(a) Allowance Authorized.— The Secretary concerned may reimburse an eligible member of the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve for travel expenses for travel to an inactive duty training location to perform inactive duty training when the member is required to commute a distance from the member’s permanent residence to the inactive duty training location that is outside the normal commuting distance (as determined under the regulations prescribed under subsection (d)) for that commute.
(b) Eligible Members.— To be eligible for reimbursement under subsection (a), a member of the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve must be—
(1)qualified in a skill designated as critically short by the Secretary concerned;
(2)assigned to a unit of the Selected Reserve with a critical manpower shortage or in a pay grade in the member’s reserve component with a critical manpower shortage; or
(3)assigned to a unit or position that is disestablished or relocated as a result of defense base closure or realignment or another force structure reallocation.
(c) Maximum Reimbursement Amount.— The amount of reimbursement provided a member under subsection (a) for each round trip to a training location may not exceed $300.
(d) Regulations.— The Secretary concerned shall prescribe regulations to carry out this section. Regulations prescribed by the Secretary of a military department shall be subject to the approval of the Secretary of Defense.
(e) Termination.— No reimbursement may be provided under this section for travel that occurs after December 31, 2013.
Pub. L. 110–181, div. A, title VI, § 631(b),Jan. 28, 2008, 122 Stat. 154, as amended by Pub. L. 112–81, div. A, title VI, § 631(f)(4)(B),Dec. 31, 2011, 125 Stat. 1465, provided that: “No reimbursement may be provided under section
478a of title
37, United States Code, as added by subsection (a), for travel costs incurred before the date of the enactment of this Act [Jan. 28, 2008].”
[Amendment by Pub. L. 112–81to section 631(b) ofPub. L. 110–181, set out above, was executed to reflect the probable intent of Congress, notwithstanding an error in the directory language.]
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