A message to DOD Personnel and their Families:

 Like many sectors, labor challenges in the moving and storage industry are driving tighter-than-normal capacity in the Defense Personal Property Program.  These challenges are compounded by competition with non-DOD clients (like corporate and residential customers) vying for the same services.   In many locations, DOD personnel must wait upwards of four to six weeks for available moving crews.  Demand is similarly high for rental trucks and storage containers used by customers interested in a Personally Procured Move.  Senior leaders across the DOD’s Personnel and Logistics communities are aware of the issues and are exploring options to solve relocation-related problems for military families. 

Steps you can take: 

  • Visit your Transportation Office as soon as you receive orders.  Don’t wait!
  • Whether this is your first move or your 15th, take advantage of counseling.  Your local transportation office is your best resource to understand the specific challenges and delays in your community.
  • If movers cannot be arranged to support your timeline, talk with your chain of command immediately to explore options—which may include changes to reporting timelines.
  • Be patient with your transportation office personnel!  They want to solve problems for you.  Contact your local transportation office if your moving plans change or if you have questions regarding your move once scheduled. 

In no case should a customer feel compelled to conduct a Personally Procured Move.  Similarly, no customer should feel compelled to leave family members behind to handle a household goods move on their own. 

What to Expect with a TDY Move

Shipping TDY Household Goods

If you find yourself heading out on TDY for an extended period of time (31 or more days), your Approving Official may authorize you to ship a small amount of household goods, to include some of your professional gear and medical equipment. Your TDY shipment should be scheduled on the Defense Personal Property System (DPS) and as with any PCS visit your local personal property office if you have any questions.

Weight Allowance for TDY Shipments

The member's grade on the day travel begins determines which weight allowance is allowed. The weight allowances below are in addition to any unaccompanied or accompanied baggage. Furthermore, in the event the TDY location becomes the permanent duty station, this would mean that the TDY weight allowance would also be an additional allowance to any PCS weight entitlements.

Check out the table below. You'll find out just how much you are allowed to ship to this location.

Military Ranks Public Health Services Weight Allowance (lbs)


N/A 2,000
O-9 Surgeon General 1,500
O-8 Deputy/Asst. Surgeon General 1,000
O-7 Asst. Surgeon General 1,000
O-6 Director 800
O-5/W-5 Senior 800
O-4/W-4 Full 800
O-3/W-3 Senior Assistant 600
O-2/W-2 Assistant 600
O-1/W-1 Junior Assistant 600
E-9 N/A 600
E-8 N/A 500
E-7 to E-1 N/A 400
Aviation Cadet N/A 400
Service Academy N/A 350

Civilian employees, with authorization from the Approving Official on an extended TDY assignment, may ship up to 350 lbs. This unaccompanied baggage is limited to additional clothing, personal effects, and equipment directly related to the mission, locality, or unusual conditions of the assignment.

TDY Shipments

Since these can be unique, the list below includes some situations when the shipment of goods would be authorized with a TDY. As a reminder, if you have any questions please reach out to your local personal property office.

  • PCS with a TDY en route
  • Indeterminate TDY
  • TDY pending a further assignment
  • TDY performed under an order pending an OCONUS PCS or assignment to a ship
  • TDY in connection with building, fitting out, converting, or reactivating a ship