Unaccompanied service members
PCS information for unaccompanied service members during COVID-19 circumstances

Unaccompanied service members

Please refer to the following checklist for items you will need to complete before, during, and after you PCS to Iwakuni:
Unaccompanied checklist

Contact your unit

As soon as you have orders to Iwakuni, contact your gaining command to ensure they are tracking your arrival as well. This is very important, especially because many who just finished their respective school house do not always appear on units’ inbound roster.

Do not be afraid to contact your unit. They are eager to assist you and want to ensure they are tracking your arrival. Your units phone number can be accessed at the phone directory here.

While contacting your unit, also begin working on the above unaccompanied checklist.

Restriction of Movement

Upon arrival at MCAS Iwakuni, you will immediately begin a ROM. This necessitates that you complete your checklist promptly and coordinate with your unit well ahead of time to ensure your ROM period is as smooth as possible.

Your ROM procedures will vary depending on your vaccination status. E-5’s and below may ROM with a roommate who is also conducting ROM. Three meals a day will be delivered to your barracks or BOQ room, unless you work out a different arrangement with your unit or sponsor.


You need to inform your gaining command or the agency you will be working for in Iwakuni as soon as possible. Special coordination for receiving you aboard the base will need to occur.

If possible, you are strongly encouraged to book a seat aboard the Patriot Express to avoid the difficult process that follows. Upon arrival into Japan, if not coming aboard the Patriot Express, you and your family can expect to be stopped at your point of entry by the Japanese government, tested for COVID-19 and be required to take a  shuttle to one of the below locations for restriction of movement (ROM). If your flight is arriving into the Tokyo area, you must conduct ROM in the Tokyo area, no exceptions, therefore do not make a connecting flight reservation. The following hotels are the only approved locations for you to conduct ROM in the Tokyo area:

Upon completion of ROM at that location, you will be authorized to proceed to MCAS Iwakuni. If you use commercial means for your final leg of PCS to Iwakuni (train, bus, airline) or the Patriot Express, you will need to conduct ROM upon arrival in Iwakuni, again. If you take a MilAir flight (other than Patriot Express) or you are picked up via POV or GOV from your ROM location, you will not need to undergo ROM again upon arrival in Iwakuni.

If your flight is arriving into Kansei (Osaka), Fukuoka, or Hiroshima (if flying in from Okinawa), you must be picked up at the airport and driven back to Iwakuni, without stopping. Upon arrival to MCAS, you must undergo ROM on base and anyone who was in the vehicle with you must also undergo ROM.

This process is difficult, which is why the Patriot Express option is the much more preferred course of action. Engage your sponsor and gaining command early and often throughout this process.

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