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    Just posting this for informational purposes.

    THIS MESSAGE HAS BEEN SENT BY THE PENTAGON TELECOMMUNICATIONS CENTER ON
    BEHALF OF DA WASHINGTON DC//DAPE-MSO//



    SUBJECT: EXCEPTION TO POLICY GUIDANCE FOR BASIC ALLOWANCE FOR HOUSING (BAH)
    WAIVERS



    THIS ALARACT CANCELS AND REPLACES ALARACT MESSAGES IN REFERENCES D, E, AND F
    AND PROVIDES IMPLEMENTATION GUIDANCE FOR ALL SOLDIERS WHO DESIRE TO RECEIVE
    BAH AT OTHER THAN THE PERMANENT DUTY STATION (PDS) LOCATION WHEN
    CIRCUMSTANCES REQUIRE THE DEPENDENTS TO RESIDE SEPARATELY. THE POLICIES IN
    THIS MESSAGE APPLY TO ALL SOLDIERS REGARDLESS OF COMPONENT. SEE THE MESSAGE
    FOR SPECIFIC GUIDANCE.



    1. REFERENCES:



    A. JOINT FEDERAL TRAVEL REGULATIONS (JFTR), VOLUME 1, CHAPTER 10, CURRENT
    EDITION.



    B. MEMORANDUM, ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE ARMY (MANPOWER AND RESERVE

    AFFAIRS), 11 JANUARY 2011, SUBJECT: DELEGATION OF BASIC ALLOWANCE FOR

    HOUSING (BAH) SECRETARIAL WAIVER AUTHORITY.



    C. MEMORANDUM, DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, G-1, 05 APRIL 2011, SUBJECT:

    DELEGATION OF BASIC ALLOWANCE FOR HOUSING (BAH) SECRETARIAL WAIVER

    AUTHORITY.



    D. ALARACT 021/2008, 05 FEBRUARY 2008, EXCEPTION TO POLICY GUIDANCE FOR
    BASIC ALLOWANCE FOR HOUSING (BAH) WAIVERS.



    E. ALARACT 101-2003, 25 JULY 2003, PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION (PME)

    BASIC ALLOWANCE FOR HOUSING (BAH) WAIVER POLICY.



    F. ALARACT, 06 APRIL 2002, BASIC ALLOWANCE FOR HOUSING (BAH) WAIVER POLICY.




    G. MILPER MESSAGE 11-339, 28 OCTOBER 2011, BAH WAIVERS FOR SOLDIERS
    ATTENDING PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION (PME) COURSES.



    2. PURPOSE. THIS MESSAGE CLARIFIES SECRETARIAL WAIVER GUIDANCE FOR
    SOLDIERS TO RECEIVE BAH AT OTHER THAN THE PERMANENT DUTY STATION (PDS)
    LOCATION UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES. THE PURPOSE OF THIS POLICY IS TO
    STABILIZE THE SOLDIER'S DEPENDENTS FOR A RELATIVELY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME
    WHEN CIRCUMSTANCES REQUIRE DEPENDENTS TO RESIDE SEPARATELY. THIS POLICY
    MESSAGE HAS BEEN REVIEWED BY THE PER DIEM, TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION
    ALLOWANCE COMMITTEE STAFF IN ACCORDANCE WITH DODD 5154.29, DATED 9 MARCH
    1993, AS PDTATAC CASE RR12015.



    3. INTENT. THIS POLICY IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE TO
    SOLDIERS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO EASE THE TRANSITION OF A PCS MOVE TO THE NEW
    PERMANENT DUTY STATION IN CONUS.



    4. APPLICABILITY. THIS POLICY APPLIES TO ACTIVE DUTY (AD) SOLDIERS (TITLE
    10 AND TITLE 32 U.S. CODE) AUTHORIZED BAH AT THE WITH-DEPENDENT RATE. THE
    POLICY APPLIES TO AD SOLDIERS WITH DEPENDENTS WHOSE DEPENDENTS RESIDE WITH
    THEM AT THE PREVIOUS DUTY STATION PRIOR TO DEPARTING ON PCS OR AT A
    GOVERNMENT APPROVED DESIGNATED LOCATION. SOLDIERS WITHOUT DEPENDENTS MAY
    ONLY APPLY FOR A WAIVER UNDER A NO/LOW COST MOVE.



