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Ask An Army Spouse: Getting Stationed in Hawaii

First Duty Station: Hawaii

My husband is almost done with AIT. His first duty station is in Hawaii. What do we have to do in order for me, our cat, car, and belongings to go along with him. Is there anyone we have to contact? Do we have paper work to fill out?How do we get on a waiting list? Last but not least do I get to go with him right away? I am totally lost on what to do!!



First, lucky you! Enjoy Hawaii!

Your husband’s orders should include dependents. This will allow you to contact the transportation office that is closest to you to set up the move. The Army will send a moving team to your house to pack all of your belongings and transport them to Hawaii. They will be able to give you a weight estimate of your belongings. Do your best to stay under what you are allowed as any overages can be very expensive. For an overseas move, you will be eligible to move one vehicle that is paid for by the Army. If you want to take a second vehicle, you will have to arrange for shipment of it.

As far as housing, you will need to contact the housing office in Hawaii to see how they assign housing. Some posts will allow you to add your name to the waiting list as soon as orders are cut where others won’t allow you to do it until you are physically present on post.

Other things to consider include an EFMP screening for your entire family. This is to ensure that Hawaii has adequate medical facilities to take care of any medical issues in your family. This can be done by contacting the nearest MTF (military treatment facility). Also, all pets going to Hawaii will require quarantine. In most cases, unless it is a puppy or kitten, they can be fast tracked and it will only be a matter of days.

Find additional information on relocating to Hawaii here.

Moving to Hawaii with Pets

My fiance and I are getting married in 2 weeks as soon as he finishes his AIT. We just found out that he will be stationed in Hawaii, so we will be moving there at the end of May. I’m totally excited and not sure what to do. I have lived in California for all of my life, and I am clueless about where to start.

What should we bring with us? We are just starting our home and don’t have much furniture yet, should we buy it before we leave and ship it or just look for furniture once we get there? I have a 5 month old puppy, will I be able to bring him with me? I heard they had to be quarantined but he’s still young, I don’t want him to get sick or anything.


First, you need to make sure that his orders to Hawaii include you, otherwise the Army will not pay for you to move with him. After you are married, he will need to attempt to get his orders amended to include dependents if they have already been cut. As far as buying furniture, it may be cheaper for you to buy things in the states as things are generally more expensive in Hawaii.

If pets do not meet the five day or less requirement for quarantines in Hawaii, then they must be quarantined for 120 days. Due to your puppy’s age, it looks as if he may fall under the 120 day quarantine. I don’t blame you for not wanting to do that as I wouldn’t want to do it either. However, if he doesn’t qualify for the shorter quarantine, there won’t be a choice.

You can find more information on moving to Hawaii as well as on the quarantine rules here:


Moving Household Goods to Hawaii

My husband is finishing up OSUT in May and he’s been told that his duty station will be in HI. I’m not sure where, I forgot to ask him. I’m just wondering how all of our belongings are going to get there and how long it takes to get are things sent to us. Does anyone know? I’m very overwhelmed and nervous and would really appreciate some help. Thank you!


Congrats on getting Hawaii. A good friend of mine just returned from being stationed there and she misses it dearly! You will be able to arrange your move through the transportation office. For an overseas move (which Hawaii is considered), you will likely want to let the Army handle everything. In that case, they will send a moving company to your home to pack up your belongings and ship them to Hawaii for you. You should also be authorized to have one vehicle shipped at the expense of the Army. There will be weight limitations for your household goods depending on rank but as long as you don’t exceed that, there will not be any cost associated with the move.

As you can imagine, moving household goods to an overseas location can take a bit longer than a CONUS move. But even still, in most cases, you will receive your household goods within a month if not sooner. It depends on how backed up the transportation offices and moving companies are at the time of your move. It could be a considerably shorter timeframe as well.

Good luck!

Coordinating Move to Hawaii with Transportation Office

My husband is in the Army, and is being stationed in Hawaii. We’ve been trying to find someone to move all of our belongings and vehicle, but can’t seem to find the right people to contact. We already have our flight scheduled for June 4, 2010, and need to find someone ASAP to come pick up our stuff. We need a military friendly moving company here in Louisiana. He has orders to move everything at the Army’s expense. Please contact me back as soon as possible. Thank you so much!!


You don’t have to find your own moving company to move you to Hawaii. Just contact the Transportation Office at the closest military post (doesn’t even have to be Army) and they can lead you in the right direction for setting up the move. As long as he has orders that allow him to have his household goods shipped, it will not be a big deal.

Though your timetable is VERY short with flights booked for the 4th. You will want to call them as soon as possible. You will probably have to give a POA to a family member who can be there when the movers pack your belongings. The transportation office can help with that as well (and refer you to the appropriate sources). Be sure to tell them that you fly out on the 4th.

Good luck!

