So, moving is apart of military life. Especially if you stay in for more than one enlistment. We all know that.
Let's talk a little about it.
We've moved 5 times (I'm including the initial moves, and I say moves because we were moving things from two different locations when The Husband was first stationed in 29 Palms).
We've done DITY (Do IT yourself) moves every time. Only once has one been totally out of our pocket because I moved back to Vegas to finish school.
I loathe DITY moves. There is nothing I hate more than a DITY move.
Contrary to what you will hear over, and over, and OVER again... you do NOT make money when doing a DITY. On the move from NC to CA, we broke even, barely. On the move from Vegas to 29 during the husband's first enlistment, we lost money.
The DITY does not make you money. The military does not give you money on top of your normal expenses to move yourself.
You are entitled to something called a dislocation allowance (or DLA). THIS is what will make you your money. When the gov't PCSs you, you are entitled to DLA. This is for time, travel costs like food and hotel, and for the general inconvenience of having to pack up and move your life. Be sure to look into this. Especially if you are PCSing more than 500 miles away. However, you are NOT eligible for DLA on your first PCS. i.e. When you or your spouse first enlist and are sent to your first duty station.
Also... when tax time comes you cannot claim your move on your taxes if you do a DITY and get reimbursed for it. Do not do that.
For any other questions feel free to refer to the TMO Website.