Know your Benefits

One of your biggest relocation challenges is managing the cost of your move. Remember, it's your responsibility to get the full value from your entitlements.
The first step in this process is to learn the basics about the 10 core relocation reimbursement programs . Then make a pre-move visit to the relocation manager in your family center for help estimating what each program will provide you.
After the meeting, enter the estimated amounts for each program on your relocation budget planner in Column B, the middle column box.
Dislocation Allowance (DLA)
What is it?
The DLA is intended to help with miscellaneous moving costs. In general, it is paid once per PCS move.
Available:
CONUS and OCONUS.
How is it figured?
The DLA is a multiple of your BAH. Click here for the actual "with dependents" and "without dependent" rates.
Special note:
The DLA is not available under four conditions:
1.     From home to your first duty station.
2.     When assigned to government quarters, without family members, at new duty station.
3.     When transferred to a nearby duty station, unless a local move of household goods has been pre-authorized.
4.     When separating or retiring from the military.
Monetary Allowance in Lieu of Transportation (MALT)
What is it?
The MALT is the amount paid when a member and/or the member's family drive to their new duty station, based on the Official Military Table of Distances.
Available:
CONUS and OCONUS.
How is it figured?
If first vehicle contains:
$ Per Mile*
1 Authorized Traveler (AT)
$.15
2 ATs
$.17
3 ATs
$.19
4 or more ATs
$.20
If second vehicle contains:
$ Per Mile*
1 AT
$.15
2 ATs
$.17
3 ATs
$.19
4 or more ATs
$.20
                                   * A vehicle may receive only one of the rates listed .
Special note:
Approval is needed before MALT can be paid for more than 2 vehicles.
Move-In Housing Allowance (MIHA)
What is it?
This allowance is designed to reimburse you for overseas costs associated with living in privately-owned or privately-leased quarters. It addresses three specific needs: one-time rent-related expenses, modification of homes for security protection and the initial cost of making a home habitable.
Available:
OCONUS only.
How is it figured?
Rates change with currency rates and location. See your base relocation manager.
Special note:
The State Department rules whether a location is a "high threat" area.
Per Diem Allowance
What is it?
The Per Diem Allowance is designed to reimburse you and your family for the costs associated with meals and lodging when you travel to your new duty station.
Available:
CONUS and OCONUS.
How is it figured?
The military computes your per diem payment based on three factors - the number of travel days, the current CONUS standard per diem rate, and the ages of the travelers. The number of travel days is based on a standard 350 miles per day. To determine the number of days per diem, take the Official Government Mileage between duty stations and divide by 350. An additional day of travel is allowed if the remainder is 51 miles or more.

The per diem rate is based on the current CONUS Standard Per Diem rate and varies by age. The current Standard Per Diem Rate can be found at: https://secureapp2.hqda.pentagon.mil/perdiem/perdiemrates.html

Family members are entitled to a different percentage of the standard per diem rate based on their age as follows:
Service member
100% of the rate
Spouse
75% of the rate
Children over 12
75% of the rate
Children under 12
50% of the rate
The total per diem reimbursement on your move is the sum of the allowable per diem for each family member.

The following sample family includes the servicemember, spouse, a thirteen year-old child and a six-year-old child. Note: The standard per diem rate for the following example is assumed to be $100.
Member
$100.00
Spouse (@75%)
$75.00
Child over 12 (@ 75%)
$75.00
Child under 12 (@ 50%)
$50.00
Total per diem
= $300.00
Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA)
What is it?
The TLA is designed to partly offset the cost of temporary housing and meals incurred while waiting for permanent lodging.
Available:
OCONUS only.
How is it figured?
TLA is figured according to a formula that factors in the member's pay grade, number of family members, actual quarters cost, the availability of cooking facilities and the local per diem rate.
Special Notes:
Start of TLA: The same date as the member's overseas housing allowance.
Duration of TLA: Usually a maximum of 60 days (when arriving) and 10 days (when departing).
On the TLA, a single service member is entitled to up to 65 percent of either the cost of meals and incidental expenses or the local per diem rate. A service member and one family member are entitled to up to 100 percent of the local per diem rate. Add another 25 percent for each additional family member under 12 and 35 percent for each one 12 and over.
Ask your family center relocation manager for help figuring the TLA for larger families.
Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE)
What is it?
The TLE is designed to partly reimburse relocating members and families for the cost of meals and lodging incurred when temporary housing is needed
Available:
CONUS only.
How is it figured?
The TLE is figured according to a formula that factors in the member's pay grade, number of family members, actual quarters cost, availability of cooking facilities and the local per diem rate.
  • Maximum TLE rate: $110.00 per day.
  • Maximum time you can claim TLE: Up to 10 days for CONUS to CONUS moves. Up to 5 days for CONUS to OCONUS moves.
Special Note:
Ask your family center relocation manager for help figuring your TLE.
Advance Basic Pay
What is it?
This is basically an interest-free loan you can get when you make a permanent change of station move. The collateral is your military salary. You normally repay advance basic pay in 12 equal installments.
Available:
CONUS and OCONUS.
How is it figured?
You may draw up to three months' basic pay in advance, interest free.
How is it paid back?
Normally, basic pay advances are paid back over a period of 12 months, starting a month after the allowance is drawn. However, regulations permit a 24-month pay-back period under certain conditions. Your base pay and finance office can provide details.
Special Notes:
Advances are loans, and you have to pay them back. They are not "free money" and should not be spent on luxury, "nice to have" products, such as CD players.
Advance BAH
Depending on your branch's service policy, you may be eligible for an advance on BAH to help defray the costs of moving into off-base housing. This advance must be approved by the Commanding Officer or other designated Officer, on a case-by-case basis and is limited to cost of renting or leasing housing. This advance cannot be used to defray the cost of purchasing a home.
Advance Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA)
What is it?
Advance OHA is an advance against any projected OHA to cover the difference between the cost of nonbase rental housing and the BAH. Except in unusual cases, advances are limited to 12 months' OHA.
Available:
Outside the United States.
How is it figured?
The OHA advance is based on your expenses, but normally shouldn't exceed one year's allowances.
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