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Moving and Family Logistics for OCONUS Moves


An overseas PCS can be an exciting opportunity for your family to live abroad. While you may be focusing on the opportunities to experience new languages, foods and cultures, remember to include moving logistics in your relocation plans. Military OneSource and the military Relocation Assistance Program provide a wide variety of online tools, personalized support and practical information to help you master your overseas move.

Command sponsorship

If you intend to take your family with you overseas, you’ll need to obtain command sponsorship. This designation, which will appear on your orders, ensures your family will receive travel compensation, housing support and legal protection in your host country. Complete the command sponsorship request and follow the instructions carefully, but keep in mind it’s not guaranteed.

Scheduling your move

Once you have orders in hand, it’s time to schedule your move dates.

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Local transportation office

Schedule an info/counseling session with your local transportation office and learn what options there are for transporting your goods.

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Relocation Assistance Program

Your local Relocation Assistance Program can help you prepare for your PCS, make connections at your new duty station and more.

Housing options

Finding the right home is key to successful OCONUS living. You may stay on the installation in government housing or qualify for Overseas Housing Allowance to live elsewhere.

  • Your installation housing office can help you find out what housing options are available to you in your new location.
  • connects service members and their families with housing rentals located near military bases.
  • DOD Lodging offers resources for temporary lodging, at home and abroad.

Overseas Cost of Living Allowance

An Overseas Cost of Living Allowance is a nontaxable allowance designed to offset the higher overseas prices of non-housing goods and services. It is not a fixed amount and may vary based on location, paygrade, years of service and number of dependents. OCOLA can fluctuate based on the exchange rate and should not be included in your monthly budget. Learn more about OCOLA and the 2023 adjustment process.

Relocation resources

Wherever you are in your OCONUS PCS move, Military OneSource is here to help 24/7. From online tools and self-help resources to help you get organized such as Plan My Move, to a complete guide to DOD installations worldwide on MilitaryINSTALLATIONS, find everything you need to master your move.

Military OneSource consultants

Military OneSource is available 24/7 to help you with your overseas PCS move.

Relocation Assistance Program

The military Relocation Assistance Program offers comprehensive support before and after you move including:

  • Understanding entitlements and shipment options
  • Budget planning
  • Housing
  • Spouse employment and community information
  • Cultural adaptation
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Relocation Assistance Program

Your local Relocation Assistance Program can help you prepare for your PCS, make connections at your new duty station and more.

Relocation assistance service providers can help you prepare for your PCS and make connections at your new duty station. They offer one-on-one consultation and information, as well as referrals to relevant workshops, classes and resources.

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Military and Family Support Center

Speak with a relocation assistance service provider at your installation and find out more about settling in.


Learn about your new location by utilizing MilitaryINSTALLATIONS, an online directory of information about U.S. military installations worldwide. Find comprehensive information including base essentials, programs and services contacts, community demographics and more.

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