Household goods movement and storage and personally procured move applications must be initiated via the Defense Personal Property System at www.move.mil. DPS offers a full suite of counseling information and tools to assist members in the move process. First-time DPS users will also be required to establish an account, and certain members are eligible to complete the self-counseling module and simply submit completed and signed documents, foregoing the requirement to set up a counseling appointment with their local Transportation Office or Traffic Management Office.
When Should I Start: Begin your DPS application as soon as you have orders in hand and keep in mind most TOs or TMOs request three weeks’ lead time ahead of the requested move pickup date to process shipment applications. Additionally, most shipments are planned and offered to service 4,000 to 5,000 pounds per day. For example, for a 12,000-pound shipment, the carrier is given three days to pack and one day to load.
Weight Restrictions: The Joint Travel Regulation, paragraph 5200, establish household shipping weight entitlements for all ranks. The authorized HHG shipping weights will be reflected in DPS. Since Alaska is a weight-restricted area for inbound single/unaccompanied Soldiers and Airmen, be sure to check with the local origin TO or TMO to determine the restricted HHG shipping weight prior to shipping any HHGs to Alaska. DOD civilians are entitled to 18,000 pounds.
Driving the Alaska Marine Highway: If you are driving a POV to Alaska via Alcon Highway or using the Alaska Marine Highway System, you still retain the authority to ship one POV at government expense using the Vehicle Processing Center servicing the losing base. Reservations for AMHS may be made via local commercial travel offices or via www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs and 800-642-0066.
Shipping a POV: You must ship POVs to Alaska via your servicing VPC. More information is available at www.pcsmypov.com. If your POV is not delivered to the servicing VPC within 90 days of departing your last station, additional approval to ship your POV will be required after you arrive in Alaska.
Mobile Homes: If you are considering shipping a mobile home to Alaska, contact your local TO or TMO immediately for specific advice and information.
On Arrival: Check DPS and contact your HHG carrier to inquire on HHG shipment status and to arrange delivery. Stateside members should plan for an estimated 30 days’ transit before HHG arrive, while overseas members should discuss transit times to Alaska with their TO or TMO. Authorized temporary storage is time-limited and becomes your expense if storage extensions are not requested and approved.
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Contact the 673d Civil Engineer Squadron Housing Office at 907-552-4439 for questions regarding on-base quarters and accommodations.
Quarters are equipped with a washer, dryer, stove and refrigerator; some have dishwashers; drapes are not furnished. Some liquid items and canned foods are normally not accepted in HHG shipments between October and May due to freezing and damaging other HHG during transit. To avoid problems, if you are unclear on your entitlements, contact your local TO or TMO.