Naval Base San Diego Military Base Guide

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Naval Base San Diego is the home port of the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet. The base is home to more than 50 Navy ships and hosts visiting ships and more than 200 “tenant” commands. Naval Base San Diego has more than 1,600 acres of land and more than 300 acres of water along San Diego Bay.

Naval Base San Diego

Naval Base San Diego History

In the aftermath of World War One, the U.S. Navy needed a California ship repair facility, and acquired some land in San Diego, and opened U.S. Destroyer Base, San Diego. From the time the facility began operating, expansion was happening. In 1924, Naval Base San Diego commissioned seven ships and decommissioned some 300+ more, and by the time World War Two occurred the base had expanded to the extent that it had to be redesignated.

Enter U.S. Repair Base San Diego, with the expanded operations there including maintenance and battle damage repair, More than five thousand ships would benefit from these operations. After World War Two, the base was redesignated yet again, this time as Naval Station San Diego.

The redesignation of Naval Base San Diego (NBSD) occurred in the 1990s after the closure of the Long Beach Naval Shipyard. In modern times NBSD is the center for Navy port operations in the area. It also provides support for Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Naval Base San Diego Local Area

Parts of California are rich with military history. In San Diego, you’ll find the USS Midway Museum, which features approximately 60 exhibits, aircraft restorations, and oral history tours of the Midway narrated by actual sailors talking about their experiences working for the Navy. You’ll find more history at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, which features restored vintage aircraft from World War One, plus flight simulations, and the usual guided tours.

San Diego is well-known for major league sports, concerts, art, and beach culture. Those who PCS and TDY here enjoy Seaworld, the San Diego Zoo, and day cruises to destinations including Baja or San Diego Bay.

Naval Base San Diego Units

Naval Base San Diego is responsible for more than 40 U.S. Navy ships, plus Littoral Combat Ships, and Military Sealift Command ships. Important units and missions here include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Afloat Training Group Pacific
  • Amphibious Squadron 5
  • Amphibious Squadron 1
  • Amphibious Squadron 3
  • Center For Surface Combat System Detachment San Diego
  • Construction Battalion Mobile Unit 303
  • Expeditionary Strike Group 3
  • Fleet Logistics Center San Diego
  • Naval Medical Center San Diego
  • Navy Operational Support Center San Diego
  • Region Legal Service Office Southwest
  • Southwest Regional Maintenance Center
  • Training Support Center San Diego

Naval Base San Diego In-processing and Check-In

All new arrivals will access the installation via the Naval Base San Diego Main Gate (Gate 6) to show ID and get directions to the military member’s unit or command. New arrivals reporting during normal duty hours should ask for directions to the Administrative Department in Building 72.  Those reporting after duty hours or on weekends are directed to call Naval Base San Diego’s Emergency Operations Center at 619-556-7615 or DSN 312-526-6715.

When checking in, be sure to hand-carry copies of your military service records, ID cards, travel or PCS orders, and any other paperwork needed to in-process according to your gaining unit.

Child Care

Child care is in extremely high demand in this military community. However, you do not necessarily have to get your child care from Naval Base San Diego as there are other military bases with options nearby. They include Child Development Centers in:

  • Naval Base Point Loma
  • Naval Base Coronado
  • Marine Corps Recruiting Depot
  • Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
  • Naval Medical Center, Murphy Canyon, Chollas Heights, and Liberty Station housing areas.

Visit Military Child Care to find information on San Diego-based military child care programs as well as other options offered worldwide.

Naval Base San Diego Housing

Navy Region Southwest Family Housing Welcome Center at Naval Base San Diego is the entity that governs military housing assignments in the San Diego area, not just Naval Base San Diego.

When you arrive in the local area, check into the Family Housing Welcome Center and visit CNRSW Family Housing for information on the approximately nine thousand military housing options in the area. Military housing features a waiting list that can be as long as 24 months, so it is smart to begin looking at your housing options as early as possible.

