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 10 days for a CONUS to CONUS PCS
  • TLE Reimbursement is limited to 5 days to an Out of the Continental United States (OCONUS) PDS
  • TLE Reimbursement is limited to 10 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 Qtrs 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%

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 http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/Docs/perdiem/JTR.pdf

Page updated May 9, 2022