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Paper-Process: This is not the recommended process and should only be used when:
(1) applicant desires to use the DHS Alternate Credit Worthiness
Evaluation Process (Note - The normal application process uses a "soft credit check" and DOES NOT affect your credit score; selection of the alternative credit worthiness evaluation processed will result in a restricted account being opened just like if you have a very low credit score.);
(2) the applicant requires a RUSH delivery card
(Note - Rush cards cannot be sent to a PO Box address and someone must be at the card mailing address to sign for the card or it will be returned to the bank as undeliverable!); or
applicant does not have access to a CG standard workstation or internet
connectivity, either provide the applicant with the information below or
contact your local travel manager [See 'Where do I get help?'].
Paper-Process is managed by the local Travel Manager who will assist the
applicant by providing the required template memo and forms, and
reviewing the completed paper application package once approved by the
applicant's command. The Travel Manager must review, sign and submit
the application form to the bank. The bank will not process
applications that have not been signed by an authorized Travel Manager.
Paper Process Step 1 - Complete the DHS mandated Travel Card
Training course (via the Coast Guard learning Portal -
click here for step-by-step instructions). This is required every two years of all GTCC
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GTCC and PCS-TLE/TLA:
With transfer season approaching, we wanted to direct your
attention to what is appropriate GTCC use for PCS travel.
GTCC use is mandatory for PCS travel UNLESS travel exceeds 15
days. If the duration of the PCS
travel will exceed 15 days, including leave, compensatory absence,
proceed time, and TDY in conjunction with the PCS, the card SHALL NOT be
used. However, this restriction
does not apply to Temporary Lodging Authorization (TLA).
The GTCC may be used to cover hotel and meal expenses in
conjunction with the TLA entitlement, but reimbursement claims must be
submitted every 15 days to allow for timely payment of the monthly GTCC
bill. In the case of Temporary
Lodging Expense (TLE) moves, the card may be used subject to the 15-day
rule addressed above.