Moving to Hawaii Without Command Sponsorship

I recently got married to my husband who is in the Army and stationed in Hawaii. After waiting 3 weeks, we recently found out that I was denied family travel entitlements so me and my daughter are not sponsored dependents. Now me and my daughter wont be able to relocate with my husband with the assistance of the Army. Does anyone have any resourceful advice? I was considering just moving to Hawaii (at my own expense of course) and finding employment independently. Has anyone tried this or have any advice????? Please help!

I’m going to open this up for others to share their stories. It’s unusual not to be sponsored to join him in Hawaii. I can see if you’re not included on orders as far as moving is concerned since you are very newly married. Hopefully someone will be along who can assist.

Command Sponsorship for Hawaii

My husband and I have been married for almost 5 months. He got assigned to Fort Shafter, Hawaii and he had orders with dependents and deferred travel. He has been there 7 weeks, and we are trying to get the command sponsorship papers done for me to get there. We want to live on base and they told him the command sponsorship has to be done to be on the wait list and even for me to get there, but I know people that were there before their command sponsorship was finished. Is there any way for me to move there with him and get TLA before the command sponsorship is finished, and about how long does it take for the paperwork to get completed in Hawaii? They said it would be done last week but it still isn’t yet.

I’m asking a friend of mine who was in Hawaii to stop by and comment on this for you. 🙂 Anyone with experience, please chime in below in the comments.

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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  • V June 29, 2010, 1:09 pm

    You and your husband can pay out of pocket for you to move to HI. However the military will not pay TLA until the command sponsorship has been approved. I would have your husband check with his Chain of Command to see what the hold up is. Have all the EFMP screenings been submitted for yourself and any other dependents? I’ve never heard of it taking this long unless there was something missing from the packet. Really it should only take up to 4 weeks max.

    • Army Spouse June 29, 2010, 1:26 pm

      Thanks for commenting, V!

  • Jennifer Hayden July 9, 2010, 9:10 pm

    hey, have you ever figured out what was going on with this? my husband is being stationed in hawaii, but is still awaiting his graduation. i need to know what i need to be taking care of to ensure that i am able to go with him as well, any suggestions?

  • Hazel Gonzalez July 29, 2010, 1:40 am

    My husband and I got married while on pcs leave and have been married almost 2months. He is now stationed in Hawaii and I’m in California. We applied for command sponsorship over 2weeks ago. They told my husband it would take less than that to process the paperwork. He already asked his chain of command for an update and wasn’t given any information. Is there other way we can get an answer or get the process done faster?

    • Army Spouse August 1, 2010, 2:15 pm

      He needs to stay on top of it with his chain of command. If you have completed all of the paperwork, it shouldn’t take too much longer. Good luck!

  • Jasmine August 24, 2010, 7:27 pm

    Hi any good news yet? My husband is stationed in Schofield Barracks, we got married en route and have a daughter. He paid for our tickets to get there out of his pocket. He got BAH and we now live in a military housing nearby even when our command sponsorship wasn’t done yet. The army is really bad with losing papers so be sure to make copies and give them your completed forms in a folder with your husbands name on it. First they forgot to give him his 5888 and when we called from the hospital while enrolling for EFMP, his Sgt. had no clue what it was (DUH). It’s been 3 weeks now since we handed it in ( hubby was in Big Island for a week for PTA and was told they can’t help him til he comes back). As soon as he got back from the range, hubby checked on papers and they lost our 5888. They are also taking out money from his paycheck for food at the decaf even when he is not allowed to eat there because he is married.

    • Lindsay January 31, 2013, 11:56 pm

      Jasmine, my fiance and I are planning to get married this summer. He will already be stationed in Hawaii at this time. It sounds like your situation was similar. If we pay for my way to Hawaii out of pocket, will we start receiving BAH as soon we get there or will we have to pay for a hotel for me to stay in until all the paperwork gets completely?

  • Jessica August 30, 2010, 4:00 am

    We finally just paid out of pocket for me to come here. He asked about it every day and hey kept saying that it would be just a few days more. Then they said they “lost” my command sponsorship packet so my husband paid for me to come here and I had to redo all of the EFMP paperwork here at Tripler. We’re working on putting together the new command sponsorship packet and they said this time it should take a week, but I guess we’ll see.

  • Jennifer Hayden September 3, 2010, 1:46 am

    Well, we’ve started the process for the concurrent travel/command sponsorship but aren’t for sure how long its going to take. My husband is scheduled to fly there on the 7th && we’ve purchased a ticket for me to come along with. I’m very glad to hear about the lodging being provided. I just hope everything works out smoothly and hopefully nothing gets lost.

  • Janell April 20, 2011, 6:26 am

    My husband moved here on Oct 4th while I was pregnant with our second child. Child was born November. We were waiting for command sponsorship for the flight. But my husband was due to deploy end of march so we didn’t want to wait any longer. They messed up our paper work 3 times. Stillwaitung on command sponsorship and it now April. We are only recieving cola for just him. This is BS! 6 months it takes and still counting. The command sponsership in Hawaii Is a joke! They have thier heads up thier asses. Now I have to go in every week cause hubs is deployed! BS! I’m sure getting reimbursed and back pay for cola will be hell on earth as well! I shouldn’t have to stress over this bs while he’s deployed.

