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May 4th, 2012 - 10:50 AM

It’s Flashback Friday! Each week we take a look back at posts that readers have found helpful in the past. Since we're celebrating Military Appreciation Month in May, we’ll be spending a lot of time on all things military related throughout the month. Today’s post – DITY Move – is one from way back (it was first posted in 2008). We've made a few updates to make the information current, and I think you'll find it very helpful, especially if you're planning a DITY move soon. Happy Friday!     

If you’re in the military, or you’re a military spouse, you’re no stranger to moving. In fact, you may be able to write your own moving guide by the time your military career is over. Much respect (for lots of reasons).  

If you’re new to the military, and you just received PCS Orders, you may find that the options available to you, and all of the acronyms used throughout the course of your move, can get confusing. And that’s where we come in. The following information was compiled to give a simple explanation of how a DITY Move works and what you can expect as you move through the process.

What is a DITY Move?
First, it’s actually no longer referred to as a (Do-it-Yourself) DITY Move. Now it’s called a PPM, or Personally Procured Move.  A PPM is an alternative method of moving your household goods. Rather than using a government-arranged commercial Transportation Provider (TSP), the Government allows Service Members to choose their own provider and collect an incentive payment. This “alternative provider” can be a you pack, we drive service, a portable storage service, truck rental, or other forms of approved transportation.

It’s an excellent option for helping defray the out-of-pocket expenses that go along with moving – and if you move with a lower-cost moving service, you may even be able to put money back in your pocket! It’s an option more and more Service Members are choosing.  

Why do a PPM/DITY Move?
Simple. It allows more control over your move date, it ensures access to your belongings when you arrive at your new location, and like I mentioned before, it can put money back in your pocket. All of these are especially important during the busy summer months when the DOD has difficulty securing Transportation Service Providers to service personal property shipments. When availability is an issue, delayed shipments often result. When you’re moving with a family that’s ready to move in and get settled, a delayed shipment is not idea.

How do you know if you’re eligible for a PPM/DITY move?
First things first, you must have received Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders. Once they’re in-hand, your next step is to make an appointment with your base transportation office (DOD = Joint Personal Property Shipping Office; Air Force = Traffic Management Office; Army = Installation Transportation Office; Navy and Marine Corps = Personal Property Shipping Office; Coast Guard = Household Goods Shipping Office) and your base finance office. Both can answer questions about the moving options available to you, and fill you in on the relocation benefits you’re eligible for. Ask specifically about how you can benefit from a PPM/DITY Move.

How does PPM/DITY Move reimbursement work?
If you have received an incentive to participate in the PPM/DITY Move program, you’ll be reimbursed at 95% of what the government would have paid for the move with a commercial TSP. The amount of the incentive is based on details like your rank, the estimated weight of your shipment and the authorized distance from your origin to your destination. So, as you can see, you can certainly benefit from moving with a service provider that costs significantly less than the commercial TSP. To get an idea of what that 95% means for you, contact your JPPSO or Transportation Office.

Your PPM/DITY move responsibilities:

  1. Securing the necessary equipment, packing materials etc. to transport your household goods (i.e. getting moving quotes and reserving your own move).
  2. Ensuring full and empty weight tickets are obtained for the move.
  3. Getting expense receipts.
  4. Submitting a settlement claim for reimbursement.

Things you’ll want to keep on file throughout your PPM/DITY Move:

  • All military-related documents (multiple sets of orders, Power of Attorney, documents received during PCS briefs)
  • Moving Company Expenses (receipts)
  • Storage Expenses (receipts)
  • Moving Supply/Packing expenses (receipts)
  • Fuel receipts
  • Certified empty and full weight tickets
  • Toll fee receipts
  • Itemized invoices for accommodations (hotel stays)

Your best option for PPM/DITY Moving.
U-Pack knows DITY moving, and we know it well. When you reserve a move with U-Pack, a military moving specialist tracks your move every-step-of-the-way, ensuring weight tickets are obtained and are accessible to you in a timely manner. And, when saving money is a top priority, U-Pack is an excellent choice – specifically when driving a rental truck is out of the question. Choose to move in moving trailer and pay only for the space you use, or select the ReloCube option and pay per container. There’s no down-payment or deposit; you won’t pay a thing until your belongings are loaded and in-transit!

Get a free moving quote today and see how much you can save moving with U-Pack!  If you have questions about PPM/DITY Moving with U-Pack, call 800-413-4799; we’ll gladly help. If you have questions about Government regulations when it comes to PPM/DITY Moves, please contact the Transportation Office at your local installation.

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