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Military relocations happen when you receive Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders. The travel orders authorize moving services for you, your spouse/family, and your belongings. These orders are given if your new base is more than 50 miles away from your current one, moving to your first assignment, transferring to another base, or moving because of retirement/ discharge. The process for each branch of service is similar. Here the main steps:

  • Consult with your Transportation Office(TO)
  • Fill out an application
  • Get approval
  • Plan and pay for your move (PPM)
  • Submit paperwork for reimbursement (PPM)

Your Transportation Office can advise on your options:

  • Government Move
  • Personal Procured Move
  • Partial Move

Types of PCS Military Moves

The government offers three options for military personnel to facilitate their home goods move: government move, personally procured move and partial move. The first is handled entirely by the government, the second is managed entirely by the military member and the third is a blend of the two.

Government  Move – The Military (Department of Defense) pays an approved private business for a full service home goods move. Your Transportation Office coordinates the move for you.

Personal Procured Move (PPM) Also know as Do-IT-Yourself (DITY) - You are in control of the moving process. You can choose from self-moving services, or a moving company. DOD will reimburse you 95% of the cost of what they pay for a Government Move. You keep the difference.

Partial Move -Your move is divided between a Government Move and a PPM. Your TO will take care of its portion of the move and pay for it. You will be responsible for planning the PPM part the move and save all the weight receipts and the necessary documentation to be reimbursed.

Reasons to Choose a Personally Procured Move (PPM)

Maintaining control over the entire relocation process provides a more personalized and stress-free experience. The option to receive accurate online quotes and make choices based on customer service ratings allows precise planning, ensuring a seamless transition to your new location, especially during long-distance moves.

Opportunity to Make Money

Military families opting for a PPM have a unique opportunity to earn extra income. Choosing professional or military movers for relocation services or selecting to do it yourself allows you to maximize your government reimbursement from the Department of Defense. It reimburses 95% of the cost of a government move, allowing you to retain the difference.

Set Your Own Timing

With a PPM, you gain the flexibility to move on your timetable. This level of control over the relocation process ensures you can set your own schedule and preferences. Whether utilizing storage services or adding specialty services, such as fragile-only packing and vehicle shipping, the ability to dictate the timing of each aspect contributes to peace of mind.

Maintain Control Over Your Belongings

From selecting container sizes and options to utilizing full-service movers or managing packing supplies and being aware of weight allowance, you make decisions aligning with your specific needs. This includes the handling of:

  • High-value items

  • Bulky items

  • Difficult items

  • Fragile items

You ensure everything receives the attention and care required during the move, putting you in charge from start to finish.

How to Prepare for Your Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Move

Families relocating on military orders have a unique set of needs that require specialized services and assistance. The same goes for civilians moving with the military, such as civilian employees or contractors. SMARTBOX is here to help make your transition easier.

At SMARTBOX, we understand the unique challenges faced when you're packing up your family and household for a PCS move. We provide assistance to make our clients' moves seamless, from packing to transportation of your goods. Our military-specific services provide convenience and reliability during this time of change. 

PPM CALCULATOR : This is the military’s estimator for compensation

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What Benefits Does SMARTBOX Offer for Military Moves?

SMARTBOX is an excellent choice when it comes to military moving services. This company offers a range of benefits including:

• No truck driving: SMARTBOX offers a convenient delivery system where all you have to do is pack your belongings into the containers and the company will deliver them to your new location.

• Storage before you need to move: If you’re not ready to move yet, SMARTBOX can store your belongings for you in a secure and climate-controlled facility until you’re ready.

• Military discount: SMARTBOX offers a military discount to all active-duty military personnel.


The required documentation will vary depending on your branch of service. Here are some of the documents common to a DITY move:

  • DD Form 2278 (Application for move and counseling checklist)
  • DD Form 1351-2 (Travel voucher)
  • Copy of PCS travel orders
  • Certified weight tickets (downloadable PDF)
  • Copy of paid rental agreement
  • Copy of vehicle registration when utilizing POV and/or boat/trailer

How Long Does a Military Move Take With SMARTBOX?

Your military move with SMARTBOX will vary in length depending on the specifics of your relocation. We can work with you to create a customized timeline based on your service branch, duty station, and destination. Our goal is to provide convenience and efficiency throughout the entire relocation process.

At SMARTBOX, we understand the challenges families face when moving due to military orders and are here to help. We provide military moving services that make it easier for you to transition from one station to another. With our storage containers, you don’t have to worry about driving a truck or renting a trailer — all you have to do is pack and we’ll store your container until you are ready to move. Plus, our services come with a military discount so that you can take advantage of the savings!

Smartbox is the right choice for your PPM : Here’s Why   

  • Conveniently Sized
  • Weatherproof
  • Ground Level Loading 
  • Safe and Secure


Give us a call today, and one of our Customer Order Center experts will help you! 

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