The purpose of Dislocation Allowance (DLA) is to partially reimburse a member for the expenses incurred in relocating the household on a Permanent Change of Station (PCS,) ordered for the Government’s convenience, or incident to an evacuation. This allowance is in addition to all other allowances authorized in this Joint Federal Travel Regulation (JFTR) and may be paid in advance.
DLA is intended to help with miscellaneous moving costs. In general, it is paid once per PCS move. DLA is available CONUS and OCONUS. It is based on your rank and dependent status. DLA is not available from home to your first duty station; when assigned to government quarters, without family members, at new duty station; when transferred to a nearby duty station, unless a local move of household goods has been pre-authorized; and when separating or retiring from the military.
- DLA is NOT PAID on the last move.
- DLA is not paid on a local move, unless movement of household goods has been authorized.
- DLA is not paid if the service member is assigned to government quarters at the new duty station and is not accompanied by family members.