Joint Travel Regulations are a set of regulations that provide guidance on travel privileges and entitlements of members of the United States United States Armed Forces. These regulations come from Department of Defense policy as well as Congressional legislation and cover issues such as overnight limits, air travel regulations for dependent children, and baggage weight limits. The shared travel rules are updated annually and can be found by clicking here or visiting the DTMO website.
What are the rules for joint trips?
The Joint Travel Regulations (JTR) are the regulations governing the travel of military and civilian personnel of the United States Department of Defense (DOD). The JTR is issued by the DOD Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Resources (ASD(M&RA)).
JTR includes both official and personal travel, including:
Temporary Duty (TDY).
Continuous Station Change (PCS) moves
Let go and travel
Space travel on DOD aircraft
Use of personal transport on official travel
Private Vehicle Tours (POVs)
The rules in the JTR are based on statutory authority, policy guidance and good business practices. JTR is designed to promote economy and efficiency in government travel.
How to read the shared travel rules
The Joint Travel Regulations (JTR) govern travel and transportation expenses for members of the Joint Services, Department of Defense civilian employees, and indirect fund employees. JTR is available online below.
To read the JTR, click on the “Links” tab at the top of the page. Under “Related Links”, click on “Joint Travel Regulations (JTR), Volume 1 – Civilian Officers of the DoD and Volume 2 – Members of the Single Service”. This will open the JTR PDF.
You can also access individual JTR chapters by clicking on the “Chapters” tab at the top of the page. Select the chapter you want to read from the drop-down menu.
Video: Understanding JTR
The Joint Travel Regulations (JTR) are the regulations governing travel by civilian employees of the Department of Defense and members of the uniformed services. JTRs are issued by the Department of Defense (DoD) and establish rules and procedures for travel by DoD civilians and uniformed service members.
The JTR is divided into four parts: Part 1 – General Information, Part 2 – Benefits, Part 3 – Transport and Part 4 – Administrative Procedures.
Part 1 – General Information includes information on definitions, authority, purpose, application, general policies and procedures.
Part 2 – Privileges sets out the allowances, including per diems, transport costs and miscellaneous expenses incurred when traveling on official business.
Section 3 – Transport provides information on the types of transport permitted for official travel and reimbursement of transport costs.
Section 4 – Administrative Procedures contains information on claims procedures, records management, audit requirements, and other administrative matters.
There are four areas of JTR benefits: baggage, quarters, transportation and other.
Baggage: JTR allows two bags per person, up to 70 pounds each. There is no limit on the number of bags checked, but each bag over 70 pounds is charged $25.
Quarters: JTR provides a daily rate for accommodation and meals depending on the location. The price of accommodation is from 75 to 200 dollars per night depending on the cost of living. Meals are reimbursed at $51 per day.
Transportation: JTR allows reimbursement for airfare, rental cars, and taxis. Airfare is reimbursed based on coach class fares. Rental cars are reimbursed at economy class rates plus any taxes and fees. Taxi fares are reimbursed up to $25 for a one-way trip.
Miscellaneous: JTR also covers other expenses such as laundry, dry cleaning and tips. Laundry costs are reimbursed at $5 per day. Dry cleaning is charged at $15 per week. Tips are compensated up to $5 per day.
Part 2: Prepayment and mobility benefits
There are several types of advance and mobility allowances that may be allowed under the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR). Below is a brief description of each:
- Permanent Change of Station Allowance (PCS) – This allowance is intended to cover the cost of moving your personal belongings from your old duty station to your new one. It is based on the weight of your item and the distance you are traveling.
- Temporary Duty Allowance (TDY) – This allowance is intended to cover travel and other expenses while on temporary duty away from your permanent station. It is based on the actual costs incurred, up to the maximum per night set by JTR.
- Space Travel Allowance (SAT) – This allowance is intended to cover the cost of travel in space-available aircraft operated by the military services. It is based on the actual costs incurred, up to the maximum per night set by JTR.
- Leave to Travel (LTA) – This allowance is meant to cover travel expenses when you take leave from your permanent station. It is based on the actual costs incurred, up to the maximum per night set by JTR.
Part 3: Travel, transport and daily allowances
The Joint Travel Regulations (JTR) are the regulations governing the travel and transportation of uniformed military members and their dependents. They are issued by the Department of Defense (DoD) and apply to all branches of the single service: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
JTR covers a wide range of topics related to travel and transportation, including allowances for accommodation, meals and incidentals; compensation for the use of personal vehicles; commercial air travel; and transportation of household goods and personal vehicles. The JTR also includes specific rules for overseas travel, such as rights to space travel on military aircraft and per diem allowances for temporary assignments.
Service members can access the JTR online at the DoD Financial Management Regulations website. The JTR is also available in paper form from the Government Printing Office or through commercial vendors who sell government publications.
Part 4: Additional travel assistance program
ATAP provides additional assistance to service members booked for official travel. This includes travel to trainings, conferences and other events. The program also covers travel expenses for dependents of military members deployed or deployed overseas.
Section 5: Former Spouse Protection Act (USFSPA) on single services
The Former Spouse Protection Act (USFSPA) is a federal law that provides certain benefits to separated spouses of military members. USFSPA benefits include the ability to continue receiving military medical benefits and commissary benefits after a divorce.
To qualify for USFSPA benefits, you must meet the following criteria:
You must have been married to a uniformed service member for at least 20 years.
You must be married to a uniformed service member who has served for at least 20 years.
You must be married to a uniformed service member who was honorably discharged.
The Joint Travel Regulations (JTR) are the regulations that govern the travel of members of the US Armed Forces. The JTR is located in Volume 1, Chapter 8 of the DoD Financial Management Regulations (FMR). FMR is available online
There you have it! The three best places to find Joint Travel Regulations (JTR). Now that you know where to find them, be sure to take the time to familiarize yourself with the rules. They will next time you need to book a trip for yourself or your family. Thanks for reading and happy travels.