    5. POLICY. TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION OF A WAIVER UNDER THIS POLICY,
    SOLDIER'S DEPENDENTS MUST RESIDE WITH THEM PRIOR TO PCS UNLESS THE MEMBER IS
    SERVING AN UNACCOMPANIED TOUR. THE DEPENDENTS MUST CONTINUE TO RESIDE AT
    THE PREVIOUS DUTY STATION OR GOVERNMENT-APPROVED DESIGNATED PLACE. PREVIOUS
    DUTY STATION IS DEFINED AS THE LOCATION OF THE LAST DUTY STATION IN WHICH
    SHIPMENT OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE WAS AUTHORIZED.
    DESIGNATED PLACE IS DEFINED AS THE LOCATION TO WHICH THE GOVERNMENT
    AUTHORIZED MOVEMENT OF DEPENDENTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH REFERENCE 1A.



    6. THE FOLLOWING CIRCUMSTANCES QUALIFY FOR CONSIDERATION OF A SECRETARIAL
    BAH WAIVER:



    A. LOW/NO COST PCS. SOLDIERS WHO REQUEST A WAIVER UNDER THIS CATEGORY MUST
    BE REASSIGNED UNDER A LOW COST OR NO COST PCS. SOLDIERS MAY CONTINUE TO
    RECEIVE THE HIGHER BAH RATE WHEN THE ASSIGNMENT ORDERS AUTHORIZE A NO/LOW
    COST MOVE AND SHIPMENT OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND MOVEMENT OF DEPENDENTS ARE NOT
    AUTHORIZED, THE MOVEMENT DESIGNATOR CODE IN THE ORDER IDENTIFIES A LOW/NO
    COST MOVE, AND THE MEMBER ESTABLISHED THE RESIDENCE WHILE ASSIGNED TO THE
    PREVIOUS DUTY STATION. SOLDIERS MUST HAVE MADE THEIR HOUSING DECISION BASED
    ON THE PREVIOUS ASSIGNMENT, MUST NOT MOVE HHG OR DEPENDENTS DURING THE
    WAIVER PERIOD, AND MUST CONTINUE TO COMMUTE FROM THE SAME RESIDENCE.
    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION SUCH AS THE HUD SETTLEMENT STATEMENT OR THE
    ORIGINAL LEASE AGREMENT MUST BE SUBMITTED.



    B. PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION OR TRAINING (PME). SOLDIERS REQUESTING
    BAH AND COLA WAIVERS FOR DEPENDENTS' LOCATION OR LAST PDS MUST SUBMIT WAIVER
    REQUESTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS MESSAGE. THIS INCLUDES ALL RESERVE,
    NATIONAL GUARD, AND ACTIVE GUARD RESERVE REQUESTING BAH WAIVERS. OTHER
    ACTIVE DUTY SOLDIERS APPLY FOR BAH WAIVERS ONLY IN ACCORDANCE WITH MILPER
    MESSAGE 11-339 DATED 28 OCTOBER 2011. PME OR TRAINING COURSES MAY NOT
    EXCEED MORE THAN 12 MONTHS IN LENGTH. WAIVERS ARE AUTHORIZED FOR BAH
    LOCATIONS ONLY. PCS ORDERS MUST STATE THE COURSE TITLE, START AND END
    DATES.



