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FedCO1102  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, May 27, 2020 4:13:12 AM(UTC)
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Hi all!

I've received a tentative offer and filled out all the onboarding documents for the AF, including the PCS form. The HR person told me that once the PCS folks have my paperwork they have 45 days to complete the move. My EOD would be July 20th but of course I have to give 30 days notice at my apartment, schedule leave, set up utilities etc.

My first question is what is the timing for getting PCS orders, scheduling the move, getting stuff packed up and having it delivered to the new address? My second question is how does the move actually work? Do I pack up everything, wrap my furniture, etc and they just come and load it onto the truck and deliver on my delivery date? Or do they pack up whatever we need to move and it gets to the new address whenever it gets there?

I appreciate any insight you guys can give, I'm sure there's plenty of experienced PCSer's here! Thanks!
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#2 Posted : Wednesday, May 27, 2020 4:49:25 AM(UTC)
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I had a PCS move in the BOP (bureau of prisons) and the timing was quite flexible because if the relocation folks did not have my orders ready on time, the EOD could/would have been pushed out further. Sometimes it helps to just contact the relocation specialist and let them know that you need to get the ball rolling fast.

For my actual move with the BOP, I was given the option of full pack up and then up-pack at the destination. And of course this service costs more which means it will lead to a higher taxable income (at year end) since most government moves are now taxable income. What I did was pack all the small items myself and had the movers pack all the big ones. But at the destination I had them unpack everything since I was moving into a rental and it was easier for me to have them carry all the boxes and packaging material away. In short reply to your question, the movers will do all the work if you want them to do so. The relocation specialist will ask you these questions beforehand so that they can have it all written up in the PCS order. That specialist will offer you a list of carriers that are available for moving, and you have to select one. The carrier's agent will then call you once the specialist faxes the orders to them with your information. Its a good idea to have a destination address on hand before you start the PCS order work because it is a required element of the PCS order.


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#3 Posted : Wednesday, June 24, 2020 6:23:14 AM(UTC)
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Quick update on this. Still no PCS orders yet because the HR POC sent the paperwork to the wrong inbox for PCSing so we're working on processing a waiver to expedite the process. They still say we're on track for a July 20th EOD though. Does anyone know how much of a short notice we can schedule movers on? We'd probably need our stuff to get picked up on the 5th or 6th.
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Movers can work real fast if they have to; but it would not hurt for them to have a 1-2 weeks heads up for planning and arranging since an agent would still come by to get an idea of how much house hold goods you have.
With your 5th or 6th date it may be cutting it real close, but who knows, within a day or two everything will be on roll with your PCS orders and things will work out!
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Originally Posted by: FedCO1102 Go to Quoted Post
Quick update on this. Still no PCS orders yet because the HR POC sent the paperwork to the wrong inbox for PCSing so we're working on processing a waiver to expedite the process. They still say we're on track for a July 20th EOD though. Does anyone know how much of a short notice we can schedule movers on? We'd probably need our stuff to get picked up on the 5th or 6th.


The 45 day rule has always meant 45 days from the time the orders were issued, at least in my experience. their delays should shift the EOD out.

Movers will respond on short notice, 1-2 weeks at most.
I always have them pack and unpack everything, they will disassemble furniture where it's necessary.
Check your orders carefully, you may see boxes checked for unaccompanied baggage or non-temporary storage. UB is up to 350 pounds of stuff that will ship quickly, like pots and pans, ironing board, winter clothes, etc. NTS, if it's offered is stuff that goes into storage and you will not have access to it.

Movers will want to arrange a walk through of your place before the packout, if you've got a lot of stuff they will schedule one day to pack the stuff and another day to load it onto the truck. If you have UB or NTS make sure you've set it aside so there's no confusion.

On the receiving end, they will contact you to arrange delivery.

good luck
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#6 Posted : Thursday, June 25, 2020 11:31:55 AM(UTC)

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I’ve done some civilian PCS

The 45 days if from the orders issue point

You can push this to a later transfer if needed.

A covered move works like this

1 estimator comes to do a site visit and assesses your stuff. It’s not tied to move date but is fine before move.
2. Depending on size of your place and man power assigned packing can take 1-2 days.

Pack what you want yo take with you and put it somewhere like an empty bathroom. This would be things like camera equipment, computers, prior crless irreplaceable items, clothes that you would regularly wear. Pack maybe 7 days worth.

3 moving truck comes for loading. It isislly takes about 4 hrs if staffed correctly.

4 there is coordination on when you get stuff at new site.

Say it’s a cross country move and you have 9 days to do the drive based on mileage formula. While with losing job if alone you take leave to be there when pack and pick up. When this starts you can use tase funds for each station. Then stsrting the first Sunday of pay period is when moving time starts. If it’s 9 days they expect you to come to hr on the following Tuesday. When you arrive on Monday night or before you start tase again. In between it’s the move.

Depending on how the movers coordinated this...

5 A mover could come with a single move truck, load it, bring it yo local storage put it there, then big move truck comes to get it. If they had 3 sailors move from Norfolk to Seattle area they would load their 3 sets into one long haul and drive it yo a Seattle area storage, unload it there, then 3 separsre small trucks would do the scheduled delivery of goods in a few hours at new site.

6 there is a coordinated pick up of empty moving boxesfrom new site.





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I’ve had incidents where a hiccup occurred and my dates moved to the following pay period.

HR may negotiate a preliminary transfer date but it didn’t become official so the date had to be pushed a pay period. Similar to what’s happening now with you.
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