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Question:
Are my family members expected to obtain special shots and immunizations when we relocate overseas?

Answer:
Family members may require certain shots and/or immunizations when accompanying their sponsor on an overseas assignment. However, specific requirements vary according to the location of the assignment.

Question:
Can I bring my pets with me when I move OCONUS?

Answer:
Generally, it is acceptable to bring your pets with you when you move OCONUS, at your own expense. Note that some countries have a mandatory pet quarantine requirement. Reimbursement for mandatory pet quarantine fees is authorized not to exceed $550 per Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move.

Question:
Can I have a pet in my government furnished quarters?

Answer:
Pets are generally allowed in government furnished quarters although some restrictions may apply in terms of the number of pets and type of animals allowed. Check with your military community's housing office for more information. Note that in most cases, temporary lodging accommodations do not allow pets.

Question:
Can my spouse fly on military aircraft when we get ready to relocate to look for a house or job?

Answer:
One dependent is authorized to fly Space Available on military aircraft when accompanying a Uniformed Services member traveling under permissive (Temporary Duty) TDY orders for house hunting incident to a pending Permanent Change of Station (PCS). Refer to DoD 4515.13-R, Air Transportation Eligibility, November 1994, for more information on Space Available Travel.

Question:
How do I find out about available on-post housing when relocating to a new military community?

Answer:
When moving to a new military community, you are expected to check with the community's housing office upon your arrival to see if on-post housing is authorized and available. If there is a waiting list for on-post housing they can advise you on where to look for temporary lodging or permanent lodging if the waiting list is long. You can also visit the Army Housing OneStop website which can also provide some answers to your housing questions and concerns (http://www.onestoparmy.com)

Question:
How do I have my mail forwarded from an old address to a new address?

Answer:
You can have your mail forwarded from an old address to a new address by completing a change of address form at your local U.S. Post Office or complete this form online at www.usps.gov. Note that they will forward your mail for a set period of time so it is important to inform your friends, family and those with whom you do business of your new address. Magazines will be forwarded for 60 days; most catalogs are not forwarded.

Question:
What are the eligibility requirements for storing and shipping household goods?

Answer:
A service member is entitled to household goods (HHG) transportation or non-temporary storage (NTS) when the member is ordered to perform a permanent change of station (PCS) move. If the PCS move allows for only a portion of the service member's HHGs to be shipped, the remainder will be placed in permanent storage at the government's expense for the duration of the service member's tour of duty. Authorized weight allowances are based on an individuals rank and whether or not he/she has dependent family members.

Question:
What can I do to prepare for a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move while my spouse is deployed?

Answer:
The most obvious things you can do to prepare for a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move while your spouse is deployed is to get organized. If you have official orders for the move, you may be able to set up your transportation appointments and notify Housing (if you live in government quarters). You may need a Power of Attorney (POA) to make some arrangements. The other thing you can do is to contact your Relocation Assistance office for information about your new destination or visit the Standard Installation Topic Exchange Service (SITES), which is an online Dept. of Defense (DoD) resource that provides a wealth of information on military installations throughout the world.

Question:
What can the Relocation Readiness program do for me?

Answer:
The Relocation Readiness program offered through the Army Community Service (ACS) center can answer many of the questions you may have about relocating to make your transition to a new community as smooth as possible. They can provide information about housing, schools, cultural differences, etc. There are a number of online resources to assist you when relocating to include the Relocation Readiness program’s website. Additionally, you can visit the Standard Installation Topic Exchange Service (SITES), which is an online Dept. of Defense (DoD) resource that provides a wealth of information on military installations throughout the world. You can also visit the specific installation's website. If you don't know where to find it, check with the official Army website at http://www.army.mil/a-z.htm.

Question:
What do I need to do to ensure that have the proper health care coverage when I PCS OCONUS?

Answer:
You will need to enroll in TRICARE Prime, as you would stateside when you have a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move to another TRICARE region. Eligible beneficiaries will typically be given the opportunity to enroll in Prime during initial inprocessing to their new overseas duty assignment. Beneficiaries may also visit their local TRICARE service center to enroll. Beneficiaries may enroll in Prime at any time and enrollment remains effective for the overseas tour length of the active duty sponsor unless the family member chooses to disenroll.
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