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The purpose of Dislocation Allowance (DLA) is to partially reimburse a
servicemember, with or without dependents, for the expenses incurred in
relocating the member's household on a PCS, housing moves ordered for
the Government's convenience, or incident to an evacuation. This
allowance is in addition to all other allowances authorized in this
Volume and may be paid in advance.
It is important to keep in mind that DLA is intended to partially
reimburse relocation expenses not otherwise reimbursed and probably will
not reimburse all of your relocation expenses.
Important Note: National Guard and Reserve
servicemembers 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 PDS
or a designated place.
A partial DLA of $581.51(effective 1 January 2006) is paid to a
servicemember ordered to occupy or vacate Government family-type
quarters due to privatization, renovation or any other reason other than
The current rate information can be found on the DoD Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Allowance Committee DLA Web site. You can also find a list of Dislocation Allowance (DLS) FAQs.