DITY Move and PPM Calculator

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DITYMoveCalculator.net was created to help military members and their dependents calculate the allowances and expenses of a CONUS-CONUS PCS move when driving from base to base. This site is not endorsed by the government or military. If you have any suggestions on how I can make this calculator better, comment below or email me at jake@ditymovecalculator.net!

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58 thoughts on “DITY Move and PPM Calculator

  1. We are moving to our first assignment in a month. Are we paid a certain amount/day for food & hotel or do they just pay back what we spent on hotel based on receipts? If we stay with friends along the way will we still be reimbursed for “hotel” stay? Thanks!

    1. Rachael,
      Yes each service member and dependent will get a certain amount of per diem for each travel day which covers food and lodging. You get this regardless if you actually use it, so if you stay with friends you can pocket the extra money!

  2. If my wife and I are both service members do we each get per diem? For example, we are traveling from JBLM to Fort Bragg. We are allowed 9 travel days. Can we each use 8 hotel stays then, equaling 16? We want to travel longer and want to know if we will at least be able to have the hotels covered. I understand the food will only be for the 9 days and gas will only cover the miles they say it takes to get to Bragg,

    1. Yes definitely! The per diem is the “standard flat rate per diem” which includes lodging, food, and incidentals. It’s currently $142 per military member per travel day.

  3. We received $3636.33 before our dity move. I’m so confused on the numbers we will get back. Maybe you can help. Husband is a E-9 3 dependents 15k pounds with 3 days allowance from N.C to LA (983) miles.

    1. If you received some of your allowance up front, then you will receive the total allowances this calculator gives you minus what you received up front. I’m not sure what percentage you received so it’s hard to say how much more you’ll get at the end of the move.

      1. My hubs said we received 50% of the dity move. Taking that the weight would be right at 15k. We did not receive any DLA/PER DIEM money BC we used about 800.00 on govt C.C. for lodging and food. Was told we’ll get the rest back after he turns in his receipts.

        1. The payment you receive up front is based off the “low end estimate” so the 50% is only part of the low end estimate not your full 15k pounds. Once you turn in your official weight tickets that show the weight before loaded and after they will then submit a final claim and pay you the rest. Sponsor for us is E7 with 4 dependents and our max pounds is 13k. Our low end estimate is $3,900.00 we received 70% of that up front. Our high end estimate is $9750.00 for 13k pounds. We will receive any difference after we turn in weigh tickets. Hope this helps.

  4. I just want to say THANK YOU so much for this website! I wish it would’ve been around for all of my career, however, it has certainly been useful for our family’s last and final retirement PCS. I will definitely recommend to all of my military friends. Keep up the good work 😉

  5. Hi,

    I filled the basic information ( grade, #s of dependents , miles traveling , #os of POVs, but w/o weight and expenses )
    And I got DLA , MALT and Per Diem amount

    Shouldn’t those amount add up in ” EST. Profit” box ?

    Thanks for response

      1. It was showing something else, amounts showed is EST profit didn’t add up DLA, MALT and per Diem.

        I am confused regarding Reimbursement for weight & expenses for PPM
        Is that separate pay or is it part of DLA,MALT and PER diem ?
        What I mean is : IF I am getting 2000$ DLA, 500 MALT , 1200 Per diem
        and I am going to be moving 1000lbs( with Expenses of renting Uhal, gas and toll )
        IS that Expense going to be covered from DLA,MALT and PER diem
        Or will I be reimbursed for rental expense and I will get paid for moving weight on top of DLA,MALT and PER diem ?

        1. You will get a separate payment for moving your household goods (HHG). You won’t get directly reimbursed for the Uhaul or gas but hopefully you get enough total allowances to pay for it.

          1. Is the following calculation correct :
            If one is doing PPM move:
            Say weight reimburse by TMO is 1$/lb
            moving : 1500 lbs
            Gov cost : 1500$
            so you are entitled 95% of that ,ie 1425 $
            Now your expense : Rent uhal (500) gas (500)
            Your profit from PPM move ALONE is 1000( expenses ) + 318.75 ( taking 25% of 425) = 1318.75$

            And on a separate side, One will get per diem , MALT and DLA ?

  6. Hello, I have a question. I separated from the military in March 2017. Drove my own car from Portsmouth, VA to Seattle, WA. I had about 700 lbs. of personal belongings in my car. I was paid $649.88. Does that sound correct to you?


    1. That sounds about right for the HHG. You should have received MALT (~$500) and per diem (~$1200) as well. Usually those are deposited into your account as a separate payment. Did you get those? If not I would ask TMO to give you a breakdown of what you got paid. You should have at least got $1900 from MALT, HHG, and per diem when all is said and done.

      1. I called HHG and they told me the $649 is the right amount. Who would I call to ask about per diem? And what is TMO?

        Thank you.

        1. TMO is travel management office. Yours might be called something different depending on what branch you were in. I would call your finance office as I believe per diem is handled through them. Check your bank account to see if you received another deposit though first.

  7. Dumb question. Does the estimated profit include DLA, PD and MALT or is it just what the GOV will pay for your DITY? I hope that make sense. Thanks

  8. Hey man, Great site! I have a quick question that I have not been able to find the answer to on the defense travel website. Do you know if you can claim TLE during your PTDY period if you have hotel receipts?

    1. Yes absolutely. You can get up to 10 days reimbursed as long as you have the receipt and a letter of non-availability if staying off-base.

