A-28857, OCTOBER 2, 1929, 9 COMP. GEN. 152

A-28857: Oct 2, 1929

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TRANSPORTATION - CHANGE OF STATION - ARMY ENLISTED MAN ON FURLOUGH A CHANGE OF STATION IS EFFECTIVE ON THE DATE OF RECEIPT OF THE ORDER AT THE PLACE WHERE THE SOLDER IS SERVING UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED IN THE ORDER. WHERE REIMBURSEMENT IS CLAIMED BY AN ENLISTED MAN OF THE ARMY FOR TRAVEL UNDER ORDERS BY COMMON CARRIER THE FURNISHING OF RECEIPTS FOR THE TRANSPORTATION PURCHASED IS ESSENTIAL. WHERE THE STATIONS OF AN ENLISTED MAN OF THE ARMY IS CHANGED WHILE HE IS ABSENT ON FURLOUGH. IF COSTS OF TRANSPORTATION IN REPORTING TO THE NEW STATION ARE LESS THAN WOULD BE REQUIRED TO REPORT TO HIS OLD STATION NO RIGHT TO REIMBURSEMENT ACCRUES. 1929: THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR REQUEST FOR DECISION WHETHER YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO PAY A VOUCHER FOR $29.75 IN FAVOR OF THOMAS H.

A-28857, OCTOBER 2, 1929, 9 COMP. GEN. 152

TRANSPORTATION - CHANGE OF STATION - ARMY ENLISTED MAN ON FURLOUGH A CHANGE OF STATION IS EFFECTIVE ON THE DATE OF RECEIPT OF THE ORDER AT THE PLACE WHERE THE SOLDER IS SERVING UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED IN THE ORDER. WHERE REIMBURSEMENT IS CLAIMED BY AN ENLISTED MAN OF THE ARMY FOR TRAVEL UNDER ORDERS BY COMMON CARRIER THE FURNISHING OF RECEIPTS FOR THE TRANSPORTATION PURCHASED IS ESSENTIAL. WHERE THE STATIONS OF AN ENLISTED MAN OF THE ARMY IS CHANGED WHILE HE IS ABSENT ON FURLOUGH, IF COSTS OF TRANSPORTATION IN REPORTING TO THE NEW STATION ARE LESS THAN WOULD BE REQUIRED TO REPORT TO HIS OLD STATION NO RIGHT TO REIMBURSEMENT ACCRUES. (MODIFIED BY 9 COMP. GEN. 271.)

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO MAJ. D. W. MOREY, UNITED STATES ARMY, OCTOBER 2, 1929:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR REQUEST FOR DECISION WHETHER YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO PAY A VOUCHER FOR $29.75 IN FAVOR OF THOMAS H. VINING, NO. R -345648, STAFF SERGEANT, SIGNAL CORPS, UNITED STATES ARMY, REPRESENTING COST OF TRANSPORTATION, INCLUDING PULLMAN ACCOMMODATIONS, FROM FORT MONMOUTH, N. J., TO FORT MCPHERSON, GA.

IT IS STATED THAT APPROXIMATELY 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF EXPIRATION OF THE SOLDIER'S ENLISTMENT, MARCH 4, 1929, HE INDICATED HIS INTENTION OF REENLISTING AND AT THE SAME TIME REQUESTED ASSIGNMENT IN THE FOURTH CORPS AREA; THAT HE REENLISTED MARCH 5, 1929; WAS GRANTED 90 DAY FURLOUGH MARCH 8 TO JUNE 5, 1929, AND AUTHORIZED TO VISIT RUTLEDGE GA., REPORTING ON OR BEFORE JUNE 5 TO FIRST SIGNAL COMPANY, FORT MONMOUTH, N.J. IT APPEARS THAT THE SOLDIER LEFT ON FURLOUGH MARCH 8, 1929, WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT HE WOULD BE NOTIFIED UPON RECEIPT OF ORDERS CHANGING HIS STATION, WHICH CHANGE OF STATION WAS EFFECTED BY SPECIAL ORDERS NO. 61, DATED HEADQUARTERS, FORT MONMOUTH, OCEANPORT, N.J., MARCH 16, 1929, AS FOLLOWS:

5. PURSUANT TO AUTHORITY CONTAINED IN RADIOGRAM FROM HEADQUARTERS 2ND CORPS AREA DATED MARCH 11, 1929, STAFF SERGEANT THOMAS H. VINING, R- 345648, 1ST SIGNAL COMPANY IS TRANSFERRED IN GRADE TO SIGNAL CORPS, FORT MCPHERSON, GA., AND WILL, UPON THE EXPIRATION OF HIS PRESENT FURLOUGH, ON OR ABOUT JUNE 5, 1929, REPORT TO THE COMMANDING OFFICER THEREOF FOR ASSIGNMENT TO DUTY.