    C. FOUR ADDITIONAL DISTINCT CATEGORIES ARE AUTHORIZED FOR CONSIDERATION
    UNDER THIS POLICY WHEN CIRCUMSTANCES REQUIRE DEPENDENTS TO RESIDE SEPARATELY
    FROM THE SOLDIER:



    (1.) DEPLOYMENT. SOLDIERS WHO RECEIVE PCS ORDERS TO UNITS DEPLOYING WITHIN
    12 MONTHS OF THEIR ARRIVAL TO THE DUTY STATION MAY BE CONSIDERED. SOLDIERS
    MUST DEPLOY WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF ARRIVAL TO THE UNIT. WAIVERS WILL BE
    CONSIDERED FOR SOLDIERS RETURNING FROM AN OVERSEAS ASSIGNMENT WHO MUST
    ACTIVATE THEIR COMMAND-APPROVED FAMILY CARE PLAN OR RELOCATE THEIR FAMILY TO
    THE HOME OF RECORD DUE TO THE SOLDIER'S ASSIGNMENT TO A UNIT THAT IS
    SCHEDULED TO DEPLOY WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THEIR ARRIVAL TO THE DUTY STATION.
    A COPY OF THE INDIVIDUAL DEPLOYMENT ORDER OR A MEMO SIGNED BY A FIELD GRADE
    OFFICER AT THE GAINING COMMAND VERIFYING THE SOLDIER'S DEPLOYMENT MONTH,
    YEAR, AND DEPLOYMENT PERIOD MUST ACCOMPANY THE REQUEST.



    (2.) DEPENDENT EDUCATION. SOLDIERS WHO HAVE DEPENDENTS IN EDUCATIONAL
    PROGRAMS THEY DO NOT WISH TO DISRUPT MAY BE CONSIDERED. UNDER THIS
    CATEGORY, DEPENDENT CHILDREN WILL BE CONSIDERED IN ORDER TO ALLOW THEM TO
    COMPLETE THE CURRENT GRADE SCHOOL YEAR, OR JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS. DEPENDENT SPOUSES WILL BE CONSIDERED IN ORDER TO
    ALLOW THEM TO COMPLETE THEIR CURRENT PAID SCHOOL TERM. A LETTER FROM THE
    EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION VERIFYING ENROLLMENT, END OF SCHOOL YEAR, AND THE
    ANTICIPATED GRADUATION DATE MUST ACCOMPANY THE REQUEST.



    (3.) SPOUSE EMPLOYMENT. SPOUSES WHO REQUIRE A TEMPORARY DELAY TO TRAVEL TO
    THE NEW DUTY STATION DUE TO CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATION, PROFESSIONAL LICENSE
    RECIPROCITY AGREEMENTS, OR OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES THAT MAY CAUSE ADDITIONAL
    FINANCIAL PENALTIES DUE TO EARLY TERMINATION, MAY BE CONSIDERED. SOLDIERS
    REQUESTING A WAIVER DUE TO CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATION, PROFESSIONAL LICENSE
    RECIPROCITY AGREEMENTS, OR OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES THAT MAY CAUSE ADDITIONAL
    FINANCIAL PENALTIES DUE TO EARLY TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT MUST VERIFY THAT
    SPOUSES HAVE ATTEMPTED TO SECURE EMPLOYMENT AT THE NEW DUTY STATION VIA
    SPOUSE PREFERENCE OR OTHER EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS SUPPORTED BY THE ARMY AND
    DOD, SUCH AS MILITARY ONESOURCE. A LETTER SUBSTANTIATING EMPLOYMENT FROM
    THE EMPLOYER MUST ACCOMPANY THE REQUEST. WAIVERS FOR EMPLOYMENT INITIATED
    OR CONTINUED AFTER THE SOLDIER RECEIVES PCS ORDERS TO THE NEW DUTY STATION
    WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.



