DoD approves pet expenses reimbursement due to PCS

Defense Travel Management Office

Keeper, Hope Animal Assisted Crisis Response therapy dog, visits Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Dec. 17, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kathryn Calvert)

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense has approved a new policy to cover pet travel expenses, like pet transportation or quarantine fees, incurred by Service members during a Permanent Change of Station (PCS).

As of January 1, 2024, military Service members going through a PCS within the continental United States can be reimbursed up to $550 for one household pet, either cat or dog, and up to $2,000 for moves to or from a location outside the continental United States to cover costs related to the transportation of a pet.

Historically, service members paid the majority of out-of-pocket expenses to transport pets when assigned to a new duty station. This policy reduces that financial burden while recognizing the important role a pet plays in a military family’s household.

The new policy was published in the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR) on January 1, 2024 — see para. 050107.

For more information, see the memorandum on this JTR revision and answers to frequently asked questions.

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