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Can you actually make money moving in the Army?
Yes, it takes a little extra work, but you certainly can! When moving under any branch of the military, you’re typically given two options:
- Let the military arrange and pay for your entire move OR
- Do part (or all) of the move yourself, turn your costs in for military reimbursement, and pocket what’s left over.
The second option is referred to as a DITY move, and it’s your means of making money on an Army move.
(Let me interrupt and mention that the government has officially moved from calling it a DITY move to a PPM – Personally Procured Move – but we’ll still call it an Army DITY move for old times’ sake).
What You Need to Know About an Army DITY Move
Basically, a DITY move is designed to incentivize you to move yourself. When you go this route, the government will give you 95% of what they would have paid to move you. And, if you’re able to move for less than that amount, you get to keep what’s left over.
So to make the most out of an Army DITY move, the goal is to find a trusted service that’s familiar with Army moving requirements and that offers low prices (so there’s money left over to put back in your pocket.)
The most convenient money-saving DITY move option is a “you pack, we drive” U-Pack move.
And because certified weight tickets are an important requirement for all Army DITY moves, U-Pack has a military moving specialist who tracks military shipments to ensure weight tickets are accurate and delivered to you in a timely manner.
You can get an instant online quote any time, or call a U-Pack moving specialist at 800-413-4799 M-F from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST. Make sure to mention that you’re making an Army DITY move and we’ll gladly add your military discount and indicate that your move requires weight tickets.
Some Army bases U-Pack offers DITY service to & from are:
Fort Belvoir, VA
Fort Benning, GA
Fort Bliss, TX
Fort Bragg, NC
Fort Campbell, KY
Fort Carson, CO
Fort Drum, NY
Fort Hood, TX
Fort Huachuca, AZ
Fort Jackson, SC
Fort Knox, KY
Fort Leavenworth, KS
Fort Lee, VA
Fort Leonard Wood, MO
Fort Lewis, WA
Fort Meade, MD
Fort Polk, LA
Fort Riley, KS
Fort Rucker, AL
Fort Sam Houston, TX
Fort Stewart, GA
Army DITY Move Checklist
Though the savings are definitely worth doing some of the work on your own, you’ll be a little more involved with a DITY move than you would with a government arranged move, so to keep things moving in the right direction, U-Pack created a helpful PCS Moving Checklist that you can print off and keep with you throughout the moving process. Now you can save money and keep things organized!
If we can help answer any questions about your Army DITY move, please let us know. You can leave a comment below, use the Ask the Experts tool, or give us a call at 800-413-4799.
Thank you for your service!
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