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Government Meal Rate
Frequently Asked Questions
Updated: 03/10/15

  1. What is the current Government meal rate?
  2. How often is the Government meal rate changed?
  3. What rate do midshipmen and cadets use?
  4. Is the rate changing for 2015?
  5. Where can I find this information in the JTR?
  6. Where can I find more information on Government meal rates?

Q1: What is the current GMR?

A1: See the table below.

Effective 1 January 2015 - 31 December 2015, the OSD Comptroller announced the GMR is $13.85. The breakdown is as follows:

MEAL

DISCOUNT MEAL RATE

SURCHARGE AMOUNT

FULL MEAL
RATE

BREAKFAST

$2.60

$.85

$3.45

LUNCH

$4.20

$1.35

$5.55

DINNER

$3.65

$1.20

$4.85

TOTAL:

$10.45

$3.40

$13.85

 

Q2: How often is the GMR changed?

A2: Every year the rate is reviewed and revised, if necessary, by the OSD Comptroller. The rates above are effective 1 January 2015 - 31 December 2015.

Q3: What rate do midshipmen and cadets use?

A3: Effective 1 October 2008 the meal rate for cadets/midshipmen is equivalent to the Enlisted Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) rate.

Q4: Is the rate changing for 2015?

A4: Yes. The 2014 Standard GMR of $11.85 (total of breakfast, lunch and dinner) is raised to $13.85. See Table above for the breakdown of individual meal and surcharge amounts.

Q5: Why did the full rate increase so much for 2015?

A5: The standard rate increased an additional $1.65 this year to provide operating expense reimbursement for the a la carte system.  The operating expense rate for a la carte is 33% versus 17% for buffet style. 

Q6: Where can I find this information in the JTR?

A6: See APP A, Part 1, definition of Government Meal Rate (GMR).

Q7: Where can I find more information on GMR?

A7: For more information on GMR see the DoDFMR. For current yearly updates on the GMR see http://comptroller.defense.gov/Portals/45/documents/rates/fy2015/2015_g.pdf

 

     
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