COVID-19 | March 29, 2020

Coast Guard planning a modified PCS season

As our Nation and Coast Guard confront the unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, the Coast Guard faces a clear challenge that requires us to be committed, patient, and flexible. The movement of our personnel to fill critical billets around the Nation is paramount. We must ensure that key positions are staffed, while safeguarding future readiness by keeping our members healthy.

We recognize the stress that this situation creates for everyone, and particularly for our members that need to arrange permanent change of station (PCS) moves this season. As our Nation confronts COVID-19 challenges that significantly impact the communities we work and live in, we intend to implement a modified, measured PCS execution process that balances risk to mission with protection of our people and their families.

We WILL have an AY20 PCS season, but it will not be business as usual. The PCS season will very likely be extended, and require flexibility, leadership involvement, and compromise to meet service, unit, and individual needs. Ultimately, we want to carry out all planned PCS moves this summer. The process we are developing will allow for limited PCS and related household goods (HHG) shipments in the short term, while we assess the impacts that the COVID-19 crisis has on transportation service providers and logistics required for our members to successfully carry out their moves.

For now, we are moving forward with PCS moves, within the U.S., that have been scheduled on or before April 30, 2020. The following interim measures apply to those who have a scheduled HHG pickup on or before April 30, 2020:

  • If you already have a HHG pickup date using a government furnished transportation provider with a CONUS destination on or before 30 April 2020, send an email to
  • Your email must contain your first and last name, departing command, and your pack date.
  • You will be issued a cover letter for your orders, as well as direction to call your Transportation Office and inform them that you are a "Coast Guard move" and excepted from the DoD stop movement order.

You can find additional details through a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) posted on the Coast Guard’s coronavirus website: