SOAR to San Diego (Spouse Orientation and Resource) - a workshop that is available for newcomers to the San Diego area that compliments the relocation services we offer you.
To download a San Diego Welcome Aboard Guide click here.
This web page is concise resource providing with resources to information you need. The downloadable booklet is a concise guide to the information included in the snail mail package yet provides more in depth information that this web page.
Getting to Know San Diego
California’s second largest city, and the United States seventh largest city, San Diego boast a population of nearly 1.3 million residents ands more than 2.9 million residents countywide. Within its 4,200 square miles San Diego County encompasses 19 incorporated cities, nearly 20 more unincorporated towns, and hundreds of charming neighborhoods and communities. If you would like to find out more about San Diego, or any other of the numerous cities or communities, click on a location name for more information.
|North County||East County|
|South County||San Diego|
|National City||Ocean Beach|
|Chula Vista||La Jolla|
|Imperial Beach||Del Mar|
Getting Around San Diego
- San Diego Commute
- San Diego Bicycling Coalition
- Highway Info
- The Coronado Ferry schedule
- Coronado Bus Services
- Transit passes are available at most MWR Ticket Offices
Web Sites Resources
- Assignment San Diego
- NEX Moving Center
- Military One Source
- DOD's Plan My Move web site - Take charge of your PCS move. Plan My Move provides you with access to information about your entitlements and benefits, to points of contact checklists, planning tools, and information on education and employment. Plan My Move will put you and your family in charge of a smooth relocation to your new duty assignment.
- DOD's Military Installations, a database with a ton of information about every military installation and the surrounding communities. You'll find information such as:
- Base Overviews
- Check-in procedures
- Motor Vehicles and decals
- and much more
- San Diego Military Family Housing
- PacificBeacon - for single Sailors
Personal Property, Moving your personal property and POVs
FISC San Diego
Comm: (619) 556-6683
Pers. Prop. Shpg. Officer
Attn: Code 800
937 N Harbor Dr. Suite 310 Bldg 3376
San Diego, Ca. 92132-0310
E-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours and Driving Directions
The Personal Property office is located at the 32nd Street Naval Base, Bldg 3376, next to Family Housing.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 4:00pm.
Accessible from I-5 South via the 28th Street exit, the NEX entrance to the base, a left turn into the gate one block south of Main St.
Accessible from I-15 South via the Main St. exit, right turn at the light, left turn at the 28th Street light, then a left into the NEX gate.
Visit www.move.mil for all of your personal property needs.
Lodging & Food
|Naval Base San Diego||
|Naval Base Coronado||
|Naval Base San Diego||
|Naval Base Coronado||
|Naval Base Point Lorna||
|Naval Base San Diego||
|Naval Base Coronado||
|Naval Base Point Loma||
Commissaries, Exchanges, and Uniform Shops
Commissaries, Exchanges, and Uniform Shops can be found at:
Naval Base Coronado (Naval Air Station North Island)
Naval Base San Diego (The Uniform Shop is located with the Fleet Exchange by Pier 7 on the wet side of thebase.)
Marine Corps Air Station
Naval Outlying Field Imperial Beach, 1500 13th Street
NEX/MCX mini-marts are located on most military installations and major military housing areas.
|Naval Base San Diego||(619) 556-7039|
|NAB Coronado||(619) 437-2044|
San Diego Utilities & Services
|AT&T - Telephone||(800) 310-2355|
|San Diego Gas & Electric||
Allied Waste Service
|San Diego||(619) 561-7080|
|South Bay||(619) 561-7080|
|COX Cable||(800) 234-6660|
|Time Warner Cable||(858) 695-3220|
|Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)||(800) 777-0133|
|San Diego Transit||(619) 233-3004|
Arriving in San Diego and need basic kitchen or household items?
Your Fleet & Family Support Center offers Lending Locker items and Welcome Kits for temporary loan. These items are available to check out for two weeks, although families moving from overseas or other special circumstances may extend that period.
The FFSC "Welcome Kit" is a 26-gallon Tupperware container filled with the basic kitchen necessities like, dishes, pots, pans, and utensils. In addition to the full "kit," futons mats, irons, and ironing boards are available for check out.
Although FFSC does not offer furniture or major appliances, Relocation Consultants can refer you to agencies that can provide these items at no cost.
The Lending Lockers items and Welcome Kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis, by appointment only and are available at FFSC Naval Base San Diego (619) 556-7404, Naval Base Point Loma (619) 553-8306, and Naval Base Coronado (619) 545-6071. Make sure to bring a copy of your PCS/TAD orders to your appointment.
