Help for Online Applications

Travel Options

This section allows you to specify the type of travel you wish to use to get you to the location where you will perform duty. Note that you must select the type of travel for each location, since AROWS-R gives you the flexibility to travel to each location using different means. Note that the Orders Specialist can change any options you selected here, particularly if the option is not cost-effective.

If you are local to the location, or if you intend to commute, then you should select the "No Travel" option.

If you are not local to the location, then select your desired type of travel from the listed options. Once you have selected a type of travel, the system will display additional fields for you to specify the particulars of your travel requirements. This information is provided to the Orders Specialist for handling.

When you first enter the type of travel for the initial duty location, the system automatically copies that information to the return trip. Note, however, that the system does not change the return trip if you change travel arrangements for the initial duty location again. In those cases, you will have to manually make changes to the return trip to reflect your preferences.

Field Description
Mode of Transportation This is the type of travel required to get you to this location.
Valid selections include:
  • No Travel
  • Government Plane
  • Government Car
  • Government Bus
  • Personal Plane
  • Personal Car
  • Personal Motorcycle
  • Commercial Airline
  • Rental Car
  • Train
You should select the "Rental Car" option only when you intend to take a rental car to the duty location from your permanent mailing address. This is different from a rental car that is used for on-or-about purposes. For the latter, select "Yes" to the "Do you require a rental car" question. Note that on-or-about rental cars are not available for the return leg.

This is a required item.

Departure Airport This option is displayed only if you selected "Commercial Airline".
The system allows you to select a preferred airport from over 1800 airports in countries all over the world. To make it easier for you to locate an airport, the list of airports is divided into sections, which can be accessed by using the first dropdown. By default, the system already shows any airports that are "near" to the duty location.

Airports Nearest to Location The airport dropdown (located below) shows all airports that the system knows to be "near" the zip code you specified in the reporting location. Most of the time, at least one or two airports should be available. However, you could get an empty list if the duty location is not near a major airport, or if the duty location is outside the United States. If so, select either "Airports By U.S. State" or "Airports By Country" to manually pick an airport.
Airports By U.S. State An intermediate dropdown (located to the right) appears to let you select a U.S. state. Once you have selected a valid state, the airport dropdown (located below) will refresh to show you all the airports that are in the selected state.
Airports By Country An intermediate dropdown (located to the right) appears to let you select a country. Once you have selected a country, the airport dropdown (located below) will refresh to show you all the airports that are in the selected country.
Note that the United States is not shown in the list of countries. To select an airport in the United States, use the "Airports By U.S. State" option instead.

This is a required item if travel by commercial airline is selected.

Arrival Airport This option is displayed only if you selected "Commercial Airline".
Refer to the "Departure Airport" above.

This is a required item if travel by commercial airline is selected.

Release Date Release Date: For reserve pay obligation and participation purposes, a Release Date field has been added to the last Travel Screen of the Duty Locations tabs. AROWS-R will calculate number of travel days based on the difference between the End Date for the LAST DUTY LOCATION and the Release Date (e.g. End Date for the last duty location is 20080703 - Release Date is 20080701 - AROWS-R will calculate 2 return travel days - 20080702 and 20080703).

If the member is going to perform duty and return home on the same day, do not change the Release Date (the Release Date will default to the same date as the End Date for the Last Duty Location).

The Release Date must be equal to or less than the last Duty Location date on the orders.

Once a Release Date has been established, any changes by the Order Specialist(OS)/Member to the End Date for the Last Duty Location will automatically adjust the Release Date to reflect the number of Return Travel Days already set.

Examples:

  • The OS/Member sets the End Date for the Last Duty Location as 20080703 and a Release Date of 20080701. AROWS-R will calculate 2 return travel days - 20080702 and 20080703.
  • The OS/Member sets the End Date for the Last Duty Location as 1 Aug 08 and a Release Date of 31 Jul 08. AROWS-R calculates one travel day for return travel. The OS/Member then goes back to the Last Duty Location End Date screen and changes the End Date to 2 Aug 08 - AROWS-R will automatically change the Release Date to 1 Aug 08 to reflect the one travel day previously established.
  • The OS/Member sets the End Date for the Last Duty Location as 1 Sep 08 and a Release Date of 31 Aug 08 (one Return Travel Day). The OS/Member then goes back to the Last Duty Location screen and changes the End Date to 2 Sep 08 - AROWS-R automatically changes the Release Date to 1 Sep 08 (still one Return Travel Day). The traveler needs two return travel days; the OS/Member needs to change the Release Date to 31 Aug 08 - AROWS-R then calculates 1 Sep 08 and 2 Sep 08 as the Return Travel Days.
Travel Justification Any other comments that might be useful for Travel when making commercial travel arrangements for you.

Back to Top  |   Back to Application  |   Close Window