  9. So we just met with the transportation office and they said truck rental isn’t covered (which is totally bs).. So for us we’re moving from Ft.McCoy, WI to Peterson AFB, CO (1035 miles) with 17,000 lbs and I’m still confused on the numbers. Will we be able to make a decent amount off this move or with how much we have should we allow movers to move us? I’m confused on all the numbers.

    1. Michealle, if you plug in the cost of your rental truck in the expenses as well as all the other info the estimated profit should be pretty close. What is your weight allowance?

          1. Make sure when you fill out the numbers on the calculator that you put in your cost of the truck your renting (unless your using your own truck/trailer). I would think you should make a good amount with that much weight.

    2. Michealle – the trans office is absolutely correct, the truck rental is not part of what you get paid for (or reimbursed for). What you do get paid for is the weight of your HHG inside the truck. The cost of the truck is on you to pay for which is well worth it in the end. One little known fact; in the JTR (joint travel regulation) you can tow trailers should you have a truck. To sweeten the pot, a single axel trailer is considered HHG and it’s weight is counted towards your HHG weight. If you have a dual axel trailer, this does not apply.

  10. This is a great site and is much more helpful than my local TMO. Thanks for putting this together and keeping it updated!

    1. Unfortunately no. Recreational Vehicles (to include a camper, camping trailer , 5th wheel camper or self- propelled recreational
      vehicle) are not considered as HHG so you can’t get reimbursed for moving them.

  11. So we’re getting ready to move in a few months and we’re not sure if we want to do a DITY this time (our last move we lost so much due to hot hands movers). So our new duty station is about 845 miles away and my husband is a 04. We do have 3 kids and a ton of stuff. with that being said we’re thinking of doing a ABF move.. has anybody ever done that? i was told we can claim that for a DITY but was hoping to hear if anybody here has. also do you really make more with DITY then partial DITY?

    1. Lauren,

      I don’t know anyone who has used ABF but I don’t see why you couldn’t use them. You would just have to see how much they will charge and decide if you will make enough money (using this calculator) to cover the costs. A partial DITY just means that you only move some of your stuff while the Air Force (or whatever branch) moves the rest. That being said, the more weight you move yourself, the more money you could potentially make.

    2. We used ABF for a full PPM once and claimed the cost successfully. Regardless of how your stuff gets from point A to B you’ll get paid the same amount. The more you spend on authorized expenses, the less you pay taxes on of that amount. But, the more you spend, the less you get to keep. The ABF trailer cost us about $4000 to go half way across country, plus another $500 or so in other materials. I was reimbursed from the Army about $5300 so I really only got to keep (and pay taxes on) about $800. If I had used a rented truck instead for $1500 and spent another $500 on gas my total expenses would have been $2500 and reimbursement would have been the same so I could have kept $2800. One thing about ABF, their trailers are for cargo so no soft ride suspension like you find in an actual moving trailer. We also had the trailer show up, still locked, with many of our more expensive items missing and obvious signs that someone had rifled through our things. The company provided the lock. Insurance didn’t come close to covering the loss and we lost way more in HHG value than we ever could have made by moving ourselves. If you’re going to spend most of your ppm money just to get your stuff moved, just have the pros do it.

  12. we already received about 4000 for malt/dla before we moved. is it still possible to get back 4k for our partial ppm with 1200 nontaxable expenses on our 5100lb.

    1. If you are asking if you could receive another $4k from moving 5100 lbs of stuff it’s definitely possible. I would estimate somewhere around there.

      1. Do you know what the difference of income between full and partial dity might be for an E7? We are trying to figure out if a full dity will make us much more $

        1. Sam,

          It all depends on how much stuff you can fit in your car. If you estimate $1/lb and you take 500 lbs of stuff in your car and the mover takes the rest, you would make around $500 for moving the HHG. Does that make sense?

  13. what should I figure as a rough estimate that I will get back?
    High / low figure or estimated profit figure?

    I dont know which one is important and why. …. what’s the difference between the h/l and estimated profit.

    trying to inter in all my info and see what I might get back.

    1. I would figure halfway between the high/low figures for a rough estimate. I would love to be able to provide an accurate estimate but there’s so many variables the DoD uses in calculating reimbursement rates and the market changes so frequently that it’s almost impossible.

  14. How long do I have before it’s too late to turn in the weigh ticket? Unfortunately, they didn’t sign it the first time and I wasn’t able to get back to that weigh station until 2 years later. Is it still possible to get paid?

    1. There are many variables to figure out exactly how much you’ll get for moving your own stuff. Things like time of year and how much the gov’t is willing to pay a commercial carrier are two big variables. The high and low estimates provide a general range of what you may receive. I wish I could get it more accurate but it changes so often it’s almost impossible.

    1. Well, DLA isn’t allowed for a separation PCS, but I believe MALT is.
      Maybe you could add a check box for whether it is a separation PCS or not?

    2. Thanks! Interesting question. You won’t receive DLA when separating…However, if you are separating under honorable conditions and not receiving separation pay you will receive travel allowances (which includes MALT I believe, and HHG) from the last duty station to the home of record (HOR) or place where you entered active duty (PLEAD), whichever is greater. Check out section 5004 in the Joint Travel Regulations (http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/Docs/perdiem/JTR.pdf) to make sure I’m not misreading something!

  15. I think another good idea to post on here is how to properly use TLE when moving. I”m digging in the regulations and talking to finance but I’m pretty sure that you get both lodging and Meals for your locality that you are using the TLE (10 days on the front/back end). Any light you can shed on this would be great for everyone. Excellent site and thank you for being selfless and taking the time to assist others in the various services.

    1. Thank you…I will definitely write a blog post on TLE – I agree it would be beneficial. Glad you found the site helpful!

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