Facts on Dependent Student X-Mas Travel to USAREUR
Student dependents of Army personnel desiring space available travel to join their
families overseas this Christmas may run into some delays, a USAREUR
spokesman said last week. Joint service regulations permit dependents of military
and DOD civilian personnel assigned to an overseas command who are
undergraduate students at stateside educational institutions to be granted one
space available, Category III, round trip per school year to join their parents
overseas. The new status may create delays of up to several weeks in the
availability of space available travel.
The period during which space available travel for dependent student will be
authorized this Christmas is from Dec. 10 to Feb. 1. Requests for such travel
must be received at Headquarters USAREUR by Nov. 1. If no space available
travel was used in the Fall, eligible students can use their entire round trip at
Christmas or one leg at Christmas and the other leg in the Spring. If one leg was
used in the Fall, the other leg can be used at Christmas in either direction, or
saved until Spring. In any event, only one space available round trip can be made.
Any additional travel must be the responsibility of the sponsor.
Student dependents whose sponsors have been assigned overseas but who
themselves are coming overseas for the first time to join the family, are authorized
space-required movement (based on the PCS orders of their sponsor) to the
overseas command during the Christmas period. Their return to the U.S. may be
space available and would be considered one leg of their space available round
trip-with the other leg to be granted at the end of the school year. The USAREUR
spokesman reminded sponsors that a "no-fee" passport is required for
dependent travel on government aircraft.
If a student's sponsor has received a port call in conjunction with a PCS to
CONUS within 30 days of departure for the overseas command, space available
travel is not authorizes. This is also true for dependents of DOD civilian
employees who are authorized home leave, with a port call within 30 days of the
anticipated date of the student's departure for the overseas command. Space
available travel is not authorized for students who are dependents of
non-appropriated fund employees or DOD civilians without a transportation
The USAREUR spokesman cautioned that space available travel during the
holiday season is unpredictable. Student travelers who intend to use the Category
III space available for travel overseas should have enough money to meet their
expenses in the event their desired departure date cannot be met.
Application for student travel during the Christmas period should be submitted
on AE Form 325 (request for movement of dependents to USAREUR) through
the sponsor's servicing unit personnel office. Applications should be submitted as
early as possible at USAREUR Headquarters by the Nov. 1 deadline.
Persons preparing paperwork for space available movement for dependent
students should know the dependent's no-fee passport expiration date or the date
the application for such passport was made, the student's complete address at the
school, and previous dates on which the student traveled to or from the overseas
command. Movement of dependent cadets of the United States Service
academies is arranged at the academy.
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