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Question:
Are TRICARE Prime enrollees eligible for reimbursement of travel expenses if referred to another health care provider?

Answer:
The TRICARE Prime travel entitlement is available to non-active duty TRICARE Prime enrollees and TRICARE Prime Remote family members (when implemented) when they are referred for specialty care more than 100 miles from the Primary Care Manager (PCM) location. Beneficiaries must have a valid referral and travel orders from a TRICARE representative at the military treatment facility (MTF) where they are enrolled or from the regional lead agent's office if their PCM is a TRICARE network provider.

Question:
As a member of a reserve component, am I entitled to CONUS COLA?

Answer:
By law, a member with a Reserve Component is required to be on active duty 140 days before he/she is entitled to a CONUS Cost of Living Allowance (COLA), unless the call or order to active duty is in support of a contingency operation.

Question:
How can I purchase U.S. Savings Bonds through my military pay system?

Answer:
Active Duty members may purchase savings bonds through allotment deductions and request safekeeping from the Defense Finance and Accounting System (DFAS).

Question:
What are military pay allotments?

Answer:
Allotments are designated amounts of a service member's pay that is authorized to be paid to a designated allotee.

Question:
What is a dislocation allowance (DLA)?

Answer:
The purpose of Dislocation Allowance (DLA) is to partially reimburse Active Duty (AD) service members, with or without dependents, for the expenses incurred during Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves, housing moves ordered for the Government’s convenience, or relocation as the result of an evacuation. Individuals coming on or leaving active duty are not eligible for DLA. The exception to this if you come on active duty for more than 20 weeks at one location and are authorized PCS allowances (not TDY allowances) and you move your dependents from your home to your new Permanent Duty Station (PDS) or a designated place.

Question:
What is a Moving In Housing Allowance (MIHA)?

Answer:
A Moving In Housing Allowance (MIHA) is intended to defray the move-in costs associated with occupying privately leased quarters covered under the Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA) program.

Question:
What is a Restricted Access Personal Identification Number (RAPIN) with respect to my Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)?

Answer:
You can create a Restricted Access Personal Identification Number (RAPIN) after signing into myPay on the (DFAS) website at http://www.dfas.mil to allow your spouse or family member to have view-only access to your Leave and Earnings Statement (LES). With the RAPIN, the spouse or family member can view and print the LES and W2 but cannot make pay changes.

Question:
What is a Separate Maintenance Allowance (SMA)?

Answer:
Separate Maintenance Allowance (SMA) is paid when a DoD or Department of the Army Civilian employee is not permitted or is unable to bring family members to the post (does not apply to TDY).

Question:
What is a Temporary Quarters Subsistence Allowance?

Answer:
Temporary Quarters Subsistence Allowance is paid to assist DoD and DA Civilian employees with temporary living expenses when first arriving OCONUS.

Question:
What is an Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA)?

Answer:
An Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA) is a monthly allowance paid to service members assigned to an OCONUS duty station outside the continental U.S. (not including Hawaii and Alaska), who are authorized to live in private housing. The OHA is designed to defray the service member's cost for rent, utilities, and moving in expenses. Visit the DoD Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Allowance Committee website for more information on OHAs and rates for specific locations at http://www.dtic.mil/perdiem/allooha.html.
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