Military housing is limited and you should expect to live off-base for some or most of your assignments here. The single or unaccompanied military can choose to live on base in the barracks or privatized housing but single or unaccompanied housing is NOT automatically assigned. You will need to check in with the Navy Unaccompanied Housing Office and/or Housing Service Center to learn the eligibility requirements.

Naval Base San Diego PCS and TDY Lodging

Extended temporary housing is not available at the Naval Station due to extremely high demand. If you are PCSing to the area, expect to use commercial hotels or other temporary housing options. When you get PCS orders to the area, it’s best to make your reservations as early as possible There are three Navy/Marine Corps Lodges in the San Diego area, located at:

  • Naval Base San Diego
  • Naval Air Station North Island
  • Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

There are also four Navy Gateway Inns & Suites:

  • Naval Base San Diego
  • Naval Base Coronado (North Island)
  • Naval Base Coronado (Amphibious Base)
  • Naval Base Point Loma (Sub Base)

When booking at these facilities, those traveling on PCS orders have priority. Be sure to mention your PCS orders at booking time. For more details, call the Navy or Marine Corps Lodge at 800-NAVY-INN or visit the Navy Lodge website.

Naval Base San Diego Vehicle Registration

If you operate a motor vehicle in the State of California, even as a military member, you are required to meet state vehicle requirements which may include carrying minimum insurance, submitting your vehicle for emissions tests, and registration. When registering a vehicle here, the California DMV provides a form on request that offers you a military rate for registering your privately owned vehicle.

If your vehicle is registered in another state, it remains valid until the original expiration date. When operating a vehicle on Naval Base San Diego, you will be subject to ID checks entering or leaving the installation. You must carry all required insurance coverage, and safety equipment, and obey all emissions requirements in order to drive your vehicle at NBSD.

Naval Base San Diego Schools

There are no DoD schools available in the San Diego area. You can contact the Naval Base San Diego School Liaison Office for help locating an area school near you in San Diego county. You can call any of the following bases to speak to a School Liaison Officer about your options:

  • Navy Region Southwest School Liaison Officer 619-705-5909
  • Murphy Canyon 858-349-7678
  • Coronado, South Bay, San Ysidro 619-991-2509
  • Point Loma, Mission Bay, West of 5 619-553-8290
  • Eastern San Diego County area School Liaison Officer 619-556-9499

You can also get help locating a nearby school via the San Diego Unified School District school finder.

The San Diego Unified School District is said to be the biggest in San Diego County and serves most of the metro San Diego area within city limits. These schools base their attendance on address but San Diego school districts may allow families to transfer from one school to another within the same district. Transfers to other districts may also be possible but timing is important–discuss your specific needs with a School Liaison Officer.

Colleges and Universities in San Diego

San Diego is home to a variety of colleges and universities. They include, but are not limited to:

  • University of California-San Diego
  • San Diego State University
  • University of San Diego
  • Point Loma Nazarene University
  • California State University-San Marcos
  • John Paul the Great Catholic University
  • San Diego Christian College
  • National University
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • California Western School of Law
  • San Diego Community College District
  • Grossmont College
  • San Diego Regional Occupational Program

When exploring your options at any of these colleges or universities, it is smart to ask for in-state tuition waiver guidelines for military members and their families. You may be permitted to attend class at the in-state rate rather than paying out-of-state tuition fees. You can also get more information from the local Navy Navy Voluntary Education Region Advisor at 619-556-8256.