    (4.) EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY MEMBER PROGRAM (EFMP) OR MEDICAL CONSIDERATIONS.
    SOLDIERS WHO HAVE DEPENDENTS WITH EXCEPTIONAL NEEDS OR MEDICAL
    CONSIDERATIONS THAT WARRANT LEAVING THEM AT THE PREVIOUS DUTY STATION
    LOCATION TEMPORARILY DUE TO CONTINUITY OF CARE OR SERVICES THAT CANNOT
    READILY BE PROVIDED MAY BE CONSIDERED. DEPENDENTS MUST BE ENROLLED IN THE
    EFMP, IF REQUIRED. EFMP CONSIDERATIONS MUST INCLUDE A LETTER FROM THE
    GAINING STATION'S EFMP COORDINATOR VERIFYING THE MEDICAL NECESSITY OF
    REMAINING AT THE PREVIOUS DUTY STATION. OTHER MEDICAL CONSIDERATIONS MUST
    INCLUDE A LETTER FROM COMPETENT MILITARY MEDICAL AUTHORITY ADDRESSING
    CONTINUITY OF CARE, AND MUST BE TEMPORARY IN NATURE.



    7. SOLDIERS MUST AGREE TO LIMITED PCS ENTITLEMENTS TO INCLUDE: SHIPMENT OF
    AUTHORIZED UNACCOMPANIED BAGGAGE WEIGHT ALLOWANCE (OFFICERS: 01-03 = 600LBS,
    04-06 = 800LBS, 07-010 = 1,000LBS, WARRANT = 600LBS, ENLISTED = 500LBS) TO
    INCLUDE PROFESSIONAL BOOKS, PAPERS, AND EQUIPMENT; LIMITED DISLOCATION
    ALLOWANCE (DLA), TEMPORARY LODGING EXPENSE (TLE), AND PER DIEM AT THE
    WITHOUT DEPENDENT RATE, IF AUTHORIZED; AND SHIPMENT OF POV (HAWAII & ALASKA
    ONLY).



    8. SOLDIERS DO NOT LOSE THEIR PCS ENTITLEMENTS UNDER THIS POLICY. HOWEVER,
    WAIVERS APPROVED UNDER THIS POLICY BECOME VOID WHEN SOLDIERS EXECUTE ANY
    PORTION OF THEIR PCS ENTITLEMENTS DURING THE WAIVER PERIOD. THE SOLDIER'S
    HOUSING ALLOWANCE WILL THEN BE BASED ON THE PERMANENT DUTY STATION.



    9. AN APPROVED WAIVER DOES NOT ENTITLE SOLDIERS TO ANY ADDITIONAL
    ALLOWANCES, SUCH AS FAMILY SEPARATION ALLOWANCE (FSA) OR FAMILY SEPARATION
    HOUSING (FSH). SOLDIERS MUST BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE THE ALLOWANCES BASED ON
    THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE ASSIGNMENT.



    10. REQUEST SUBMISSION PROCEDURES: SOLDIERS MAY SUBMIT REQUESTS
    ELECTRONICALLY TO USARMY.PENTAGON.HQDA-DCS-G-1.MBX.DAPE-PRC@MAIL.MIL.
    ADDRESS MAILED REQUESTS TO HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY, OFFICE OF
    THE DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, G-1, ATTN: DAPE-PRC, 300 ARMY PENTAGON,
    WASHINGTON, DC 20310-0300. THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS MUST BE INCLUDED IN THE
    WAIVER REQUEST PACKET:



