Early Return of Dependents (ERD) is authorized transportation of a service member’s dependents and shipment of household goods shipment at government expense to a designated place in the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or a territory or possession of the United States, or if the dependents are foreign nationals, to a place in the country of their origin, because of official or personal situations which justify such authorization.
1. ERD must be requested by the service member and certified by his/her Commanding Officer. The request for ERD must be authorized by an O5 and above.
2. ERD will be authorized if there is a valid need to return command-sponsored dependents. The problem should have started in the member’s new duty station. If the problem is not resolved, the command should obtain recommendations from the Family Service Center, or off base agencies to support the request for ERD.
3. ERD is the last resort and should be used to avoid fraud, waste and more hardship to the member.
4. If ERD is approved, dependents must commence travel prior to the member receiving notification of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) reassignment orders.
5. If the member is within 6 to 9 months of his/her project rotation date (PRD), PSD will negotiate for early PCS orders instead of ERD orders. The same procedure will be used for service members who are separating.
6. ERD is not authorized for the following reasons:
a. For the convenience of the member
b. Student dependents to attend school
c. Lack of educational facilities
The member should notify his/her command if there is a problem that is going on. The member should talk to his/her chain of command concerning the situation. Any signs of abuse, domestic violence, financial hardship, and/or marital problems must be reported. The member should seek assistance and request on and off base agencies to help him/her resolve the problems. The member must be willing to undergo counseling.
It is the command responsibility to assist the member in identifying and resolving family problems. The command should recommend the member undergo treatment, counseling, as needed. The command should monitor the progress of the member and dependent(s). If the problem is not resolved, the command should obtain recommendations to substantiate an ERD. The command has to counsel the member of the impact of ERD to him/her before the ERD is approved. Member's command will review the ERD package to ensure all the supporting documents are valid to justify the ERD. Then the command will submit the ERD orders with a Passenger Reservation request to NAVPTO. Upon execution of ERD, member must be advised to see PSD Customer Service to update Page Two and adjust entitlements to avoid overpayments.