Military Travel and Per Diem Rates


Per Diem is a daily allotment to reimburse servicemembers for the out-of-pocket cost of food, lodging and incidental expenses that occur while on military business or temporary assigned duty (TDY or TAD) away from their home station. Per Diem sets the limit to how much a servicemember can be reimbursed for meals and lodging. The following is a summary of how the Per Diem works:

The Per Diem Allowance

Each year the DoD Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Committee sets the Per Diem allowance. The Per Diem is specific to a given travel location and can range from a standard CONUS rate of $99 per day to over $400 per day for Out-of-CONUS rates.

The Per Diem Rate for FY2013

The Per Diem rate you will receive is based on a combination of the Maximum Lodging and the Meals and Incidental Expenses (M&IE) rates. M&IE is either determined by adding the Local Meals Rate and Incidental Expense Rates, or the Proportional Meal Rate.

The following is the Per Diem rate chart for the FY2013 (eff. 10/01/2012) "Standard CONUS Rate" which is used for specific locations that are not listed in the Per Diem tables:

Max Lodging
Local Meals Rate
Proportional Meals
Max Per Diem
Eff. Date

To find the specific Per Diem rate for a given location visit the DoD Travel and Per Diem website.

Proportional Meals Rate Explained

The proportional meal rate is based on the locality meal rate and the GOVAT meal rate (GMR). The per diem tables on this website have the PMRs already computed. The examples below using the Standard CONUS M&IE rate of $46.00 and the Standard GMR of $10.80 show how to compute a PMR amount. The $46.00 consists of $41.00 for meals and $5.00 for incidental expenses (example rates are not current).

The proportional rate applies under the following conditions:

  • When a military traveler is lodged in Government quarters on an installation and at least one meal is available in a Government mess on that installation.
  • When a military traveler is lodged in Government quarters on installation had the Government meal rate prescribed in the order but the mess wasn't available for all meals.
  • When one or two meals are paid for otherwise by the Government (e.g., one or two 'deductible meal(s)' on one or more days included in a conference registration fee); or
  • When a military traveler isn't entitled to per diem but must purchase a meal (the proportional meal rate is the ceiling against which the traveler's actual meal cost is compared - the lesser of the two being paid).

The PMR is an average of two rates -  the locality meal rate and the GMR - which are (1) added, (2) averaged and rounded up to the nearest dollar. To compute the Proportional M&IE rate, (3) add the appropriate incidental expense rate, and (4) the total becomes the proportional M&IE amount.

Step 1 Add the locality meal rate and the GMR $41.00 + $10.80 = $51.80
Step 2 Divide step 1 total in half (rounded to the nearest dollar)

$51.80 / 2 = $25.90

Rounded to $26.00

Step 3 Add step 2 (the PMR) total to the incidental expense amount $26.00 + $5.00 = $31.00
Step 4 Proportional M&IE rate is step 3 total $31.00

Visit the DoD Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Committee website to determine the current per diem for any given location in the world.

Privately Owned Vehicle (POV) Mileage Reimbursement Rates

2012-13 Privately Owned Vehicle Mileage Reimbursement Rates


If no Government Owned Vehicle available (TDY) $0.56
Airplane (TDY) $1.31
Motorcycle (TDY) $0.52
MALT Rate (PCS) $0.23
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