As a single Marine or a Marine geo-bachelor, the steps you take for a successful PCS may look different than moving with a family. Here are some tips to make your next PCS a success.

  1. Don’t wait until the last minute. Just because you can’t check out of the Individual Issue Facility (IIF) until 30 days before your PCS, doesn’t mean you can’t print out your IIF receipt and begin to inventory/clean your gear. Getting started now will save you time in the long run.
  2. Change your address. Whether you get monthly subscription boxes or have your address auto-populated in Amazon, take time to change your address everywhere you have it stored. Also, take the time to get your mail forwarded to your new address. You can do this quickly at
  3. Review your bank statements for memberships. Check out what’s only available in your area that you subscribe to. Can’t take your membership with you? It’s time to cancel it.
  4. Update your car registration. If you have a few months on your car registration before it expires, be sure to allow you to get your car re-inspected and registered. Remember that states may have different regulations, so you’ll want to check that out before your PCS. If you get your car registered in your home of record, remember to get it completed before moving.
  5. Update your medical file and notify your doctor. Notify your doctor so they can help you by ensuring your needs are met at your next duty station. They can also send a note to your next duty station with requirements to get you the help you need.
  6. Save some money on the move. Moving trucks, car trailers, and gas expenses can add up. The challenge is that in many instances, your moving allowance will be allocated after you move. Make sure to save receipts and file your claims as soon as possible. Remember that things like mops, cleaning supplies, and things like that will need to be tossed and then bought at your new location. It can add up quickly!
  7. If you own a firearm, plan accordingly. DMO will not move ammunition or weapons. Airlines have strict rules and requirements for flying with a weapon. Make a plan for your firearm. You will also want to check the expiration dates on concealed carry permits or purchase permits. Brush up on your new state laws about firearms, including which permits are allowed or needed.
  8. Reach out to your new command. Reaching out to your new command can help you find out about the area and get a pulse for the tempo of the work environment. You may want to think about things like where your barracks will be located, proximity to the commissary or MCX, and if you can expect to work day or night shifts.
  9. Check out your Single Marine Program (SMP) homeport. Take a look at your installation’s local SMP website for upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and locate your nearest Recreation Center