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Frequently Asked Questions
IDT is normally performed at your home station, you are not authorized TDY allowances. Exceptions include:
IDT Outside of the Normal Commuting Distance - The Secretary concerned may authorize reimbursement for TDY allowances for certain Reserve members in the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve who perform IDT that requires them to commute outside the local commuting distance.
If you are a member of the Selected Reserve, the Secretary concerned may authorize reimbursement for the following expenses, limited to $500 for each round trip:
If the Approving Official (AO) does not authorize the mode of transportation before you depart, then air transportation is the authorized transportation mode for TDY. If your travel arrangements are missed or cancelled, notify the Travel Management Company (TMC) and your AO as soon as possible to change travel arrangements.
If you drive to the transportation terminal (airport or rental car facility) enter the number of miles to the transportation terminal in box 15f of the 1351-2. Once TDY is completed ensure miles are entered back to HOR. If you drive to the TDY location mileage will be paid per the Defense Table of Official Distances.
The following is provided for your convenience and are the most common expenses incurred by travelers. The following list is NOT all inclusive, for additional items, please see: JTR Chapter 2 paragraph 020207 through 020213.
You will be reimbursed actual meal costs, including tips and taxes, up to the maximum locality meal rate and incidental expenses for the duty location.
Per diem rate is based on your TDY location. To determine per diem visit the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO).
Applies when TDY to a U.S. Installation and in Government lodging or Integrated Lodging Program (ILP) facility. All three meals are available in a Government dining facility.
NOTE: Government meal rate does not apply on the first and last days of travel.
Applies when one or two meals are provided to you at no cost. The PMR is computed by averaging the standard GMR and the meals portion of the applicable locality rate.
NOTE: Proportional meal rate does not apply on the first and last days of travel.
Based on the TDY location or stopover point. All meals are purchased on the economy.
Actual cost of lodging up to the maximum amount of the locality lodging rate for the duty location is reimbursed.
The following is provided for your convenience and are the most common expenses. The following list is NOT all inclusive, for additional items, please see: JTR Chapter 2 - Table 2-24.
If the following expenses are authorized you may receive reimbursement for:
When submitting your Travel Voucher, you must complete the DD Form 1351-2 and attach all required supporting documentation listed under ‘Documentation’. Failure to do so may result in a delayed processing. For instructions on completing your DD Form 1351-2, please see below.
The PDF guide will walk you through the DD1351-2 step-by-step with examples to ensure that you are filling the form out correctly. This form, alongside your travel orders, tells DFAS how much to reimburse you for allowances, per diem, and expenses incurred while on travel. This guide highlights “Key Points” and outlines actions to “Get Started” that will help you complete your travel voucher successfully on your first attempt.
Once you have completed your voucher and gathered all required documents, follow the steps below to submit your travel claim:
When to use DTS: Individuals on temporary duty assignments are to use DTS with the following exceptions which are to be submitted on a manual DD1351-2:
A traveler who initiates a TDY trip in a travel system other than DTS must finalize the trip in the original system and cannot use DTS for any portion of that trip.
IMPORTANT: DFAS Travel Pay cannot assist you with your DTS payments. If you have questions, ask your Defense Travel Administrator (DTA) for assistance or select Frequently Asked Questions about DTS.
It is essential to read your travel orders prior to travel to know what you are authorized. Failure to do so may result in additional expenses that will not be reimbursed.
Joint Travel Regulations
The JTR contains regulations related to per diem, travel and transportation allowances, relocation allowances, and certain other allowances.
When submitting your Travel Voucher, complete the DD Form 1351-2 and attach all required supporting documentation listed under ‘Documentation’. Failure to do so may result in a delayed processing. For instructions on completing your DD Form 1351-2, visit TDY - Completing your Travel Voucher (DD Form 1351-2).
When submitting your Travel Voucher, you must complete the DD Form 1351-2 and attach all required supporting documentation listed under ‘Documentation’. Failure to do so may result in a delayed processing.
Once you have completed your 1351-2 and gathered all required documents, see submission methods above to submit your Travel Voucher.
Page Updated Dec 2, 2023