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Relocation Assistance Program logo and a couple taking a picture of themselves during a move


The Relocation Assistance Program was created by Public Law 101-189 (1988) and is implemented by DoD Instruction 1342.22, "Military Family Readiness." The program envisioned and enacted by the law provides service and family members with education and information about military moves pre-departure, during their move and while settling in at their new location to help them to move in a cost-effective and efficient manner. The goal is to educate individuals and families about their new location, help them make wise decisions and get settled quickly, prevent stressors on the family and increase productivity. Relocation is an all-encompassing program that crosses multiple facets of the Military Community and Family Policy directorate to include personal financial management, special needs, child care, spouse employment, education and family advocacy.

Program highlights

  • Worldwide staffing from headquarters to the field level
  • At least one person assigned to the relocation function in a Military and Family Support Center
    Common program elements include the following and may vary by military service:
    • Automated relocation information systems (MilitaryINSTALLATIONS and Plan My Move)
    • Sponsorship training
    • Loan closets
    • One-on-one counseling performed at the installation level
    • Workshops and briefings provided for in and out
      processing and classes on topics such as how to buy, sell and rent smart, moving and money, settling in to a new location, cultural adaptation, reentry, moving with children, citizenship and immigration services
    • Installation videos where available
    • Welcome packages


All active-duty, National Guard and reserve service members and their immediate family members, DoD civilians and retired personnel are eligible to receive relocation assistance services.

Program availability

Relocation assistance services are available worldwide on military installations and online through MilitaryINSTALLATIONS and Plan My Move


Father and children packing a box When you receive permanent change of station orders, you're bound to have mixed feelings. You're likely to be excited about the upcoming change and the chance to meet new people and see new places. But you're also likely to feel stressed about the logistics of the move and about helping family members. There are steps you can take and resources available to help you make plans, stay organized, help your children and keep a step ahead while you move.

Holding hands in front of boxes Moving can put a strain on even the strongest of relationships. Not only are you stressed about all the things you need to do, but you also may feel emotional about leaving the place you call home. During the move, it's more important than ever for you and your partner to work together as a team. The following information can help you find ways to keep your relationship strong during the stresses of your next move.

Volunteer holding "I Voted" sticker When you leave active duty, take a few simple steps to notify your local election officials of your change of status. Fill out a National Voter Registration Form to register as a civilian in your new voting location. Don't let your vote get lost in transition!




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