Different color meal passes also are assigned to
enlisted members of other service categories, as
determined by local needs.
Enlisted personnel in a travel status and not
receiving the meal portion or per diem maybe issued a
different color of meal pass to show entitlement to
Personnel in receipt of commuted rations may be
issued a different color meal pass so that a distinction
can be made between this category of personnel and
enlisted members on temporary additional duty (TAD)
or temporary duty (TDY) and in receipt of a per diem
allowance to facilitate sales of meal and to make sure
proper fees are collected.
PERSONNEL TO WHOM MEAL PASSES
ARE NOT ISSUED
The following personnel should not be issued meal
Inactive reserve personnel
Personnel receiving basic allowance for
subsistence at the rate based on the nonavailability of a
WITHDRAWING MEAL PASSES
Meal passes must be permanently withdrawn from
members on detachment or authorization for commuted
rations. Temporary withdrawal of meal passes is the
responsibility of the command to which the member is
Meal passes are temporarily withdrawn from
personnel going on leave, travel, TDY, or TAD. The
meal passes must be surrendered by members when
leave papers or orders are picked up. Personnel under
orders may eat in the general mess by having
LOSS, RECALL, OR CANCELLATION OF
Your command, if authorized to issue meal passes,
should issue a new meal pass to the authorized member
if he or she loses it. Make an entry in the meal pass log
by lining through the previous entry that indicates the
member was issued a meal pass. The authorized
individual who issues meal passes should initial the
entry. Your command should also notify the food
service officer by letter when a meal pass is lost.
You should destroy permanently recalled meal
passes. A column, in addition to the information shown
in figure 3-17, should also be included on the meal pass
log for recording the date and disposition of meal passes
when they are canceled for any reason. The log then
provides a ready reference of meal passes status. You
should paste the number of the canceled and/or recalled
meal pass in the column where you initially recorded
the issuance of that meal pass.
PROCEDURES TO FOLLOW WHEN
PERSONNEL DEPART ON LEAVE
When meal passes are surrendered at the time that
leave papers are picked up, mark the lower right corner
of the Leave Request Authorization, NAVCOMPT
Form 3065, of personnel entitled to rations-in-kind as
ENTITLED TO ENLISTED DINING FACILITY
MEALS EXCEPT DURING PERIOD OF LEAVE.
MEAL PASS NO. .
Make sure you include the meal pass number in the
When the meal pass is surrendered, the number of
the meal pass is entered in the space provided in the
annotation. The leave authorization may then be used
instead of a meal pass except during the period when
the member is in a leave status. On return of the leave
authorization, the meal pass is returned to the member.
When the leave authorization is used instead of a
meal pass, the master-at-arms at the general mess
should check the commencing and ending hours and
date of the leave to make sure a free meal is not being
received during the period in which leave rations apply.
SECURITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY OF
The possession of a meal pass entitles the holder to
consume meals at government expense or to pay only
the basic meal charge for meals consumed. Each
command must make sure only authorized enlisted
members are issued and permitted to retain meal passes.
Commands authorized to issue meal passes must
maintain strict accountability of on-hand stocks of meal
passes. Meal passes must be provided positive security
and kept under lock until issued. You should be aware
that accountability of meal passes is checked during
inspections and audits.