Claim by Military Member for Dependent's Travel Allowances

B-193353: Feb 9, 1979

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An Army specialist enlisted in Cleveland, Ohio and was informed during recruiting interviews that the Army would pay for his wife to accompany him to any active duty assignment. The specialist was sent to Fort Jackson, South Carolina for processing; to Fort Gordon, Georgia for training; and to Fort Lewis, Washington for permanent assignment. For each transfer, he claimed dependents' travel allowance for his wife. He was permitted only dependents' travel allowance for the journey from Cleveland to Fort Lewis, however, because the allowance is only permitted for travel to assignments which are expected to exceed 20 weeks, and the specialist's processing and training assignments were for shorter periods. The specialist's claim for reimbursement in the amount he spent on his wife's travel expenses cannot be granted even though he was misinformed by an Army recruiter, because the Government is not responsible for the erroneous acts of its employees.