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the normal categories of entitlement. Members mayor may  not  be  entitled  to  DLA  in  a  number  of  other situations. The  following  paragraphs  explain  the entitlement  under  some  of  these  special  circumstances. Special  Categories  Where  Dislocation Allowance Is Authorized First, let’s look at some of the more common special categories  for  which  DLA  is  authorized.  You  can  find examples of other special cases in the  JFTR, Volume  1. MEMBER’S  OLD  AND  NEW  PERMANENT DUTY  STATIONS  IN  PROXIMITY  TO  EACH O T H E R    O R    M E M B E R    R E A S S I G N E D BETWEEN   ACTIVITIES   AT   THE   SAME PERMANENT  DUTY  STATION.—  A  DLA  is payable in cases where the old and new PDSs are in proximity  to  each  other  or  when  the  member  is reassigned  between  activities  at  the  same  PDS. However,  it  is  payable  only  when  the  member  is authorized  a  local  move  of  household  goods  at government expense. For this to be authorized, the secretary  of  the  service  concerned,  the  secretary’s designated  representative,  or  a  DOD  installation commander in a paygrade not lower than O-5 must certify that relocation of the member’s household is mission-essential. The relocation also must be in the best interest of the government and not primarily for the convenience  of  the  member.  This  certification  will authorize a local move to a residence from which the member will commute daily to the new PDS or the new activity at the same PDS. Duty stations are considered to be in proximity to each other when they are both in an  area  ordinarily  serviced  by  the  same  local transportation  system  or  from  which  the  member  could commute daily from home to either duty station. PERMANENT   CHANGE   OF   STATION BETWEEN  PERMANENT  DUTY  STATIONS NOT IN PROXIMITY TO EACH OTHER.— When dependents  make  a  proximity  move  based  on  PCS between  PDSs  not  in  proximity  to  each  other,  a statement that the relocation of the household was necessary  as  a  direct  result  of  the  PCS  is  required  to support payment of DLA. When the PCS is to or from a  dependent-restricted  tour,  the  member’s  statement  is all that is necessary. In all other cases, a statement from the CO of the new PDS, or from the CO’s designated representative,   is   required. The   designated representative may not redelegate this authority. MOVEMENT   OF   DEPENDENTS   TO   A DESIGNATED  PLACE.—  When  dependents  are moved to a designated place on PCS orders, DLA is payable when the dependents complete travel to the designated place. No  further  entitlement  to  DLA accrues for that PCS. If the dependents do not move to the member’s PDS before the member receives further PCS orders to a new PDS and the dependents are authorized to move and do relocate with the latter PCS, the member is entitled to payment of DLA. TRANSFER   TO   A   HOSPITAL   IN   THE CONTINENTAL  UNITED  STATES.—  DLA  is payable  to  members  with  dependents  who  are transferred  from  outside  the  continental  United  States (CONUS) to a hospital in CONUS for observation and treatment  and  who  relocate  their  household  incident  to such transfer. For members transferred from inside CONUS to a hospital inside CONUS for observation and  treatment,  the  CO  of  the  receiving  hospital  must issue  a  statement  of  prolonged  hospitalization  before DLA  is  payable  for  relocation  of  the  household  in conjunction  with  the  transfer. COMMISSIONED   FROM   ENLISTED GRADE.— If otherwise qualified, a member is entitled to  DLA  if  commissioned  from  an  enlisted  grade. However, the member must have transferred from the PDS where he or she served as an enlisted member to a PDS to serve as an officer before acceptance of the commission. O R D E R S    A M E N D E D ,    M O D I F I E D , CANCELED,   OR   REVOKED.—   At  times,  PCS orders  may  be  amended,  modified,  canceled,  or  revoked to direct the member to return to the duty station from which he or she was transferred. In such cases, DLA is payable if the member and/or the dependents actually move from their place of residence before the date the orders are amended, modified, canceled, or revoked. In some  cases,  orders  might  be  amended,  modified, canceled,  or  revoked  after  a  member  and/or  the dependents actually complete a move from their place of residence to a new location in compliance with PCS orders. The change to those orders might direct the member to return to the old station or to direct the member to a different new PDS. When that happens, DLA is payable in connection with both moves. No more than two DLAs can be authorized in this manner. ACCOMPANIED/UNACCOMPANIED TOURS.—  The tour status of a member at a PDS outside  CONUS  can  change  from  accompanied  to unaccompanied   or   from   unaccompanied   to accompanied  at  the  same  duty  station  after  completion of  the  initial  tour  of  duty.  This  member  is  entitled  to DLA if the dependents make an authorized move to or 3-4

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