INFORMATION, REFERRAL AND RELOCATION
Information, Referral and Relocation

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ProgramInformation

Relocation Services: Your moving experience begins well before you receive your Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders. Whether you are arriving or departing Okinawa, or acting as a sponsor to an inbound Marine or Sailor, knowing what to expect and who to contact will significantly reduce the stress of moving.   Whether it's your first time moving or acting as a sponsor or you have done it many times, Marine & Family Programs - Resources staff is here to help. Our office maintains the most current and up to date relocation-related information and processes, information on Navy and Marine Corps installations and much more!  We can help make your move to or from Okinawa as ‘Smooth' as possible.

Information and Referral: Marine and Family I & R  Specialists are available to provide individualized one-on-one assistance to assist with individual readiness and personal development. Marine and Family Programs I & R  Specialists are also available to provide assistance in locating information, resources and referrals, and coordinate unit and group training to include Personal Finance, Language and Culture, Transition, Relocation and Individual Effectiveness workshops.




Marine & Family Programs - Resources

Marine & Family Programs - Resources serves as your DoD family center for Marines and Sailors stationed on Okinawa. Our locations are staffed with specialists trained to provide information, individual assistance and/or referrals necessary to maintain the high quality of life you are accustomed to. Visit any location to speak to a specialist or attend one of many workshops offered to assist with transition, cultural adaptation and personal readiness. 

Marine & Family Programs - Resources is available to positively impact the mission readiness of Marines and commands, and prevent individual problems which detract from unit performance. Unit training is available upon request, and can be customized and coordinated with other Marine and Family Service programs to address unique challenges within the command. 

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Information & Referral Resource News
3/1/2020

1.  MyCAA Expansion:
The FY20 National Defense Authorization Act expands the program to help pay tuition up to $4,000 for a license, certification or associate degree to pursue any occupation or career. As long as the military spouse, school and a Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) career coach work together to define a clear career path the funds can be applied. Previously, MyCAA could only be used toward 13 defined fields and 170 careers.
Call Military One Source at 800-342-9647 to connect with a SECO career coach.
https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Releases/Release/Article/2072282/ndaa-expands-military-spouse-scholarship/

2.  Off Base Child Care Brochure is Attached. 
Child Care Fee Assistance was created to provide authorized USMC personnel assistance in locating, selecting, and offsetting the cost of civilian child care when on-base child care is not available.  The USMC Child Care Assistance brochure explains the process to determine eligibility.

3. TRICARE For Life (TFL)
TFL is Medicare-wraparound coverage for TRICARE beneficiaries who have Medicare Part A and Part B. This is regardless of your age or where you live.  It provides comprehensive health care coverage. With TFL, you also get prescription coverage under the TRICARE Pharmacy Program.
https://tricare.mil/CoveredServices/BenefitUpdates/Archives/01_28_20_How_TRICARE_For_Life_Eligibility_Enrollment_Works

4. Article and Status of Forces Survey
Please disseminate as widely as you are able:  Since 2017, DoD has included a Financial Literacy and Preparedness Survey as part of the annual Status of Forces Survey, as mandated by Congress.  The new Status of Forces Survey is open now.  If you have been invited to  participate, you should have received a letter and weekly email reminders (since early December 2019) with information on completing the survey.  The link is in this article:  https://www.usmc-mccs.org/articles/financial-readiness-is-mission-critical1/

5. VetResources:  http://www.va.gov/VetResources
VetResources offers free event tickets, premium subscriptions, audio books, National Park passes, video games, Walgreens Flu shots, Amazon Prime membership discounts etc.

 

6. MilSpouse Money Mission: https://www.milspousemoneymission.org/  
The aim of MilSpouse is to educate and empower military spouses to elevate their families by making smart money moves - set financial goals, read about issues related to military spouses, families and money management

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Information & Referral Resource News
DATE & TIME 3/1/2020
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1.  MyCAA Expansion:
The FY20 National Defense Authorization Act expands the program to help pay tuition up to $4,000 for a license, certification or associate degree to pursue any occupation or career. As long as the military spouse, school and a Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) career coach work together to define a clear career path the funds can be applied. Previously, MyCAA could only be used toward 13 defined fields and 170 careers.
Call Military One Source at 800-342-9647 to connect with a SECO career coach.
https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Releases/Release/Article/2072282/ndaa-expands-military-spouse-scholarship/

2.  Off Base Child Care Brochure is Attached. 
Child Care Fee Assistance was created to provide authorized USMC personnel assistance in locating, selecting, and offsetting the cost of civilian child care when on-base child care is not available.  The USMC Child Care Assistance brochure explains the process to determine eligibility.

