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Commentary | March 28, 2024

Phase two of Inactive Duty Training (IDT) travel reimbursement is here!

By MyCG Staff

The phased expansion of the Inactive Duty Training Travel Reimbursement Program (IDT-TRP) continues! Now in the second phase, Selected Reserve members (SELRES) at designated stations and Combatant Commands are added to the list of possible eligibility. 

While additional units have been added, the base requirements for eligibility remain the same. IDT-TRP application is restricted to SELRES members E6 and below residing 150 miles or more from their assigned drilling unit. Additional requirements include satisfactory participation and maintaining a GTCC account in good standing. For more information, view the eligibility chart. The reimbursement limit remains at $500 per roundtrip and members approved during Phase two may be reimbursed for 7 roundtrips in FY24. 

What’s new in phase two? 

Previously, eligibility was limited to members assigned to a PSU. In phase two, eligibility expanded to include members at a station within the following districts: D8, D9, D11, D13, D14, and D17 and Defense Operations Units (i.e. Combatant Commands). 

To mitigate the increased demand this will place on admin offices, phase two approved members will use the Local Travel Claim process in E-Gov Travel System (ETS).  Those units that have a significant number of approved members can support the program by identifying a Collateral Approving Official (AO).   

“While there is an initial administrative lift regarding the ETS learning curve, several PSUs have reported an increase in ETS proficiency that resulted in less issues with other travel claims,” said Cmdr. Pamela Madjeska, Senior Reserve Officer. 

What can members expect in the next phases? 

IDT-TRP is part of the ongoing effort to improve retention which is why the districts that are experiencing the highest manpower shortages are prioritized in these early phases. In the phases to follow, the program will continue to seek avenues to expand reimbursement opportunities where possible within the limits of resources and the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR). 

The IDT-TRP rollout is deliberately paced to ensure the program’s success and make changes as needed along the way! Those with questions or wanting to provide feedback can reach out to the IDT inbox at

IDT travel eligability handout


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