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U.S. DoD Extends Travel Restrictions through 30 June

Tristan North - Apr 20 2020
Published in: Public Policy
The U.S. Department of Defense has extended its restrictions on the travel of members of the U.S. military from 11 May until 30 June.

The U.S. Department of Defense has extended its restrictions on the travel of members of the U.S. military, civilian employees, contractors and their families until June 30. The restrictions were previously set to expire on 11 May.

Undersecretary of Defense of Personnel and Readiness Matthew Donovan made the announcement of the extension on 10 April during a conference call with members of the press. Prior to the announcement on 10 April, Defense Secretary Mark Esper had indicated the Department would be extending the restrictions although he had not provided a specific date as to when. He had also stated the Department is reviewing the restrictions every 15 days and the new date could change.

The travel restrictions apply to domestic and international travel and relocation. There will be new exceptions to the restrictions that will be outlined in the official notification by the Department, which is yet to be released. The extension is scheduled to take effect today.

The American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) and International Association of Movers (IAM) had requested the Congress to include in the CARES Act a percentage of the funding lost by moving companies due to the initial round of restrictions. While the CARES Act did not include the requested funds, the Department of Defense did allocate moving companies 10% of the funds they would have likely received. Worldwide ERC® has supported AMSA and the IAM in their efforts.

How This Impacts Mobility

Each year, the Department of Defense relocates approximately 400,000 members of the U.S. military and their families. Moving companies, real estate agents and other relocation suppliers and professionals often assist members of the five branches of the armed services and their families with shipping household goods, finding homes not on military bases, and other services