Naval Base San Diego Contacts

Naval Base San Diego
3455 Senn Rd.
San Diego, CA 92136

  • Phone 619-556-1011
  • (DSN) 312-526-1011

Important Contact Numbers


  • 911

Barracks Single Service Member Housing

  • (619) 556-8672

Child Development Center

  • (619) 556-8491

Child Development Homes/In Home

  • (619) 556-7394

Child Development Homes/In Home

  • (619) 556-8443

CNRSW FFSC Lending Locker

  • (619) 556-7404

Barracks Single Service Member Housing

  • (619) 231-3400

Branch Medical Clinic NBSD

  • (619) 556-6302

Naval Medical Center San Diego

  • (619) 532-6400

Gateway Inn & Suites (BEQ & BOQ)

  • (619) 556-8672

ID CAC Card Processing

  • (619) 556-9248

Information and Referral Services

  • (619) 556-7404

Law Enforcement

  • (619) 556-6460

Legal Services JAG

  • (619) 556-2211

NAV Passenger Transportation Office

  • (619) 556-5068

Personnel Support Office

  • (619) 556-2005

Personal Property Office/Household Goods

  • (619) 556-6683

Relocation Assistance Program

  • (619) 556-7404

Transition Assistance Program (TAP)

  • (619) 556-9866

Suicide Prevention Hotline

  • (800) 273-8255

VA Facilities

  • (800) 827-1000

Welcome Visitors Center

  • (619) 556-8443



What You Should Know About Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA)

Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA) for when you PCS OCONUS

If you have orders to PCS to an OCONUS location, you may be wondering about what types of entitlements you will receive. OCONUS includes any overseas location as well as Alaska and Hawaii. One of the most common OCONUS entitlements is TLA or Temporary Lodging Allowance.

What is TLA?

TLA is money you will receive as a reimbursement to partially offset temporary lodging expenses at overseas duty locations. TLA is for when a service member and their family are waiting for their housing after they arrive OCONUS or when they are awaiting their departure after leaving their quarters. You also must be actively looking for housing once you arrive at your PDS (Permanent Duty Station).

Who is TLA for?

TLA is only for service members and their command sponsored dependents moving to or from an OCONUS location. TLE or Temporary Lodging Expense is for CONUS moves. You will not receive TLA for your dependents if they are not command sponsored.

What is TLA Special?

TLA Special can be authorized under special or unusual circumstances where the costs might be higher than usual at that certain location.

How do they calculate your TLA?

They do this based on Per Diem and your Family Composition. Per Diem is a daily rate that is based on your location. It is to partially reimburse lodging, meals, and incidental expenses. Family Compensation takes the service member’s number of dependents into account as well as their ages. Certain percentages are applied to the TLA calculation based on the family. You can see a few examples on the Defense Travel website.

Can you use TLA for leave?

Yes, TLA is payable on leave if it is spent at the PCS location looking for housing.

Can you ever get an extension on TLA?

There could be reasons why you would be approved for a TLA extension. The normal amount of authorized days is 60. Beyond that, you would need to apply for an extension. Some examples would be non-arrival of your Household Goods (HHG), delay in availability of government quarters because of service requirements, fire, flood, earthquake, or other acts of God that make it temporarily or permanently unavailable to find housing, a withdrawal of housing from the market by a landlord, or a hospitalization.

What else do I need to know about TLA?

  • The lodging position of the TLA can’t go over the actual cost of the lodging that the service member and family paid.
  • The TLA Special Rate needs to be requested before the TLA dates.
  • TLA will start upon arrival at your OCONUS duty station.
  • When it comes to departure, you can be authorized for up to 10 days. That can be extended for things such as transportation delays, hospitalization, or movement of household goods.
  • Advanced payment of TLA can be authorized.
  • International Transaction Fees or currency conversion fees that are changed by the Government Travel Charge Card can be reimbursed, however, those on a personal credit card can not.


Tips for PCSing During the Most Expensive PCS Season Ever

Tips to Save Money During Your Upcoming PCS

As everyone knows, everything seems to be more expensive these days. Gas prices are enough to make us faint at the pump, and everything seems more expensive than it used to be. When you are preparing for a move, all of that can make you cringe. But, there are things you can do to save some money during your PCS. Here are a few ideas.

Temporary Lodging

You might have to wait a bit to get into housing when you PCS to a new location. Staying in a hotel can be frustrating and the costs can add up. Why not look into getting an Airbnb or VRBO that is less than your BAH? This will also give you more flexibility in looking for a home and you won’t have to feel like you have to take the first place that is offered to you if it isn’t a good fit.