3. TRICARE For Life (TFL)
TFL is Medicare-wraparound coverage for TRICARE beneficiaries who have Medicare Part A and Part B. This is regardless of your age or where you live.  It provides comprehensive health care coverage. With TFL, you also get prescription coverage under the TRICARE Pharmacy Program.
https://tricare.mil/CoveredServices/BenefitUpdates/Archives/01_28_20_How_TRICARE_For_Life_Eligibility_Enrollment_Works

4. Article and Status of Forces Survey
Please disseminate as widely as you are able:  Since 2017, DoD has included a Financial Literacy and Preparedness Survey as part of the annual Status of Forces Survey, as mandated by Congress.  The new Status of Forces Survey is open now.  If you have been invited to  participate, you should have received a letter and weekly email reminders (since early December 2019) with information on completing the survey.  The link is in this article:  https://www.usmc-mccs.org/articles/financial-readiness-is-mission-critical1/

5. VetResources:  http://www.va.gov/VetResources
VetResources offers free event tickets, premium subscriptions, audio books, National Park passes, video games, Walgreens Flu shots, Amazon Prime membership discounts etc.

 

6. MilSpouse Money Mission: https://www.milspousemoneymission.org/  
The aim of MilSpouse is to educate and empower military spouses to elevate their families by making smart money moves - set financial goals, read about issues related to military spouses, families and money management

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The DSTRESS Line is a USMC program for active duty, reserve, veterans and retirees, as well as their families. Callers will speak with veteran Marines, former corpsmen, or Marine Corps spouses with years of experience on 'the green side' as well as licensed behavioral health counselors who have been specifically trained in Marine Corps culture and ethos. The DSTRESS Line is an anonymous behavioral health counseling service that gives Marines, attached Sailors, and family members a place to call and speak with "one of their own." It is a place to call and talk about stress in daily life -from the common everyday stressors to post-traumatic stress. It is not a medical service. DSTRESS Line counselors won't diagnose symptoms, but they will work with callers to help with a way forward. The call lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  

Calling options from Okinawa are:
1. Dial 645-7734 from any DSN phone.
2. Dial 098-970-7734 from any Local Japanese cell phone or Local Japanese land line phone.
3. Dial 1-877-476-7734 from any US based VOIP Line (Vonage, Skype, Magic Jack, etc.). 

*If you have problems opening a link by directly clicking on it, please right click and select open on the pop-up menu.*  

 

Smooth Move Toolkit


Smooth Move Workshops are available online at Qualtrics.com. Service Members PCSing or EASing needing to fulfill the requirement can sign-up for an online session at our MCCS Relocation Services website: www.mccsokinawa.com/relocation. An email confirmation will be sent out to you with the link and the access codes you will need to complete your online training. Once completed you can proceed to any of the MCCS Marine & Family Program Buildings the following day to receive your checkout stamp.

Per MARADMIN 198/20, effective 31 March 2020, all domestic travel for DoD components is halted in response to COVID-19.

Per MARADMIN 193/20, effective 26 March 2020, all DoD International Travel is restricted to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Per MARADMIN 159/20, effective 11 March 2020, provides guidance on 2020 Peak Moving Season Preparations for all Marines, Civilian Marines and their families.


Per MARADMIN 221/19, effective 2 April 2019, all accompanied Marines and Sailors (attached to a USMC units) are eligible to bring their full Joint Travel Regulations (JTR) weight allowance to Okinawa. Unaccompanied Service Members (USMC and USN attached to a USMC units) are allowed to bring 600 lbs. .


Smooth Move Booklet

Smooth Move Workshop Booklet (Online Version) (May 2020)


Checklists

Financial Planning Worksheet for a PCS Move (2011 PFM Curriculum)

Smooth Move PCS Checklist  (May 2020)

TRS-Relocation Checklist for Marines (May 2020)

TRS-Relocation Checklist for Sailors (May 2020)


Personal Property/Household Goods/Housing

DMO, Personal Property Office at:
Camp Foster: 645-0922 / MCBBUTLERPPSODMO@usmc.mil 
Camp Courtney: 622-7561/ 9770 / MCBBUTLERPTOCourtney@usmc.mil
 
Camp Hansen: 623-4337/ 7029 / MCBButlerPPSOHansen@usmc.mil

 
**Military Families Making Summer PCS Moves Will Have to Follow These Strict Rules
https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/05/07/military-families-making-summer-pcs-moves-will-have-follow-these-strict-rules.html/amp
 
