A DITY move is a voluntary program where the government reimburses you for the cost of your move. Also known as Personally Procured Move Program, the Dity move is offered to military personnel who are assigned to a new location. Under the usual move, it is the government that will arrange all the shipping of the belongings of the personnel. Now, if the personnel chose instead to have a DITY move, the government will pay a percentage of what it would have cost the government to do the move. Generally it is eighty percent of what it would cost the government. Many servicemen make money from the Dity move by making sure that the entire cost of their move is less than this percentage.
Now, in order to do a DITY move, it is necessary to have the approval or authorization of the TMO, assignment or orders for the move, the application for the DITY move and the counseling checklist. Thus, before anything else, if you want to use this program, make sure that you go first to your TMO or JPPSO or whatever is the equivalent in your local military branch. The TMO will provide you with the forms and instructions for the move. This includes how to reimburse the government. At the same time, you will be given how much you are allowed to spend for the move as well as what you will need to reimburse the government, such as receipts. You will also know which items or things that are not reimbursable, such as plants and pets. You have to read everything carefully before signing the documents for the DITY move. You have to be careful or you might end up paying more than what you can reimburse.
Second, even if you are not planning to make money from the move, it is best to use that as standard for your move. This way you will be able to compute everything properly and not end up paying additional. So, in everything, from choosing a rental truck for example, assume that you want to make money. Then compute, compute and compute everything. Also, make sure that you take everything into consideration and monetize them. For example, if you are using your own vehicle for the move, compute what you will spend on meals while on the road. Although food is one of the restrictions and will not be reimbursed by the government in DITY move, you will still spend money on it. So make sure you take everything into account.
Third, make sure you choose the right type of move. Here you can rent a truck or hire movers. Or you can use your own vehicle. When you hire movers, there are different options, such as a full service move. Choosing the right option will allow you to spend less and have easier move.