Travel Reimbursement for AROTC

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  1. mariner116

    mariner116 Member

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    For those that enrolled in August has anyone received the travel reimbursement provided under the Army ROTC contract? If so, did anyone drive to their campus who can share how the reimbursement was computed? Milage or actual expenses?
     
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    My son hasn't received it yet. The form he filled out had us put down where he was leaving from and the date. I guess they do the milage.
     
  3. CL1VE

    CL1VE 4/C MIDN

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    I'm NROTC MO but I figure it's the same process. Last week I had to sign a form that stated the amount of miles driven, it's from your zip code you came from to the zip code of the college, and I don't know the exact rate per mile you are paid but you are also paid a $99 per diem fee for the day. I haven't received the check or had it direct deposited yet but it should be soon. I saw the amount I'll receive and it was quite a bit for driving 23 miles to my university lol:wink:
     
  4. mariner116

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    Thanks for the response.

    I hope AROTC also includes a per diem. It took us 2 days to drive 1000+ miles to get from our home to my daughter's college.
     
  5. DougBetsy

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    When we read Son's AROTC contract back in June (before he got to college) we interpreted the travel allowance as a one-time thing that most cadets use for airfare to LDAC.
     
  6. Pima

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    Dougbetsy,

    I don't know about the Army, but in the AF, when they attend training they are on orders, thus they pay for the airfare. DS did FT which I assume is the equivalent of LDAC. The AF picked up the entire dime, plus paid him TDY pay for the weeks he was at Maxwell.

    I am surprised that the Army pays per diem for a 23 mile trip. In the AD world, per diem is only paid if you must spend 8 hours away from your station. When you PCS, they actually calculate how many days according to them that it takes to get from 1 place to another. 23 miles would not be considered valid reasons to pay per diem. If I recall they expect 400 miles to be completed for per diem. They would also pay per diem if you had to fly.

    The last time we PCS'd the mileage was 38 cents per mile for the AD member, 37 cents for dependent #1, and 18 cents for every dependent after that, plus reimbursement for gas and tolls with receipts. Again that is AD, not ROTC, so the rules could be different. In your cases none of you have dependents.

    Out of curiosity did they give you a weight allowance too? If they did and you were smart enough to weigh the car, that is the big bucks. Traditionally in the AD world, you are talking about 1 buck per mile. As you get more experience in DITY (Do It Yourself) moves, you become very cognizant of what to DITY and what to ship...weights for working out are the best, they take up very little room, but weigh a lot...clothes are the worst because they are so light. At the end of Bullet's career we would get a 3K+ check for our dity...of course we would get to the new base with the oddest things in the car...weights, grandfather clock weights, lamp bases, coolers used as luggage, same with the microwave, bed rails, etc. Anything heavy that took up the least amount of room. AND yes, if your car has removeable seats like a suburban it is within regs to ship them, so you can remove them and send with your household goods. The most important thing is to remember it will not be insured through the military, so only take things you know won't break.

    So there is the tip of the day for future military members.
     
  7. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    Just checked with our HRA (suggest all you cadets out there get to know the HRA and the supply tech). She computes the travel pay just like any travel pay in the Army...It's paid based on mileage. If you travel over multiple days per diem may be available (she wasn't sure because she doesn't see the final check).

    The travel is submitted on a DD form 1351-2 (google it).

    Hope that helps.
     
  8. Pima

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    In that case, even if they are up to 50 cents a mile...that would be a 11.50 cent check, because the mileage is to get to the station, not to send the folks back home with the car they brought you in.

    Additionally, before people start think per diem is a flat rate, it is actually tied to the assignment. You might get $99 for NY and get 50 for Idaho. It is about the location and the COL in that area. The COL in NC is much lower than the COL in CA. Per diem exists to pay for food. That is also why I am surprised the Army gave per diem for a 23 mile trip.

    Not insinuating it does not occur, just saying why Per Diem exists. I know for a fact through 20 yrs as an AD spouse, that Bullet never received per diem if he was less than 50 miles from his base. The only way he got it, was if he was required to stay overnight due to orders. The true test is the 8 hour duty day for AD members and the distance when it came to per diem.
     
  9. mariner116

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    Does anyone know what the mileage reimbursement rate is?
     
  10. Pima

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    If they are following the AD rate, I think it is now up to 41 cents a mile for the military member. They have an actual chart for the mileage, in other words, if you decide to divert off the route to visit a family member or take a mini-vacay, you will not get reimbursed for that mileage.

    At least that is for the AD, and I would assume it is true for cadets also.

    Again, remember if you opt to only drive 200 miles a day, and they expect 400, they will not pay extra for lodging since you didn't drive their required amount for the day.

    Traditionally, it is @400 miles per day, or 8 hours which is a duty day.

    Tip #2 for future officers.

    Many members will haul 12+ hours a day, when they PCS and since they do that they can take the mini vacay during the move. For example when we moved from NC to AK, we were given 14 days of travel. We drove long days for the majority of it and then spent 3 days in Vegas as a mini vacation. They don't care about the day to day mileage, it is the overall amount they pay for. They will authorize you X amount of days, if you take longer you will not get any more pay or per diem just because you took a longer amount of time.
     
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