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Can my unit force me to commute 40 miles away on temporary duty and require me to use my car?

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Great Question! Bottom-line upfront according to finance and travel regulations (I don’t know the specific regulation; you can check with the IG. It may be called the JTR…Joint Travel Regulation), the government is required to compensate you or provide a vehicle for the commute.

If you are normally expected to report for duty at one location and then you are placed on temporary duty at another location the government must provide you a vehicle or method of transportation and/or reimburse you for the travel with in and around mileage or another method of compensation like train tickets if you can commute by train.

If you are having an issue you might want to consider speaking with the IG and/or JAG to facilitate a solution.

Hope this helps to some degree.

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Mark is a Retired Command Sergeant Major with 26 years of military leadership experience. He held 3 military occupational specialties (Field Artillery, Nuclear Weapons Tech, and Ammunition Ordnance). Mark is one of the leading military authors in the fields of leadership, counseling, and training.

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