SERGEANT VINING WILL BE REIMBURSED FOR THE COST OF TRANSPORTATION FROM FOR MONMOUTH, N.J., TO FORT MCPHERSON, GA., CHARGEABLE TO AG 200 5032 A9- 9.

THE JOURNEY IS NECESSARY FOR THE PUBLIC SERVICE.

THIS ORDER WAS BASED ON TELEGRAPHIC AUTHORITY FROM THE WAR DEPARTMENT MARCH 9, 1929, THE DAY FOLLOWING THE SOLDIER'S DEPARTURE ON FURLOUGH AND ACTUALLY WAS NOT COMMUNICATED TO THE COMMANDING OFFICER UNTIL MARCH 11, 1929.

ALTHOUGH THE SOLDIER HAD REQUESTED HIS STATION BE CHANGED UPON REENLISTMENT, AND IT APPEARS THAT REQUEST HAD BEEN MADE FOR AUTHORITY TO TRANSFER THE ENLISTED MAN, THE ORDER CHANGING HIS STATION TO FORT MCPHERSON, GA., WAS NOT ISSUED UNTIL AFTER HE HAD DEPARTED FROM HIS STATION AND ARRIVED AT RUTLEDGE, GA.

A. R. 615-200, SECTION 1, PARAGRAPH 3, PROVIDES:

3. DATE EFFECTIVE: A TRANSFER WILL TAKE EFFECT ON THE DATE OF RECEIPT OF THE ORDER AT THE PLACE WHERE THE SOLDIER IS SERVING, UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED IN THE ORDER.

SPECIAL ORDERS NO. 61 DATED MARCH 16, 1929, CITED AS AUTHORITY FOR TRANSFER, RADIOGRAM FROM HEADQUARTERS, SECOND CORPS AREA, DATED MARCH 11, 1929.

ENLISTED MEN OF THE ARMY ARE ONLY ENTITLED TO TRANSPORTATION IN KIND WHEN TRAVELING PURSUANT TO ORDERS ON PUBLIC BUSINESS. THE TRAVEL FROM FORT MONMOUTH, N. J., TO RUTLEDGE, GA., WAS NOT PERFORMED PURSUANT TO ORDERS BUT AT THE SOLDIER'S OWN CONVENIENCE. FURTHERMORE, THE SOLDIER HAS NOT SUBMITTED RECEIPTS COVERING THE REIMBURSEMENT CLAIMED. THE FURNISHING OF RECEIPTS WHEN TRAVEL IS CLAIMED TO HAVE BEEN BY COMMON CARRIER IS ESSENTIAL AND NO ALLOWANCE MAY BE MADE IN THE ABSENCE OF SUCH RECEIPTS AS THE TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED FOR IN THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATION ACTS MAY NOT BE PAID AS A COMMUTATION EXCEPT WHEN THE TRAVEL IS PERFORMED UNDER ORDERS IN PRIVATELY OWNED AUTOMOBILE. 8 COMP. GEN. 94., 87 MS. COMP. GEN. 613.

YOU REQUEST ADVICE AS TO THE "SOLDIER'S REIMBURSEMENT RIGHTS.' THE RULE APPLICABLE IS STATED IN PARAGRAPH 112, A.R. 1913, C.A.R. 41, IN PART AS FOLLOWS:

112. WHEN THE STATION OF AN ENLISTED MAN IS CHANGED WHILE HE IS ON FURLOUGH, HE WILL, ON JOINING HIS NEW STATION, BE ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT OF TRAVEL ALLOWANCES TO THE DIFFERENCE, IF ANY, IN COST OF TRANSPORTATION, INCLUDING SLEEPING-CAR ACCOMMODATIONS, FROM THE PLACE OF RECEIPT OF ORDER TO THE NEW STATION OVER THE COST OF TRANSPORTATION FROM PLACE OF RECEIPT OF ORDER TO HIS OLD STATION, BUT NOT TO EXCEED THE AMOUNT IT WOULD COST THE GOVERNMENT TO TRANSPORT HIM FROM HIS OLD TO HIS NEW STATION. * * *.

THE TRAVEL OF AN ENLISTED MAN FROM HIS STATION TO THE PLACE WHERE HE SPENDS HIS FURLOUGH, IS NOT ON PUBLIC BUSINESS AND THERE IS NO AUTHORITY OF LAW OR REGULATION TO REIMBURSE HIM FOR EXPENSES INCURRED, BUT THIS PROVISION IS MADE THAT HE MAY NOT BE PUT TO ADDITIONAL EXPENSE BY REASON OF A CHANGE OF STATION WHILE HE IS ABSENT ON FURLOUGH. THE COST OF TRANSPORTATION FROM RUTLEDGE, GA., TO FORT MCPHERSON, GA., BEING LESS THAN FROM RUTLEDGE, GA., TO FORT MONMOUTH, N. ., THE ENLISTED MAN HAS NO "REIMBURSEMENT RIGHTS.'