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How Far Can We Drive Each Day of our PCS?

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Before permanent change of station (PCS) orders even hit your inbox you've likely already mapped out your route to your next duty station, and maybe even planned a detour to see friends or family along the way. But then you read the rules and feel confused: what is this talk about a 350 miles per-day limit?

The orders probably say something like, "Travel by privately owned vehicle is authorized....." followed by more details on reimbursement.

The orders may or may not have information on them about how many travel days you are allotted. But they will have the report date on them. A quick look at a map will show you how many hours of driving it will take to get there.

For example, if you're traveling Arizona to Naval Air Station Pensacola , Florida, you'll be driving 1,573 miles. As you might guess, the military does not want you making this almost 23-hour drive in one go. They also don't want you to take two months getting there.

That's why the military created travel rules, with guidelines for how many days -- and overnight stops -- it should take a service member to get from point A to point B.

Related: 8 Tips to Prepare for Your First PCS Move

According to the Defense Travel website's FAQs , "A traveler who is authorized PCS travel by POV is allowed one day of travel for the first 400 miles between authorized points. For any distance greater than 400 miles, the traveler is allowed another day of travel for every additional 350 miles. See the JTR, par. 050205."

That's the calculation the military uses for determining how many travel days they'll pay for. For the 1,573 mile trip, you are authorized to take 5 travel days. (If the remainder of the mileage divided by 350 is more than 51, add a day.)

But what's really important is that you arrive and sign-in on your report date. If you take three days to get there or seven days to get there, it doesn't really matter. You'll get paid per diem for the five days.

Seasoned military spouses and service members have figured out that there's not much benefit to pushing the limits on this. The reason 350 miles is the recommended amount of miles a day is because that is approximately 6six hours a day at 60 miles-per-hour. That's not a lot if you are driving on the interstate at a higher speed than that. But it can really add up to long days if you're driving two vehicles, one of them hauling a trailer and the other with three kids, a dog and a cat.

Six hours of driving a day for eight days is a lot. The military doesn't want you to push it to the point of exhaustion. They want to give you wiggle room to stop early if you're tired and to allow for flat tires or vehicle repairs.

But that doesn't mean you can't manipulate the timeframe a little to your advantage. For example, on that trip from Fort Huachuca to Pensacola, you may be able to plan some longer days, and then take a day in San Antonio and hit up Sea World.

Most importantly, drive carefully, plan your stops ahead of time and make the most of where this journey takes you.

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Privately owned vehicle (POV) mileage reimbursement rates

GSA has adjusted all POV mileage reimbursement rates effective January 1, 2024.

* Airplane nautical miles (NMs) should be converted into statute miles (SMs) or regular miles when submitting a voucher using the formula (1 NM equals 1.15077945 SMs).

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Rates are available between 10/1/2021 and 09/30/2024.

The End Date of your trip can not occur before the Start Date.

Traveler reimbursement is based on the location of the work activities and not the accommodations, unless lodging is not available at the work activity, then the agency may authorize the rate where lodging is obtained.

Unless otherwise specified, the per diem locality is defined as "all locations within, or entirely surrounded by, the corporate limits of the key city, including independent entities located within those boundaries."

Per diem localities with county definitions shall include "all locations within, or entirely surrounded by, the corporate limits of the key city as well as the boundaries of the listed counties, including independent entities located within the boundaries of the key city and the listed counties (unless otherwise listed separately)."

When a military installation or Government - related facility(whether or not specifically named) is located partially within more than one city or county boundary, the applicable per diem rate for the entire installation or facility is the higher of the rates which apply to the cities and / or counties, even though part(s) of such activities may be located outside the defined per diem locality.

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  1. Joint Travel Regulations

    Joint Travel Regulations. The Joint Travel Regulations (JTR) implements policy and law to establish travel and transportation allowances for Uniformed Service members (i.e., Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Space Force, Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps, and Public Health Service Commissioned Corps), Department of Defense (DoD) civilian ...

  2. PDF PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION (PCS) FACT SHEET

    Calculation of Standard CONUS Per Diem: (Effective 1 Oct 19) Drivers of vehicles moving on different days receive $151.00 per travel day. If traveling by "convoy", a second driver counts as a family member. Family member(s) 12 years or older receive $113.25 and family member(s) under 12 receive $75.50 per travel day.

  3. PDF Leaves and Passes

    This regulation applies to t h e a c t i v e A r m y , t h e A r m y N a t i o n a l Guard/Army National Guard of the United States, and the U.S. Army Reserve unless otherwise stated. Proponent and exception authority. The proponent of this regulation is Dep-uty Chief of Staff, G-1. The proponent has the authority to approve exceptions or

  4. Policy & Regulations

    Joint Travel Regulations. Implements policy and laws establishing travel and transportation allowances of Uniformed Service members and DoD civilian travelers. Travel Policy Compliance. Ensures travel claims are reasonable, compliant, and accurate. DoD Instruction 5154.31.

