Use of Shortcut URLs
Some content pages on Military OneSource, as well as Military Community and Family Policy products and offline content, also have shortcut URLs.
The purpose of the shortcut URL is to make it quick and easy for users to type the URL into their browser. This is in contrast to an absolute URL that contains folders and paths, representing the location in which the page on the website lives.
Users who type in a shortcut URL will receive a redirection to where the content resides within a website or application so they can access the most current information.
For example, the shortcut URL www.militaryonesource.mil/pcs redirects users to https://www.militaryonesource.mil/moving-housing/moving/pcs.
If a shortcut URL will change its destination regularly, for example to redirect to the newest eNewsletter content, it should be a temporary (302) redirect. If the shortcut URL will likely always send to the same destination URL, such as an article, it should be a permanent (301) redirect URL. See below for examples.