  • melanie April 30, 2011, 4:35 pm

    It’s better to get your command sponsorship papers done at the soldier support center, they push the paperwork through faster than your husbands unit command will.

  • leslie nelson October 16, 2012, 11:48 am

    My husband is in Schofield barracks and i just wanted to know the wait time untill we can join him our papers are done everything has been handed in last week friday i jus really need to know how many weeks it should take if thats possible for you to tell me..

  • Mauri February 12, 2013, 3:29 am


    My husband is an E2 in the Army and has 8 weeks left in his AIT now. We recently got married, and they have not processed us yet even though I sent our marriage license and my birth certificate over 2 weeks ago. He has orders for Schofield Barracks and I would like to be able to leave with him when he finishes his AIT. What should I be doing as of right now? Is there any way to begin the command sponsorship process without the paperwork for us getting married being completed?

    • Stacey February 12, 2013, 7:08 pm

      Without yet being recognized as a spouse, they can’t start command sponsorship. It shouldn’t take long though.

  • Karaeah February 13, 2013, 11:14 pm

    Hey Mauri, what ended up happening?

  • Mrs.Rogers February 25, 2013, 8:24 pm

    Hey guys,
    My husband is already stationed in Hawaii and we got married during his leave in vegas. He has orders for another year and a half/ 2 years in Hawaii at Ft Shafter. Does anyone know what they will and wont cover as well as the current wait time for housing and command sponsorship. I am ex army myself so i know some of the ropes and i am trying to most of the follow up for him so he doesn’t have to worry about it.

    Thanks in advance 🙂

  • Mrs. Harvey April 1, 2013, 2:26 pm

    Hey my husband and I got married in Vegas last December. When he got back to his station in Hawaii, they made him go through hoops just to know what to do to be able to move me out there. Finally on March 6th all the paperwork for command sponsorship was completed. I wanted to know how long it takes to go through so I can go out there? I am hearing a lot of bad things about his base and how they don’t follow the rules and take their sweet time.

  • New army wife September 11, 2013, 10:35 pm

    My husband is stationed at schofield barracks since the end of june. Turned in all our paperwork at the end of august and still no word. They said it will take up to 4 weeks. Turns out there was a mistake on his 36 mo contract and is two weeks short therefore he needs to inlist for additional 2 weeks. Who know how long that will take. We decided to pay out of pocket to go there. Will be with my honey at the end of the month!!!

  • Whitley August 2, 2014, 11:53 am

    I am in AIT.. I have orders to go to Hawaii (Schofield Barracks) I have filled out my DA Form 5434, I sent it in 3 weeks ago and I still do not have a sponsor. I graduate on the 20 of this month. Is there any contacts that I can contact in order to get a sponsor before my graduation date?

  • kate January 13, 2015, 11:43 pm

    how long do i need to wait for command sponsoship?

  • david April 15, 2015, 1:38 am

    i live in hawaii where my husband is stationed, and they are telling us that we don’t get command sponsorship unless he’s going to be here for another 12 months, and, they are also telling him that i don’t get to be accounted for as his dependent without an EMFP screening (which is fine, i don’t mind a physical) but i don’t qualify for the screening because we’re already overseas?! something isn’t adding up.. how does he qualify for BAH and leaving the barracks if they aren’t even going to recognize the fact that we ARE married?!

  • Kanji June 2, 2015, 1:48 am

    wondering if my husband and I have to pay out of pocket for airplane tickets for our move to Hawaii?

    • Stacey Abler June 27, 2015, 9:52 am

      If it’s a PCS move and you’re on his orders, the military should cover transportation costs.

  • Chasity August 13, 2015, 2:40 pm

    Hello, My Husband has been stationed at Schofield Barracks for over a year, we got married back in May.. He Deployed a few weeks later and is still deployed till the end of September, Is it possible for him to start the paperwork Where he is deployed at for me to move to Hawaii before the end of the year? And about how long does the paperwork take for me to move Out there? We are hoping i’m there before the end of October But not sure if he can do paperwork from where he is at now? Thanks in advance.

    • Stacey Abler August 25, 2015, 8:29 pm

      Assuming he’s not in some totally remote location and is on an actual post where he’s deployed, he should be able to get paperwork started.

  • Sara September 8, 2015, 2:11 pm

    My fiancé is stationed at schofield and we are getting by law married in October, our wedding will be in December on his leave and I would like to move with him when he has to go back after his leave. Do you think our command sponsorship will be done and processed to where I can bring my car and our household goods in December or before? Also if the paperwork is done before you plan to move can you set a date for the army to come pack your stuff or whenever they are ready you have to go?

  • Doreen June 3, 2017, 10:26 am

    My daughter just graduated AIT from four Huachuca she is going to be stationed in Hawaii my question is she still hasn’t received a sponsor and her official orders how long should this process take? Her report date to Hawaii is in two weeks and she would like to come home for a week

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