Entitlements

Entitlements

 Entitlements


Your weight allowance is established under provisions of the Joint Federal Travel Regulations and is the maximum weight you can move at government expense. This allowance includes the weight of household goods you ship, place in storage or send as unaccompanied baggage.

TABLE OF JOINT FEDERAL TRAVEL REGULATIONS
WEIGHT ALLOWANCES
(POUNDS)
GRADEPCS
WITHOUT
DEPENDENTS
PCS
WITH
DEPENDENTS
TDY/TAD
WEIGHT
ALLOWANCE

0-10

18,000

18,000

2,000

0-9

18,000

18,000

1,500

0-8

18,000

18,000

1,000

0-7

18,000

18,000

1,000

0-6

18,000

18,000

800

0-5/W-5

16,000

17,500

800

0-4/W-4

14,000

17,000

800

0-3/W-3

13,000

14,500

600

0-2/W-2

12,500

13,500

600

0-1/W-1

10,000

12,000

600

E-9

12,000

14,500

600

E-8

11,000

13,500

500

E-7

10,500

12,500

400

E-6

8,000

11,000

400

E-5

7,000

9,000

400

E-4*

7,000

8,000

400

E-4**

3,500

7,000

225

E-3

2,000

5,000

225

E1/E-2

1,500

5,000

225

Aviation Cadets***
Service Academy Cadets and Midshipmen


350

* More than two years
** Two years or less
*** Aviation cadets are entitled to the weight allowance prescribed for members in grade E-4


You -- not your transportation officer or the carrier -- are responsible for staying within the weight allowance. If the weight of items packed, shipped or stored exceeds your weight allowance, you must pay all charges connected with the excess weight.

For this reason, estimating the weight of your household goods is very important. Estimates should start early, even before you visit your transportation office to set up the move. The counselor at your transportation office will need an estimated weight for each shipment you intend to make.

An easy and fairly dependable method for making this estimate is to figure 1,000 pounds per room (not including storage rooms or bathrooms) and then add the estimated weight of large appliances and items in the garage, storage rooms, basement, etc.

Although the table below was current when it was created the weight allowances do change.  We would like to direct invite to visit www.move.mil website and then click on "DOD Customer".  Then click on Weight Allowance Table - JFTR Vol 1 under Personal Property Counseling.  The current weight table is there.

HOUSEHOLD GOODS
WEIGHT ALLOWANCES FOR
ARMY PERSONNEL UNACCOMPANIED OVERSEAS
(in pounds)

SHORT TOUR
Less than 24 months

GRADE

UB

HHG

TOTAL

El-E3

500

700

1,200

E4

500

800

1,300

E5

500

1,000

1,500

E6

500

1,250

1,750

E7

500

1,500

2,000

E8

500

1,700

2,200

E9

500

1,900

2,400

Ol/W1

600

1,400

2,000

02/W2

600

1,400

2,000

03/W3

600

1,900

2,500

04/W4

600

3,500

4,100

05

600

4,000

4,600

06

800

4,500

5,300

LONG TOUR
24 months or over

UB

HHG

TOTAL

500

500

1,000

500

500

1,000

500

500

1,000

500

500

1,000

500

700

1,200

500

800

1,300

500

1,000

1,500

600

1,000

1,600

600

1,000

1,600

600

1,000

1,600

600

1,000

1,600

600

1,000

1,600

800

1,000

1,800


Weight Estimates Not Official

Weight estimates are not official; they are planning tools only. You can never use weight estimates to refute excess weight charges.

Excess Weight Can Cost Big Money
The total weight of property shipped and stored cannot exceed your authorized weight allowance. Exceeding your authorized weight allowance on a domestic or international move can cost you a lot of money. Charges for excess weight can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars.

Notification of overweight charges can take several months after your move has been completed. IF YOU ARE SEPARATING FROM SERVICE AND WILL NOT REMAIN IN AN ACTIVE PAY STATUS, EXCESS COSTS MUST BE PAID BEFORE YOUR SHIPMENT IS MOVED. If you have any questions, contact your transportation office.

Verify Accuracy of Excess Cost

To avoid excess weight charges, stay within your authorized weight allowance by estimating early and disposing of unnecessary possessions. When you receive a notification for exceeding your weight allowance, check it carefully. Often you may not have received credit for professional books, papers and equipment or some other entitlement. If you have any questions concerning your excess weight, contact your transportation office.

Request for Reweigh

You are entitled to have your shipment reweighed prior to delivery at destination. A request for a reweigh can be made through the transportation office either at origin or at destination prior to delivery.

Overseas Weight Limitations

In some overseas areas administrative weight restrictions may apply. If the area you are being assigned to provides government furniture, for example, the government will not pay to ship your full weight allowance. The counselor at your transportation office can provide information on weight-restricted areas.

If you are administratively restricted, the government will store the remainder of your household goods up to your full weight allowance or ship it to a designated location for the duration of your overseas tour. Unaccompanied baggage is included in your weight allowance, but is in addition to your administrative weigh allowance. Authorized professional books, papers and equipment are not counted in either the full weight allowance or an administrative weight allowance.

Consumable Items

Members assigned to some overseas stations may be authorized a consumable goods allowance. As with professional books, papers and equipment, these items must be packed, marked and weighed separately. The inventory should identify them as "authorized consumables." Your counselor will advise you on this entitlement.

Professional Books, Papers and Equipment

You must give the counselor an estimated weight to enter on your application for shipment or storage. This constitutes an official declaration of intent to ship professional books, papers and equipment. You must also separate professional items from the rest of your property so they may be packed, marked and weighed separately. When properly listed on the inventory, they are not counted as part of your weight allowance. Before signing the inventory prepared by the movers be sure these items are listed as 'PBP&E" and not as "books" or 'miscellaneous." The proper designation of these items and the exclusion of the weight can be very important. Professional books, papers and equipment do not include office, household or shop fixtures, furniture (such as bookcases, desks and file cabinets) or sports equipment.

When required to perform official duties, the following items are considered professional books, papers and equipment:

  1. Reference books, papers and material;
  2. Instruments, tools and equipment needed by technicians, mechanics and other professionals;
  3. Specialized clothing such as diving suits, flying suits, band uniforms and other apparel not considered to be normal or usual uniforms or clothing;
  4. Communications equipment used in connection with the Military Affiliated Radio System; and
  5. Individually owned or specially issued field clothing or equipment, official awards and other memorabilia given to a member by a uniformed service, professional society or organization, or a U.S. or foreign government.




Army Pamphlet 55–2, DOD PA 13A, AFP 75-45, NAVMC 2668, COMDTPUB P4050.5, NAVSUP PUB 380

 

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