A-15211, OCTOBER 15, 1926, 6 COMP. GEN. 258

A-15211: Oct 15, 1926

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TRAVEL ALLOWANCE - NAVY ENLISTED MEN AN ENLISTED MAN OF THE NAVY WHO REQUESTS TO BE ALLOWED TO REMAIN ON HIS SHIP UNTIL THE EXPIRATION OF HIS ENLISTMENT IN ORDER THAT HE MAY REENLIST THEREON AND IS PERMITTED TO DO SO INSTEAD OF BEING SENT FOR DISCHARGE TO THE PORT NEAREST THE PLACE OF HIS ACCEPTANCE FOR ENLISTMENT. IS NOT ENTITLED TO TRAVEL ALLOWANCE. HE WAS ACCEPTED FOR ENLISTMENT AND ENLISTED AT ATLANTA. WAS DISCHARGED SEPTEMBER 14. IS. IT IS THE POLICY OF THE BUREAU TO TRANSFER BY GOVERNMENT CONVEYANCE. MEN WHOSE TERMS OF ENLISTMENT ARE ABOUT TO EXPIRE. THE BUREAU AUTHORIZES THEIR RETENTION AND THEY WILL NOT BE TRANSFERRED IN ACCORDANCE WITH PARAGRAPH 1 OF THIS LETTER. THAT IN CONSEQUENCE THEREOF HE WAS PERMITTED TO SO REMAIN AND WAS DISCHARGED THEREFROM AT SAN FRANCISCO INSTEAD OF BEING SENT BY GOVERNMENT CONVEYANCE TO A PORT AS NEAR AS POSSIBLE TO THE PLACE OF HIS ACCEPTANCE FOR ENLISTMENT.

A-15211, OCTOBER 15, 1926, 6 COMP. GEN. 258

TRAVEL ALLOWANCE - NAVY ENLISTED MEN AN ENLISTED MAN OF THE NAVY WHO REQUESTS TO BE ALLOWED TO REMAIN ON HIS SHIP UNTIL THE EXPIRATION OF HIS ENLISTMENT IN ORDER THAT HE MAY REENLIST THEREON AND IS PERMITTED TO DO SO INSTEAD OF BEING SENT FOR DISCHARGE TO THE PORT NEAREST THE PLACE OF HIS ACCEPTANCE FOR ENLISTMENT, BUT WHO REFUSES TO CARRY OUT HIS AGREEMENT TO REENLIST, IS NOT ENTITLED TO TRAVEL ALLOWANCE.

DECISION BY COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL, OCTOBER 15, 1926:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED THE REQUEST OF CLAUD S. PARKS, T.M.1C., UNITED STATES NAVY, FOR REVIEW OF SETTLEMENT NO. 040692, DATED AUGUST 12, 1924, DISALLOWING HIS CLAIM FOR TRAVEL ALLOWANCE ON DISCHARGE OF SEPTEMBER 4, 1923. HE WAS ACCEPTED FOR ENLISTMENT AND ENLISTED AT ATLANTA, GA., SEPTEMBER 4, 1919, AND WAS DISCHARGED SEPTEMBER 14, 1923, ON EXPIRATION OF ENLISTMENT, FROM THE U.S.S. MCDERMUT, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. BUREAU OF NAVIGATION CIRCULAR LETTER NO. 45-23, JUNE 29, 1923, IS, IN PART, AS FOLLOWS:

1. IT IS THE POLICY OF THE BUREAU TO TRANSFER BY GOVERNMENT CONVEYANCE, MEN WHOSE TERMS OF ENLISTMENT ARE ABOUT TO EXPIRE, TO PORTS AS NEAR AS POSSIBLE TO THEIR PLACES OF ACCEPTANCE FOR ENLISTMENT, IN ORDER TO ECONOMIZE ON EXPENDITURES FOR MILEAGE (TRAVEL ALLOWANCE). * * *

2. THE BUREAU AUTHORIZES COMMANDING OFFICERS TO RETAIN MEN WHO DESIRE TO REMAIN ON A SHIP OR STATION UNTIL THE EXPIRATION OF THEIR ENLISTMENTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF REENLISTING IMMEDIATELY ON THAT SHIP OR STATION. THE MEN CONCERNED SHOULD SUBMIT A WRITTEN REQUEST TO THIS EFFECT TO THE COMMANDING OFFICER, TOGETHER WITH A STATEMENT THAT HE INTENDS TO SO REENLIST. * * *

3. FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF THOSE MEN WHO DO NOT DESIRE TO REENLIST, BUT WHO DO DESIRE TO BE DISCHARGED FROM THE SHIP OR STATION TO WHICH ATTACHED, THE BUREAU AUTHORIZES THEIR RETENTION AND THEY WILL NOT BE TRANSFERRED IN ACCORDANCE WITH PARAGRAPH 1 OF THIS LETTER, PROVIDED, PRIOR TO THE DATE ON WHICH SUCH TRANSFER WOULD NORMALLY BE MADE, THEY EXECUTE A WAIVER OF ALL TRANSPORTATION (BOTH TRANSPORTATION IN KIND AND TRAVEL ALLOWANCE) FROM THE PLACE OF DISCHARGE TO THE PLACE OF ACCEPTANCE FOR ENLISTMENT. * * *

IT APPEARS THAT HE MADE A WRITTEN REQUEST TO BE PERMITTED TO REMAIN ON BOARD THE U.S.S. MCDERMUT UNTIL THE EXPIRATION OF HIS ENLISTMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF REENLISTING ON THAT VESSEL IN ACCORDANCE WITH PARAGRAPH 2 OF SAID CIRCULAR LETTER, AND THAT IN CONSEQUENCE THEREOF HE WAS PERMITTED TO SO REMAIN AND WAS DISCHARGED THEREFROM AT SAN FRANCISCO INSTEAD OF BEING SENT BY GOVERNMENT CONVEYANCE TO A PORT AS NEAR AS POSSIBLE TO THE PLACE OF HIS ACCEPTANCE FOR ENLISTMENT. HOWEVER, HE REFUSED TO CARRY OUT HIS AGREEMENT TO REENLIST ON BOARD THE MCDERMUT.

HAVING PROCURED HIS DISCHARGE AT SAN FRANCISCO BY MISREPRESENTATION HE IS NOT ENTITLED TO DERIVE ANY BENEFITS THEREFROM.