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What is a permanent change in station?

A permanent change in station includes:

  • A move from your home to your first post of active duty,
  • A move from one permanent post of duty to another, and
  • A move from your last post of duty to your home or to a nearer point in the United States. The move must occur within 1 year of ending your active duty or within the period allowed under the Joint Travel Regulations.
Spouse and dependents: If you're the spouse or dependent of a member of the Armed Forces who deserts, is imprisoned, or dies, a permanent change of station for you includes a move to:
  • The member's place of enlistment or induction
  • Your, or the member's home of record; or
  • A nearer point in the United States
If the military moves you to or from separate locations, the moves are treated as a single move to your new main job location.

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