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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: $290.00 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: TLE is not available to personnel leaving the service and personnel reporting to their first duty station unless they were married prior to their enlistment.

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 and are not available to personnel leaving the service. They are not "free money" and should not be spent on luxury, "nice to have" products, such as CD players.

Advance Basic Allowance, Housing (BAH) What is it? This is an advance against your normal BAH to help you cope with the costs of rental housing off base. To see your normal BAH, go online at < http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/ >. Available: CONUS and OCONUS How is it figured? CONUS: Up to three months' BAH is available. OCONUS: Up to 12 months' BAH is available. Special Notes: Unit commanders must authorize advances in BAH. Payback requirements are determined by the length of the tour and are not available to personnel leaving the service.

OVERSEAS ALLOWANCES

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.

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.

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