A service member with dependents who serves an unaccompanied tour of duty may be entitled to a family separation allowance (FSA). FSA accrues from the day of departure from the home station and ends the day prior to arrival at the home station. This is in addition to any per diem or other entitlements presuming that:
- Transportation of dependents is not authorized at government expense, and the dependents do not live in the vicinity of your permanent duty station.
- Transportation of dependents is authorized at government expense, but you have elected an unaccompanied tour of duty because a dependent cannot accompany you to the permanent station due to certified medical reasons.
- You are on temporary duty (TDY) (or temporary additional duty) away from the permanent station continuously for more than 30 days, and your dependents are not residing at or near the TDY station.
FSA is payable at the rate of $250 per month (pro-rated to $8.33 per day for periods less than a month).
To apply for FSA, you should submit a completed DD Form 1561, Statement to Substantiate Payment of Family Separation Allowance (FSA), to your servicing personnel office.