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Family Separation Allowance for Housing (FSH) Policy Clarification


​The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Compensation Policy issued a memo on 12 August 2020 which clarifies the policy on entitlement to FSH when dependents are temporarily (e.g. Delay in processing visas by the host country due to COVID-19) prevented from accompanying the member with a PCS to a foreign country​. 

If all the other conditions required for entitlement are met (i.e., that the dependents do not, in fact, reside at or near the member's PDS, and that government quarters (barracks, dorm, ship, etc.) are not available to house the member at the PDS), the delay in obtaining the required visas (through no fault of the members or dependents) and the ensuing withholding or denial of dependent entry approval/country clearance, satisfies the requirement of the statute (37 USC 403(d)(1) and (2)) that the movement of the dependents to the new PDS is not authorized at government expense and therefore, FSH accrues.

 Dir., Military Compensation Policy, OASD(M&RA)/MPP memo of 12 Aug 2020