B-222370, FEB 17, 1987, 66 COMP.GEN. 264

B-222370: Feb 17, 1987

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THIS IS APPROPRIATE ONLY FOR ASSIGNMENTS OF REASONABLY SHORT DURATION. " SINCE UNDER PERMANENT CHANGE OF- STATION ORDERS SERVICE MEMBERS ARE ELIGIBLE TO HAVE THEIR DEPENDENTS AND HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS RELOCATED AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE. THIS IS APPROPRIATE ONLY FOR LENGTHY ASSIGNMENTS. WHILE THIS IS NECESSARILY A RULE OF SHARP DELINEATION FOR DETERMINING WHETHER AN ASSIGNMENT TO A SCHOOL IS "PERMANENT. " IT IS NEVERTHELESS A STANDARD THAT IS UNIFORM. MILITARY PERSONNEL - TRAVEL - PER DIEM - ELIGIBILITY AN ARMY RESERVE OFFICER WAS CALLED TO ACTIVE DUTY FROM HIS HOME IN TEXAS UNDER ORDERS TO ATTEND A COURSE OF INSTRUCTION AT FORT GORDON. HE WAS THUS ELIGIBLE FOR PER DIEM. NOTWITHSTANDING A SUGGESTION ADVANCED THAT HIS ASSIGNMENT MIGHT BE CONSIDERED TO HAVE BEEN 20 WEEKS OR MORE IN DURATION BASED ON THE CONCEPT THAT IT CONSISTED OF AN 800 HOUR PROGRAM OF INSTRUCTION CONDUCTED 8 HOURS PER DAY.