LATEST MARADMINS BEING UTILIZED: 254/20 and 198/20
LATEST USTRANSCOM PPA ADVISORY: PPA# 20-0058F UPDATE/ 12 May 2020
 
HEALTH SAFETY SCREENING:
 Checklists, interview forms, and other supporting documentation are available at:
https://www.iandl.marines.mil/divisions/logistics-plans-policies-strategic-mobility-lp/logistics-distribution-policy-branch-lpd/pcs2


USMC Personal Property Facebook Page  (Can only be accessed from a personal computer)

Naval Supply Command Household Goods Webpage

10 Steps to the Move Process (2019)

Day(s) Before Packers Arrive What Should You Do (Sept 2018)

Shipping Alcoholic Beverages Brochure  (May 2019)

Move.mil  

   *Move.mil - OCONUS Moving Guide

   *Move.mil - Lost & Damage Claims

   *DMO DPS (Move.mil) Step by Step Guide 

DMO Moving During COVID-19 (May 2020)

DMO 2020 Passenger Travel (May 2020)

5 Measures to Protect Your Health While Moving in a COVID-19 Environment (May 2020)

DMO Brochure - Military Moving Tips

DMO Outbound Shipment Form

Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO)  Household Goods/Relocation Allowances Frequently Asked Questions 

Housing Application

Temporary Living Allowance Brochure (Updated April 2017)

It's Your Move - Household Goods Booklet for Navy Personnel  (March 2019)

Household Goods: Information and Suggestions for Shipments  (April 2019)

Administrative Household Goods (HHG) Weight Allowance Location (April 2019) 


Transportation/Pet Transportation

USMC Passenger Transportation Facebook Page  (Can only be accessed from a personal computer)

Government of Japan Animal Quarantine Service (AQS)  Pet Exportation Webpages

Government of Japan Animal Quarantine Service (AQS) Information Sheet (November 2018)

Okinawa Veterinary Services PCS "Good To Know" Information Sheet (February 2019)

U. S Department of Agriculture - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Pet Travel Webpage 

HQ Air Mobility Command Pet Brochure (April 2018)

HQMC Pet Brochure for Commercial Airline Transport (February 2019)

Airline Customer Pet Handout (February 2019)


Resources/PCS Information 

MCCS Personal Financial Management Webpage 

Request a Sponsor

Military Installations Application (Military OneSource)

Plan My Move Application (Military OneSource) 

Loan Locker Form  (November 2018)

Navy - MyPCS Mobile App


For any questions on the above links/ forms, please contact our Relocation Section at 645-8395 or mcbb_reloassist@usmc.mil.


 

 

Here is the July 2020 Marine & Family Programs Calendar of Events (COE). Please fee free to share it.

To view the July 2020 Marine & Family Programs COE from your phone click on the link or scan the QR Code below:

July 2020 COE QR Code

https://mccsokinawa.syd1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0BbDV9ntIEaJHHn


As an added bonus, below is the July 2020 Information & Referral Resource News:

As the PCS season ramps up please remind your Marines to attend the mandatory PCS workshop that is provided by their Information, Referral and Relocation Specialists.  Services are also being provided virtually and telephonically.  Spouses are encouraged to attend.  New information about OCONUS ROM requirements is available and the I&R office is the place to start your PCS planning.   Attached is the contact information for each installation. 

 

PCS Season: https://usmc-mccs.org/articles/are-you-relocating/

Remotely stationed Marines can find helpful information at: https://www.move.mil/

Okinawa stationed Service Members can find helpful information at: https://www.mccsokinawa.com/relocation

   

FREE virtual summer camp – Operation Purple

Dates:  6-10 July

Some events will be live, others family can do on their own. The camp is for the whole family and they will be doing giveaways throughout the week.   

https://www.militaryfamily.org/operation-purple-at-home-registration/


Free MWR Virtual Summer Reading Program

Children and adults can enroll in the MWR Summer Reading Program virtually or through a local installation library. Enroll today  at:

https://www.militaryonesource.mil/recreation-travel-shopping/recreation/libraries/department-of-defense-morale-welfare-and-recreation-summer-reading-program?utm_campaign=mos-enews-july2020&utm_content=text&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery ].

 

The Military Family Learning network

The MFLN offers free webinars for military family service providers.  Some offer CEUs and/or certificates of completion.  To see what topics are covered, go to:https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/allevents/


Leadership Scholar Program  (LSP)

LSP helps exceptional Marines who want to pursue their education at highly selective schools after they transition out of the Marine Corps, with an emphasis on junior enlisted Marines.  

