Know About Your Annual Tour and Entitlements

  • Published
  • By Debbie Smith & Billy Kidd
  • 908th Airlift Wing
When a Reservist performs annual tour at a base location that states "all meals are available," the Reservist is not entitled to per diem (meals) for that location.

The Reservist will receive per diem for the travel days to and from the TDY location and will be reimbursed for the lodging. This time of the year we have large groups of Reservists going on annual tour together to locations that have the aforementioned meal statement.

Make sure you read your orders and know what you are entitled to before leaving on your temproary duty assignment. If your orders have the meal statement, do not get a cash advance on your Government Travel Card (GTC), because you will not be reimbursed when you file your travel voucher.

We have been asked by several units about the regulation for annual tour per diem. It can be found in the Joint Federal Travel Regulations (JFTR) Chapter 7, Part G, U7150, item (c). Here is the excerpt from the Regulation: No Per Diem or Actual Expense Authority (AEA) for Certain Active Duty Periods.

There is no authority for per diem or AEA under paragraph U7150-A3 for a: (1) Member performing annual training duty when both government quarters (other than temporary lodging facilities) and government mess are available.

When returning from these TDYs, please make sure you file your travel voucher in either RTS or DTS as indicated on your order (AF 938). Contact your unit orderly room for assistance with RTS and your unit ODTA for DTS.