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IP Basic and PCS

AMGunner

Member
Has anyone attended the IP Basic course from out of the area and navigated lodging reimbursement?.

Since the course is considered PCS and I am choosing to not move my family to VA Beach. I am being told I may have to pay out of pocket for my own lodging. Doing quick math that's about an $18k hit.

Anyone else navigate this process? I can't be the first one
 

RecruitingGuru

Making Recruiting Great Again
Has anyone attended the IP Basic course from out of the area and navigated lodging reimbursement?.

Since the course is considered PCS and I am choosing to not move my family to VA Beach. I am being told I may have to pay out of pocket for my own lodging. Doing quick math that's about an $18k hit.

Anyone else navigate this process? I can't be the first one
Um... ask your IP colleagues in your command and/or the school house?
 

AMGunner

Member
Who is telling you that the course is PCS? Where are you reading this? What type of orders will you be on? ADT? ADSW?
I was able to get it resolved - the short version of the story is that anything over 139 days is a PCS and the business rules are written assuming you would PCS your household to your new location so lodging appropriations in the funding lines are not included out the gate as you would not need them since your assumed to be moving.
 

insanebikerboy

Internet killed the television star
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Contributor
It sounds like you got it figured out but I’d recommend getting real familiar with the JTR.

For future reference if you’re trying to do something and ‘business rules’ aren’t allowing you to, but the JTR says it’s ok, the JTR takes precedence.

Business rules conflicting with the JTR is technically not supposed to happen but it does.
 

snake020

Well-Known Member
Contributor
Unfortunately this course length (~142 days) really screws reservists - we're told it's a PCS, yet we don't get the benefits of things like househunting leave and other lead times and assistance active duty members get to properly move.

IP Basic was not required for me as a LCDR lateral transfer, but I asked to attend anyway and initially got a quota. If I had attended, I would have had to PCS from Manhattan to VA Beach, and then return to Manhattan in peak summer season and find a new apartment, not a trivial or cheap task.

We tried to work around the system by making my orders 138 days and having me attend the last week on drill reskeds, but that was promptly shot down by RESFOR. It's silly that they can't shave a week off this course and make this easier on reservists.

There is talk of modularising this course in the future for the reserve community, which I believe Intel has done with their schoolhouse.
 

GlassBanger

Intelligence Officer - Graduated OCS 24MAY19
Contributor
The personnel at IWTCVB are incredible with this, too. If you ever have questions or concerns while you are here, especially regarding travel claims and per diem and all that, they are a godsend in there and they tell us that they process IP stuff first.
 
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