Observation and Fields of Fire
Avenues of Approach
Key or Decisive Terrain
Obstacles (man made and natural)
Cover and Concealment
Terrain and Weather
■ Decide whether the move will be DITY (do-it-yourself), partial DITY or a full military move.
■ Register with the Defense Personal Property System and schedule self counseling; or make an appointment with your local transportation office to arrange for your household goods move.
■ Schedule packing and moving dates for all shipments (plus storage for OCONUS).
■ Research your new duty station and housing.
■ Get on the housing list, if applicable.
■ Start saving moving expense receipts.
■ Discuss the PCS process with your spouse and children.
■ Start tracking tax deductions from the move.
■ Schedule vet appointment for all pets.
■ Organize important paperwork.
■ Appraise antiques and high-value items.
■ Schedule medical and dental appointments.
■ Sign medical release forms.
■ Get power-of-attorney papers signed if needed, such as if the service member won’t be there during the move.
■ Decide what to sell and purge.
■ Find schools and/or daycare for children.
■ Make hotel reservations for moving/packing day and at next duty station arrival.
■ Schedule vehicle maintenance.
■ List extra vehicles for sale.
■ Verify place on housing office list if planning on living in military housing or privatized housing.
■ Fill out change-of-address forms. Forward mail to new unit if address unknown.
■ Contact pay office for entitlements.
■ Request school records for children.
■ Contact financial institutions, cell phone company, etc. to update your address.
■ Cancel local subscriptions and delivery services.
■ Confirm dates with moving company or transportation office.
■ Pick up any dry cleaning you still have out.
■ Use up food pantry and freezer.
■ Take down pictures and wall decor.
■ Terminate or transfer cable and Internet.
■ Close out all safety deposit boxes.
■ Establish a “Do Not Pack” room and start setting aside items, including cleaning supplies.
■ Drain all garden hoses.
■ Drain gas and oil from mowers.
■ Prepare outdoor equipment for transport.
■ Set up child care for children for the day(s) of the packing and pick-up.
■ Make arrangements for your pet(s) for the day(s) of packing and pick-up, if needed.
■ Fill all medical prescriptions that you can.
■ Clean bedding, towels and linens, and wash laundry.
■ Clean cabinets and dishes.
■ Start using disposable plates and utensils, and put all silverware and kitchen utensils into big Zip-loc bags.
■ Tape remotes, controllers and cords to the electronics they belong to.
■ Remove light bulbs from lamps.
■ Take all trash out so it won’t get packed!
■ Load what you can in the car.
■ Have coffee, water and a small breakfast ready for the movers.
■ Present valuable inventory list to packers.
■ Watch packers load valuable inventory.
■ Double-check closets and cabinets.
■ Order lunch for the movers and yourself.
■ Get your Government Bill of Laning and DD Form 619 from the driver.
■ Do a final walk-through before the driver closes the truck.
■ Take your spare set of keys.
■ Have all Tricare phone numbers and primary care manager phone numbers with you.
■ Have the moving company’s numbers with you to keep in touch and let them know if you have a change of plans.
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