Relocation Readiness Program

Moving Made Easier

Relocation Readiness on U.S. Army MWR

The U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (the G9 Division of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, known as Army MWR) manages programs and services that support readiness and resilience for Soldiers and Families. Its work enhances the lives of Soldiers, Families, Reservists, National Guard members, DoD Civilians, Retirees and the entire U.S. Army community.  Family and MWR Programs are delivered primarily through a local garrison or installation. To learn more about the resources available at your local garrison, visit the Army MWR website.

About RRP

Welcome to Relocation Readiness! Moving is a part of life for Soldiers, Government Civilians and their Families. The Army Community Service Relocation Readiness Program provides assistance to the Total Army Family. We are dedicated to ensuring our clients are capable of surviving and thriving through the Primary Change of Station (PCS) and Expiration Time of Service (ETS) processes. We have developed this page to assist you in finding information and resources to make you more resilient and agile as you navigate your next move. Your first stop once you are notified of a pending PCS or ETS move should be your local Army Community Service (ACS) Center where you can meet with a Relocation Readiness Program Manager who will serve as a subject matter expert in assisting you through the process.

Relocation Readiness Resources

Each of the following pages will provide you with helpful information for every leg of your relocation journey:
Pre-Move
In-Transit and Post-Arrival
Cultural Adaptation

Money and Moving

According to Department of Defense statistics, a permanent change of station (PCS) move costs an average of about $12,000.  But, most of that, or maybe even all of it, is covered by the various relocation entitlements provided to you.  Here are the basic entitlements: Monetary Allowance in Lieu of Transportation (MALT). Service members receive MALT, commonly just called “mileage,” when they drive their own vehicle to a new assignment. It is paid on a per-mile basis for the official distance. Your commanding officer at your current duty station must grant approval prior to your travel if you wish to be reimbursed for driving two or more privately owned vehicles to your new duty station. Per Diem. Service members entitled to MALT will also receive a flat per diem payment for each day of authorized travel for themselves and their family members. The maximum number of days for which per diem may be paid is calculated by dividing the official distance by 350 miles per day.  The rates are as follows:
  • The service member receives 100% of the authorized amount.
  • Authorized travelers 12 years of age and over receive 75% of the authorized amount.
  • Authorized travelers under 12 years of age receive 50% of the authorized amount.
Dislocation Allowance (DLA) is intended to help with miscellaneous moving costs such as deposits and utility connection fees, and is generally paid once per PCS move. Although it is generally not paid for local moves, DLA is available both Continental United States (CONUS) and Outside Continental United States (OCONUS). It is not paid if you were assigned to government quarters and not accompanied by family members. Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE).  For CONUS moves, TLE is meant to partially offset the cost of lodging and meals when you need temporary housing. It is payable for up to 10 days. For CONUS-to-OCONUS moves it is limited to five days. Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA).  If arriving OCONUS, TLA is used to pay for temporary lodging while waiting for housing to become available.  It is paid for a maximum of 60 days.
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