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Z-Gram #88; dated 14 June 1971

Advances of Pay

R 142349Z JUN 71
FM CNO (Z-88)

TO NAVOP

UNCLAS //N07220//
ADVANCES OF PAY

1. ONE OF THE THINGS WE REGULARLY ASK NAVYMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES TO DO IS CHANGE DUTY STATIONS. TO HANDLE THE COSTS OF THESE MOVES WE HAVE TRAVEL AND DISLOCATION ALLOWANCES. EXCEPT FOR THE TRAVEL ALLOWANCE FOR THE NAVYMAN, THESE ALLOWANCES ARE NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL AFTER THEIR MOVE IS COMPLETED. WE DO NOT HAVE AUTHORITY TO ADVANCE THE DISLOCATION ALLOWANCE AND DEPENDENTS TRAVEL ALLOWANCE SO THAT IT WILL BE AVAILABLE WHEN NEEDED: BETWEEN DUTY STATIONS.

2. UNTIL WE CAN OBTAIN THAT AUTHORITY, I FEEL THAT OTHER STEPS MUST BE TAKEN. AS AN INTERIM MEASURE I DESIRE THAT WE MAKE USE OF THE EXISTING AUTHORITY TO OBTAIN ADVANCES OF PAY. TO MAKE CASH AVAILABLE DURING THE MOVE BETWEEN STATIONS USE OF THIS EXISTING AUTHORITY BECOMES EVEN MORE IMPORTANT THAN IN THE PAST BECAUSE WE NOW AUTHORIZE 30 DAYS LEAVE BETWEEN DUTY STATIONS.

3. NORMALLY ONE MONTH’S PAY—LESS CERTAIN DEDUCTIONS—MAY BE ADVANCED INCIDENT TO A PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION. WE MAY ADVANCE GREATER AMOUNTS WHEN APPROPRIATE. I CONSIDER AN AMOUNT TO APPROXIMATELY EQUAL THE UNALLOTED [sic] PAY DUE DURING THE INTERSTATION PERIOD PLUS THE DLA AND DEPENDENT TRAVEL ALLOWANCES WHICH WILL BE DUE AFTER THE MOVE TO BE ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE IF WITHIN THE THREE MONTH MAXIMUM ALLOWED. IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO BURDEN ADMINISTRATIVE OR DISBURSING OFFICES WITH FORMAL COMPUTATIONS OF THIS AMOUNT—A REASONABLE ESTIMATE IS ADEQUATE. NOR IS IT NECESSARY TO OBTAIN FORMAL CERTIFICATION OF NON-AVAILABILITY OF PUBLIC QUARTERS—TELEPHONE INQUIRY OR RECENT KNOWLEDGE IS ADEQUATE.

4. DRAWING AN ADVANCE OF PAY IS LIKE BORROWING FROM ONESELF. THOSE WHO WANT TO AVOID THE BURDEN OF A HEAVY PAYBACK BURDEN ARE REMINDED THAT THE TOTAL OF PAY DUE AFTER A MOVE, INCLUDING DLA, TRAVEL ALLOWANCES, RATIONS, BAQ AND BASE PAY MAY ALL BE USED TO PAY OFF THE REMAINING ADVANCE, AS LONG AS IT EQUALS OR EXCEEDS THE ADVANCE.

5. I REALIZE THAT THERE WILL BE A SMALL NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS WHOSE DEMONSTRATED FINANCIAL IMMATURITY REQUIRES THAT COMMAND DISCRETION LIMIT ADVANCES OF PAY. THIS CONSIDERATION IS NOT TO BE USED TO ESTABLISH BLANKET LIMITATIONS ON THE GREAT MAJORITY OF RESPONSIBLE NAVYMEN. I ALSO RECOGNIZE THAT OCCASIONALLY ORDERS WILL BE CANCELLED AFTER ADVANCES ARE MADE AND THAT UNANTICIPATED AVAILABILITY OF QUARTERS AT THE NEW STATION WILL MEAN THAT THE DLA HAS NOT BEEN EARNED. I WOULD ENJOIN NAVYMEN TO CONSIDER THIS IN DECIDING HOW MUCH OF AN ADVANCE TO REQUEST.

6. OUR PURPOSE IN EXERCISING OUR ADVANCE PAY AUTHORITY IS TO ENABLE NAVYMEN TO HAVE IN HAND DURING A MOVE THE CASH NEEDED TO EXECUTE THE MOVE WITHOUT HAVING TO VISIT DISPERSING OFFICES ENROUTE [sic] OR TO HAVE TO SUBMIT CLAIMS AT THEIR DUTY STATION UNTIL AFTER THEY HAVE SETTLED IN, COMPLETED THEIR LEAVE, AND REPORTED FOR DUTY. E. R. ZUMWALT, JR., ADMIRAL, U.S. NAVY, CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS.
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ACRONYMS/ABBREVIATIONS:
BAQ: basic allowance for quarters
DLA: dislocation allowance

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Published:Fri Oct 14 06:46:14 EDT 2016