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Permanent Change of Station Week

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

What is it?

Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) manages Department of Defense’s personal property mission. Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Week, March 20 to 24, provides a focused opportunity to inform and educate service members, DOD civilians and their family members about how the household goods and privately owned vehicle (POV) shipment processes work by providing actionable information to make upcoming PCS moves as smooth and efficient as possible.

What has the Army done?

SDDC’s Personal Property directorate is the program manager and administrator for the Defense Personal Property Program, or DP3, which oversees the Defense Department’s household goods and POV shipment programs. DP3 uses the Defense Personal Property System (DPS) to coordinate PCS moves, along with two web-based resources to help service members and their families plan and schedule shipments: for household goods and for POVs. Additionally, local Traffic Management and Installation Transportation Offices are also available to provide expert help for household goods and POV shipments.

What continued efforts are planned for the future?

Throughout PCS Week, SDDC will publish a wide variety of PCS information, tips, and educational videos via its public webpage, and Facebook and Twitter feeds. By becoming familiar with the information provided during PCS Week, being aware of the many helpful PCS resources available on the and websites, and knowing what to expect throughout the move process, service members and their families will enjoy a far better PCS move experience.

Why is this important to the Army?

Every year, SDDC manages nearly half a million personal property moves and 70,000 POV shipments for military and civilian members of the DOD. About half of those moves occur during the extremely busy mid-May through August timeframe, known as the “peak season” for moves. The PCS moving process can be very stressful. However, with the right information, every PCS move can be a success.


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