August 3rd, 2018 - 1:55 PM
How to PCS to Alaska
If you’ve gotten Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders to a military base in Alaska, there are some special circumstances to consider. Though Alaska is part of the United States, the military considers it OCONUS (outside of the contiguous United States). But don’t worry, PCSing can still be done easily! U-Pack® has a lot of experience moving military members and their families to Alaska, and we have some tips and information to help you through the process.
September 13th, 2017 - 11:00 AM
Do I need weight tickets for my military move?
When doing a Personally Procured Move (PPM), also known as a Do-It-Yourself (DITY) move for the military, weight tickets are an important detail. Without them, you can’t be reimbursed. If you’re using U-Pack® for a military move, we can provide them — saving you the trouble of finding certified scales. Start by visiting the Transportation Office to get approved for a PPM, and we’ll take care of the rest.
August 16th, 2017 - 8:36 AM
Best military discounts for moving
Unlike a government-paid full-service move, a DITY move puts you in control on moving day — and it can save you money. While it does mean doing some (or all) of the work, having money left over from your moving allowance is a big benefit. And by adding in a military moving discount, you can stretch the savings further. Take a look at discounted options.
May 19th, 2017 - 2:33 PM
Planning a move for PCS orders
Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders are given to thousands of military families each year. If you’ve recently received them, you may be wondering how to get all of the moving tasks completed in time, while still fulfilling daily duties. We’ve created a comprehensive PCS moving checklist to help you get prepared and stay organized — download it to keep track of everything from hiring a moving company to renewing your military ID.
February 27th, 2017 - 3:50 PM
Eielson Air Force Base Relocation
As an active Air Force Base, Eielson is home to more than 2,500 military members. They belong to the 354th Fighter Wing, which provides support to Pacific Air Forces training operations. While the base has been in operation since it was established in 1943, it will soon see growth as it becomes home to the first operational overseas F-35A Lightning IIs. Two squadrons will be joining the base in 2020, with construction beginning in 2017. Whether you have orders to join Eielson now or suspect you’ll be moving there with the addition of the F-35As, take a closer look at what to expect on base.
January 13th, 2017 - 12:43 PM
Military PCS moves
According to Business Insider, more than one million soldiers actively serve our country at 158 installations worldwide. For military personnel and their families, it’s no secret that being in the United States Armed Forces requires frequent moves from one base to another. And whether you’re a longtime service member, or recently new, you may have a lot of questions about your upcoming PCS. This guide will help answer those questions, and provide some tips that will hopefully make this transition less stressful, and an experience you and your family can look forward to.
August 31st, 2016 - 10:39 AM
Did you receive Navy PCS orders?
Are you among the many men and women in the Navy with permanent change of station (PCS) orders? If so, you’re not alone. According to the United States Navy, an average of 178,000 sailors are required to relocate each year. U-Pack® takes pride in helping many of these service members make a successful long distance move. And because we understand that moving across the country is difficult, especially when there are specific regulations to follow, we work hard to help make this transition easier. U-Pack has military moving experts available, flexible moving options to choose from and a helpful move plan. The information below can help you decide if a Navy move with U-Pack is right for you.
August 19th, 2016 - 10:28 AM
Military pro gear
Making a permanent change of station (PCS) move requires filling out forms, attending meetings and following specific rules. As you make your way through this process, don’t forget the updated guidelines that went into effect on May 1, 2014 for moving professional books, papers and equipment – known as “PBP&E” or “Pro Gear.” Pro gear is defined as “the goods in a military member’s possession needed for the performance of official duties at the next or later destination.”
February 10th, 2016 - 8:54 AM
Calculate the cost of your Personally Procured Move
If you’re moving with the military and plan on doing the work yourself, you’re going to be embarking on a Personally Procured Move, or PPM. Some people call these DITY moves, or Do-It-Yourself moves. No matter what you call it, it’s vital to understand how much it costs. The government reimburses you 95% what it would have cost to move you themselves. If you’re doing a DITY move instead of letting the government move you, then you’ll definitely want to stay within that 95% payout. If you calculate your DITY move costs, you can stay in your budget.
March 13th, 2015 - 2:46 PM
Your Alaska PCS Guide
Whether it’s your first time or your fifth, if you’re completing a military move, having a plan in place is a must – and it’s even more important if you’re PCSing to Alaska. This guide is designed to help you determine the best way to get your household goods to Alaska and answer some of the most frequently asked questions.