Currently Leadership Scholar Marines (LSP) are reporting acceptance letters from top colleges and universities including three Marines accepted to Harvard for Fall 2020. LSP Marines also reported acceptances at Columbia, University of Southern California, University of Florida, San Diego State University, University of Chicago, UCLA, Amherst, Cornell, Williams, and Georgetown.  Contact your installation education office for more information.

https://usmc-mccs.org/articles/leadership-scholar-program-how-can-marines-prepare-to-go-to-selective-colleges-and-universities/

 

Family Member Employment Program (FMEAP) update

Career preparation and employment assistance is available at each installation through FMEAP.  FMEAP coordinators are familiar with opportunities in their regional area and can assist spouses and family members with employment at their new location. Remotely stationed families can access career help through Military OneSource  Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO)

https://myseco.militaryonesource.mil/portal/


Spouses who must update their certification/license to a new state due to PCS may qualify for up to $1000 in reimbursement of fees under MARADMIN 091/20.  So far 172 Marine families have been reimbursed over $62,000 through this program.  Contact your installation FMEAP office for details.


PCS and the Child Development Centers (CDC)

If you are a PCSing spouse working at the CDC, you may qualify for a transfer of your CDC position directly to your gaining installation CDC.  Contact the FMEAP office for more information.


MyCAA Flexibility Grows

Military spouses can use the My Career Advancement Account Scholarship to pursue education and professional credentials. It can help pay up to $4,000 tuition for a license, certification or associate degree for any occupation or career.

https://mycaa.militaryonesource.mil/mycaa

Click on the 1st Quarter 2020 Information & Referral Database to access.  For questions or additional assistance, please contact 645-2104, 637-2815, 623-4522 or 625-2622.

*If you have problems opening a link by directly clicking on it, please right click and select open on the pop-up menu.*  

  

Sponsor's Toolkit


Sponsorship Training and Sponsorship Coordinator Training is now available via virtual or telephone conferencing. To sign up please call one of our facilities at the numbers listed below or visit the Relocation Workshops tab above.

MCCS Marine & Family Program - Resources Telephone Numbers:

Camp Foster: 645-2104/2106/8395/7494              
Camp Courtney: 622-7332             

Camp Hansen: 623-4522

Camp Kinser: 637-2815                

Camp Schwab: 625-2622


Stay up-to-date with the latest DoD COVID-19 travel guidance:

Marine Corps Based Movement Fact Sheet (29 June 2020)

COVID-19 USMC Leaders Reference Card

MARADMIN 383-20 Provides reinforcing guidance regarding transportation, pets, housing, and ROM guidance for PCS moves to Japan. This guidance is effective 6 July 2020.

MARADMIN 377-20 provides information on the DoD policy change regarding COVID-19 military personnel movement and travel restrictions for leave and liberty. The change is effective 1 July 2020.

MARADMIN 221-19 provides information on the changes to the Administrative Weight Limits (AWL) on Household Goods for Accompanied Marines/Sailors (assigned to Marine units) assigned to Japan.  The changes are effective 2 April 2019.


Training Materials:

Sponsors, as we continue to support the actions to reduce potential risk and minimize the spread of COVID-19, please reach out to your incoming Service Members and their families with guidance on following the 14-day Restriction of Movement (ROM) requirement.

We have updated the Sponsor’s Checklist to include sponsors creating and communicating a 14-day ROM plan with their incoming Service Member or family, to include: ensuring newcomers have access to food and other amenities and help facilitate their relocation process during this time period.

Sponsorship Training Guide (June 2020)

Sponsorship Checklist  (June 2020)

Port-to-Final Residence Flowchart Process (July 2020)


PCS Flowcharts:

Marine Accompanied PCS Flowchart (February 2020)

Marine Unaccompanied PCS Flowchart (February 2020)

Navy Accompanied PCS Flowchart  (February 2020)

Navy Unaccompanied PCS Flowchart (February 2020)


Sponsorship Program Directives:

III MARINE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE/MARINE CORPS INSTALLATIONS PACIFIC BULLETIN 1754 (12 June 2020)

MCO 1320.11G - USMC Sponsorship Order  

III MEF/MCIPAC/MCBB Order 1754.1A -  Sponsorship Order  (October 2019)


Additional Resources:

PCS Checklist for Incoming Personnel (February 2020)

PCS Checklist for Incoming Civilian Personnel (October 2019)

Okinawa PCS “Must Know" Information (May 2020)  

Financial Planning Worksheet for a PCS Move (2011 PFM Curriculum)

Sponsorship Request Form

Housing Renovation Slide (March 2017)

Household Goods Information and Suggestions  (June 2020)

Pets and Military Housing  

Overseas Screening Information

Children and Youth Programs


For any questions on the above links/forms, please contact our Relocation Section at 645-8395/2104 or MCBB_ReloAssist@usmc.mil.

 

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