    A. A SIGNED MEMO FROM THE SOLDIER REQUESTING THE WAIVER WITH A STATED
    REASON. FOR EXAMPLE: "I, RANK, FIRST NAME, LAST NAME, SSN, REQUEST A BAH
    WAIVER TO RECEIVE BAH AT THE WITH-DEPENDENT RATE BASED ON MY DEPENDENT'S
    LOCATION OR PREVIOUS DUTY STATION (NOTE: SOLDIERS CANNOT APPLY FOR THEIR
    DEPENDENT'S LOCATION UNLESS PREVIOUSLY RECEIVING THAT DEPENDENT'S LOCATION
    BAH RATE, UNLESS ACTIVATING A COMMAND-APPROVED FAMILY CARE PLAN AS DISCUSSED
    IN PARA. 6.C.(1.) ABOVE) DUE TO CHILDREN COMPLETING THE SCHOOL YEAR. MY
    DEPENDENTS WILL REMAIN UNTIL THE SCHOOL YEAR ENDS IN [DATE]. I AGREE TO
    LIMITED PCS ENTITLEMENTS TO INCLUDE, IF OTHERWISE AUTHORIZED, THE
    WITHOUT-DEPENDENT RATE DISLOCATION ALLOWANCE (DLA), TEMPORARY LODGING
    EXPENSE (TLE), AND PER DIEM. I FURTHER AGREE TO SHIP ONLY THE UNACCOMPANIED
    BAGGAGE WEIGHT ALLOWANCE TO INCLUDE MY PROFESSIONAL BOOKS, PAPERS, AND
    EQUIPMENT ,AND THAT I HAVE NOT EXCEEDED NOR WILL I EXCEED MY UNACCOMPANIED
    WEIGHT ALLOWANCE LIMITATION. I UNDERSTAND THAT I AM NOT ENTITLED TO FAMILY
    SEPARATION ALLOWANCE (FSA) OR FAMILY SEPARATION HOUSING (FSH). MY PROJECTED
    DEPARTURE DATE TO NEW PERMANENT DUTY STATION IS [DATE.]"



    B. PCS ORDERS ASSIGNING THE SOLDIER TO THE NEW PDS. REQUESTS FOR ORDERS
    (RFO) ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE.



    C. PCS ORDERS ASSIGNING THE SOLDIER TO THE OLD PDS. REQUESTS FOR ORDERS
    (RFO) ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE.



    D. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION BASED ON THE CATEGORY TO BE CONSIDERED IN
    ACCORDANCE WITH PARAGRAPH 6.



    E. CURRENT LEAVE AND EARNINGS STATEMENT (LES).



    F. OTHER SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION MAY BE REQUIRED BY HQDA.



    11. ENLISTED SOLDIERS BELOW THE GRADE OF E-7 OR OFFICERS BELOW THE GRADE OF
    O-4 MUST HAVE THEIR REQUESTS ENDORSED WITH A SIGNATURE BY THE FIRST FIELD
    GRADE OFFICER IN THEIR CHAIN OF COMMAND.



    12. REQUESTS MUST INCLUDE A CONTACT PHONE NUMBER, FAX NUMBER, EMAIL
    ADDRESS, AND MAILING ADDRESS TO SEND CORRESPONDENCE. SOLDIERS WILL BE
    NOTIFIED OF APPROVAL/DISAPPROVAL VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL TO THE SOLDIER'S AKO OR
    GLOBAL EMAIL ADDRESS.



    13. SOLDIERS MUST PROVIDE A COPY OF THEIR APPROVED WAIVER TO THEIR ORDERS
    ISSUING AUTHORITY TO HAVE THE ORDERS PUBLISHED/AMENDED TO RELFECT THE
    RESTRICTIONS NOTED IN THE APPROVAL MEMORANDUM. SOLDIERS MUST ALSO PROVIDE A
    COPY TO THE SERVICING FINANCE OFFICE.



    14. WAIVERS APPROVED UNDER THIS POLICY ARE BASED ON THE DATE REQUESTS ARE
    RECEIVED AT HQDA, DCS G-1 OR THE DATE SPECIFIED IN THE APPROVAL MEMORANDUM.
    WAIVERS WILL EXPIRE ONE YEAR FROM THE APPROVAL DATE UNLESS OTHERWISE
    SPECIFIED IN THE APPROVAL MEMO. WAIVERS MAY BE EXTENDED ON A CASE-BY-CASE
    BASIS BASED ON THE MERITS OF THE REQUEST.



    15. POINTS OF CONTACT FOR THIS MESSAGE ARE HQDA, DCS G-1, COMPENSATION &
    ENTITLEMENTS DIVISION: LTC GALLMAN, 703 692-6819, DSN (312) 222-6819,
    VINCENT.F.GALLMAN.MIL@MAIL.MIL;. LTC GLASER, 703 692-5256, DSN (312)
    222-5256, BARBARA.A.GLASER.MIL@MAIL.MIL.
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