receipt of orders, and (2) you have reported to your
new duty station and your orders are endorsed
accordingly. If your orders are modified or canceled
after the commencement of travel by your
dependents, consult your disbursing officer. When
dependents travel on TRs or by government vehicle,
certain miscellaneous expenses are reimbursable,
such as taxi fares and tips for baggage handling at
terminals. Mileage rates for dependents vary.
The dependency must exist on the effective
date of the orders directing permanent change of
station. That is an important point to remember for
those ensigns who plan to be married while on leave
An officer ordered to unusually arduous sea
duty is entitled to transportation of dependents from
the last permanent duty station to any designated
place in CONUS or a location outside CONUS. (See
SECNAVINST 4650.19 for a listing and an
explanation of unusually arduous sea duty.)
Transportation of dependents in such cases is
authorized by CHNAVPERS (PERS-332) acting for
the Secretary of the Navy.
Listed below are some miscellaneous travel tips
that might be helpful to you:
Commercial airlines sometimes offer
reduced-fare travel to military personnel. Although
each airline may have its own rules, the following
rules usually apply:
1. You may travel in civilian clothes.
2. You must show your identification card.
3. The airline may ask you to sign a statement
saying your travel is at personal expense.
You should use reduced-fare travel only for
For example, use
reduced-fare travel for leave but not for permanent
change of station or temporary additional duty.
The term privately owned conveyance (POC)
describes any means of transportation, such as
automobile, boat, or plane, that is not a government
vehicle or common carrier.
You get the same number of travel days for
travel by either bus or train (commercial surface).
You do not get travel time between points in
the same corporate limits. However, you get at least 1
day of travel for permanent change of station between
stations in different towns. For example, you get 1
day for travel between Baltimore and Washington,
D.C., by train, air, bus, or auto even though the trip
takes only an hour and the distance is only about 40
You can find official highway distances in the
Official Table of Distances, NAVSO P-2471; or you
can get them from your transportation office.
If you are near a naval air station or an Air
Force base, military air transportation might be
available on a space available, first-come-first-served
basis. You should call the flight operations office for
On Military Airlift Command (MAC)
flights, you might have to travel in the uniform of the
Also be prepared to provide a copy of your
orders or leave papers.
Many booklets are available that have
information on military travel and accommodation.
One good booklet is the Military Travel Guide sold in
most military exchanges. (This guide is not a DOD
While performing reimbursable travel, you
should keep a travel voucher (DD-Form 1351-2) in a
running format to ease reconstruction at the time of
filing your travel claim.
After you complete your
travel, you have 15 days to file the DD 1351-2 with
your local disbursing officer.
Should you receive orders to an overseas
installation, you might be eligible for a temporary
lodging allowance (TLA).
A temporary lodging
allowance partially reimburses a member at an
overseas duty station for above-average expenses
incurred during occupancy of temporary lodgings. It
also partially reimburses a member for meals obtained
as a direct result of the use of such lodgings lacking
the facilities for preparing meals.
disbursing officer for full details.