Learn common PCS acronyms and your PCS entitlements

If you are anything like me, when I hear an acronym I do not know the meaning for my head starts to reel trying to figure it out. And in the Military, it seems everything has an abbreviation!  So, here are the most common acronyms you will hear during your PCS and by knowing them hopefully your transition will be a bit easier.

DHHG – Domestic Household Goods

DITY – Do It Yourself 

PPM – Person Procured Move

DPM – Direct Procurement Method

DPS – Defense Personal Property System

DTOD – Defense Table of Official Distances

DTR – Defense Transportation Regulations

ETA – Electronic Transportation Acquisition

FPO – Fleet Post Office

FRV – Full Replacement Value

GBL – Government Bill of Lading

HHG – Household Goods 

IUB – International Unaccompanied Baggage

JFTR – Joint Federal Travel Regulation

JPPSO – Joint Personal Property Shipping Office

MCO – Military Claims Office

NTS – Non-Temporary Storage

NTSR – Non Temporary Storage Release

OCONUS – Outside Of The Continental United States

PBP&E/ProGear – Professional Books, Paper, and Equipment  

PCS – Permanent Change of Station

POV – Privately Owned Vehicle  

PPSO – Personal Property Shipping Office

QA – Quality Assurance

RDD – Required Delivery Date

TAD – Temporary Assigned Duty

TAD – Temporary Assigned Duty

TDY – Temporary Duty  

TO – Transportation Office

TSP – Transportation Service Provider  

UB – Unaccompanied Baggage

VTF  -Veterinary Treatment Facility 

RSMO – Regional Storage Management Office

CONUS – Continental United States 

Do you know what you and your family are entitled to before, during, and after your PCS?  The biggest mistake you can make it so not understand your entitlements!

* Your Entitlements *

DLA – Dislocation Allowance 

DLA is used to partially reimburse you for your expenses incurred during a PCS and can be paid in advance of your move.

Monetary allowance in lieu of transportation (MALT)

Mileage reimbursement for the service member and their dependents during a PCS and is paid on a per mile basis for the official distance of each portion of the travel and may include up to two POC’s, based on orders.

Pier Diem 

MALT-plus: Authorized if traveling by POC.  This is paid on a whole day calendar basis for the allowable travel time.

Temporary Lodging Expense

TLE is intended to partially pay for lodging and meal expenses due to a PCS.  CONUS PCS are limited to 10 days and a OCONUS is limited to 5 days.  To be reimbursed you must provide all itemized, zero-balance lodging receipts and a statement of non-availabilty if staying off-post when submitting them.

Lodging Plus

Pays for lodging costs associated with a PCS and may be paid for any necessary overnight delay or processing time at a transportation terminal or personal processing center.


Advances are paid within 10 days of the travel start date on your orders for PPM/DITY moves.  You must submit your travel claim within 5 days of arriving at your new duty location, and your claim must include advanced payments previously processed.  Failure to do will result in a debt to the government and possibly payroll deductions.

Dependent Travel – Accompanied by service member

Service members are authorized dependent PCS travel and transportation allowances.  Just make sure your DEERS form includes all dependents.

Temporary lodging allowance (TLA)

What TLE is to CONUS, TLA is to overseas.  Up to 60 days (may be extended) may be paid for temporary lodging and meal expenses after the Military member (and his/her family) arrive at a new overseas location, while awaiting housing.  Up to 10 days of TLA may be paid prior to arriving overseas.

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