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Question:
What is "Spouse Preference" in terms of me seeking employment when my Soldier and I relocate?

Answer:
The intent of the Military Spouse Preference program is to lessen the career interruptions of spouses who relocate with their military sponsors. It gives priority referral and placement to military spouses who accompany their military sponsor on a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move to an active duty assignment. The Military Spouse Preference Program: applies to spouses of active duty military members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the U.S. Coast Guard and full-time National Guard, who desire priority consideration for positions at DoD activities in the U.S. and its territories and possessions; applies only within the commuting area of the permanent duty station of the sponsor; applies only if the spouse entered into the marriage with the military sponsor prior to the reporting date to the new duty assignment; does not apply when the sponsor is separating or retiring.

Question:
What is a Moving In Housing Allowance (MIHA)?

Answer:
A Moving In Housing Allowance (MIHA) is intended to defray the move-in costs associated with occupying privately leased quarters covered under the Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA) program.

Question:
What is a Temporary Quarters Subsistence Allowance?

Answer:
Temporary Quarters Subsistence Allowance is paid to assist DoD and DA Civilian employees with temporary living expenses when first arriving OCONUS.

Question:
What is the Army Sponsorship Program?

Answer:
The purpose of the Total Army Sponsorship Program is to assist Soldiers, civilian employees, and families successfully relocate by assigning sponsors to incoming personnel to facilitate the transition. AR 600-8-8, The Total Army Sponsorship Program, outlines the specific requirements and expectations of this program.

Question:
What is the Loan Closet?

Answer:
The Loan Closet is a program offered through the Army Community Service (ACS) that offers basic necessities for setting up a home to families arriving at a new duty station. Some items available are: dishware, pots/pans/bakeware, iron, other small appliances and utensils, etc.

Question:
What is the Standard Installation Topic Exchange Service (SITES)?

Answer:
The Standard Installation Topic Exchange Service (SITES) is an automated information system providing a wide range of information on all major military installations worldwide.

Question:
What kind of on-post lodging is available for service members and their families during PCS moves?

Answer:
Most military installations have on-post lodging facilities for service members and their families to use during Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves or on leisure travel. Priority for lodging space is usually given to service members traveling on orders.

Question:
What kind of relocation programs does the Army have to ease the burden of military moves?

Answer:
The Army Community Service (ACS) Relocation Assistance Program (RAP) offers several different services to help Soldiers and their families transition to their new homes and communities. For example, most military communities manage a Lending Closet that allows newcomers to borrow essential household items (e.g., pots/pans, dishes, irons, coffee makers, etc.) until their household goods arrive. They also provide guidance/counseling for relocating families and can assist clients with the Department of Defense’s Standard Installation Topic Exchange Service (SITES) program, which is an online resource that provides a wealth of information on military installations throughout the world. ACS also provides Overseas Orientations for individuals moving outside the continental United States (OCONUS) and Newcomers Orientation for individuals arriving from another duty station. They can also connect you with a Family Sponsor to help you get acquainted with your new community. The Army also has another online housing source (Army Housing OneStop website) at www.onestoparmy.com that can also provide some answers to your government housing questions and concerns. Learn more about the Army’s Relocation Assistance Program from your local Army Community Service Center, their website at www.armycommunityservice.org, or the other resources listed.

Question:
What requirements and/or limitations are there regarding my college student who attends school in CONUS, but I am stationed OCONUS?

Answer:
Dependent students (unmarried and under the age of 23) attending dormitory DoDEA schools or a school in the U.S. to obtain a formal education (e.g., undergraduate college) that is accredited by a State, regional or nationally recognized accrediting agency or association recognized by the Secretary of Defense, are entitled to transportation between such schools and their places of overseas residence. They are authorized an unaccompanied baggage shipment of 350 pounds net weight as well as one annual round-trip, for the dependent student, at any time within a fiscal year (1 Oct - 30 Sep) between the member's OCONUS PDS and the dependent student's school in the U.S.

Question:
Where can I find information about the local schools in the new community where I am moving to?

Answer:
There are several things you can do to find out about the local schools at your new location. Contact your School Liaison Officer in your current military community who can provide specific assistance to you or you can visit the Standard Installation Topic Exchange Service (SITES) online which can provide you with this information and more on your new military community.
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