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When a single Marine gets to his PDS does he receive any assistance with relaction expenses. He was immediately sent from MOS to PDS. He is from the east coast, now relocated to Camp Pendelton and would like his vehicle out there with him but there is a cost involved.

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we had to pay to have my son's car shipped from the east coast. I don't believe there is any reimbursement.

The military will not usually ship a vehicle within the United States. His best bet may be to request leave to fly home and drive his vehicle cross-country. He should talk to DMO about what's called a "home of record move." He may be able to get reimbursed for mileage.

My son also is from the east coast and his MOS was at Camp Pendleton. We had to ship his car out there for him, since his PDS was there also. The cost for us was around $1100. This was 4 years ago. They put his car on a car carrier with 7 other cars. There was no damage to his car. I can't remember the carrier we used. He was stationed there for the 4 years. He just got out in Aug and is now home and using his GI Bill money for college. He drove his truck back home this Dec, after his service ended. He didn't get any assistance either. Wishing your Marine the best.

When my son was assigned to Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii as his PDS, there was no relocation or shipping expense available.  Most Marines bought vehicles in Hawaii, for obvious reasons.  Depending on how much your son's vehicle is worth, he may be better off (with your help) selling his current vehicle, and using the money to buy one in CA.  My son bought a local pickup truck on the island, but I would strongly emphasize Caveat Emptor if buying a local vehicle anywhere around a military base, or even from another Marine.  If he's mechanical and can work on his own vehicle, and can really check it out himself, that's good.  If not, I would definitely take any used vehicle to a mechanic to thoroughly check it out.  Marines are an easy target for dealers and locals.  If bought from an individual, check for unpaid tickets on the vehicle before buying it, which the new owner will be liable for, as he will discover when he attempts to register it in his name.  It seems it was a common practice for locals on Oahu to drive their vehicles almost into the ground, not pay any parking tickets, then offer it "cheap" to a Marine.

Any vehicle owned by a base resident will have to be compliant with all base vehicle requirements (mostly safety checks) before it will be allowed on base and must be registered on the base, as well as with the state DMV, and carry a specific level of insurance.  If your son's vehicle is a motorcycle, that comes with a lot more requirements, including an on-base safety course, specific protective gear, and notice to your command of your motorcycle acquisition within 48 hours of purchase.

It sounds like a lot of trouble, but Camp Pendleton itself is huge and, while there are base buses, Marines sometimes don't have a lot of time to wait around for them.  And, since it's Southern California, if you want to go anywhere else besides Oceanside (with easy shuttle service), you really need to have a car. 

Good luck!


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