Defense Travel System Q&A


DTS can be a helpful tool or your worse nightmare when trying to get reimbursed for a TDY. As veterans who have gone through this process many times before, we know how difficult and often times frustrating it can be so we have provided this page of Q&A and instructions to help navigate your TDY finance issues.

How do I fill out my DTS Authorization/orders?

Having gone through this process many times and experienced the complexities of filing a travel voucher on DTS, we have created an easy to follow visual tool to help you navigate through your own TDY. Click here for graphical instructions.

What is a GTCC?

The Government Travel Charge Card Program (GTCC) provides travelers with a safe, effective, convenient, and commercially available method to pay for expenses associated with official travel. The GTCC includes Individually Billed Accounts (IBAs) and Centrally Billed Accounts (CBAs).

What is DTS?

DTS is an online system that automates temporary duty (TDY) travel. It allows active duty, reserves and national guard members of the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps to create authorizations, book reservations, receive approval, generate payment vouchers, and direct payments to their bank accounts and Government Travel Charge Card (GTCC).

Where can I find DTS training?

Look at the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO) website. 

What per diem rate is authorized when a member uses other accommodations despite the availability of adequate government lodging?

If there is government lodging available at the time of your check-in and you choose not to use it then you will only get reimbursed what it would cost to stay on base.

“When adequate Gov’t Qtrs are available on the U.S. installation to which a member is assigned TDY, and the member is directed to use them, and the member uses other lodgings as a personal choice, lodging reimbursement is limited to the Gov’t Qtrs cost on the U.S. installation to which assigned TDY (44 Comp. Gen. 626 (1965)). Per diem cannot be limited based on the presence of ‘nearby’ Gov’t Qtrs (i.e., not on the U.S. installation to which the member is assigned TDY, but another ‘nearby’ U.S. installation or other uniformed facility).”