Can Army Emergency Relief (AER) provide assistance for initial rent and deposit during a PCS move?

Yes, AER can assist qualified individuals with initial rent and deposit upon arriving to their new duty station.

Army Emergency Relief (AER) is a private, non-profit organization established to assist Soldiers and their Family members in emergency financial situations due to no fault of their own. Financial assistance is given in the form of an interest-free loan, grant, or combination of the two. Loans are repaid by an allotment.

To apply for AER assistance, the Soldier should be seen by the Unit Commander/1SG for interview/counseling to determine if the situation can be resolved through the chain-of-command or some other source. After determining that the Soldier has a valid emergency, the unit commander would then authorize the individual to seek AER assistance. Soldiers should create an online account with AER to apply for assistance.

Source: https://stuttgart.armymwr.com/programs/army-community-service