Jan 27, 2013, 10:44 PM
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Military Overseas PCS
Looking to get some insight from any other military who've done an overseas PCS with skydiving gear--
Leaving in two months to do some work in Africa. Basically all my HHG will ship in three segments--some will go with me on the plane (and my rig and other jump equipment just isn't as essential as some other stuff I need to take with me), a consumables shipment about 30 days behind me, and then a final shipment of my regular household goods.
I'm leaning toward tossing my rig with my consumables so it's there relatively soon but am a little concerned about regulations regarding the minor explosive in my CYPRES. It's something I can look into, but wondering if anyone's been down this road before and can comment whether there's anything special I may need to do. Thanks for your attention!
And add: have you found a dropzone near where you'll be? (or better yet, how often will you be able to travel to a location where there is a place to jump?)
If you still decide to take you rig in one of your shipments, I recommend packing it yourself in a durable plastic bin (riggers can chime in on requirements). Movers will take stuff you've packed yourself -- you just have to sign a waiver saying you packed it. Some might require looking inside before you tape it up, but I recommend taping the bin yourself, signing the tape in several places, and annotating that box number on the invoice as "valuable."
Then again, how long will your HHG take to get there after pick-up? Will your reserve still be in date by then? And are you sure it is an option to include in a consumables shipment? AIR, consumables are picked up at the store/vendor of your designation (Commissary, Sam's Club, other grocery store). If you're referring to UAB (unaccompanied baggage) instead, then disregard this concern.
(This post was edited by TriGirl on Jan 28, 2013, 5:58 AM)
I've shipped mine on PCS moves probably 7-8 times. I always sent mine with the express shipment. Express shipments are moved fairly quickly and don't sit in one place exposed for very long. Leave it packed and in some type of plastic but hard container. Do not! mark it valuable in any way and leave the lid loose for the shippers to close. Keep any receipts or proof of value with you in case it comes up missing. Most household goods thefts are by someone at the shippers that has access to the crates and marking anything valuable just highlights what they should take! I used to put mine in a black heavy trash bag and then in a plastic box with a latchable lid and then pack the box tight with extra clothes or jumpsuits so it looked like an extra clothes box. When you get it leave it packed so it's easy to store till you find a place to use it. If it's a really humid area pack it in a sealable box with desiccant material or a sock filled with rice and check it for mold once in a while. Good luck in Africa!
Thanks all--Yeah, I misspoke. I was referring to Unaccompanied Baggage, which is supposed to be 30 days behind me. Will have reserve repacked before I leave. My biggest concern really was the explosive--if it's negligible and I don't need to worry about any official declarations or anything I should be more or less all set.
I've identified a handful of dropzones that may be possibilities. They don't look real busy and I'll admit I don't expect to be jumping a lot--but what kind of skydiver would I be if I spent some significant time in Africa and didn't huck myself out of a plane at least a couple times?!