Posted on Dec 27, 2019
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I go back to MEPS on the 15th to pick up my orders to JBLM. No clue what unit I'm assigned with until then. I informed the career counselor that I will be taking my wife and daughter with me. Any idea how long they may give me? Additionally, what factors, excluding familial needs and desires, does a unit take into consideration?
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SGM Command Career Counselor
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In most cases, you will not have a unit on your orders. Your orders will tell you where to report and a contact number. Generally the report date is on the 10th day of every month. Make sure that your orders have all your dependents names.
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Roger, thank you for the advice SGM.
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Make sure your family / dependents are on your orders, as far as settling every soldier gets 10 days permissive TDY for “house hunting” - congrats and goodluck !
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Before you make any arrangements to transport your family with you, contact your recruiter to find out what mode of travel will the MEPS have for you. I say this because when I re-entered active duty, the MEPS issued me my orders and a plane ticket for myself. I had to fly out that date and make arrangements for my family after I arrived to my new duty station.

Also remember, your orders effective date is the date of your enlistment which is usually your report date. They won’t pay for anything prior to the effective date to include if you drive. (If you’re effective date is 10 January and you head out to drive to JBLM on 3 January, all cost will be out of pocket for you and will not re-imbursed). So make sure to find what would be your effective date versus your report date. If they are the same, you’ll have to fly to JBLM first and make arrangements after you report to your unit. Good luck to you...
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