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Unaccompanied Service Members


Please refer to the Unaccompanied-PCS Flowchart USMC for a breakdown of how your move to Okinawa should look.

Contact your unit

Once orders have been received to Okinawa, please contact your gaining command to ensure they are tracking your arrival. Do not be afraid to contact your unit. They are eager to assist you and want to ensure they are tracking your arrival.


Upon arrival in Okinawa, you will be taken to your units’ barracks or BOQ location where you will ROM for 14 days.

Restriction of Movement

Your 14 days of ROM starts the moment you land in Okinawa. This is a long period of time to spend indoors, please use this time wisely to complete as much of your check in or training online as you can. Coordination with your unit well ahead of time is essential to ensure your ROM period is as comfortable as possible.

ROM includes NOT, leaving your designated barracks room or having any guests enter your residence. Meals will be provided to your barracks or BOQ room by your gaining command, unless a different arrangement is made with the camp you will be conducting ROM on.

Being in ROM can be a time of rest, but you can also start getting ready for your time in Okinawa. The MCCS Okinawa Welcome Aboard page is a great place to start. Unaccompanied Staff Noncommissioned Officers and Officers can sign up for the mandatory Newcomer’s Welcome Aboard (NOWA) brief to conduct it virtually for a quick transition to life in Okinawa after ROM! Unaccompanied Marines E-5 and below will go through the Joint Reception Center process upon completion of ROM. Please call 645-5395 for more information regarding JRC, or check them out here. Please contact the MCIPAC Installation Safety Office at 645-3183/2862 to inquire about taking the SOFA POV Licensing exam after the completion of your 14-day ROM and NOWA. Orders, approved Area Clearance message (for dependents), and a valid stateside driver's license are required to obtain a SOFA POV Driver's License. Civilian personnel will need their SOFA Letter and are recommended to contact the MCIPAC Installation Safety Office for any other specific requirements.

There are a ton of online resources as well, from various Facebook pages, Okinawa Hai, Okinawa Bookoo (resale), and others. Welcome to Okinawa, and thank you for your continued discipline, diligence, and understanding during the ROM process.


Video by Lance Cpl. Brennan Beauton, Lance Cpl. Isaac Munce, Lance Cpl. Ryan Pulliam, Cpl. Terry Wong
Okinawa 2020 PCS Video
Marine Corps Installations Pacific
July 17, 2020 | 5:03
For inbound personnel joining the III MEF and MCIPAC family under the current conditions, please take a few minutes to learn about the process of transitioning to Okinawa. Our top priorities are to preserve the force ,protect our families and the local community. The efforts that we take together to prevent further spread of COVID-19 will help us arrest the spread. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Marine Corps Installations Pacific)

For more information please contact your sponsor or visit Marine Corps Community Services at https://www.mccsokinawa.com/welcomeaboard/