New regs aim to help military travelers

Compiled by KA staff

In today’s high-ops environment, constant travel is a part of life for military personnel and their families. Two new government directives were recently released that aim to make life a little bit easier for servicemembers on the go.

According to the U.S. Air Forces in Europe comptroller’s office, Airmen must now process all leave taken in conjunction with a temporary duty assignment in LeaveWeb.

“Recently, we discovered that servicemembers who accurately record their leave location in the itinerary section of DTS (Defense Travel System) are put in an in-transit status and not charged leave,” wrote Col. Roberta R. Lowe, USAFE comptroller. “The issue has been elevated to the Defense Travel Management Office for correction; however, since a near-term solution is unlikely, utilizing LeaveWeb offers an interim fix.”

Supervisors are encouraged to ensure that leave taken in conjunction with a TDY is entered and approved in LeaveWeb. Airmen on TDY less than or equal to 30 days must process in LeaveWeb prior to departure and after DTS order approval. For Airmen with TDY assignments greater than 30 days, leave must be processed immediately upon return, as LeaveWeb will not process leave if it does not begin within 30 days of a request.

Another directive from the Transportation Security Administration pertains to military passengers at U.S. airports, and is designed to allow families of servicemembers to linger a little longer with their loved ones. According to USAFE Public Affairs, families may be granted access to sterile concourse areas to escort the military passenger to the gate or to meet a military passenger’s inbound arrival at the gate.

The family member can go to the airline that the servicemember is flying on and receive a pass to go to the gate. Families will be required to have passes and photo identification to get through the security checkpoint.