New Legislation Creates PCS Housing Flexibility Options

The below message is from Ms. Vickie LaFollette, DoD, Military Community and Family Policy.  Her message is informing of new relocation legislation requirements effective October 1, 2018.

Ms. Vickie LaFollette states: “In simple terms the goal of these legislative changes are to provide more flexibility to service members and their families during the permanent change of station for those members with school-age children and spouses who are employed or enrolled in school.  The below language, DoDI 1315:18, “Procedures for Military Personnel Assignments” provides housing flexibility options for eligible service members undergoing a PCS within the United States.”

The Housing Flexibility During PCS language from DoDI 1315:18 is listed below:

10.  HOUSING FLEXIBILITY DURING PCS

a.  Effective October 1, 2018, as authorized by Section 403a of Reference (n), Military Department regulations will permit eligible Service members to request the housing flexibility options specified in paragraph 10.c. of this enclosure while undergoing a PCS within the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii). When used with regard to housing flexibility options during a Service member’s PCS, the covered relocation period begins 180 days before the date of the PCS, which is the date the Service member leaves his or her current PDS, and ends 180 days after the date of the PCS.  The Secretary of the Military Department concerned may shorten or lengthen the covered relocation period based on the needs of the Military Service.

b.  Service members eligible for housing flexibility options specified in paragraph 10.c. of this enclosure during the covered relocation period are any Service members who have one or more dependents enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program or who, at the beginning of the covered relocation period:

(1)  Have a spouse who is gainfully employed or enrolled in a degree, certificate, or license-granting program;

(2)  Have one or more dependents attending an elementary or secondary school; or

(3)  Are caring for an immediate family member with a chronic or long-term illness.

c.  Housing flexibility options include:

(1)  Continuation in government-owned or government-leased family housing of the Service member’s spouse or other dependent if they are residing in such housing at the beginning of the covered relocation period.  The spouse or other dependent may continue to reside in such housing during the covered relocation period.  Requests for this option should be approved only if approval will not adversely affect other Service members who will arrive at the current PDS during the period of continuation in housing.

(2)  Early housing eligibility when the Service member is eligible to reside in government-owned or government-leased family housing at the new PDS.  The spouse or other dependent may move into such housing at any time during the covered relocation period, if it is available, even if the Service member has not arrived at the new PDS.

(3)  Occupancy of government-owned or government-leased unaccompanied housing by a Service member with dependents. If a spouse or other dependent of a Service member relocates at a time different from the Service member, the Service member may elect to reside in such housing until the Service member’s detachment date from the current PDS or until the Service member’s spouse or other dependents arrive at the new PDS. Occupancy in such unaccompanied housing will be provided on a “space-available” basis and may not displace a bona fide unaccompanied Service member with no dependents at such housing.

(4) Equitable basic allowance for housing.  If the spouse or other dependent of a Service member relocates at a time different from the Service member, the amount of basic allowance for housing may be based on whichever of the following areas, prescribed in Reference (m), the Secretary of the Military Department concerned determines to be the most equitable.  In no case may the Service member’s basic allowance for housing be lower than the amount payable under Section 403(d)(3)(A) of Reference (n).

(a)  The area of the duty station to which the Service member is reassigned.

(b)  The area in which the spouse or other dependent resides, but only if the spouse or other dependent resides in that area when the Service member departs for the next PDS, and only for the period during which the spouse or other dependent resides in that area.

(c)  The area of the Service member’s former PDS, but only if that area is different from the area in which the spouse or other dependent resides.

d.  Relocation assistance programs are statutorily required and intended to minimize the adverse effects of stressors associated with PCS moves.  They must provide information and education regarding these housing flexibility options during PCS to Service members and their families.  Specific relocation assistance policy is prescribed in DoDI 1342.22.

Government procured move blackout in effect until July 18

by 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron

moving-van-7206/16/2016 – ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D.  — Due to market saturation in the commercial moving industry, a blackout for government procured shipments originating in South Dakota is currently in effect through mid-July for all personnel who intend to schedule a government procured move or release of non-temporary storage.

The earliest date personnel can request to schedule pack and pick-up of household goods or release of non-temporary storage is July 18.

If personnel have already scheduled their packing and pick-up date, the move will continue as scheduled. However, those who have recently received orders have the following three options:

Those with a departure date after mid-July must schedule their pick-up date later than July 18.

