Relocation Assistance

Army National Guard: Federal Active Duty

Benefit Fact Sheet

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Summary:

Under (USC 10 §1056), help is available for Military members and, where applicable, their Families to manage service-required relocation by providing standardized information and services through various coordinated relocation assistance programs.

Eligibility:

Army National Guard Soldiers on federal active duty who relocate are eligible to access Army Community Service (ACS) Center relocation services available on the particular Army.  Additionally, Soldiers preparing to retire are entitled to receive certain permanent change of station (PCS) allowances to help manage the cost of the move.

Benefit Highlights:

The Relocation Assistance Program is a congressionally mandated program designed to ease the personal and Family stress that military Families experience with a permanent change of station by providing assistance, counseling, education, and training throughout all phases of the relocation process.

Each Army installation is equipped with an ACS Center. The ACS Center provides a support staff that is trained in the techniques and delivery of professional relocation assistance. Each relocation readiness program offers the following services to assist Soldiers and their Family members moving to or from the particular Army installation:

  • Destination area information and preparation prior to relocation, emphasizing moving costs, housing costs and availability, child care, spouse employment opportunities, cultural adaptation and community orientation.
  • Counseling for financial management, home buying and selling, renting, stress management, property management, and shipment and storage of household goods, motor vehicles, and pets.
  • Settling-in services, focusing on available government living quarters, private housing, childcare, spouse employment assistance information, cultural adaptation, and community orientation.
  • Home finding services, with emphasis on services for locating adequate, affordable temporary and permanent housing.

Information for each individual relocation program is managed through a central, computerized information system, MilitaryINSTALLATIONS, a Department of Defense (DoD ) program which provides Soldiers and Family members with extensive updated information about military installations worldwide prior to departure from their current station. MilitaryINSTALLATIONS information includes employment, housing, childcare, medical facilities, education, and support services. The MilitaryINSTALLATIONS can be accessed at (http://www.militaryonesource.mil/). This web-based program also offers the popular Plan-My-Move fill-in Calendars with extensive reminders and guidance for each step of the moving cycle. The newest service is Electronic Sponsorship. The My Training Hub works in coordination with all the military service Family Centers, providing specific information for each service to assist transferring individuals/Families obtain sponsorship, as well as online training for those individuals willing to serve as a sponsor.

To help manage the cost of the move, the core PCS reimbursement programs include:

 

Program

Eligibility

Description

Dislocation Allowance (DLA)

CONUS and OCONUS

DLA is intended as partial reimbursement for miscellaneous moving expenses. DLA is not authorized for the first PCS from home unless dependents move; the last PCS (separation or retirement); member without dependents assigned to government quarters; or transfer to nearby PDS (unless move of household goods preauthorized).

Move-In Housing Allowance (MIHA)

OCONUS only

MIHA reimburses a member for overseas costs associated with living in privately owned or privately leased quarters. Focuses on one-time rent related expenses, modification of homes for security protection, and the initial cost of making a home habitable. Rates vary by currency rates and location.

Per Diem Allowance

CONUS and OCONUS

Per diem allowance is designed to partially reimburse the Soldiers for lodging and meal expenses en route to the new duty station. For travel by POC (auto), per diem for the member is the flat Standard CONUS rate. Per diem for dependents is ¾ the member's applicable rate for each dependent age 12 or older, and ½ the member's rate for each dependent under age 12.The military uses 350 miles per day as the standard one-day travel distance. In computing per diem days, take the Official Government Mileage between duty stations and divide by 350. An additional day is allowed with a remainder greater than 50.

Monetary Allowance in Lieu of Transportation(MALT)

CONUS

MALT is the mileage reimbursement paid when a member and/or the member's Family drive to their new duty station, based on the Official Military Table of Distances. MALT rates may be paid for up to 2 vehicles without special approval and may be advanced 80% prior to move (and paid by travel voucher). If orders do not deem POC travel most advantageous, per diem will generally be paid for air travel time with excess time considered as leave, and MALT and per diem will be limited to the cost, to the government, of the use of an airline ticket.

Household Goods (HHG) Transportation

CONUS

Authorized transport weight varies by grade and whether or not there are Family members.

Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA)

OCONUS only

TLA is helps cover the cost of temporary housing and meals incurred while awaiting permanent lodging. TLA is figured according to the member's pay grade, number of Family members, actual quarters cost, availability of cooking facilities, and the local per diem rate.

Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE) 

CONUS only

TLE partly reimburses relocating members for the cost of meals and lodging incurred when temporary housing is needed - Please check latest JTR for current information.

Advance Basic Pay

CONUS and OCONUS

Advance Basic Pay is similar to an interest-free loan for a PCS with military salary as collateral. Repayment is normally made in 12 equal installments beginning the month after it is drawn.

Advance BAH

CONUS and OCONUS

Advance BAH is an advance on the normal BAH and will be deducted from monthly pay. The advance must be approved by the unit commander and is usually limited to 3 months BAH CONUS and 12 months OCONUS. Request through form DA 4187.

Advance OHA

OCONUS

Advance OHA is an advance against any projected OHA to cover the difference between the cost of non-base rental housing and the BAH. Advances are usually limited to 12 months' OHA

Additional Information:

For more information on the Relocation Readiness Program, please visit: 
http://www.myarmyonesource.com/FamilyProgramsandServices/FamilyPrograms/RelocationReadinessProgram/Default.aspx

In addition, contact information for Relocation Assistance offices on Army installations may be located on the Resource Locator Library on MyArmyBenefits: 
http://myarmybenefits.us.army.mil/Home/Benefit_Library/Resource_Locator.html

Defense Travel Management:
http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/Docs/perdiem/JTR.pdf


Document Review Date: 26 February 2016