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Travel (TVL) Branch


Direct Access, Retiree/Annuitant, Travel Customer Care

Call 866-PPC-USCG (772-8724)
Available Support ~ 0730-1600 (Central time) M-F

Trouble Ticket Email: ppc-dg-customercare@uscg.mil 

Please note our Ticket System does not reply with an assigned number.

How are we doing?

Email templates and instructions can be found by visiting:

 PPC Customer Care Page!


Procedural Updates and Known Issues

Additional Travel Related Email Templates Can Be Found By Visiting the PPC Customer Service Page Above!

Travel Approving Official (AO) Requirements!

Step 1. Must be E5 / GS7 or above.

Step 2. Review appropriate training videos/guides.


mLINQS PCS travel application (uscg.mil)

Website Demo-20230502_112034-Meeting Recording.mp4 (sharepoint-mil.us)


E-Gov Travel Service (ETS) (uscg.mil)

USCGApprovingOfficial.pptx (live.com)

Step 3. Submit Customer Care ticket (PPC Customer Care (uscg.mil) with the following information: (Under number 5 below, you are “attesting” to completing the training).

1. Member's Name / Rank: (must be an AO E5/GS7 or above. If not, please see your local AO/Admin)

2. Member's EMPLID:

3. Member's Unit:

4. Role of member: (AO / Admin etc. Must be AO/SPO/Admin to submit a travel inquiry or request):

5. Date travel training was completed:

6. Action Requested: new account, systems inquiry etc:

Please visit the ETS and mLINQS pages found in the Travel dropdown menu, located on the left, for the latest information and guidance. For assistance, please contact PPC Customer Care (uscg.mil).


AOs/Admins are not authorized to change the names of existing or add new routing pools in ETS. Each unit with an active routing chain is authorized to have only two total routing pools unless explicitly given permission to have a third, which would only be set up directly by the PPC Systems team. One pool is for Funds Managers and the other is for Approving Officials and they shall follow the naming scheme of “UNIT – FUNDS MANAGERS” or “UNIT – APPROVING OFFICIALS” in all capital letters like the below exampleChanging the names of these pools to deviate from the approved naming scheme negatively affects the reports that are run to keep the system functioning.  If you notice your unit has additional or misnamed pools, or are having issues with routing in general, please submit a PPC Trouble Ticket. Violation of this policy may result in revocation of your AO status in ETS.


Pet Transportation Allowance Effective 1 JAN 2024 - JTR 050107 Pet Expenses Due to a PCS (Page 5A-2 of JTR) 

Frequently Asked Questions  - Defense Travel Management Office

A. Eligibility. A Service member on a PCS order is authorized reimbursement for mandatory quarantine fees for household pets. A household pet is a cat or a dog.

B. Allowances. Reimbursement for the actual cost of these fees is authorized, limited to $550 per PCS move.

C. Pet Quarantine Information. See Pet Quarantine Information and the DTMO website for more details.

D. Pet Transportation. Transportation for a household pet is not a reimbursable expense unless the transportation is due to an evacuation from a foreign PDS in accordance with par. 060204. 

E. Changes Effective 2024. On January 1, 2024, the following pet transportation allowances will apply:

1. Eligibility. A Service member on a PCS order with an effective date of January 1, 2024 or later, as defined in Appendix A, may be authorized reimbursement for the costs related to the relocation of one household pet that arises from a permanent change of station. A household pet is a cat or a dog, owned for personal companionship. A Service member is responsible for following rules for importing and exporting a pet to and from the United States in order to be eligible for reimbursement. Denial of entry could result in denial of reimbursement. See How to Compute a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Order’s Effective Date. 

2. CONUS. A Service member may be authorized the reasonable and substantiated cost of mandatory microchipping, boarding fees, hotel service charges, licensing fees at the new PDS, and pet shipping fees if the member flies rather than drives, or the pet is shipped separately from the member. Reimbursement for the actual cost of all expenses is limited to $550 per PCS move.

