An Air Force recommendation to enhance the quality of life for service members
and their families has led to changes in a Department of Defense policy that
will expand space available travel privileges.
Under the new rules, family members will now be allowed to travel space
available on military aircraft -- under some conditions -- in the states with
the sponsor, and overseas without the sponsor.
"The thought behind this change was to help minimize the stress families are
experiencing because of draw downs, high operations tempos and the frequent
deployments of service members," said Brig. Gen. Thomas R. Mikolajcik, Air
Force director of transportation.
Effective October 20, family members may now travel within the continental
United States with the sponsor on emergency leave or on a permissive house-
trip linked to a permanent-
Family members may also travel unaccompanied between the United States and an
overseas theater, and later within that theater, when on a command-sponsored
overseas assignment. This is in addition to travel already authorized for
environmental and morale leave.
Conditions and restrictions to the travel (such as command sponsorship letters
and age limitations) do apply, and are contained in the change to DoD
Regulation 4515.13R. Current categories for space-A travel are not affected
under the new policy.