A sample computation is shown in figure
TEMPORARY LODGING ALLOWANCE
TLA is authorized as partial reimbursement for the
more than normal expenses a member will incur during
his or her occupancy of temporary lodgings. It is also
used to help reimburse a member for the expense of
meals he or she will incur as a direct result of using a
temporary lodging facility outside CONUS that does
not have facilities for preparing and consuming meals.
General Entitlement Conditions
The following situations are examples of the
circumstances under which a member may be entitled
to a TLA:
Upon initial arrival at (reporting to) a PDS
outside CONUS and pending assignment of
government quarters, or pending completion of
arrangements for other permanent living
accommodations when government quarters are not
available, the member is entitled to a TLA.
For reasons beyond the members control, a
member who was once established in permanent
quarters in the vicinity of the PDS is required to vacate
these quarters, either permanently or temporarily. The
member is then required to use temporary lodgings in
the vicinity of the PDS either while seeking other
permanent quarters or pending reoccupancy of the
permanent quarters he or she formerly occupied, as the
case may be.
When a member without dependents vacates
permanent housing because of a temporary duty
assignment of 90 days or more, the member is entitled
to a TLA while seeking permanent housing following
the temporary duty.
Immediately preceding departure on PCS orders
from outside CONUS after vacating government
quarters in connection with these orders or after
surrender of other permanent living accommodations,
a member is entitled to a TLA.
While en route between PDSs, a member is
hospitalized and the dependents are required to use
temporary lodging during the members period of
hospitalization. The member is entitled to TLA for the
SAMPLE COLA COMPUTATION
SITUATION: A member in paygrade E-8 with 19 years service is assigned to a duty station outside CONUS for
which the JFTR, appendix J, prescribes COLA Index 122. The member is accompanied by a spouse and three
1. The members annual compensation from the JFTR, appendix L, table I, is $38,250.
2. The members average annual spendable income from the JFTR, appendix L, table II, based on four
dependents is $23,700.
3. The COLA Index in the JFTR, appendix J, is 122 for the members duty station.
4. Subtract 100 from the COLA Index of 122. You should get a remainder of 22. Converting this to a decimal
produces the multiplier .22.
5. Multiplying the members average annual spendable income of $23,700 by the multiplier of .22 results in an
annual COLA of $5,214:
($23,700 x .22 = $5,214).
Divide this amount by 360 and carry the result to five digits to the right of the decimal:
($5,214 divided by 360 = $14.48333).
This gives the daily rate of the members COLA.
Figure 8-5.-Example of a COLA computation.