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Revised Policy on Advance Pay and PCS Allowances


This Flag Voice is to inform you of some upcoming changes to the Coast Guard Pay Manual, COMDTINST M7220.29 (series), and to the Coast Guard Supplement to the Joint Federal Travel Regulations (JFTR) Volume 1, COMDTINST M4600.17 (series). These updates are necessary to bring us into alignment with changes in policy recently released by the Department of Defense (DoD). The changes outlined below will be released in an upcoming ALCOAST with an effective date of 1 October 2012.

Changes to the advance pay entitlement represent the most significant update to the Coast Guard Pay Manual. Personnel applying for advance pay in conjunction with a PCS move will continue to be able to request one month of advance pay without showing a need or obtaining their commanding officer’s approval. Personnel who request advance pay in conjunction with a PCS move in excess of one month will be required to provide a written justification with detailed expenses to their commanding officer for approval. The forthcoming changes to the Pay Manual will also provide additional guidance to commanding officers to assist in determining if advance pay is appropriate.

There will also be an important change to the Coast Guard Supplement to the JFTR, which will affect policy for the advance of PCS allowances. Instead of receiving 100 percent of their PCS entitlements to cover travel and relocation expenses, personnel will receive 80 percent of their expected PCS entitlements. This is a critical and much needed change to prevent members from being placed in an overpaid status upon completion of their PCS and to incentivize the completion of PCS travel claims in a timely manner.

Any questions regarding Pay Policy can be emailed to

Rear Admiral D. A. Neptun

Rear Admiral, USCG
Assistant Commandant for Human Resources

Issue date: 9/19/12

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