READ: What You Should Know About Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA)

Don’t Go Crazy With Food

Ideally, your temporary lodging would have a kitchen. This will allow you to grocery shop and make food there instead of eating out at every meal. All of that adds up, especially with a large family. You also want to make sure that if you are moving back to the United States after time overseas you don’t go crazy with all the restaurants you had missed when you were overseas. If you are driving across the country as a part of your PCS, try packing sandwiches and plenty of snacks instead of buying food at restaurants along the way.

READ: Restaurant with Military Discounts and Veteran Deals

Make a Budget

Make a PCS budget. Figure out how much you will spend ahead of time and stick to the plan. You will want to budget for extra expenses that might come up along the way. Having a budget will allow you to stay organized and not overspend when possible.

READ: Best PCS Tips For Military Families and PCS and Moving Discounts for Military

Use a Lending Closet

If your new duty station has a lending closet, use that while you are waiting for your household goods. That way you don’t have to spend money on items that will be coming when you get your household goods. You can just return them to the lending closet.

Don’t Go Over Your Weight Allowance

Every military family has a weight allowance for their move. This is based on the service member’s rank and if they have dependents or not. Get rid of or sell what you can before you move. If you go over your weight limit, you will have to pay. You don’t want to have to deal with that extra expense.

Know Your PCS Entitlements and Benefits

You should be aware of your PCS entitlements and benefits. You can be reimbursed for expenses such as meals, incidentals, and lodging. This doesn’t mean you should go wild and not think about the costs. Keep to your budget but be aware of what you are entitled to during your PCS.

Visit Family

A PCS might be a good time to visit family. You can combine a trip home during your PCS, saving you money in the long run. You might also want to stay with your family to save money while waiting on housing. The service member may still need to report for duty, but paying for one person vs a whole family can save you money.

Save Money

Start saving for your PCS as soon as you can. The move is going to cost you more than you think it might so you want to make sure you are prepared.

Save On Gas

While the cost of gas may be higher than you have ever seen it, there are a few things you can do to keep the costs low during your PCS. Join a fuel rewards program, use apps such as GasBuddy and Waze to find the cheapest gas along the way, and plan your route so you won’t be doing any unnecessary driving.

READ: Pilot Truck Stop Military and Veteran Discount

While financially this may seem like a tough time to PCS, using these tips will help keep the costs a little lower.





What You Need to Know About a PPM PCS

Here is what you need to know about a Personally Procured Move (PPM)

When you get those PCS orders, if you are moving CONUS to CONUS, you will be able to decide between doing a full military PCS or a full or partial PPM PCS. 

With a full military move, you set up a time for the military to come to your home and pack up your belongings and deliver them to your new home. This is a great option for some military families, where you don’t have to worry about all the details of the move. This is really the only option for most OCONUS moves.

Some military families don’t want to do a full military move and want to do what is called a PPM move, which used to be called a DITY move. This is a do-it-yourself move with PCS orders but you would be the one to pack and unpack, transport your belongings, or be in charge of hiring your own moving company. 

Why do a PPM?

Most families like to do a PPM PCS for a couple of reasons. Doing the move this way gives you more control over your belongings. This is especially important if you have a lot of family heirlooms or irreplaceable items. A PPM also gives you the control you might not have with a full military move. 

Another reason that people want to do a PPM is that there is the potential to make money from doing so. 

For a PPM you can rent portable moving and storage containers, such as PODS. You can rent a truck or a trailer. You can also use your own vehicle. You can hire a commercial moving company and ship things through places like USPS, FedEx, and UPS.

How can you make money from a PPM?

The reason you can make money from a PPM is because of the way they handle reimbursing you for the move. With a Member Elected PPM, which means you have the option of military movers but choose to do a PPM, you are authorized to receive 100% of what the government would estimate they would pay if they had moved you. 

