now, lets take a look at some specific travel allowances
with which you may be involved.
The purpose of the dislocation allowance (DLA) is
to partially reimburse a member with or without
dependents for the expenses incurred in relocating his
or her household because of a PCS. The DLA is in
addition to any other allowances authorized for the
Besides PCS moves, a member with dependents is
eligible to receive DLA when the dependents must
relocate their household in conjunction with an
evacuation or other specific circumstances.
A member without dependents is eligible to receive
DLA when he or she is transferred on PCS orders to a
new duty station where government quarters are not
assigned or are temporarily occupied by the member for
60 days or less. Additional rules apply in cases where
an active-duty Navy member
DEFINITION OF TERMS
is married to another
Before we go any further, we need to be sure of what
constitutes a member with dependents and a member
Member With Dependents
For DLA purposes, a member with dependents
means a member who on the effective date of PCS
orders has dependents who are entitled to transportation
in connection with a change of permanent duty station.
A member whose spouse is a dependent on the effective
date of the members PCS orders is considered to be a
member with dependents, even when the spouse was a
former active-duty Navy member and received travel
allowances upon separation from the service.
Member Without Dependents
For DLA purposes, a member without dependents
means a member who falls into one of the following
Has no dependents
Is not entitled to travel and transportation
allowances for travel of dependents in
connection with PCS
Has dependents entitled to travel and
transportation allowances, but the dependents do
not relocate in connection with the PCS
The amount payable as a DLA is equal to 2 months
of the members basic allowance for quarters (BAQ).
The dependency status of the member on the
effective date of orders determines whether the member
will be paid DLA at the with-dependents or
without-dependents rate. When dependents are
authorized to travel at the same time as the member, but
the member elects not to move them at that time, DLA
may be paid at the without-dependents rate if the
member is not assigned government quarters at the new
duty station. If the dependents later join the member
and are entitled to such travel at government expense,
the member may be paid the difference between the
without-dependents and with-dependents rates.
FISCAL YEAR LIMITATIONS
Generally, members are entitled to only one DLA
per fiscal year.
The JFTR does provide certain
exceptions to this rule. Some of them are as follows:
The secretary of the service concerned
determines that the exigencies of the service require
more than one such change of station during the current
The member is assigned PCS to, from, or
between courses conducted at an installation of the
services or conducted, controlled, and managed by one
of the services elsewhere.
The command-sponsored dependents are
relocated to a designated place incident to an
The movement of a members household is made
in conjunction with a national emergency or in time of
In determining the fiscal year in which the move
counts, the detachment date of the member from the old
permanent duty station (PDS) is the governing factor.
In addition, any moves in the same fiscal year for which
DLA was not authorized will not be counted.
FACTORS AFFECTING ENTITLEMENT
As you have read, members are entitled to DLA for
PCS moves and evacuation of dependents. These are