The “flat rate system” reduces this amount based upon the number of days of your orders.
If you are smart, you can make more under this new system because most people can find really nice long-term housing for $75/day.
You must go through the housing office to get this, unless your unit already has arrangements in place. You can make more money if you are smart about it..
These get complicated, but my reserve friends assure me that nobody in the reserves takes orders without knowing what they are getting into. The pros: (1) for most of them, you will fall under the TAD/TDY orders system and make a bit of money; and (2) your civilian job must compensate you for the difference between your base pay in the military and what they pay you at your civilian job.
This is a complete “change of station.” This comes in two flavors: 12-month unaccompanied orders, or 24-month accompanied orders.
Read to learn more about tour lengths and obligations.
The biggest pros to PCS are that (1) the military will move your stuff (including your vehicle); (2) your family can come along; and (3) it often counts as a sea tour.The biggest con is that this is the lowest paying of all the order types.Sure, it still pays well---tax free, COLA, etc.---but you will not get per diem. If you deploy to Bahrain, this is what you will deploy under (in all likelihood).Even while you are living in a hotel for 45 days, you will get a “Food Allowance” (/day), but not full per diem (4/day). However, the military will not move your personal property in most cases. The cons are (1) no personal property move; (2) no families can move; and (3) while you accrue leave days, your command has not previously been authorized to let you take leave (ask about this).One nuance is a new “fraction system” for per diem in Bahrain. In a nutshell, the military is trying to incentivize extended TDY people to move into cheaper, long term housing.Rather than paying for a hotel room and giving these military people 4/day separately, the military will now pay you the total lodging and "Meals and Incidental Expenses" (M&IE) as a lump sum (6).