If you wish to see the latest content, please visit the current version of the site. For persons with disabilities experiencing difficulties accessing content on archive. Carolyn Becraft, deputy assistant defense secretary for personnel support, families and education, said DoD is trying to change a widespread belief that commanders must receive Red Cross verification before approving leaves. Instead of verifying every situation and delaying leave, Becraft said commanders should use the Red Cross only when they question the validity of the leave request. In clarifying the defense leave policy, Becraft said DoD wants to reduce the burden on service members, families and commanders caused by verification delays. Defense policy says commanders should grant leave to any service member for family emergencies involving members of their household, immediate family and sole surviving blood relatives.
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Below is a partial listing of eligible individuals and their category of travel. A complete listing of eligible passengers by category is contained in DoD Category 1 -- Emergency Leave Unfunded Travel Transportation by the most expeditious routing only for bona fide immediate family emergencies, as determined by DOD Directive This travel privilege shall not be used in lieu of a funded travel entitlement.
Noncommand sponsored dependents of member of the Uniformed Services, residing overseas with the sponsor, one-way to the emergency destination return travel to origin is not authorized. Dependents of a member of the Uniformed Services when accompanied by their sponsor in a leave status.
Dependents of foreign exchange Service members on permanent duty with the Department of Defense when accompanied by their sponsor.
Dependents children years of age who are college students attending in residence at an overseas branch of an American U. S university located in the same overseas area in which they reside, command sponsored, stationed overseas with their sponsor.
Command-sponsored dependents stationed overseas with their sponsor are permitted to travel unaccompanied to and from the nearest overseas military academy testing site to take scheduled entrance examinations for entry into any of the U. Service Academies. Command-sponsored dependents of Uniformed Services members accompanied or unaccompanied who are stationed overseas.
Dependents, command sponsored, stationed overseas with their sponsor are permitted unaccompanied travel to the U. If an applicant for Military Service is rejected, return travel to the overseas area may be provided under this eligibility. Skip to main content Press Enter.
Travel Categories. Uniformed Services members with emergency status indicated in leave orders. Dependents of member of the Uniformed Services when accompanied by their sponsor. USO professional staff personnel on duty with the Uniformed Services. Uniformed Services members in a leave or pass status.
Reserve components on active duty, in leave or pass status. Medal of Honor recipients and their dependents when accompanied by their sponsor. Foreign cadets and midshipmen attending U.
Service academies, in a leave status. Dependents traveling under the EML Program, unaccompanied by their sponsor. Retired Uniformed Services members. Dependents of retired Uniformed Service members, when accompanied by their sponsor. Newly commissioned ROTC officers who are awaiting call to extended active duty.
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