18 April, 2009




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Separation Allowances



a.   Longer Separation Allowance (LSA): To support and improve retention by compensating those personnel experiencing separation over and above that compensated for by the X-Factor element within basic pay (ie 10 days or more).  As a general principle, it is paid at increasing amounts in order to target those who experience the most separation throughout their service.  Payment of the allowance recognises the disadvantages of separation caused when return to the duty station at weekends/stand-down is precluded by either the nature or location of the duty.  It also provides some support for those who are voluntarily separated from their immediate family.

b.   Get You Home (Travel):   To support and improve retention by reducing the impact of separation on Service personnel and, where applicable, their immediate family.  It achieves this by assisting Service personnel, who do have the opportunity to return to their Qualifying Residence (QRes) at weekends/stand down, with the costs of their travel where the duty unit and the QRes are within the same Theatre.  It is paid as a daily rate and is designed to contribute towards 2 return journeys home per month.

c.   Get You Home (Early Years): To support and improve retention for those in their first 3 years of Service, to help them adjust to being away from friends and family.  It achieves this by assisting eligible Personnel to travel home.  GYH(EY) provides 4 return journeys per year during the individual's first 3 years of service

d.   Get You Home (Seagoers): To support and improve retention by reducing the impact of separation on seagoing personnel.  It achieves this by assisting Service personnel, who have the opportunity to return to their qualifying address from a UK port, with the costs of their travel within the UK.  GYH(S) provides 12 warrants per year (or one per 30 days assigned to a seagoing ship).  Personnel may transfer warrants, up to their maximum allowance, for use by their spouses and children to travel between their place of residence and the spouse's place of duty (base port).

When a serving person is away at sea for 30 continuous days or more, up to 6 warrants in an entitlement year may be transferred to the spouse or children so that they may visit the serving person's or spouse's parents.  Personnel who have access to children of any former marriage are entitled to use their GYH(S) travel warrants to enable them to visit their children.  The child(ren) must be under 16 or under 18 if undergoing full time education and travel is only authorised to where the children reside.

e.   Get You Home (Early Years) (Overseas Assistance): This is similar to the GYH Early Years scheme, but enables individuals whose home is overseas to to surrender the 4 GYH(EY) warrants in exchange for a sum of money to go towards 1 return journey per year to their overseas home.


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