Claim by Military Member for Mileage and Dislocation Allowance

B-193339: Jun 28, 1979

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An Army member moved his dependents from Fort Benning, Georgia, to Florida in September 1977 in contemplation of his possible retirement in December 1977. He later withdrew his request for retirement and was transferred to Germany in July 1978. The member's claim for mileage and dislocation allowances was denied, and he requested reconsideration of the settlement denying his claim. It was held that the member's claim for mileage and dislocation allowances in connection with the 1977 relocation of his dependents may not be paid, since their move was neither related to, nor necessitated by, his subsequent transfer to Germany. Prior to the issuance of retirement orders and absent notification from the concerned command authorities that such orders would be issued, Army transportation officials should not have shipped household goods at Government expense simply on the basis of the member's application for retirement. Accordingly, the previous decision denying the claim was sustained.