You would receive a one-time payment and can keep any extra money. If you can stay under the amount they are going to give you, you can make money. 

They base this amount on your actual household goods weight and you can’t exceed your authorized weight entitlement. The 100% will be based on the government’s constructed “best value” cost for the move. 

What is an Actual Cost Reimbursement PPM?

This type of PPM is for when government transportation is not available and you get approved for a PPM. You would then get reimbursed up to the actual cost of your move.

What is the PPM process?

The first thing you would need to do is get approval from your local Travel Office (TO). The paperwork that is required is listed on the website. After that, you would need to sort out the equipment and/or find your moving company if you are going with one.

You will then need to obtain empty and full weight tickets from a certified weigh station for each and every part of your move. Your local TO can help you find certified scales to do this. You should also purchase insurance in case of any losses or damages. The military will not pay for those.

The last step would be to submit all of your paperwork for the final settlement. You need to do this within 45 days from the start of your move. Keep each and every receipt as you will need them for this part. Once everything has been processed you will then receive your payment.

What is a partial PPM?

This is when you transport a portion of your household goods yourself, and allow the military to move the rest. This is a good idea for when you have certain items you want to take with you and move yourself but you don’t want to do the full move on your own.

What if I have more questions?

Your best bet is to contact your local TO. They will know more of the details and have more exact information for you. Military OneSource also has many resources on PCSing and planning your move.





PCSing? How the Relocation Assistance Program Can Help

Use the Relocation Assistance Program to Help Ease the PCS Stress

If you are getting ready for your next PCS, you may be feeling the pressure of what is to come. Military moves can be stressful and require a lot of patience. There are a lot of steps to get through and to check off of your list. Luckily, the military has resources to help.

The Relocation Assistance Program is a congressionally mandated program that was started to ease the stress that comes with a PCS. The program offers information, resources, and one-on-one support for the different aspects of a PCS. This includes moving costs, household goods shipments, housing options, childcare, sponsorship, school information, spouse employment and license transfer, newcomer orientations, loan closet, cultural adaptation, community resources, and more.

Most of the services are offered through your installation’s Military and Family Support Center. Know that the programs and services you find may differ a little from each duty station, but you should be able to find what you need to help you during your PCS.

If you go to MilitaryINSTALLATIONS search page, and search for your new installation, you can find your installation’s page with most of the information you will need for your PCS. They will have information on the units at the duty station, information on motor vehicles, installation access, firearms, dog restrictions, Covid policies, check-in procedures, emergency assistance, and more.

You can also find information on different military and family support services such as the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) and Child and Youth Services (CYS). You can find links to an installation program and services directory for the area as well as other local community information. Basically, it will be your guide for your new duty station and allow you to get prepared for your move, and ease the transition once you get there.

You can also use the search to find the Relocation Assistance Program or sometimes called the Relocation Readiness Program at your local duty station. This result will give you the address, phone number, and webpage information if your duty station has one.

You can search the MilitaryINSTALLATIONS search page by military installation, state resources, or program or service to find out exactly what you need.

In addition, the Relocation Assistance Program offers services for special needs families. If you have a special needs child, you will be worried about the transition to a new location. The program providers will be able to help you connect with your EFMP family support provider so you can get the help you need in making the transition.

The program also helps with emergency financial aid by connecting you with the personal financial management services that they offer at your new duty station. If you are a foreign-born spouse, they can help with resources as well as referrals about immigration and naturalization, help find English language programs, and give advice on getting around the local area.

When getting ready for your PCS, make sure to visit the PCS and Military Moves page. This page is where you can find our details such as your weight allowance, your entitlements, and schedule your move.

Need even more help? Military One Source has a live chat you can access to talk with Military One Source experts about your PCS and any questions you might have.

As you can see, the Relocation Assistance Program offers many resources and benefits for military families going through the PCS. A PCS has a lot of steps and details. The Relocation Assistance Program can make it a much easier process.





