First of all, you need to know whether you are going or staying. Many choose to stay at their current location. These people are normally settled, possibly with kids in school, and they don’t want to disrupt their lives. The connections are already there and jobs are available on base. Then there are those who want to move back home. When couples are married young and from the same place, it sometimes makes sense for them to move back home. Maybe they have a family business with a job waiting for them, maybe their parents just make them feel guilty about seeing the grandkids, or maybe they just miss it. Thirdly, there are those people like us. Those who move to a third location. Maybe they’ve lived there before, visited there and fell in love, or have always dreamed of living there. I’ve known people who’ve done all 3. I know guys who have gotten GS jobs in Germany and moved from the states. There are untold options, but what are you entitled to for your last PCS move?
1. If the service member chooses to move, they have 1 year from their retirement to move on the government’s dime. The military will pack up and move their belongings, just like any other move. If the service member plans to stay put, they are eligible for storage for their household goods at the place of retirement, for 1 year.
2. Just like with a regular PCS, they are eligible for reimbursement from a DITY (or Personally Procured Transportation Moves as they’ve renamed them) move, as well as per diem, and travel advances.
3. In some cases, you may be granted 10 days of Transition PTAD leave for house hunting at your new location.
4. DLA (Dislocation Allowance) and TLE (Temporary Lodging Expenses) are not eligible for retirees. You are on your own once you get to your final location.
Keep in mind that this is for those retiring. For those separating, things are different. They will only move you to your home of record, for instance. If you are going anywhere else, you are going to have to pay the difference. Circumstances are also different for everyone, but this is basically what is covered.