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Weight Restrictions


 

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Two factors govern the weight allowance for household goods that may be shipped at government expense: pay grade and location of the new duty station. If household goods exceed the weight allowed by the Joint Federal Travel Regulations, members will be required to pay all charges associated with the excess weight.

For this reason, it's a good idea for members to estimate the weight of their household goods shipment. An easy and fairly dependable method for making this estimate is to figure 1,000 pounds per room (not including bathrooms), then add the estimated weight of large appliances and items in the garage, storage rooms, and the basement to that amount. The following table outlines the weight allowances authorized by pay grade.

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Table of Joint Federal Travel Regulations Weight Allowances

Grade PCS without Dep. PCS with Dep. Temporary
Allowance
0-10 18,000 18,000 2,000
0-9 18,000 18,000 1,500
0-8 18,000 18,000 1,000
0-7 18,000 18,000 1,000
0-6 18,000 18,000 800
0-5 16,000 17,500 800
0-4/W-4 14,000 17,000 800
0-3/W-3 13,000 14,500 600
0-2/W-2 12,500 13,500 600
0-1/W-1 10,000 12,000 600
E-9 12,000 14,500 600
E-8 11,000 13,500 500
E-7 10,500 12,500 400
E-6 8,000 11,000 400
E-5 7,000 9,000 400
E-4** 7,000 8,000 400
E-4* 7,000 8,000 400
E-3 5,000 8,000 400
E-2 5,000 8,000 400
E-1 5,000 8,000 400

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Exception

Entitlement is limited to 2,000 pounds or 25 percent of household goods weight allowance, whichever is greater, when shipment is to or from an overseas station that has been designated by the military service concerned as a place where public quarters or private housing is furnished with government owned furnishings.

** Over two years
* Less than two years