Understanding Orders
Order Writer


Travel Orders

A travel order identifies the travel purpose and includes necessary financial information for budgetary and reimbursement purposes. It also provides documentation for using travel programs to a Travel Management Company (TMC) and travel service vendors (FTR § 301-71.100).

The travel order provides the traveler information regarding what expenses may be reimbursed.  It should be issued before travel begins unless an urgent or unusual situation prevents prior issuance (FTR § 301-71.108). 

Use the following resources to help you prepare travel orders:

DD Form 1614

Used as a request and order for all official travel by a civilian employee and his or her family on a permanent change of station (PCS) or TCS order. 

Not to be used for a contractor’s travel.

Guidance to complete form DD 1614
DTMO DD 1614 Guide
Defense Travel Management Office(DTMO) guide to DD1614 fields

Provides policy on preparing travel orders, in addition to the policy in the Joint Travel Regulations.

Federal Travel Regulations (FTR)
Implements statutory requirements and Executive branch policies for travel by Federal civilian employees and others authorized to travel at Government expense.

FTR: Chapter 302 - Relocation Allowances

Part 302-3 - Relocation Allowance by Specific Type: This section of the FTR displays charts showing the relocation allowances that the agency must pay or reimburse and those relocation allowances that the agency has discretionary authority to pay or reimburse.

Joint Travel Regulations (JTR)
Applicable to uniformed members of the seven uniformed services, DoD civilian employees and others traveling at DoD expense.

For DoD civilian employees, the JTR's authority is primarily derived from U.S.C. Title 5 statutes, General Service Administration's (GSA) Federal Travel Regulation (FTR), and the Department of State's Standardized Regulations


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