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COVID-19 | May 6, 2020

PCS/HHG SITREP 4 announces new safety measures, limited leave en route, quarantine guidance

By Aimee Hart

Summary: PCS Travel is now authorized through June 5, 2020.  Three new safety measures are in place to protect members during their move. Limited leave en route is now authorized. Guidance is now available regarding quarantining members upon arrival. PCS Float Plan v.3 is ready for use.


Your safety rights during PCS

ALCOAST 160/20 - PCS/HHG SITREP 4 announced three new measures to ensure you are empowered to take charge of your move. 

1. A new “Commitment to Servicemembers” letter provides members the ability to:

  • make sure movers are wearing PPE correctly
  • allow or not allow movers in your home
  • halt your move or re-schedule your move

2. All movers (aka Transportation Service Providers) must present you with a signed certificate guaranteeing to you that they:

  • have medically screened your moving crew
  • will wear proper PPE (masks and gloves)
  • practice good hygiene procedures while in your home

3. The PCS Assist Team will deliver a Household Goods Safety Brief to you and your dependents within 48 hours of your first moving day (or household goods start date). The brief will counsel you and your dependents on your rights and responsibilities for Moving Day.  The call will also give you the opportunity to obtain support in any other logistics, administrative, or work-life issues you may need addressed as you plan your trip. Remember, the PCS Assist Team will contact you by phone, so be on the lookout for that incoming call from a 757 area code. To schedule this mandatory brief, members MUST call the PCS Assist Team once their moving dates are confirmed in DPS or by their servicing transportation office.


Members May Now Request Leave En Route in Certain Circumstances

The Coast Guard is now authorizing leave en route in limited circumstances, however allowance of leave en route will need approval by the member’s CO/OIC or the first O-6 in the member’s chain of command.  Leave en route will ONLY be granted to facilitate a PCS move or help the member’s functionality at their new unit. For example, if a member needs to take a detour to a family member’s residence to pick up a car but the overall travel will require more time, leave en route may be an option. 

For this transfer season, leave en route cannot be used to take a vacation on the way to your next unit. 


Your next steps

  1. Schedule your move as soon as you receive orders and establish dates with your outbound and inbound units.
  2. If you haven’t completed your float plan, be sure you are using the most recent version. PCS Float Plan v.3 is now uploaded and ready for use.
  3. Be safe out there and know that the PCS Assist Team is only a call or email away!  Contact the PCS Assist Team at 1-833-551-0887 or


Commands: When to quarantine newly arriving members

Most members can proceed directly to their new units, check in, and begin integrating into their new unit. PCS travel in and of itself doesn’t require a member and their family to quarantine, even if there are blanket state or local “shelter in place” or “stay home” orders in effect.

In accordance with the Risk Assessment Flowchart (CAC-enabled), Commanding officers must follow these guidelines when considering whether to require arriving members to self-isolate: 

  1. If the member or their dependent has been exposed to COVID: Consult with a military medical officer about whether there is any need for them to self-isolate.
  2. If the member or their dependent has tested positive for COVID: Consult with a military medical officer about whether there is any need for them to self-isolate.
  3. If there is a state or local “shelter in place” or “stay home” order: Members do not need to self-isolate when they arrive at their new unit. If you intend to order a member or their dependents into self-isolation based on state/local requirements, you must seek approval from the first Flag Officer or SES in your chain of command.




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