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News | May 28, 2024

DoD Approves Reimbursement for Transportation or Shipment of Breast Milk During PCS

On May 24, 2024, the Department of Defense approved a new policy to cover the transportation or shipment of breast milk for Service members during a Permanent Change of Station (PCS). Service members who are breastfeeding their child up to 12 months old and who are on PCS can be reimbursed up to $1,000 for commercial shipping, excess baggage fees, and dry ice or regular ice.

This policy supports the Secretary of Defense’s “Taking Care of Our People” initiative by reducing a financial burden Service members historically incurred out-of-pocket.

Authorization must be included on the PCS orders prior to any expenses being incurred by the Service member. Receipts must be submitted for all expenses, regardless of the amount (the “$75.00 rule,” which allows most expenses to be claimed without receipt for amounts under $75.00, does not apply).

The new policy will be published in the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR) on June 1, 2024. For more information, see the JTR.