For active service members, you have a variety of moving options if you are moving under orders. One option is the military DITY move, in which you transport your items yourself and then are reimbursed, instead of having the military move for you. With the military DITY move, you have several choices, depending on your circumstances.
If you are thinking about a military DITY move, you should first check with your local transportation office to find out what paperwork you need to fill out and what the requirements are to get reimbursed. The military specifies that you need to follow certain guidelines or you will not get reimbursed for your expenses. As you plan your move, you can follow the steps to ensure proper payment at the end.
You have several options for your military DITY move, so you can decide which option best fits your situation. The most basic option is to use your own vehicle or borrow a friends or relatives. However, it must be a cargo vehicle, or essentially a truck, and not a regular car, so be sure to choose the right vehicle. If you are borrowing a vehicle, then you need written approval from the owner that specifies you are using it for your military dity move. The vehicle needs to be insured and you need to keep track of your mileage to get reimbursed. You are responsible for the packing, loading, driving, and unloading yourself, so if you do not have very much stuff or are not moving a long distance, this type of military DITY move might be right for you.
Your other military DITY move options include renting a truck and hiring a professional moving company. When you rent a truck, you need to weigh the cargo and track the mileage. You will have to submit all your receipts from the rental company as well. In this case, you also do all the heavy work yourself or with the help of family and friends. If you hire a professional moving company, the company provides the vehicle and the workers do the loading and driving for you. This option may be better if you are moving a lot of items and do not have time to do the work yourself. To get reimbursed, you need to submit the company’s registration number and the weight of the cargo, together with the company’s invoice and your proof of payment.