TRIWEST Service Center (888) 874-9378
Chula Vista, 644 Naples St, (619) 532-8255
Navy Medical Center San Diego, 34800 Bob Wilson Drive, (619) 532-6289 (for those transferring to San Diego)
Naval Base Coronado, (619) 545-6071
NAB (Active duty), 619-437-3050
Naval Training Center (NTC), (619) 524-4947
Naval Station (Active duty), (619) 556-8084
Naval Medical Center Information
348000 Bob Wilson Drive
San Diego, CA 92134
(619) 532-6400 Appointments
(619) 532-8225 Tricare
Child Care Resource Referral for the Southwest Region
(877) 235-6002 (Toll-Free)
Navy Family Homecare Program, (619) 556-8491
Navy Child and Youth Programs
YMCA Child Care Resource, (800) 481-2151
CNRSW School Liaison Officers
School Liaison Officers for Commander, Navy Region Southwest support military dependent children in grades K through 12.
Qualified professionals assist military families in achieving success during their transfer and transition into a new school. Advising students and parents, making referrals regarding all issues related to the students’ academics and deciphering and communicating the difference in terminologies between the local school district educators and military families to ensure clear understanding to achieve success.
School District Educators within Navy Region Southwest may contact the School Liaison Officer’s for information and assistance.
More information here.
There are over 40 school districts within the county. If you can not find the school information you need contact the SD County Office of Education at (858) 292-3500.
Other Useful Web sites
SchoolQuest is designed for military families and is a safe, secure online resource. It is organized so that you can access information that the MCEC has gathered to help you make decisions on future schools for your children.
Basic Travel Entitlements
Pay and Allowances for travel is based on an individual meeting specific eligibility criteria. Check with your disbursing office to determine your specific entitlements.
Advanced Pay and Allowance
Advanced pay can be drawn up to 60-days prior to your move.
No more than three months of advance pay can be drawn and must be approved by your Commanding Officer. The advance is normally repaid in equal installments over 12 months. In certain cases, repayment can be spread over 24 months. If an advance for rental housing is needed, an advance housing allowance may be issued by the disbursing officer. You must have already rented housing and must provide a copy of the rental agreement to document the housing costs.
Dislocation Allowance (DLA)
Refer to the DLA Rate Chart for exact amounts.
Active Duty personnel are entitled to a Dislocation Allowance to offset some of the costs of closing one home and setting up another. These costs include rent deposits, utility hookups, etc. DLA can be drawn up to 10-days in advance.
DLA is not available to service members who: are without family members and are assigned to unaccompanied government quarters; are transferred to a new duty station or to the same geographical location;or on separa tion or retirement orders.
Per Diem Allowance
Refer to the Per Diem Rates chart for exact amounts.
Along with the DLA, food and lodging costs are reimbursed when making a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move. The allowance is paid at a daily rate for you and your family members. Auto travel is at the rate of 350 miles per day (not to exceed the official authorized distance) and is used to determine how many days per diem will be paid.
Note that per diem may be drawn in advance. The Per Diem Allowance for:
• Service members is $116 plus $87 per day for their spouse and each family member at least 12 years or older and $58 for family members under age 12.
• Spouses who travel separately, receive $116 per day (the per diem for other family members traveling separately is $87 or $58, depending on their age).
Note: These are not official rates.
Mileage in Lieu of Transportation (MALT)
Service members receive Mileage in Lieu of Transportation (MALT) when they drive to a new duty assignment.
The service member is paid the standard mileage/MALT rate whether traveling with or without dependents. The rules for payment for the use of two or more cars for uniformed members are available through your PSD. Specific approval for the usage of three or more Privately Owned Vehicles (POVs) is required in advance.
Some Frequently asked questions are answered here.
Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE), Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA)
TLE is for PCS transfers within the United States. Access FAQs and answers about TLE. TLE provides service members up to $290 per day (for ten days) to offset temporary housing costs incurred locally, before departing for an old duty station or after reporting to a new duty station. Personnel going overseas are entitled to TLE for five days. The actual TLE is figured by a complex formula and is different in each area. You must check into your command upon arrival in order to be eligible. TLE cannot be drawn in advance.
TLA is for PCS transfers out of CONUS. Access the FAQs about TLA here.
Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)
Basic Allowance for Housing rates are set by the Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Allowance Committee. The link will take you to their pages for accurate BAH rates. For most bases in San Diego County you can use the 92136 zip code and access an accurate per diem rate. Basic Allowance for Housing rates