PCSing With an Established Business

When you have to move your established business for a PCS

As a military spouse small business owner, you are thankful you can take your business with you when you move. However, when those PCS orders come, you can feel a bit of a panic. How will you move the business? What if you are going overseas? What do you need to know?

If your business is already established, you will want to keep things running smoothly during the move. Just taking a few months away from the business isn’t always an option. Here are some things to think about when you PCS with an established business.


There are legal issues related to moving with a small business. Each state can have its own laws and regulations. This is where you need to do your homework and figure out what the move will mean for you.

If you have an LLC, you will have options between keeping your old LLC and starting a new one, dissolving your old LLC, and starting a new one, to merging your LLC into a new one. For more information on that, visit How to Move Your LLC to Another State.

Become aware of any permits, or licenses you will need in your new area. You will also need to be aware of taxes and what you need to do as a business owner in your new state to be in compliance.

Going Overseas

Moving your small business overseas is not going to be easy and in some cases, you might need to make some difficult choices. You will need to find out if you are allowed to run your business at your duty station and be aware of the laws of the country you are going to be in. Each country that has American troops will have a SOFA agreement that tells you what is allowed and what isn’t.

Even if you do get approval to run your small business, you can’t use your APO for any business-related mail. This can create a lot of stress for people running a small business. You would need to use a local, in-country postal service to stay within the SOFA agreements. Those who break this rule can lose their APO privileges.

There are also rules about not being able to compete with AAFES, and not being able to buy business supplies at the Exchange or Commissary.

These rules and regulations can be complicated and discouraging. The main point is to figure out what the rules are at your duty station and within your host country. This can differ based on what your business is and where you are going to be stationed.

Putting your business on pause

Some small business owners will need to put their business on pause during the actual move. This will depend on if you have employees or assistants that can take over for a time. Notify customers beforehand if there will be a break in service or the ability to order products.


You will need to make sure your budget is aligned with the move. There will be extra costs from licenses, to taxes, to purchasing new supplies. If your company is based on local customers, finding a new customer base will take time and that can result in a loss in pay.


Once you get to your new duty station you will need a plan for networking. See if there are any local small business owner networking groups. Join local groups to get your business out there. This will take time, especially if you feel like you are starting over, but will be worth it once you are able to get connected in your new community.

Moving an established small business can be complicated so it is important to stay organized and make sure you are checking all the boxes. Reach out for help if you need it, and visit Military One Source’s PCS and Military Moves page to help you with all things PCS.






PCS Friendly Business Ideas

Looking For a New Business Idea that You Can Easily Take with You During Military Life?

As a military spouse, you want to be able to have your own career. This can be complicated with frequent moves, and just the uncertainty of military life. One option is to run your own business. Here are a few ideas of PCS friendly businesses you can take with you when you move every few years.


As a freelancer, you have a lot of flexibility in how much you work, who you do work for, and what you work on. You can be a freelance writer, freelance editor, freelance graphic designer, and more. There are many companies out there looking for this type of work and willing to pay for a freelancer.

Virtual Assistant

As a virtual assistant, you would specialize in offering administrative services from a remote location. Your tasks can include email management, booking appointments, calendar management, booking travel, file management, social media, and more. You can work as a virtual assistant from almost anywhere, no matter where the client might live.

Blogger or Podcaster

Whether you like to write or talk, starting a blog, podcast, or even a social media account can be a good way to get your voice out there and work towards running your own business. You would want to find a niche you are interested in and commit to posting regularly. You can earn money with ads, sponsored posts, affiliates, and more.


If you like to help children, tutoring is a great option. You can do this virtually or in person working with kids from K-12. You can work for yourself or even through a company such as

Creating Online Products

If you are a creative person, selling your products online is a great way to make money. You can put your products on Spouse-ly, an online marketplace for military spouses, veterans, and first responders. Websites such as Etsy and Zazzle offer ways to sell your products, with or without having to keep an inventory. You can make physical products, digital products, or have products made by a 3rd party.

