correct address for your new duty station in the
personnel office of your present station or at the
nearest Naval Reserve center.
Standard Navy Distribution List, Parts 1 and 2, and
Catalog of Naval Shore Activities give the correct
mailing addresses for all Navy and Marine Corps
Consult these publications as needed.
Remember that security requirements may restrict
you from telling the location of your new address.
If you are assigned to a ship, your standard
address will be as follows:
Your grade and name
Name of ship and hull number
FPO* and ZIP Code
*FPO San Francisco (AP) and FPO Seattle (also
AP) serve Pacific Fleet units; FPO New York (AE)
and FPO Miami (AA) serve Atlantic Fleet units and
TRANSPORTATION AND STORAGE
OF PERSONAL PROPERTY
The conditions and rules for transporting personal
property are somewhat complicated and vary with
different situations. Before making any arrangements
for shipping or storing your property, consult the
Personal Property Office nearest you.
ARRANGING FOR SHIPMENT OF YOUR
Upon receipt of your orders, consult the Personal
Property Office nearest you. If you are unable to go
yourself, you may arrange for an agent to represent
you. However, be sure your agent is in receipt of a
power of attorney or letter of authority, signed by you,
authorizing arrangements for the shipment and/or
storage of your personal property. If necessary, you
can handle most of the details concerning these
arrangements by mail.
During your premove interview, your Personal
Property Office will request copies of your orders and
ask you to fill out an Application for Shipment of
Household Goods (DD Form 1299). This application
authorizes you to make shipments or place goods in
storage, either of which involves a cost of hundreds of
dollars to the government or you, depending on your
Weight allowances of household goods
authorized for storage/shipment at government
expense are based on your rank/grade on the effective
date of your orders and on the type of orders you
For instance, on a permanent change of
station, an ensign without dependents is entitled to
ship 10,000 pounds of household goods; an ensign
with dependents is entitled to 12,000 pounds. (On a
temporary change of station, the allowance is 600
In addition to the authorized weight
allowance, you may also ship professional books,
papers, and equipment at government expense,
provided you certify them to be necessary in the
performance of your official duties. Ordinarily, these
professional items will be shipped on the same
transportation documents as your household goods.
To prevent the weight of your professional items
being charged to your authorized household weight
allowance, ensure they are (1) separately packed and
weighed and (2) the weight is separately shown on all
When your goods are picked up, be sure to check
the carriers inventory to see that it is accurate,
descriptive, and legible. Be sure you or your agent is
present to accept delivery of your goods.
reference purposes as well as for filing a claim, if
necessary, keep your copies of the government bill of
lading, Statement of Accessorial Services (DD 619
and DD 619-1), Application for Shipment (DD 1299),
and Carriers Inventory.
If you will need certain items soon after reporting
to your new duty station, you may designate them for
delivery at your destination as unaccompanied
baggage or with your household goods. Discuss these
needs with the Personal Property Office.
When your property is delivered, be sure to note
loss or damage, if any, on both your copy and the
carriers copy of the inventory and DD 619-1. You
and the carrier will sign these documents after they
have been correctly annotated. These notations will
be required in supporting your claim for any loss and
damage that occur. Also, keep purchase receipts for
household items since they can help you establish the
value of lost or damaged property.
The Department of Defense has prepared the
pamphlet Its Your Move to provide information on the
movement of household goods, mobile homes,
privately owned vehicles, and loss and damage claim
You may get this pamphlet at your
nearest Personal Property Office.
appendix IV of this text contains helpful hints for your