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Army PCS Weight Allowances by Rank

When you are authorized shipment of household goods by the Army, you are only authorized a certain weight based on rank and if you are with or without dependents.


If you exceed this weight allowance, you will be charged for the overage.

Please note that certain things are excluded from the weight calculations. This includes professional books, papers and equipment (related to the Army) also known as (PBP&E/Pro-Gear). These boxes need to be clearly marked as PBP&E. You must declare these items so they are not included in the weight.

Be very careful about overages as they can be incredibly expensive! It can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars.


Estimate Weight

You can also estimate the weight ahead of time but be aware that your estimate can’t be used to dispute an overage claim by the moving company.

Many recommend to calculate an average of 1,000 pounds per room, excluding bathrooms.

You can also try to get a more accurate estimate through an online calculator such as this one: http://www.move.mil/dod/before_you_begin/weight_allowance.cfm This will open an Excel spreadsheet you can complete to estimate the weight.

Weight Allowances

The following chart is for CONUS moves:

Rank PCS without dependents PCS with dependents
O-10 18,000 18,000
O-9 18,000 18,000
O-8 18,000 18,000
O-7 18,000 18,000
O-6 18,000 18,000
O-5/W-5 16,000 17,500
O-4/W-4 14,000 17,000
O-3/W-3 13,000 14,500
O-2/W-2 12,500 13,500
O-1/W-1 10,000 12,000
E-9 13,000 15,000
E-8 12,000 14,000
E-7 11,000 13,000
E-6 8,000 11,000
E-5 7,000 9,000
E-4 7,000 8,000
E-3 5,000 8,000
E-2/E-1 5,000 8,000

About the author: Stacey is an Army wife of a soldier who joined in 2003. He has since been medically retired but she continues to provide information to Army wives and families to make their adjustment to the Army lifestyle easier. Connect with Stacey: Facebook Twitter Pinterest

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  • melanie January 27, 2011, 5:07 pm

    what is hold baggage? is there somewhere i can get a list of what is included?

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