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Do I Need to Stay in On-Base Quarters When I’m TDY? (For Distribution to Travelers)

In this mailbag* segment of the DTA Toolkit, we’ll be responding to a letter from a reader about whether travelers have to stay in Government quarters during a TDY…

*Full disclosure: we don’t actually have a mailbag – but we wish for one every time we find a four-leaf clover or spot a shooting star.

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Dear DTA Toolkit,

I’m going TDY in the near future to a military installation.  Do I need to stay in on-base quarters, or can I choose to stay somewhere else?

By the way – I really like your articles.  Thanks for writing so many of them!

Warm regards,

A Traveler Going TDY to a Military Installation

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Our response:

Dear Traveler,

Here’s the solid, unequivocal answer to your question: It depends.

- If you’re a military member, since you’re TDY to a U.S. installation, yes – you are required to stay in Government or privatized (see below) on-base lodging (assuming quarters are available for the dates you’re there).

- If you’re a DoD civilian employee, you’re only required to stay in available on-base quarters if your destination is a military installation at an Integrated Lodging Program pilot (ILPP) location (a list of those locations is here).  If you’re TDY to a non-ILPP military installation, you’re encouraged (but not required) to stay in Government or privatized on-base quarters.

The good news is that whether you are required or only encouraged to stay on-base, DTS will show you those lodging types, if they’re available in DTS and you entered your TDY location accurately

While we have you, here are three more nuggets of lodging information you may find helpful:

- If you’re TDY to a location near a military installation, you’re encouraged (but not required) to stay in on-base quarters.

- If you’re required to stay in on-base quarters, you can choose to stay elsewhere – just be advised that your lodging reimbursement will be limited to the cost of the Government quarters if that choice is not based on a mission-essential reason.

- For installations that have privatized (i.e., formerly Government, but now commercial) on-base lodging, those facilities are not Government quarters, but you are generally required to use them whenever Government quarters are required.

Hope this helps – and good luck on your upcoming TDY!

The Writers of the DTA Toolkit

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We hope that the information above was of help to you as well, virtuous traveler, in case you’ve ever been curious about the requirement to stay in Government quarters or privatized lodging while on TDY travel.

For more information on the ILPP, check out the DoD Integrated Lodging Program Pilot Guide or these frequently-asked questions.


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