I just downloaded the rule book for moving with the Canadian Forces. You might think that the military just comes in and does everything for you. No way! There are 133 pages of rules to follow in order to move with the CF. (Voici la version française.)
And of course, different rules apply to different types of moves and different groups of people.
There are moves:
- within Canada, either within a province or between provinces
- from Canada to another country
- from another country back to Canada
- where the member is living with his DHG&E
- where the member is on IR and not living with his DHG&E
- for enrollment (when you join the CF)
- on retirement from the CF
- to and from isolated postings
The rules are slightly different if you are a dual service couple or if you are in the Reserves.
The rules also explain your responsibilities and benefits if you are:
- selling and/or buying a house
- moving into and/or out of a civilian rental unit
- moving into and/or out of military housing (PMQ)
- any combination of the above
So, I’ve been sifting through the information, determining which rules will apply to our scenario; moving out of a civilian rental unit and into military housing.
There are funding formulas that list what you can claim as expenses and what you can’t. The list of taxable and non-taxable benefits can be found in this rule book with their references to their respective CFAOs and/or QR&Os.
It is time consuming and frustrating having to deal with all these rules and regulations. HOWEVER, clear instructions outlining the responsibilities of all parties avoids misunderstandings and unfair treatment.
Have you ever resented dealing with overwhelming policies only to find later how useful they were?