Military per diem is the allowance reimbursement for lodging (excluding taxes), meals and incidental expenses, for traveling military service members.
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Know Your Military Per Diem

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Military per diem is the allowance reimbursement for lodging (excluding taxes), meals and incidental expenses, for traveling military service members. As of 2010, the standard CONUS per diem rate remained at $116 - $70/day for lodging, $46 for meals and incidental expenses.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PER DIEM AND A GOV RATE?

Rather than offering military service members a per diem rate, hotels and motels sometimes offer a "GOV" rate. The GOV rate could be higher than the per diem rate. To use the GOV rate, you need special approval prior to military travel to ensure that your GOV rate travel costs will be covered as part of your military per diem. When you are not traveling on military service but for some R&R, keep in mind that many hotels, motels, recreation centers, theme parks and more offer a military discount to show their appreciation for your service to your country.

WHO DETERMINES PER DIEM RATES?

The General Services Administration (GSA) determines per diem rates for destinations within the Contingent United States (CONUS), while the State Department and the Department of Defense (DOD) determine foreign per diem rates.

WHAT ARE STANDARD VS. NON-STANDARD CONUS LOCATIONS?

Non-standard areas (NSA) traveled by the military service members are reviewed on an annual basis, while standard CONUS locations are less frequently traveled by military service members.

HOW CAN I ESTABLISH A NEW CONUS NON-STANDARD LOCATION?

A Federal Agency Travel Manager must submit a signed letter on agency letterhead, stating that the present per diem rate is unacceptable for a particular location The request should include the zip code areas in question, the business names, addresses, and rates where military service members are staying that refuse to honor the military per diem rate; and the additional expenses service members incurred over the determined Per Diem.

ARE LODGING TAXES INCLUDED IN PER DIEM RATES?

Lodging taxes are not included in the CONUS per diem rate. However, some states and local governments may exempt traveling military service members from paying taxes on their expenses. For more details on military tax exemption, visit the GSA website.

ARE PER DIEM RATES DIFFERENT FOR THE FIRST AND LAST TRAVEL DAY?

Yes; for those days traveling to and from your destination, military service members can claim 75 percent of the total per diem rate. The first and last day may account for expenses incurred while not yet on official duty at the station, but on your way there or returning back to home base.

WHAT IS AN INCIDENTAL EXPENSE?

Incidental expenses for per diem, according to the Federal Travel Regulation, are fees and tips given to porters, baggage carriers, bellhops, hotel maids, stewards or stewardesses and others in the service industry; transportation fees between places where you eat meals other than the military location; and shipping costs incurred from filing travel vouchers and payment of Government bills.

CAN HOTELS REFUSE TO ACCEPT MILITARY PER DIEM RATES?

Yes, hotels and motels are not required to honor GSA CONUS per diem rates. In addition hotels and motels can refuse to extend accept per diem rates to cover non-permanent military members such as government contractors.



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