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Time to hit the ground running! A military move is always tricky, regardless of how many times you’ve moved with the military. We at South Bay Moving understand that a military move to Central California can be difficult, and we’re ready and able to help you at a moment’s notice. We service all of Monterey, San Benito, Fresno, Madera, San Joaquin, and Merced counties. Here is your essential guide to military moving in Central California. Thank you for your service! 

What Is a Central California Military Move?

There are three main types of moves within the military. Here are quick descriptions of each one and how we can help. 

PCS Moves

A Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move takes place when a service member’s new duty station is more than 50 miles away from their previous station. They have no choice but to accept the orders, regardless of how far the move is. However, the government must pay for the relocation. 


You can perform a PCS move yourself, though hiring PCS movers can be extremely helpful. Our team has handled dozens of PCS moves, providing personalized and affordable support during every stage of the relocation. We can handle Central California long-distance moves from any part of the country.

PPM Moves

A personally procured move (PPM) is a do-it-yourself move. You are responsible for packing, transporting, and unpacking your belongings, though you can hire PPM movers. The government can pay some or all expenses, but you cannot exceed a weight allowance. PPM moves are extremely difficult to execute on your own, so you should hire a company

Combo Moves

Combo moves are a cross between a PCS and PPM move. You may decide to ship some of your items with the military and other items with a private moving company. The government can reimburse you for some expenses, but you must keep all of your receipts. This option can work if you have a number of expensive or bulky items you can move by yourself. 

Cost of a Military Move

In order to cover the cost of your move, you need to find a reimbursement program. There are 10 different programs you can choose from. 

Dislocation Allowance

Dislocation Allowance (DLA) helps with miscellaneous moving costs that other reimbursement programs do not cover. It is usually a small amount of money paid once during a PCS move. 

Move-In Housing Allowance

Move-In Housing Allowance (MIHA) helps with overseas relocations. You can receive money to cover the cost of rent and modify an old home for security reasons. 

Temporary Lodging Allowance

Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA) covers the cost of housing and meals while you are waiting for permanent lodging. TLA may not cover all of your expenses, especially if you have children.

Monetary Allowance in Lieu of Transportation

Monetary Allowance in Lieu of Transportation (MALT) is paid once you arrive at your new duty station. You receive 16 cents for every mile you drive, and you get 18 cents per mile if you take multiple cars. 

Per Diem Allowance

Per Diem Allowance covers the cost of meals and lodging as you travel to your duty station. If you are spending multiple days on the road and need to stay in a hotel and buy food, you can cover your bills with this allowance. 

Temporary Lodging Expense

Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE) covers lodging and meals while you are living in a temporary house. You can claim up to $290 a day. 

Advance Basic Pay

Advance Basic Pay is an interest-free loan that the government can give you during PCS moves. Your collateral is your military salary, and you repay the loan back in 12 installments. 

Advance BAH

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) provides money for off-base housing. Advance BAH lets you get money in advance to cover the cost of moving into a home. 

Advance Overseas Housing Allowance

Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA) provides money for service members who move overseas. Advance OHA can cover the expenses your BAH does not cover. 

What Will Central California Military Movers Not Pack?

Central California military movers cannot pack hazardous materials, including cleaning supplies, glue, and paint. They also cannot pack building materials, vehicles, and live animals. If you sell household goods, PCS movers cannot relocate them. They can move guns, but they will not move ammunition, so unload your firearms before moving day. Some movers do not pack live plants, batteries, food, or bulky items. Talk to your company so you know what you can bring with you. 



The cost of moving internationally depends on several factors. A visa can cost thousands of dollars, even if you’re traveling by yourself. Insurance can cost hundreds of dollars, with premium packages costing a few thousand. In general, the more items you are moving with you, the higher your estimate will be. Contact us for a personalized quote.

Central California is home to several prominent bases and military installations: the Presidio of Monterey, Naval Air Station Lemoore, and DLA Distribution San Joaquin. We can execute moves to these three bases and other, smaller installations.

Moving With Different Branches of the Military

Southbay Moving can help any member of any branch of the military move to Central California. 

Army Moves

The Army provides ground forces, and it’s the oldest and largest branch of the military. Our Central California Army movers can help any Army member move to any installation in the state.

Navy Moves

The Navy is the United States’s forward-deployed force, running operations on, above, and below the water. If you’re engaging in a Central California Navy move to the coast or interior of California, we can help.

Marines Moves

The Marine Corps is America’s amphibious branch, providing support to the Army and Navy. Whatever base you are moving to, our Central California Marines movers can ship your items out in no time. 

Air Force Moves

The Air Force delivers forces anywhere in the world within a few hours. You need to be flexible and fast to serve in the Air Force, and our Central California Air Force movers can relocate you within a few days.

Coast Guard Moves

The Coast Guard helps law enforcement, environmental protection agencies, and the Navy. We can carry out a Central California Coast Guard move that brings you to a base on the coast or inside the state. 

Military Moving Resources

If you need a little help during your relocation, feel free to use these resources:


  • is the Department of Defense’s official moving portal, and it can offer step-by-step advice for your relocation.
  • Military installations: You can use the military’s official website to look at military installations and figure out how you can set up your life in your new home. 
  • helps service members find housing, including in off-base situations. 

PCsmyPOV: PCSmyPOV lets you schedule when you drop off and pick up your personal vehicle as part of a PCS move.

Southbay Moving Is Your Best Central California Military Mover

Southbay Moving has more than 30 years of experience in military moves. Our team of 35 professionally trained employees helps more than 1,200 customers every year, including hundreds of active service members and veterans. 

Our Central California military moving company is a bonded, licensed, and insured organization. A dedicated moving coordinator can help you plan and arrange your move and supervise the Central California military movers. We provide dedicated moving vans at affordable flat rates. If you need items stored, you can order long-term or short-term Central California storage services at our military-approved warehouse.

Southbay Moving is ready to hit the road. We service all of Monterey, San Benito, Fresno, Madera, San Joaquin, and Merced counties. Give us a call at 831-786-5537. 

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