Kate Is Clueless About Advance DLA

A long-time Paycheck Chronicles reader sent me an email today, saying that her husband was unable to get Dislocation Allowance (DLA) until after their recent PCS was completed, and mentioned that several of her friends had similar situations.  We’re wondering…has anyone else had difficulty receiving DLA in advance?  Has there been a change in policy, or was something odd happening at that one particular post?

In the past, service members were able to request advance DLA instead of waiting to request it on their travel claim.  Many families used that money for expenses such as security deposits on new houses, or excess moving expenses.  If, in fact, this wasn’t an isolated incident and there has been a change to the regulations or the policies, then military families will need to change the way they structure their moving finances in the future.  And they can’t do that if they don’t know.

If you have recently PCSed, please share your experience.  Did you request advance DLA?  Did you receive it?  Did anything different or unusual occur with regard to DLA or any other allowances (besides the change to travel cards for Army and Marine Corps?)

While you’re sharing, I’ll dig around a little and ask some people who should know.  Together, we’ll get to the bottom of this!

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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • ken

    No problems here. Always ask they annotate 10 days of permissive TDY is authorized. I will give you allowances for meals for the whole family.

    • Kate

      Ken, are you talking about TLE, or is there some other allowance that I have never heard about? Nothing would surprise me anymore!

      • ken

        TLE

  • ken

    Who is saying advanced DLA will not be granted?

    • Kate

      I’m not sure what is called in the Army, we call it PSD in the Navy. The folks who handle travel money at my friend’s former post would not help them apply for advance DLA.

      • ken

        I did not know army finance can disapprove advance DLA.

        • Kate

          It’s not they are disapproving them – they won’t let them apply.

          • ken

            The net impact is the same.

          • ken

            DLA is not available under the following circumstances:
            ◾when the servicemember’s family members do not move to the first duty station
            ◾when the servicemember is assigned to government quarters, without family members, at the new duty station
            ◾when the servicemember is transferred to a nearby duty station, unless a local move of household goods has been pre-authorized
            ◾when the servicemember is separating or retiring from the military

            I am still trying to figure out is it DFAS, local finance, the commander, or the unit personnel/finance section that telling them they can’t apply.

          • Kate

            I can ask her more questions. From the fact that it was not just the reader, but also her group of friends PCSing from the same base at the same time, I get the sense that it was local finance.

          • anonomous

            It sounds like to me it is the special local finance office. I’d ask to see the policy or reg they are using to determine this. At our local finance office we do LOTS of Advance DLA!

          • ken

            Yes see it in black and white. Ask IGs office about their thoughts. I have moved 9 times and never got denied advanced DLA.

  • anonomous

    He will retire under “Final Pay” and not “High-Three.” He will lose near $861,242.40 in retirement pay by the time he reaches age 94. The government does this unpurpose to save money. They involuntary separate about forty-five officers per class so they can say about 30 to 40 million each fiscal year in retirement benefits.

  • anonomous

    save

  • LMT

    This happened to us upon leaving Ft Riley, as well as other folks we knew. Finance office refused to offer DLA paperwork and never even stated we would now deal with it at gaining duty station only. This left us wondering if DLA was even still being offered.

    Friends of our leaving Ft Polk this week were told the same thing and not offered DLA up front. They also called their gaining duty stationed and were told basically nothing, so they are holding and hoping they will recieve it upon Inprocessing.

    If it has changed, just wish they would be upfront with information. Planning a PCS is very expensive and requires preplanning, with financial facts.

    Thanks, Kate!!!

    • Kate

      Thanks for the experience, LMT. I wonder what is going on.

  • GAB

    O yes big problem on my end. DLA and advanced paperwork submitted on March 26th now it’s April 10th. Meand my family stayed 10 days in lodge outgoing all paid by my pocket. And now it’s April 10th and we are in the navy lodge San Diego all paid from out of pocket. No DLA No advanced pay. Not reimbursed from my 10 days out going. Thank god for navy relief. It’s bad real bad in the navy admin department!!!!!

  • Norberto

    The new DFAS policy states (April 2014), For all Army military personnel who possess an individually billed account, the Government Travel Card will be used for all official relocation expenses. When requesting an advance (i.e., DLA), a traveler must indicate on the request form if they have an IBA. If the traveler has an IBA, the advance may be denied.

    • Kate

      Norberto, I’d love to see this. Can you post a link? I can’t seem to find it! Thank you!

    • Top

      yes, it’s an allowance but we used to be able to get 80% advance payment of that allowance which is no longer the case

      • Kate

        Top, have you been told that you can no longer get advance DLA? We are PCSing next week, and my husband’s advance DLA seems to have been deposited a few days ago. Unfortunately, you know how they lump several things into a single payment and it is hard to tell for sure. But the amount makes sense to be DLA.