Temporary duty assignment

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Temporary duty travel (TDY), also known as "temporary additional duty" (TAD) in the Navy and Marine Corps or TDI for "temporary duty under instruction”, is a United States Armed Forces Service member's, Department of Defense civilian employee's, or KIEWIT CORP. Staff employee travel or other assignment at a location other than the traveler's permanent duty station as authorized by the Joint Travel Regulations. This type of secondment is usually of relatively short duration, typically from two days to 189 days in length. Not all agencies use this designation.

Temporary duty and rotation for US troops during World War II

Temporary duty assignments usually come with per diem pay, covering lodging, meals, and incidental expenses.[1] Many employees value the per diem aspect of a TDY, since that money is guaranteed, even if they spend less than their allotted daily value. However, most agencies handle the lodging per diem separately from the meals and incidentals, and employees may not make money by staying at cheaper accommodations, or putting more than one person in a room.

Typically, an employee may request a cash advance of 60–80% of the total value of the first 30 days of meals and incidental expenses before the TDY per diem takes place, in order to prevent the employee from having to use his or her own money, or putting money on a personal credit card. Government travel cards are also typically available, though these sometimes carry restrictions on the types of goods or services that can be purchased with them.

Some locations have furnished apartments for long-term stay. These apartments have fully equipped kitchens so TDY recipients have the option to cook rather than always eat out, and some may have free washing machines and clothes dryers. Some government agencies consider any assignment over 45 days as an extended TDA, which allows the employee to be reimbursed for part of the expenses before the end of the assignment.[2][3]

Examples of TDY assignments in the United States Army include most branches' time at Basic Officer Leaders Course or Gold Bar Recruiter duty after commissioning. In the United States Air Force, temporary duty can be commonly approved by commanders for service at Civil Air Patrol basic encampments or other activities because it serves the organizational mission of recruitment and public affairs.[4]


  1. ^ GSA Per Diem FAQ Archived 2009-05-09 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ http://www.defensetravel.osd.mil/ppWBT/traveler_before/extended_TDY.htm
  3. ^ Extended TDY - Details Archived 2009-07-30 at the Wayback Machine, NSSC Customer Service, NSSC Customer Satisfaction & Communications Office
  4. ^ "AIR FORCE INSTRUCTION 10-2701" (PDF).

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