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  • United States Air Force, Air National Guard & Air Force Reserves

  • This section will explain how to request an extension of travel and transportation entitlements for retired Air Force members, separatees authorized to travel to a Home of Selection (HOS), and Next of Kin (NOK) of Deceased members.
  • Personal Property Activity Headquarters (PPA HQ) has the authority to approve and disapprove extension requests for HOS entitlement holders for education/training, medical reasons, and under other deserving cases (ODC), (circumstances arises beyond a member’s control which prevents movement within the authorized period).
  • PPA HQ’s authority is derived from the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR), paragraphs 5318-D, 5318-E, 5318-F, 5316-B3, and Air Force Instructions (AFI) 24-501, paragraphs 3.5.3, 3.5.4, 3.5.5, and 3.5.6.
  • Extension approval criteria for education/training:
    • Education/training must have begun while on active duty or during the 1-year period after retirement.
    • A letter from the member formally requesting the extension is required. The letter should state why an extension is needed and the duration of the extension.
    • A letter from the school's registrar/administrative office or current employer, on school/companys letterhead, indicating the date education/training began, the type of degree/training program the member is enrolled in, and the anticipated completion date with that school/company. NOTE: Internet and correspondence courses do not qualify for education/training extensions.
    • A copy of the member's retirement/separation order is required. Do not send a DD Form 214.
    • Members must provide current mailing address, email address, and contact phone number.
  • NOTE:The intent of the program is to allow members undergoing education or training to qualify for acceptable civilian employment.
  • Extension approval criteria for medical request:
    • Members must have been undergoing medical treatment or hospitalization on the last day of active duty or during the 1-year period after retirement.
    • Members must be undergoing substantially continuous treatment or hospitalization for the same or an associated condition.
    • A written statement from the hospital administrator giving a brief description of the patient's illness; the specific treatment that the patient receives; the patient's medical progress while at the facility; the patient's projected medical requirements; or that travel before a specified date would or would not be detrimental to the member's health and welfare.
    • The retirement or other pertinent order is required. Do not send a DD Form 214.
    • Members should provide their mailing address, phone number and email address. A fax number is optional.
  • Extension approval criteria for other deserving cases request:
    • Family member’s severe illness (unexpected, serious/terminal). Statement required from physician describing condition/illness.
    • Family member undergoing education or training (child must be in middle of school year or entering senior year of high school; child must be entering senior year within 90 days of the expiration of retiree’s original entitlement; spouse in middle of term or to complete current/final year; requires letter from the school on letterhead).
    • Delay is selling/renovating/construction of retirement home (Statement from contractor/realtor showing reason for delay and approximate date of completion).
    • Job/employment search (“Suitability” or until I find a job is not a consideration).
    • The retirement or other pertinent order is required. Do not send a DD Form 214.
    • Members must provide current mailing address, email address and contact phone number.
  • Request for extension should be forwarded to:

    PPA HQ/ECAF-B
    2261 Hughes Avenue, Suite 159
    Lackland AFB, Texas 78236-9857
    DSN: 954-4200, Ext 5957/5962/5977
    Comm: Phone: (210) 321-4200, Ext 5957/5962/5977
    Toll Free: 1-800-599-7709, Ext 5957/5962/5977
    DSN Fax: 954-4263
    Comm Fax: (210) 321-4263
    E-Mail: hqppa.ecaf-ext@us.af.mil
  • POLICY CHANGE: Recent change to the Joint Travel Regulation (JTR), Chapter 5, paragraphs 5318-C/E/F, effective 1 December 2014 and Air Force Instruction (AFI) 24-501, paragraph 3.5.5.3.2, effective 10 October 2014 respectively, that eliminates the option for retired members to reimburse the government for storage costs beyond the JTR authorized entitlement period.
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