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These resources cover housing, moving and relocation options for service members and their families.

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CareerOneStop This Department of Labor-sponsored website provides career resources and workforce information to job seekers, students, businesses, and workforce professionals to foster talent development in a global economy. It also provides content specifically designed for military spouses including employment resources, education and training help, and relocation information.

Defense Personal Property System Developed by the United States Transportation Command USTRANSCOM) and the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), the Defense Personal Property System (DPS) is an internet-based system to manage DoD household goods moves. The system can be used to submit an application online, track shipments, ensure the use of reputable shipping companies, and more.

Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI) This site is the comprehensive resource for the MHPI, a public/private program whereby private sector developers may own, operate, maintain, improve, and assume responsibility for military family housing where doing so is economically advantageous and national security is not adversely affected. The site provides:

  • a listing of housing projects
  • answers to frequently asked questions
  • a presentation called MHPI 101 for those new to privatization
  • a presentation from the 2007 Professional Housing Manager's Conference on the future of MHPI
  • an article with historical information and lessons learned from past DoD housing initiatives, and

MilitaryINSTALLATIONS This website, available through MilitaryHOMEFRONT, provides maps, directions, and contact information for the programs and services offered on military installations worldwide. It includes contact information for Relocation Program offices, Family Centers, and Housing Referral and Privatization offices.

Defense Travel Management Office This website provides the latest official information on pay and allowances and can help service providers and service members to determine housing allowances and reimbursements for travel expenses. The website provides comprehensive information on a number of topics including travel and housing allowances, travel regulations, and lodging and dining facilities. Some specific pages of interest from this website related to housing allowances are listed below:

Plan My Move Plan My Move is a set of online organizational tools designed to make frequent moves easier and less disruptive for service members and families. Available tools include a customizable calendar, to-do lists, departure and arrival checklists, installation overviews, and installation-specific information on a number of topics, such as education, transportation, child care, and employment. This site is easy to use and provides quick information and results.

Moving

Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) This website provides information on the exchange system and careers with AAFES. Find store locators providing direct links to exchanges worldwide.

CareerOneStop This Department of Labor-sponsored website provides career resources and workforce information to job seekers, students, businesses, and workforce professionals to foster talent development in a global economy. It also provides content specifically designed for military spouses including employment resources, education and training help, and relocation information.

Commissaries The official list and links to all DoD commissaries worldwide. The locator provides direct links, hours of operation, emails, and other contact information. Find information on careers with the Commissary system.

DEERS The Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) includes over 23 million records pertaining to active duty and reserve military and their family members, military retired, Department of Defense (DoD) civil service personnel, and DoD contractors. DEERS is comprised of the National Enrollment Database (NED), the Person Data Repository (PDR), and several satellite databases. This system provides accurate and timely information for supporting DoD ID smart cards.

DoD Lodging This is the official worldwide temporary lodging website for reservations to Air Fore and Navy facilities worldwide. Contains links to Army and Marine Corps lodging directories. Visitors can find and book reservations through this website.

DoD Schools This is the official website for all Department of Defense schools worldwide. The website provides information and locator services for parents and students including information on Educational and Developmental Intervention Services.

Defense Travel System (DTS) This website allows visitors to book all official travel and find local travel offices. DTS streamlines the entire process involved in global DoD travel.

Military Foster Pet Program This program provides a national and global network of individual foster homes that will house, nurture, and care for dogs, cats, birds, horses and all other pets exclusively for military personnel.

MilitaryINSTALLATIONS MilitaryINSTALLATIONS is a searchable directory of worldwide installation and state-related military information, programs, and services. It provides easy access to fast facts, articles, website resource directories, photos, contact information, major units, weather, and maps. With this resource, users can quickly find relevant information about any installation or military resources in their state. Learning about a new community was never easier.

Military Youth on the Move This site is an easy to use resource that reaches out to youth with creative ways to cope with issues that arise in the face of a move, such as transitioning to a new school, saying goodbye to friends, and getting involved in a new community. The website is divided into three target audiences: elementary school, middle school, and high school. Users simply click on their age group to get started. Once inside the site, users search different topics that pertain to both military youth in particular and youth in general.

Move.mil This is the official DoD household goods moving and storage website. It provides information regarding allowances, assistance booking a move, and assistance tracking shipments.

National Guard Family This is the official website for all issues impacting National Guard families. The site provides locations, benefits, and links to many useful websites on children, youth, employment assistance, and other National Guard programs.

Per Diem Travel and Transportation Allowance Committee This website provides the latest official information on pay and allowances and can help service providers and service members to determine housing allowances and reimbursements for travel expenses.

Plan My Move Plan My Move is a set of online organizational tools designed to make frequent moves easier and less disruptive for service members and families. Available tools include a customizable calendar, to-do lists, departure and arrival checklists, installation overviews, and installation-specific information on a number of topics, such as education, transportation, child care, and employment. This site is easy to use and provides quick information and results.

STOMP STOMP is a federally funded Parent Training and Information (PTI) Center established to assist military families who have children with special education or health needs. STOMP is a project of Washington PAVE, and is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The staff of the STOMP Project are parents of children who have disabilities and have experience in raising their children in military communities and traveling with their spouses to different locations.

TRICARE TRICARE is the healthcare insurance benefit provider for service members and family members. Many professionals across the United States provide counseling for service members and their families through TRICARE. The TRICARE website can help service members and families connect to providers and find information on a number of health topics. On the TRICARE Beneficiaries page of the website, under the "Mental Health & Behavior" tab, service and family members can find explanations of the types of mental health providers and mental health treatment options available to them. This website can also be used to locate the nearest Military Treatment Facility or an appropriate civilian healthcare provider.

Where is my POV? This is the official website for shipping and storing a personally owned vehicle. Visitors must enter a last name to get into the website. They are then able to track an auto during shipment.


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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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