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Robyn --- 5 years ago -

How much money do they give you? We have a 4bd 2.5 bath, and a loaded garge. He is an E-4. This is our first time to do this? My husband is being honorably discharged so does that change when you receive the money? 

tmmundy2 --- 5 years ago -

I dont know if they pay you when your honarably discharved. But, if they do then it depends,on where you are going. And they pay by the weight. You have to weigh your truck empty then full and packed.
If they do pay you i would think that it would be like any other move.
I have a friend whos husband back in 04 got chaptered. And they got paid but they dodnt recieve ot due to owing housing. And he had to pay back re enlistment bonus.
How much weight do thwy allow e4s,now? 

MissAttitude --- 5 years ago -

The will pay you up to 95% of what they would pay a mover to move you and you can get 60% of that upfront. You must weigh the truck empty and filled, keep all your receipts for gas, weighing etc. And they don't base it off of room size, only weight. I looked it up and the allowance for an E4 with dependents is 8,000 pounds 

tmmundy2 --- 5 years ago -

Yea i was fixin to say that it looks like 8000 pounds. 

militarybrat --- 5 years ago -

also keep in mind if you go over any of the pounds allowed, then on the end note you will not get the other % you are allowed and they will give you the difference if there is anything or you will pay back money. But remember that the army will only pay where is Home of record is. So if you are doing a dity move to some where besides that then all expenses are on you and they will not give you the money to move. 

militarybrat --- 5 years ago -

and that his the address that is on his dd214 

tmmundy2 --- 5 years ago -

Yesterday i asked that same que. About home of record. Due to my husbands being florifa. Well we got told they will ship our stuff to arkansas even if we dont change home of record. And i hope they are right because i sure as heck dont want my items floating around for a time. And i have to have them shipped back to ar from fl. 

militarybrat --- 5 years ago -

I would make sure of that because it was been that way for awhile. Dont want someone just saying that to you because they want you out of the office or they didnt really hear your question. 3 years ago I had a soldier request their stuff to another state that was not their home of record and they had to pay to have it shipped from the HOR to the current state they went to. Come to find out they told the soldier it was ok but when it was time they told him that they couldn't because it wasnt their HOR 

Garbage Vulture --- 5 years ago -

Yes they will ship to Arkansas because its shorter than to HOR florida. saves the army money 

tmmundy2 --- 5 years ago -

I know right. That would just be a.other pain in my toe. I told h months ago change his HOR. 

Robyn --- 5 years ago -

I'm wondering if I would make money?? If so what the lest would be? Our home of record is in Texas, Dallas area. We will be moving to the same city different zip code. This is the only place he has been stationed with dependents. So we really have no idea how much money they give you to move. And if they give it to you prior to ETSing? Thank you for any help :) 

MissAttitude --- 5 years ago -

They will advance you up to 60% of the 95% for your dity move and then he will only get pre diem and MALT. Nothing else 

Robyn --- 5 years ago -

How do I find out how much 95% is? What is MALT?

Thank you :) 

MissAttitude --- 5 years ago -

MALT is Monetary Allowance in Lieu of Transportation, 24 cents per mile
and per diem i believe is 77 dollars a day for the soldier

As for the 95% it would all depend on the weight of your HHG and how far you go. 

tmmundy2 --- 5 years ago -

Ok here is a question why not pay you a 100 percent. i guess army doesnt think your packing, time and bone crunching is worthe the same as a pro company. Lol just saying 

Tee C --- 5 years ago -

Ok here is a question why not pay you a 100 percent. i guess army doesnt think your packing, time and bone crunching is worthe the same as a pro company. Lol just saying 

Well, the first thing you have to remember is what many people don't realize with DITY moves: The Army isn't paying you to move; they're paying you the cost of the move. The packing, time, and bone crunching work is included in that cost, so they don't care about that.

The Army doesn't pay 100% upfront because it's a lot easier to withhold that money than to get it back if you owe. They also don't want soldiers to end up in debt because someone told them they'd make money on a DITY move.

Most people either underestimate or overestimate the amount of stuff they have in their homes. If you underestimate then you'll lose money (because if you go over, the Army will only pay you up to the amount you're allowed). So if you had to pay for packing supplies, gas and a truck large enough to move 14,000 pounds but your allowance was 8,000 pounds, then you'll only get paid for 8,000. The cost of moving the extra 6,000 comes out of your pocket and you may end up breaking even (or worse) losing money.

If you underestimate, then you're really screwed. Losing money out of your pocket is one thing, but having to actually reach in your pocket and pay the Army back is another. That's why they give you about 80% upfront and the other 20% later. I understand that people have to rent a truck, get packing supplies, etc, for a move, but people make the mistake of blowing through that 80% and expecting another big chunk later--and it ain't comin'.

We did a DITY in November 2008. We had a 28 foot truck and over 11,000 pounds. NEVER, EVER AGAIN. The money we made was okay, but the toll on our bodies...meh. 

Robyn --- 5 years ago -

Thank you that was very helpful :). I have been getting moving quots to try to find out if it's worth it to move ourselves. Well, I found out we have about 14,000lbs. So we have to down size. And move ourselves. The army will only pay up to 8,000lbs. If you've done it and have tips I'd be grateful to hear them. So I guess I'll be posting on RYS and dropping off thing at church and DAV!!! 

tmmundy2 --- 5 years ago -

I have only done partial dity. And i can tell you a piece of advice. If it has dust on it toss it. If no one has touched in a yr toss it. And if no one has a clue what it is or where the other half went toss it.
Oh yea best piece of advice if your hisband doesnt remember he owns it, say nothing just toss it.
It does make moving easier. 

MissThe80s --- 5 years ago -

I'm wondering what it will cost to pay a moving company to relocate us from Fort Riley to Westside Manhattan. 

MissThe80s --- 5 years ago -

If it has dust on it toss it. If no one has touched in a yr toss it. And if no one has a clue what it is or where the other half went toss it.
Oh yea best piece of advice if your hisband doesnt remember he owns it, say nothing just toss it. It does make moving easier. 


I concur. 

tmmundy2 --- 5 years ago -

It cost me 400 to have my lovingroom moved two blocks while at knox.
I could only imagine a whole house. 

MissThe80s --- 5 years ago -

Me, too; can only imagine until I hear a couple quotes. But, that said, I won't be doing any DIY; I value my sanity. 

tmmundy2 --- 5 years ago -

Haha miss i do to. I like sitting in my chair givin orders. Haha 

tmmundy2 --- 5 years ago -

Haha miss i do to. I like sitting in my chair givin orders. Haha 

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