Teaching Online

If you want to teach children or teens, you can do that online from anywhere you might be stationed. You can do this in different ways. You can work as a teacher for a virtual school or work for a company like VIPKID as an independent contractor. Through VIPKID you could teach children in foreign countries English remotely.

Web Design

Designing websites for individuals and companies can be a great way to make an income. You can use your creativity, and knowledge of tech to create the websites. You can have several clients at once, and take as much work as you are able to manage.

FCC Provider

If you love children, you could apply to be a FCC Provider. FCC or Family Child Care Providers offer childcare in their homes from babies up to age 12. You can do this whether you live on your military installation or off. You will need to be certified and meet the requirements in order to get started. People always need good and flexible childcare in the military community.

House Cleaning

Just like childcare, military families are always in need of housekeeping services, especially when getting ready for a PCS. If you enjoy this type of work, setting up a house cleaning service can be a good way to earn money within the military community.

Living in the time we do, there are so many options for starting your own business and making money from home, no matter where you might live in the world.





PCSing & Your Child’s Education: The Military Interstate Compact

How the Military Interstate Compact Can Help With Your Child’s Education During PCS

Active duty military life means moving, sometimes pretty often. This can be all well and good for the service member and their spouse, but what about the children? According to the DODEA, military families move 3 times as often as the average non military family. Oftentimes children will have to move at not the best time, either after starting kindergarten, right before middle school, or in the middle of their high school year. This can cause a lot of anxiety for the child and for the family.

The good news is that there is the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. This compact was created with the collaboration of the Department of Defense, the National Center for Interstate Compacts, and the Council of State Governments. The compact addresses the educational transition issues of children of military families. The purpose is to ensure that military children are given the same opportunities for educational success as other children and are not penalized or delayed in achieving their educational goals.

Who can use the Military Interstate Compact?

  • Active duty military families
  • National Guard and Reserve members on active duty orders
  • Service members or veterans who are medically discharged or retired for one year
  • Service members who were killed in action

What Does the Military Interstate Compact Cover?

Here is a brief rundown of some of what the compact covers. You can read the full factsheet on the DODEA website.


The compact asks school districts to examine their rules for eligibility and allow military children to be able to have continuity with their education. For example, allowing military children to be able to participate in extracurricular activities, even if the application and tryout deadlines have passed.


Parents can take a set of unofficial records to the new school to enroll the child while waiting for the official records to arrive.


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Parents will have 30 days to get their child immunized.

What Age Your Child Can Start School

If your child is in kindergarten or the 1st grade, and the entrance ages are different at each school, your child can continue in the grade they started in.

Placement for Required Classes, Advanced Placement, and Special Needs Programs

The new school must initially honor the original placement from the old school. The new school can then do a new evaluation but they can’t keep your child in a “holding class” while they wait to do that.


The school district may waive courses that are required for graduation if similar courses have already been completed at the old school. This is, however, not mandatory, but if the schools deny a waiver for a class, they need to be able to show a reasonable justification for it. In addition, a senior can receive a diploma from their previous school if the new school isn’t able to accommodate them for the required courses and exit exams that they need. This will need to be worked out between the two schools.

Special Needs Children

If the Individual With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) covers your child, they have the right to comparable services that are provided by their most current IEP.

Military Interstate Compact Resources

The Military Interstate Compact is here to help as you PCS from one location to another. Here are a couple more resources to help if you are going through this time of transition.


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The 10 Best PCS Benefits for the Military & Their Families

Ranking the Best PCS Benefits for Members of the Military and Their Families

Most military service members and their families will experience at least one PCS during their time in the military. If you haven’t been through a PCS yet, you will. But what benefits can you get that are related to PCSing? Here are 10 of them!

1) Transferring Professional Licenses

Each service branch will help reimburse licensure costs that come up when a service member’s spouse has to PCS. This started with the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act and will reimburse up to $1,000 for relicensure and certification costs because of a relocation or PCS move. The moves do have to cross U.S. state lines to include OCONUS to stateside moves.