Those who must depart prior to mid-July can assign a releasing agent when submitting a Defense Personal Property System request. This individual will oversee the packing and pick-up of household goods.

Personnel may also use a personally procured move, which will reimbursed by the government upon completion.

As the permanent change of station season progresses, there may be changes to the blackout dates.

For more information, contact the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron Personal Property Section at (605) 385-6597.

Source: http://www.ellsworth.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123474955

eSponsorship Training Gets an Update

The eSponsorship Application and Training (eSAT) course has been updated to the DoD’s new training platform, My Training Hub. The interactive eSAT will help sponsors make the most of sponsorship training.

Here are some of the features:

 – 24/7 accessibility – Sponsors will be able to log in to My Training Hub using their Common Access Card, or CAC. The eSAT website will remain the same (http://apps.militaryonesource.mil/esat), however, non-CAC users can access the site through My Training Hub (https://myhub.militaryonesource.mil).

– Customized resources – Sponsors will learn how to support a single service member, a family with pets, a family with special needs or any combination. With eSAT’s customizable resources, sponsors can create an electronic welcome packet personalized to their inbound family’s needs. My Training Hub currently offers several military-focused training courses like Money and the Move and Investing in Your Future. With the new eSAT course added to the lineup, My Training Hub is sure to become an integral part of your relocation toolkit.

Visit our sponsorship page for information about being a sponsor and a link to the training.

FREE Webinar for Military Spouses Seeking Jobs During PCS

604098_10151191628313370_903089277_nJoin Military OneSource for Searching for a Job as Military Spouse During Relocation Webinar on Thursday, March 14, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST (12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. locally). This new webinar is being presented by Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) to help military spouses plan their job search during a PCS move.

Please download the flyer for more information: http://www.militaryonesource.mil/12038/Webinar%20Flyers/SearchingForJobMilSpouseFlyer.pdf

To register for the webinar click on this link: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/443663498

Owners bringing pets into Germany will pay new fee

Fast shipmentHEIDELBERG, Germany – Members of the U.S. forces community who bring their pets along when they arrive in Germany for assignment will be charged a fee by German authorities beginning Feb. 1.

The fee will be charged during arrivals at Ramstein Air Base and Frankfurt International Airport. At Ramstein an examination fee of €55 ($74+) per pet owner will be charged for all pets imported into Germany from outside the European Union. Kaiserslautern County officials said the fee is being levied in accordance with European Union regulations designed to prevent the introduction and dissemination of rabies.

Upon arrival at Ramstein, pets will be examined by veterinary officials near the passenger terminal baggage claim area. Owners may pay the fee by credit card only.

Owners arriving with their pets at Frankfurt International Airport will also pay a fee. That fee is €35 ($47+) per accompanied pet or €55 ($74+) for an unaccompanied pet, and increases by 50 percent for pets that arrive on a weekend or holiday.

Payment of the fee is the responsibility of the pet owner, and cannot be claimed for reimbursement on an official travel voucher, according to officials with the U.S. Army Europe Office of the Judge Advocate. However, while OJA experts said the fee is prohibited from reimbursement under the provisions of the DoD Joint Travel Regulations, pet owners may be able to claim the fee as a deductible moving expense on their federal income tax returns.

New housing website prepares Airmen for moving

With the summer moving season just around the corner thousands of Airmen and their families can now use a new housing website to help prepare for their move.

The website, www.housing.af.mil, provides dormitory information for unaccompanied Airmen while detailing housing options and support services available at Air Force installations. For example, the website gives insights into local communities, school districts, weather and other resources designed to help Airmen and their families become familiar with their new homes.

Read the full story on http://www.af.mil: New housing website prepares Airmen for moving.

PCS class helps prepare first-term Airmen

Starting April 10th, the 28th Comptroller Squadron began offering permanent change of station in-processing system (PiPs) classes for all Ellsworth Airmen. Classes will start at 9 a.m., every Tuesday and Thursday in the 28th CPTS main conference room inside the Rushmore Center. No appointments are required to attend.

Read the full story on the Ellsworth AFB website: PCS class helps prepare first-term Airmen.

For more information on the classes, email the 28th CPTS at 28cptsquestions@ellsworth.af.mil.