DD Form 2278 Application for Personally Procured Move and Counseling Checklist

DD Form 2278 Application for Personally Procured Move and Counseling Checklist

DD Form 2278, Application for Do It Yourself Move and Counseling Checklist, is a document used to apply for a Personally Procured Move (PPM), otherwise known as the Do It Yourself Move. This process allows a service member to ask to be reimbursed for travel and moving expenses by the government after moving their personal property themselves.

The latest edition of the DD 2278 - often incorrectly referred to as DA Form 2278 - was released by the Department of Defense (DoD) on July 1, 2021, with that version being valid and in use today. A blank fillable DD Form 2278 is available for download below.

What Is DD Form 2278?

The form is used as a checklist for the shipment of personal belongings being moved due to the service member relocating as a result of a local, permanent or temporary change of station. Enrolling in this program is a voluntary move.

Firstly, the service member wanting to participate has to apply for the PPM move at their Personal Property Transportation Office (PTO). A copy of the DD form 2278 has to be provided or otherwise obtained amongst other possible documentation. The applicant must think their move through. They should calculate the total weight of the belongings being moved - the PPM refunding will be based on the weight ticket. The service member should keep the receipts for all moving expenses.

After the move itself, the applicant must submit a claim for reimbursement within 45 days along with their original DD form 2278.

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DD Form 2278 Instructions

  1. First, enter the date prepared and the shipment number. Provide your personal information: name, rank or grade, agency, and social security number.
  2. Provide full information on your move and shipment. The lines in Box 4 specify the type of relocation and date of orders, the name of the new duty assignment, number of miles and the name of the preparing office.
  3. Box 5 must include the complete address of where the checks should be sent. Box 6 is for identifying the state of legal residence.
  4. Mark the corresponding boxes in Boxes 7 and 8, Entitlements and Member Responsibility.
  5. Numbers entered in Box 9, Cost computation should be based on the estimated weight of your belongings.
  6. The requestor and DMO Counselor must certify the form with their signature. This form should not be pen changed after certification.

I Bought My Own Plane Tickets. Do I Have to Fill Out a DD Form 2278?

When a service member makes a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move, the government hires a commercial contractor for moving the person's personal household belongings. They will transport their personal property for free, according to the authorized weight limit. The limit borders depend on the rank of the person and whether or not they have dependents.

The list of personal belongings good for moving free within this program, however, does not include the luggage carried free of charge on an airplane, so the costs of moving the luggage by plane, where the price of transportation is included in the ticket price, will not be covered under the reimbursement program.

How to Find Your DD Form 2278?

You can download a DD 2278 by clicking the download link above or by visiting the Official DOD Moving Portal.

How Long Do I Have to Submit DD Form 2278?

After completing the actual moving process, you have 45 days to submit a claim to refund your PPM allowance.

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