HomeNewsArticle Display

Limited professional gear allowed during PCS

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) --

As the permanent change of station peak season approaches, Air Force officials are reminding Airmen to review the Department of Defense policy on transportation of professional gear to avoid costly charges.

“We highly encourage Airmen get one-on-one counseling with their personal property processing office to learn exactly what is and what isn’t considered professional gear,” said Kevin Kennedy, Personal Property Activity deputy director. “Travelers should also carefully read through the Joint Federal Travel Regulation.”

As of May 1, 2014, the amount of professional books, papers and equipment, or PBP&E, shipped in household goods during a PCS move is limited to a maximum of 2,000 pounds and is not charged against the authorized household goods weight allowances.

This includes items such as instruments, tools and equipment unique to technicians, mechanics, medical professionals, musicians and members of the professions; and specialized clothing, such as diving suits, astronauts' suits, flying suits and helmets, band uniforms, chaplains' vestments; and other specialized apparel and unusual uniforms or clothing for the performance of official duties at the next duty assignment.

Issues arise when Airmen claim items as PBP&E that are not, which could cost them.

“An article which loses its identity as PBP&E continues as household goods, which can lead to excess weight charges for which an Airman is still financially responsible,” Kennedy said.

Policy excludes items of a professional nature that will not be necessary at the next duty station, such as text books from schools and personal books, even if used as part of a previous professional reading program, and some previously allowed categories such as personal computer equipment and memorabilia.

To view the JFTR and changes, see Joint Federal Travel Regulation change 327 and Joint Travel Regulation change 581.

Engage

Twitter
RT @USAFRecruiting: Air Force Chief of Staff, @GenCQBrownJr, has a message for those considering a career in the @usairforce: Regardless…
Twitter
We are not surprised. @InStyle listed @amccommander Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost and @cmsaf_official Chief Master Sg… https://t.co/rPQLbXREGC
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: The @USAirForce is home to empowered #Airmen all over the world. It was great to meet a number of the talented #Airmen at…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: When I ask what people need to get the mission done, the first responses I normally get are “more people & more money”.…
Twitter
RT @cmsaf_official: A lot of great ideas from some very talented people, with one common theme: we need to provide deliberate, relevant dev…
Twitter
RT @cmsaf_official: What does the future of Enlisted Professional Military Education, and the development of our Airmen, look like? That’s…
Twitter
.@AirNatlGuard Airmen with the 270th Air Traffic Control Squadron, @173rdFW, operated a mobile air traffic control… https://t.co/a36pytIbwQ
Twitter
RT @US_TRANSCOM: @USArmy Soldiers from the @10MTNDIV and @usairforce Airmen participate in an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise at Vo…
Twitter
RT @AETCommand: The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron @LukeAFB has executed construction as an in-house troop-training project. This project wil…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: It was great to be at @RamsteinAirBase. Ramstein AB, and its motivated #Airmen, represents the employment of holistic air…
Twitter
Republic of Singapore Air Force Chief recently visited Andersen AFB to discuss ways to deepen the partnership betwe… https://t.co/RYwSHWxyRr
Twitter
Enlisted #Airmen view Airman Leadership School as a stepping stone to becoming a NCO. For Ugandan air force sergean… https://t.co/yQYFHykUS6
Twitter
RT @AirNatlGuard: #WelcomeHome The last rotations of @179AW Airmen returned from deployment to Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base, Ohio…
Twitter
Basic Cadets from the Class of 2025 complete the assault course at the @AF_Academy's Jacks Valley in Colorado Sprin… https://t.co/4HJvs9s1dW
Twitter
RT @DeptofDefense: In California, @usairforce C-130 MAFFS-equipped aircraft from the @AirNatlGuard attempt to control the Beckwourth Comple…
Twitter
RT @AFGlobalStrike: Yesterday, a group of @usairforce #B52 #bombers, #Airmen and support equipment from @TeamMinot deployed to the @INDOPAC
Twitter
The Office of the Vice Chief of Staff partnered with Productable Inc. for Project Holodeck. This innovation manag… https://t.co/TvyjgGS6n7
Twitter
Eight F-16 Fighting Falcons and over 150 personnel assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron at Aviano Air Base, Italy… https://t.co/BkGk9R83wA
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: A/SecAF Roth met with Joint Base Andrews #Airmen today, thanking them for the various missions they fulfill across the N…
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,353,145
Follow Us