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A hospital corpsman assigned to 1st squad, 2nd platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2


Yeoman 3rd Class Michael Yates, left, and Damage Controlman 2nd Class Sterling Cox, assigned to Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center, check Sailors in at Baltimore Washington International Airport who were returning from overseas duty assignments.


Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead is relieved by Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert as the Chief of Naval Operations during a change of command ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy.


Adm. John C. Harvey, Commander USFF, talks with Sailors over dinner in the zone two dining facility at the U.S. Army Camp Arifjan in Kuwait.


MCPON Rick West addresses more than 150 deployed Sailors during an all-hands call at WTP.


Individual Augmentee receives the Bronze Star.


Sailors aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) discuss the location of shipmates serving around the world as individual augmentees.


 
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Electronic Leave and Earnings Statement Policy

Effective September 30, 2011, the Under Secretary of Defense Comptroller issued a memo directing Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) to turn off hard copy mailings of Leave and Earnings Statements (LES) to all military members (and non-bargaining civilians) based on the DoD Efficiency Task Force selection of the electronic LES (eLES) as an opportunity for DFAS to increase savings. The eLES is offered to Department of Navy employees through the myPay system. In the event the electronic standard causes a hardship, individuals retain the ability to turn on hard copy LES delivery in myPay. For additional information, see the joint memo from the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller) and the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs).

Travel Claim Process

CNIC has created a Travel Claim page to provide key forms and instructions (Direct Deposit, Temporary Lodging Expenses (TLE), Dislocation Allowance (DLA), Copy of the Travel Claim Form 1351, as well as a tutorial that provides block by block instructions on how to properly fill out the 1351 and on how to properly fill out and submit accurate travel claims prior to being sent to Travel Processing Centers for liquidation.

Most IA assignment related entitlements start when you in-process and may include:
  • Imminent Danger Pay (IDP) (see NAVADMIN 062/12) 
    • Service member receives IDP prorated per day in an IDP-eligible area up to maximum monthly amount
    • Stops month after zone departure
  • Hostile Fire Pay (HFP) (see NAVADMIN 062/12) 
    • Service member receives non-prorated HFP to full monthly amount when exposed to hostile fire or hostile mine explosion event
    • Stops month after zone departure
  • Combat Zone Tax Exclusion
    • Complete tax free pay Enlisted/Warrants
    • Officers up to allowable limit
    • Stops month after zone departure
    • Social Security and Medicare still collected
    • Enlisted bonuses and subsequent installments tax free
    • Officer bonuses and subsequent installments tax fee to limit
    • Entire month credit with one day in zone
  • Hardship Duty Pay (Save Pay)
    • Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, HOA eligible
    • Bahrain NOT eligible
    • Stops day of eligible zone departure
  • ITDY Dependent Travel Allowance
    • For sailors on ITDY orders to escort their dependents to and from an alternate place
    • Only affects the portion of travel related to the escort of dependents
  • Incidental Expense (IE) per diem
    • Paid while lodging and meals provided
    • Monthly travel claim required for payment
    • This is in addition to full Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS)
  • Family Separation Allowance (FSH)
    • Retroactive entitlement payable after 31st day of separation from eligible dependents
    • Stops day of return to geographic location of eligible dependent
    • DD 1561 with member’s signature required for payment

All of these entitlements are guaranteed to start for eligible personnel no later than post 30 days “boots on ground” retroactive to the first day of eligibility.

Pay Changes to Monitor

There are some pay changes you need to be aware of to avoid over or under payment during your IA assignment:

  • Sea Pay
    • Not eligible after 31st day of IA assignment
    • Sea counter stopped with the stop of sea pay
    • Special detailing considered for credit of IA assignment
  • Meal Deduction
    • No meal deduction for entire IA assignment
  • Special Duty Assignment Pay (SDAP)
    • Eligibility can continue up to the first 90 days of IA assignment
    • If command transfers special duty assignment to another qualified command member, SDAP can be stopped the first day of IA assignment
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