Ask Army Wife 101: ERD (Early Return of Dependents)

I received this question below from a reader whom we will call Mary. I consider my self to be a Google Diva in that I can find anything, but I make it known that I won’t talk to much on a topic I know little about. If any of my readers know more about ERD’s please feel free to add your experiences with it in the comments section below.

Q. I am stationed in Germany and we have some family issues back in the states. I am trying to research information about PCSing early for hardship reasons. I am not getting anywhere. Can you tell me what exactly it is called? So I can do some research. Thanks.

Hi Mary and thank you for writing Army Wife 101!

It sounds like what you are looking for is called Early Return of Dependents. While I am somewhat familiar with it , I do not know much about it and have not done an ERD myself.
Since you are willing to do some research here are a few links that will guide you on your journey to completing an ERD.

You can also look into a Compassionate Reassignment.

1.http://www.imcom-europe.army.mil/sfac/admin/erd.htm

2. http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=140&article=51744

3.ERD Source

Best of Luck!

Hooah & Smooches

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  1. Brian

    You are not requesting an ERD. An ERD is only for certain circumstances and it is only for the dependents move, not the Service member. You have two options; a compassionate reassignment if you meet the criteria or an approved tour curtailment if your command approves it and there is a position for you at the location you’re trying to get to.

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