Last week, the Army released Army PCS Move, a mobile, knowledge-based app designed to enhance the relocation experience.
Soldiers, families, and Army civilians preparing for a permanent change-of-station move now have access to an organized central hub of information on entitlements;
types of moves; how to plan/schedule a move; claims; and important moving information related to Covid-19. The app also helps educate users about allowances and responsibilities, if a loss or damage claim needs to be filed.
“By using the app, you will become very familiar with the PCS process, your entitlements, and resources available to improve your household goods experience,” said Maj. Gen. Michel Russell, director of operations, Army G-4 Logistics.
The idea of the app began as part of the Chief of Staff of the Army’s people-first philosophy and the Army’s pursuit of initiatives to ensure Soldiers and their families have predictable, flexible, and adaptable quality-of-life programs.
Army G-4 and Combined Arms Support Command worked to develop the app before the pandemic with input from nearly 100 Soldiers, spouses and civilians. The Army incorporated several of their recommendations that provide an improved user experience, like a checklist to keep track of the steps to take for a successful move. The checklist covers everything to do, from the time orders are received to after a move is complete. Highlights of the app include: deadline reminders, a weight allowance calculator; instructional videos; and important documents and forms.
The free app is available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
Army wants input from those set for summer PCS
The Department of the Army G-4 is conducting an assessment to identify what incentives could increase the amount of Soldiers choosing a Personally Procured Move over a Government Contracted Move. This assessment will survey Soldiers projected to PCS in the summer 2020 timeframe. Input received will inform Army senior leaders about PCS policies for the upcoming move cycle, and possibly beyond.
The survey is available from surveys.max.gov/index.php/459126?lang=en.