Per diem covers the costs of military travel while you are stationed within the contingent United States (CONUS), defined as the 48 states excluding Alaska and Hawaii.
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Per diem, your military allowance for lodging, meals and other travel expenses, is determined by the U.S General Services Administration (GSA). Per diem covers the costs of military travel while you are stationed within the contingent United States (CONUS), defined as the 48 states excluding Alaska and Hawaii. In addition, approximately 400 Non-Standard Areas (NSA) are covered with per diem rates higher than standard CONUS. Non-standard area per diem rates are based on the Average Daily Rate (ADR), which is determined by lodging industry economic data.


Per diem rates provide the maximum reimbursement allowances that federal employees can receive from their respective military agencies, for official military travel.

CONUS per diem allowance rates include three different categories of living expenses: lodging, meals, and incidental expenses. Most of the CONUS (approximately 2600 counties in 48 states) are covered by the standard CONUS per diem rate of $116: $70 for lodging, $46 for meals and incidental expenses. To determine lodging per diem, GSA is required by law to use businesses within the lower to mid-price range that are fire-safe certified, by the standards of the Hotel & Motel Fire Safety Act of 1990.


Per diem rates for Non Standard Areas are based upon contractor-provided average daily rate (ADR), which means the data of certified Fire-Safe properties in the lodging industry. The ADR is a travel industry measuring system that divides rental revenue by the number of mid-range rooms sold.


In general, receipts are necessary for official validation of your military travel and lodging expenses over $75 - or else a valid exemption must be presented. Keep track of your receipts while traveling on military assignment; receipts are essential for getting your per diem reimbursement, which can really add up.


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