FORT LEE, Va. (Dec. 3, 2015) -- When preparing for a permanent change of station, accounting for military property or organizational clothing and individual equipment is extremely important.

If individuals fail to take the proper steps to protect their issued gear, the new unit can charge them for missing or stolen OCIE.

The following steps can help protect military members from future financial liability in the event movers or transportation service providers lose or steal their OCIE.

First, military members should create a personal inventory of all items in their possession and make copies for their records before the TSP arrives. This should be done prior to placing their OCIE in a duffel bag or crate. The personal inventory should include the following information:

• Exact numbers of particular items

• Description of the items

• Correct names and terms to describe the items

• Any previous marks or distinguishing features

• Approximate value of the items

• Date and signature

• Photographs of each item

Second, when the TSP arrives, list all of the military equipment on the high value/high risk inventory provided by the movers. Both the military member and the TSP representatives should sign this inventory. Don’t allow time to become a factor in ensuring this step is done right. A well-documented and signed inventory is the military member’s best defense against loss and damage charges during a PCS move.

Upon arriving at the new duty station, individuals should provide a copy of their high value/high risk inventory to their new commander during in-processing. Make sure to include the photographs taken.

For any questions or concerns about this process, contact the Fort Lee Client Services Division at (804) 765-1500.