My unit somehow forgot to put me on the roster for our annual training. They told us that in a few months we would come to base for two weeks instead and do our training at the unit. I received an email from my NCO telling me to be prepared to pay out of pocket for my billeting during AT, and that upon completion of AT I would do a travel claim to be reimbursed. Last year, we were told to pay out of pocket for our hotel rooms the night before we flew out for training and that we would be reimbursed. We never were. The few that did receive something (months later) were paid less than half of what the rooms actually cost them. My NCO has no authority over travel claims or pay whatsoever. Am I supposed to spend hundreds of dollars and just take his word that I won't get screwed again?
I was not a resevist--but during my active duty time, I nearly always paid out of pocket, filed travel claim and was reimbursed later. That is the norm for military travel.
You receive a daily per diem- a certain amount for food and board that you are allowed--anything above the per diem rate won't be reimbursed. For example, if your per diem is $150, and your hotel room costs you $175 dollars you will be $25 dollars out of pocket on your reimbursement. And if you paid for food, you'll be out that money too because it will be over and above yoru per diem rate..
Your unit's personnel office can tell you what your per diem will be for the location of your AT (they also can explain this to you better than any of us on this site will be able to do). You didn't say in your post whether you filed a travel claim after your last year's AT--if you don't file, you won't get reimbursed. If you don't file withing a certain period of time, you won't get reimbursed either.
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