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Key PCS (Permanent Change of Station) Acronyms and Terms

COLA - Cost of Living Adjustment - A supplement designed to equalize purchasing power between high and low cost areas.

DLA - Dislocation Allowance - An allowance that is provided to partially reimburse a service member for expenses associated with relocating the household.  The service member is not required to collect receipts for the expenditure of DLA.  Also, DLA is non-taxable and does not have to be repaid

PCS - Permanent Change of Station - Military orders authorizing the military member and family to move to a new permanent duty station.

PPT - Personally Procured Transportation - Formerly known as a DITY Move.  A move in which service members move their own personal property at government expense. 

POV - Privately Owned Vehicle

Sponsor - Service member assigned to assist newcomer and his/her family with settling in.

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TLE - Temporary Lodging Expenses - The allowance received when arriving at a CONUS base that offsets some of the expense of temporary housing and meals.

TMO - Transportation Management Office - Office that makes arrangements for shipping and/or authorizing storage of service member's personal effects, furniture, etc.

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