2) Per Diem

Service members will receive money back for meals, incidentals, and lodging when you are moving to your new duty station. This is called Per Diem. You can check the rates here.

3) Dislocation Allowance or DLA

DLA will partially reimburse you for miscellaneous moving costs. You can be paid once per PCS. You can check the rates here.

4) Temporary Lodging Allowance or TLA

TLA helps with the cost of temporary lodging and meals while waiting on OCONUS housing. You can get TLA for a max of 60 days when arriving and 10 days when leaving. TLE or Temporary lodging Expense is for CONUS moves for 5 or 10 days.

5) The Personally-Procured-Move or PPM

PPM or what was formally called a DITY move. This is where you can move yourself, and then can be reimbursed up to 100% of the GCC (Government Constructive Cost) if you have your own carrier or 95% of the GCC if you move your property on your own. You can also receive an advanced allowance to help with out-of-pocket expenses. This type of move is popular for some military families and others would rather the military move 100%.

6) The Relocation Assistance Program

The Relocation Assistance Program will help you prepare for a PCS. It provides resources and one-on-one support for moving costs, household goods shipments, housing options, childcare, sponsorship, schools, spouse employment, newcomer orientations, loan closets, and more. This program is usually offered through your installation.

7) Moving Pets Overseas

If your pet is required to be quarantined, you can receive up to $550 per PCS. This doesn’t mean you get reimbursed for moving your pet in general.

8) Monetary Allowance in Lieu of Transportation or MALT

MALT is paid as mileage reimbursement for service members and their dependents during a PCS move. MALT is paid on a per-mile basis for the official distance of each portion of travel. The MALT rate per authorized POC is .18/mile for 2022.

9) Shipping a Vehicle

If you have an overseas PCS, the government will pay to ship or store ONE POV (Privately Owned Vehicle) when you receive your orders. This is for OCONUS to OCONUS, OCONUS to CONUS, and CONUS to OCONUS.

10) Shipment of Household Goods

The government will pay to ship your household goods. There are weight limits and are based on your rank and dependent status. You will have to pay a fee if you go over. The military pays for movers to come and take your goods from one duty station to another. is now on Military One Source to help you through your move.




Marines Changing Frequency of PCS Moves in 2022

What the Marine Corps Will Be Doing to Keep People In One Spot a Little Longer!

Are you in the Marine Corps and feel like you move a little too often? Good news. In 2022 the Marine Corps will be making some changes to help. 

In the Talent Management 2030 document, released in November of 2021, reducing PCS frequency within the Marine Corps is addressed. The document talks about how the pattern of moves isn’t replicated in high-performing civilian organizations, military allies, and partners. Annually, the marines move around 25,000 service members. 

The document states, “The assignments process should build unit cohesion and create conditions that best enable our commanders to lead, train, and employ their forces for competition and conflict.” However, this isn’t always the case. How can you truly devote the time you need to be a good leader when you are always in a state of moving or preparing to move? 

High Frequency of a PCS Can Be Strain on Military Families

With the high frequency of a PCS, there can be more strain on families. The moves can disrupt the employment of the spouse, the education stability of the children, and lead to lower retention rates. Military families want more stability and not have to pack up and move as often. 

The good news is that starting in 2022, monitors will seek to keep marines and their families in the same geographic duty station. However, they will still need to look at opportunities for career growth before they make that final decision. They will use PCA (Permanent Change of Assignment) vs PCS (Permanent Change of Station) when it comes to orders. 

PCSing Will Still Be a Part of Military Life

They do go on to mention that marines should still assume that PCSing is going to be a part of their lives during their time in the service. But, as stated in the document, “the institution will no longer view “homesteading” as a negative practice to avoid, but rather a vehicle for improving training, increasing unit stability, and reducing the stresses we place on our families.”

Hopefully, this change will be a positive one, allowing for families to spend more time in one location, help with retention rates, and make for a more balanced military career.





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