Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE)

TLE is an allowance intended to partially pay members for lodging/meal expenses incurred by a member/dependent(s) while occupying temporary lodging in the Continental United States (CONUS) in association with a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move.

TLE Eligibility:

TLE is only authorized in the vicinity of the old/new Permanent Duty Station (PDS); it is not authorized for house hunting.

  • TLE Reimbursement is limited to 14 days for a CONUS to CONUS PCS
  • TLE Reimbursement is limited to 7 days to an Out of the Continental United States (OCONUS) PDS
  • TLE Reimbursement is limited to 14 days from an Out of the Continental United States (OCONUS) PDS to a CONUS PCS
  • TLE is capped at $290 per day

*Lodging at OCONUS locations may be reimbursed under Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA). Contact your local pay for additional information.

Determining TLE Entitlement:

Determine the TLE entitlement by multiply the percentage in the following table by the applicable locality lodging and M&IE rates.

No. of Eligible Persons Occupying Temporary Quarters Percentage Applicable
Member or 1 dependent 65%*
Member and 1 dependent, or 2 dependents only 100%
For each additional dependent age 12 and over, add 35%
For each additional dependent under age 12, add 25%

* Lodging for Members without dependents during approved TLE extension period is 100%.  Per Diem remains at 65%.

TLE Extensions

In a Location with Approved TLE Extensions, a Service member may be eligible for additional days of TLE allowance.  A Service member receiving TLE shall aggressively seek permanent Government-owned, Government-controlled, privatized, or private-sector rental housing.  Extended TLE may only be authorized for the number of days needed to prevent undue financial hardship to the Service member.  An official, identified by the installation commander or Public Health Service liaison, may authorize extended TLE in 10-day increments (up to a maximum 60 total TLE days) upon determining that the Service member remains eligible.

TLE Requirements:

DD1351-2 Completed and signed by Reviewing official

PCS Travel Orders

DFAS Form 9098

Itemized Zero-balance Lodging Receipt

Need additional information?
More information can be found in Chapter 5 of the JTR. 

Page updated May 21, 2024