If you’re making your next military move on your own, there’s no shortage of plans that need put together: Moving trucks, packing materials, inventories ... and that’s assuming you already have a place to call home at the next duty station.
But when the move is over, it could come with a nice cherry on top: Those who execute personally procured moves for less than 95 percent of what the government would’ve paid for the relocation can pocket the difference.
That is, once the claim (and the check) clears. It may not seem like a high priority now, but once the move is over and the waiting begins, movers will wish they’d have taken a few basic steps to cut down on their lag time between unpacking and cashing in.
Here are three such steps to keep in mind, courtesy of service-specific PPM reference materials.
1. The weight list. Marine Corps Logistics Command’s website tracks the process of the command’s claim process. If you want your claim to clear that list in a hurry, ensure your weight tickets are filled out completely.
All services have different requirements for when and how your goods must be weighed: They all mandate an empty and a full weight, but some require weigh-ins at the origin, or the destination, or some combination thereof. Check with your service for specifics (here are some basic guidelines, courtesy of the Navy), and be sure your forms include exactly what’s on the scale, including anything being towed.
2. Don’t overdo it. Claims can be sent via fax, email or regular main in most cases. But, per Naval Supply Systems Command, claimants should resist the urge to file via multiple pathways. This could delay the claim as staffers sort out duplicate materials.
3. Save (and sign) everything. Rules for what receipts are required vary by branch, but as a general guideline, if it’s move-related, don’t lose it. Add legible, simple descriptions if a receipt is unclear, and double-check to ensure all contracts are signed.
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