  5. PDF Chapter I: Travel and Transportation I. References

    The Joint Travel Regulations (JTR) 4. D. 5Department of the Army . 1. Army Directive 2017-05, Secretary of the Army Policy for Travel by Department of ... Army regulations are available at . https://armypubs.army.mil/ 3 Travel and Transportation June 2023 . 6. AR 600-8-105, Military Orders (20 December 2022) (authority to issue travel orders).

  6. Computation Examples

    Service Member PCS Travel Time Computation when Travel Is by Mixed Modes - POV Travel Distance Less than Official Distance (050205.B) Service Member PCS Travel Time Computation when Travel Is by Mixed Modes with Leave - Actual Distance Greater than Authorized (050205.B) Per Diem Rate when New Permanent Duty Station (PDS) is a Ship (0509)

  7. Joint Travel Regulations

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  8. PDF UNIFORMED SERVICE MEMBERS AND DOD CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES

    a Service member or a civilianemployee , the travel and transportation allowances in Chapter 2. 2. a non-DoD Government civilian employee when the Agency funding the travel is not a DoD Agency, the TDY travel and transportation allowances in accordance with the regulations issued by the Agency funding the travel. 3.

  9. PDF PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION (PCS) FACT SHEET

    by 350, one additional day of travel time is allowed. When the total official distance is 400 miles or less, 1 day's travel time is allowed. See chart below. Chart for determining number of authorized travel days: Miles # of Days 51 - 400 1 Day 401 - 750 2 Days 751 - 1100 3 Days 1101 - 1450 4 Days 1451 - 1800 5 Days 1801 - 2150 6 Days

  10. PDF 2023 PCS TRAVEL HELP SHEET

    The mileage rate is $0.22 per mile, per authorized vehicle. The TDY mileage rate is $0.625 per mile. Authorized travel days are computed by official mileage. The first day of travel is 400 miles, each additional day is 350 miles. PER DIEM is a flat rate paid to the service member and a percentage paid to dependents for meals and lodging in route.

  11. En Route Travel

    One travel day is allowed for each 350 miles using the most direct route. If the additional distance is over 50 miles after dividing the total mileage by 350, one additional travel day is allowed. When the total official distance is 400 or fewer miles, 1 day of travel time is allowed. No per diem is allowed for travel less than 12 hours.

  12. Permanent Change of Station For Soldiers

    Permissive TDY - If you are retiring you may be authorized up to 20 days of permissive TDY (PTDY) (See AR 600-8-10 for clarification or for approval speak to your Command). The approving authority for PTDY of ten days is an LTC or above, if more than 10 days, COL or above. AR 600-8-10 paragraph 5-35G states: "Transition PTDY may be used in increments (not to exceed days as authorized in ...

  13. Overseas Permanent Change of Station For Soldiers

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  14. Travel Rules for Personnel Traveling on Temporary Duty (TDY) Orders

    a. Joint Federal Travel Regulations (JFTR) / Joint Travel Regulations (JTR ) b. DoD 4500.36-R, Management, Acquisition, and Use of Motor Vehicles, 16 Mar 07 . c. Army Directive 2007-01 (Travel by Department of the Army Officials), 25 Jan 07 . d. AR 58-1, Management, Acquisition, and Use of Motor Vehicles, 12 Jun 14 . 3. General Rule.

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  17. Defense Travel Management Office

    Official website of the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO), the single focal point for commercial travel within the Department of Defense. ... Travel Regulations. Reference DoD travel policies. Traveler Health & Safety. Explore helpful resources for a safe and healthy travel experience.

  18. PCS Information

    Dependent Travel Personally Procured Moves (PPM) Advance Payments. Per Joint Travel Regulations (JTR), we cannot process your travel voucher until the date you are placed on the retirement list or the discharge date on your military orders. Form Completion. Make sure your claim is complete and correct before you send it in!

  19. Permanent Change of Station For Soldiers

    Benefit Highlights. A Permanent Change of Station much like everything else in the Army is a process. There are various agencies in place to help with any questions or concerns you may have during any stage of your move. 1) Notification of Move - U.S. Army Human Resources Command will issue either:

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  21. Completing Your TDY Travel Voucher (DD Form 1351-2)

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  22. Mileage Rates

    divide by 350 to determine the number of authorized travel days. If the remainder is 51 or more, one additional travel day is allowed. The result determines the maximum number of authorized travel days. See the JTR, par. 050205. Other Mileage Rate. The Other Mileage Rate applies if a Government vehicle was available but a traveler drove a POV ...

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    Your official travel must begin seven days before or seven days after the departure date on your orders, amended travel orders will be required if you depart out of the seven day window. If the stated purpose of a conference is educational or instructional and more than half of the time is scheduled for a planned exchange of information, please ...