3. OCONUS. A Service member may be authorized the reasonable and substantiated cost of mandatory microchipping, quarantine fees, boarding fees, hotel service charges, licensing fees at the new PDS, testing titer levels for entry, and pet shipping fees if the member flies rather than drives, or the pet is shipped separately from the member. For transoceanic travel, use of Government or Government [1] procured transportation must be used if available or reimbursement for transportation costs is not authorized. Reimbursement for the actual cost of all necessary expenses described above in connection with the movement of a pet is limited to $2,000 per PCS move.


Status of Unliquidated Travel Advances

The status of unliquidated travel advances is updated weekly on Fridays by 1600 CDT. 

Please use the following link to access the PPC SharePoint (CAC Enabled) for internal use only at: 

Status of Unliquidated Travel Advances 

PPC Travel News Updates

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July 11, 2023

mLINQS TEAMS based webinar

mLINQS training and access procedures.

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June 27, 2023

Updated - How to Submit PCS Advance Request and File PCS Travel Claims

FY23 PCS Travel claim procedures.

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Aug. 10, 2022

E-Gov Travel System (ETS) Frequently Asked Updates

An updated (August 10, 2022) list of ETS frequently asked questions is available via PPC's ETS web page (https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/ppc/tvl/ets). This list covers post-go-live issues. Here is a direct link to the file (the file is in PDF format): https://wwsw.dcms.uscg.mil/Portals/10/CG-1/PPC/GUIDES/TRAVEL/ETS/ETSPostGoLiveFAQs.pdf

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Jan. 14, 2022

Your PCS move just got easier—Coast Guard Mutual Assistance rolls out two new programs in support

Your Coast Guard family’s permanent change of duty station (PCS) move is now supported by two new programs offered by Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA). As of Jan. 1, 2022, both programs operate year-round and provide compensation toward specific family relocation fees. The first is a grant, called the Education Advocate Grant, and the second is a no-interest loan, called the Spouse Professional Requirements Loan Program.

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Oct. 4, 2021

ETS First Logon and ADVTRAV Profile Data Transfer

Per ALCOAST 361/21, the entire Coast Guard workforce (military, civilian and reserve) will receive invitations via an email from etravelservices@cwtsatotravel.com on 04 October 2021 to activate your account. These invitations will expire within 72 hours; failure to activate in the required timeline will create additional administrative workload on support staff. Commands should ensure all service members are provided adequate time to complete the activation process. Accounts will remain active for 90 days and members who have not logged on will receive a reminder to log in or risk the accounts being disabled.

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Aug. 30, 2021

Joint Travel Regulations Update to Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE) - Flag Voice 556

As part of this change, TLE can be extended for up to 60 days due to the severe housing shortage brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.  This JTR change, however, is not retroactive for expenses incurred prior to 25 August 2021. This change is not a blanket approval to increase all TLE to 60 days; it is intended to target those CONUS areas where the housing market is significantly stressed by the pandemic. 

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Aug. 26, 2021

Video: E-Gov Travel System (ETS) Training Begins on August 31

Master Chief Petty Officer Patricia Pilkington talks about the new travel system E-Gov Travel System, or ETS, coming on board Oct 1, 2021. Pilkington talks about training that users can expect to undergo prior to the new system going live at the beginning of the new fiscal year.

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Dec. 15, 2020

Hardship Duty Pay-Restriction of Movement and other COVID-19 Pay and Allowances

ALCOAST 278/20 formally authorizes, as of 03 April 2020, HARDSHIP DUTY PAY-RESTRICTION OF MOVEMENT (HDP-ROM) and other temporary policy changes for several travel allowance, Food Service policy, and certain Special & Incentive (S&I) pays as part of the overall military effort to support our members and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pay and Personnel Center is now processing these claims in accordance with the following guidelines and procedures.

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Nov. 3, 2020

COVID-19: Travel and Leave Policy - Update 3

This ALCOAST cancels REF (A) and provides all Coast Guard (CG) members with travel and leave policy as it relates to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The intent of this ALCOAST is to update procedures for leave and foreign travel. This is in response to the changing force health protection posture in relation to COVID-19.

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March 23, 2020

Coast Guard Travel and Leave Policy Updated

ALCOAST 098/20 provides Coast Guard members with updated travel and leave policy guidance as it relates to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The intent of this ALCOAST is to assist unit commanders to preserve force readiness and accomplish CG missions. Please see paragraph 4, Domestic Travel, for important guidance regarding local leave.