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RMZB  
#1 Posted : Thursday, November 01, 2018 5:30:44 PM(UTC)

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I recently PCS'd with the Army. When I was talking with a customer service rep at DFAS she said during my TQSE portion of my PCS that for meals I only get reimbursed for what I eat daily and not a daily per diem rate. Say I'm allotted $50 per day and only eat $20 she said I'd only get $20. That seemed odd.....does anyone know for sure? On my PCS orders is says TQSE is Yes and "actual expense" is checked off.

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#2 Posted : Thursday, November 01, 2018 10:51:15 PM(UTC)
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That's correct, you get what you claim that you have spent. Up to $50 per day, if you don't claim anything (fasting?!?) it would be zero.
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#3 Posted : Friday, November 02, 2018 8:03:58 AM(UTC)
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I guess you will be eating good! It will be under 75.00 per meal, so you will not need to show a receipt ;)
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I have PCS'd 5 times and what i found out the last time i PCS'd that i never knew before is the travel pay folks totaled up what the monthly per diem was and divided it by 30. If my total i spent during that timeframe did not exceed that total amount they paid me. If it did, they limited it to that total. So for example one day i spent more than the max on food but another day i spent less; but since i didn't go over the total monthly allowance, they paid me for the day i went over. I am pretty sure my orders said actual expense. just something to keep in mind and keep receipts for everything... just in case. i had a huge ziplock bag that i kept until everything was totally settled.
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#5 Posted : Friday, November 02, 2018 11:57:47 AM(UTC)
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Are you a DA civilian or Army military? DA civilians are authorised a flat rate per diem. If the M&IE is $70/day, and you're on TDY for ten whole days, it's $700. How you use it is up to you. I don't eat much and as a result walk away with a bit left over.
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#6 Posted : Sunday, November 04, 2018 1:28:26 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: GWPDA Go to Quoted Post
Are you a DA civilian or Army military? DA civilians are authorised a flat rate per diem. If the M&IE is $70/day, and you're on TDY for ten whole days, it's $700. How you use it is up to you. I don't eat much and as a result walk away with a bit left over.
They are not TDY, they are on PCS and claiming TQSE...slightly different.
You should have voted Cthulu...the greatest of all Evils
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#7 Posted : Sunday, November 04, 2018 6:35:24 PM(UTC)
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True, Frank, - and thus my question. DA Civilian or Army? I've been a DA civilian on PCS and that's a thing. Being Army - a different thing. "I recently PCS'd with the Army. When I was talking with a customer service rep at DFAS she said during my TQSE portion of my PCS that for meals I only get reimbursed for what I eat daily and not a daily per diem rate. Say I'm allotted $50 per day and only eat $20 she said I'd only get $20. That seemed odd.....""

Always hard to tell one from the other!
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Originally Posted by: GWPDA Go to Quoted Post
Are you a DA civilian or Army military? DA civilians are authorised a flat rate per diem. If the M&IE is $70/day, and you're on TDY for ten whole days, it's $700. How you use it is up to you. I don't eat much and as a result walk away with a bit left over.
They are not TDY, they are on PCS and claiming TQSE...slightly different.


TDY and TQSE are roughly the same rules unless something has changed.

When I was on TQSE MIE was at the base rate not an individual meal receipt thing...it depends on their travel documents.

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Yes, for TQSE Actual Expense, only amounts actually spent on meals can be reimbursed (and are itemized on the DD2912 http://www.esd.whs.mil/P...s/DD/forms/dd/dd2912.pdf )

There is also TQSE Lump Sum which is much less paperwork, but is discretionary, and is limited to a flat rate based on 30 days.

https://www.dfas.mil/civ...loyees/civrelo/tqse.html
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