 
MEMBER DETACHES FROM A SHIP AWAY
FROM HOME PORT.— While a ship homeported
outside CONUS is away from the home port, a member
who detaches on PCS orders from the ship to the home
port is entitled to TLA in his or her own behalf unless
he or she is entitled to per diem. If the member is
entitled to per diem at the home port, no entitlement to
TLA exists for the member. Only the dependents
occupying temporary lodgings at the home port are
considered for TLA purposes.
Computation of TLA Entitlement
The computation of TLA is the same whether the
member and/or dependents are arriving or departing.
The computations are normally done in 10day
increments (15 days when determined to be appropriate
by the TLA approving authority) or less when TLA
entitlement ceases to exist before the end of that period.
Figure 86 shows the stepbystep procedure you should
use to compute TLA. Figures 87 and 88 are examples
of TLA computations.
COMPUTATION OF TLA
1. DETERMINE THE PERCENTAGE TO BE USED BASED ON THE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS: Your
first step is to establish a percentage based on the number of individuals according to the following facts:
NUMBER OF PERSONS, INCLUDING MEMBER,
PERCENTAGE
IN FAMILY OCCUPYING TEMPORARY LODGING:
APPLICABLE:
Member or one dependent
65%
Member and one dependent, or two dependents only
100%
For each additional dependent under 12, add
25%
For each additional dependent 12 and over, add
35%
2. DETERMINE THE MEALS AND INCIDENTAL EXPENSE (M&IE) EQUIVALENCY: Multiply the
percentage computed in step 1 by the M&IE rate prescribed in the JFTR, Volume 1, appendix B, for the
member’s PDS.
3. DETERMINE THE GROSS DAILY EQUIVALENCY: Add the result from step 2 to the actual daily lodging
cost. Receipts, invoices, or statements from the provider of the lodging are required to verify lodging
expenses. If the member is in a per diem status, only half of the lodging expenses will be applied for the
dependents’ TLA. Lodging costs are not allowed when the member or dependents are staying with friends
or relatives.
4. DETERMINE THE NET DAILY EQUIVALENCY: Deduct the total daily allowances for BAQ or
FSA—Type I (as applicable), BAS, and VHA (Alaska and Hawaii only) from the result in step 3. Do not
deduct with dependent BAQ or VHA if the claim is for the member only. Do not deduct BAS when it is not
paid or when only the dependents are entitled to TLA.
5. DETERMINE THE MAXIMUM TLA ALLOWANCE: Multiply the percentage from step 1 times the
locality per diem rate in the JFTR, appendix B.
6. DETERMINE THE APPLICABLE DAILY RATE: Compare the amounts found in steps 4 and 5. Pay the
lesser of these two amounts for each day.
When temporary lodgings have facilities and spaces for preparing and consuming meals, as determined by
the designated representative, the daily rate of TLA will be computed with the following modifications:
a. Substitute onehalf of the M&IE amount in the JFTR, appendix B, for the locality M&IE rate in step 2.
b. Determine the maximum TLA allowance for use in step 5 by multiplying the percentage determined in
step 1 by the total of the lodging amount and onehalf of the M&IE in the JFTR, appendix B.
Figure 86.—A stepbystep procedure for computing TLA.
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