Regulation 
JPPSO - Joint Personal Property Shipping Office  
MCO - Military Claims Office  
NTS - Non-Temporary Storage  
NTSR - Non Temporary Storage Release   
OCONUS - Outside Of The Continental United States  
PBP&E/ProGear - Professional Books, Paper, and Equipment  
PCS - Permanent Change of Station 
POV - Privately Owned Vehicle  
PPSO - Personal Property Shipping Office 
QA - Quality Assurance
RDD - Required Delivery Date  
TAD - Temporary Assigned Duty
TAD - Temporary Assigned Duty 
TDY - Temporary Duty  
TO - Transportation Office 
TSP - Transportation Service Provider  
UB - Unaccompanied Baggage 
VTF  -Veterinary Treatment Facility 
RSMO - Regional Storage Management Office
CONUS - Continental United States 

Do you know what you and your family are entitled to before, during, and after your PCS?  The biggest mistake you can make it so not understand your entitlements!
* Your Entitlements *
DLA - Dislocation Allowance 
DLA is used to partially reimburse you for your expenses incurred during a PCS and can be paid in advance of your move.
Monetary allowance in lieu of transportation (MALT)
Mileage reimbursement for the service member and their dependents during a PCS and is paid on a per mile basis for the official distance of each portion of the travel and may include up to two POC's, based on orders. 
Pier Diem 
MALT-plus: Authorized if traveling by POC.  This is paid on a whole day calendar basis for the allowable travel time.
Temporary Lodging Expense
TLE is intended to partially pay for lodging and meal expenses due to a PCS.  CONUS PCS are limited to 10 days and a OCONUS is limited to 5 days.  To be reimbursed you must provide all itemized, zero-balance lodging receipts and a statement of non-availabilty if staying off-post when submitting them.  
Lodging Plus
Pays for lodging costs associated with a PCS and may be paid for any necessary overnight delay or processing time at a transportation terminal or personal processing center.
Advances are paid within 10 days of the travel start date on your orders for PPM/DITY moves.  You must submit your travel claim within 5 days of arriving at your new duty location, and your claim must include advanced payments previously processed.  Failure to do will result in a debt to the government and possibly payroll deductions.
Dependent Travel - Accompanied by service member
Service members are authorized dependent PCS travel and transportation allowances.  Just make sure your DEERS form includes all dependents.  
Temporary lodging allowance (TLA)
What TLE is to CONUS, TLA is to overseas.  Up to 60 days (may be extended) may be paid for temporary lodging and meal expenses after the Military member (and his/her family) arrive at a new overseas location, while awaiting housing.  Up to 10 days of TLA may be paid prior to arriving overseas.

For all your PCSing needs, call United Military Travel or apply here for you travel loan!

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