DD Form 1351-5 Government Quarters and/Or Mess

What Is DD Form 1351-5

DD Form 1351-5, Government Quarters and/or Mess is a form used to substantiate the availability and use of Government quarters and mess facilities to determine the traveler's entitlement for payment for travel expenses incurred during official travel.

The latest edition of the form was released by the Department of Defense (DoD) in July 1999 with all previous versions becoming obsolete. An up-to-date fillable DD Form 1351-5 is available for download or digital filing below.

The information provided on the form is forwarded to law enforcement officials to investigate service members suspected of fraudulently obtaining reimbursements. All data within the DD Form 1351-5 may also be disclosed to other Federal agencies, the Congress and U.S. and State courts. The disclosure of this data is voluntary, but failure to provide it may result in the service member being refused reimbursement for all costs.

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GOVERNMENT QUARTERS AND/OR MESS
(See Privacy Act Statement and Instructions on back.)
1. TRAVELER'S NAME
2. GRADE
3. SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
4. DATE OF STATEMENT
(Last, First, Middle Initial)
(YYYYMMDD)
4. QUARTERS
a. GOVERNMENT QUARTERS WERE NOT AVAILABLE TO THE ABOVE-NAMED MEMBER ON THE FOLLOWING DATES OR FOR THE FOLLOWING
PERIODS:
b. GOVERNMENT QUARTERS (were not) (will not be) AVAILABLE TO BOTH THE ABOVE-NAMED MEMBER AND HIS DEPENDENT(S) ON THE FOLLOWING
DATES OR FOR THE FOLLOWING PERIODS:
c. UTILIZATION OF GOVERNMENT QUARTERS BY THE ABOVE-NAMED MEMBER (is) (was) IMPRACTICABLE FOR THE FOLLOWING DATES OR THE
FOLLOWING PERIODS:
5. MESS
a. GOVERNMENT MESS WAS NOT AVAILABLE TO THE ABOVE-NAMED MEMBER FOR THE NUMBER OF MEALS SHOWN OPPOSITE EACH OF THE
FOLLOWING DATES OR PERIODS.
b. GOVERNMENT MESS (was not) (will not be) AVAILABLE TO BOTH THE ABOVE-NAMED MEMBER AND HIS DEPENDENT(S) FOR THE NUMBER OF
MEALS SHOWN OPPOSITE THE FOLLOWING DATES OR PERIODS.
c. UTILIZATION OF GOVERNMENT MESS AVAILABLE AT THIS STATION BY THE ABOVE-NAMED MEMBER (will be) (is) (was) IMPRACTICABLE FOR
THE NUMBER OF MEALS SHOWN OPPOSITE THE FOLLOWING DATES OR PERIODS.
d. OFFICERS' OPEN MESS WAS NOT AVAILABLE TO THE ABOVE-NAMED OFFICER FOR AT LEAST TWO MEALS ON THE FOLLOWING DATES
GOVERNMENT QUARTERS WERE AVAILABLE.
(1) DATE (YYYYMMDD)
(2) NO. MEALS
(1) DATE (YYYYMMDD)
(2) NO. MEALS
(1) DATE (YYYYMMDD)
(2) NO. MEALS
6. REMARKS
(Continue on back if more space is required.)
7. ISSUING ORGANIZATION AND STATION
8. AUTHORIZED APPROVING CERTIFYING OFFICER
a. TYPED NAME (Last, First, Middle Initial)
b. GRADE
c. TITLE
d. SIGNATURE
DD FORM 1351-5, JUL 1999
PREVIOUS EDITION IS OBSOLETE.
GOVERNMENT QUARTERS AND/OR MESS
(See Privacy Act Statement and Instructions on back.)
1. TRAVELER'S NAME
2. GRADE
3. SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
4. DATE OF STATEMENT
(Last, First, Middle Initial)
(YYYYMMDD)
4. QUARTERS
a. GOVERNMENT QUARTERS WERE NOT AVAILABLE TO THE ABOVE-NAMED MEMBER ON THE FOLLOWING DATES OR FOR THE FOLLOWING
PERIODS:
b. GOVERNMENT QUARTERS (were not) (will not be) AVAILABLE TO BOTH THE ABOVE-NAMED MEMBER AND HIS DEPENDENT(S) ON THE FOLLOWING
DATES OR FOR THE FOLLOWING PERIODS:
c. UTILIZATION OF GOVERNMENT QUARTERS BY THE ABOVE-NAMED MEMBER (is) (was) IMPRACTICABLE FOR THE FOLLOWING DATES OR THE
FOLLOWING PERIODS:
5. MESS
a. GOVERNMENT MESS WAS NOT AVAILABLE TO THE ABOVE-NAMED MEMBER FOR THE NUMBER OF MEALS SHOWN OPPOSITE EACH OF THE
FOLLOWING DATES OR PERIODS.
b. GOVERNMENT MESS (was not) (will not be) AVAILABLE TO BOTH THE ABOVE-NAMED MEMBER AND HIS DEPENDENT(S) FOR THE NUMBER OF
MEALS SHOWN OPPOSITE THE FOLLOWING DATES OR PERIODS.
c. UTILIZATION OF GOVERNMENT MESS AVAILABLE AT THIS STATION BY THE ABOVE-NAMED MEMBER (will be) (is) (was) IMPRACTICABLE FOR
THE NUMBER OF MEALS SHOWN OPPOSITE THE FOLLOWING DATES OR PERIODS.
d. OFFICERS' OPEN MESS WAS NOT AVAILABLE TO THE ABOVE-NAMED OFFICER FOR AT LEAST TWO MEALS ON THE FOLLOWING DATES
GOVERNMENT QUARTERS WERE AVAILABLE.
(1) DATE (YYYYMMDD)
(2) NO. MEALS
(1) DATE (YYYYMMDD)
(2) NO. MEALS
(1) DATE (YYYYMMDD)
(2) NO. MEALS
6. REMARKS
(Continue on back if more space is required.)
7. ISSUING ORGANIZATION AND STATION
8. AUTHORIZED APPROVING CERTIFYING OFFICER
a. TYPED NAME (Last, First, Middle Initial)
b. GRADE
c. TITLE
d. SIGNATURE
DD FORM 1351-5, JUL 1999
PREVIOUS EDITION IS OBSOLETE.
PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT
(5 U.S.C. 552a)
AUTHORITY: 5 U.S.C. 5701, 5702; 37 U.S.C. 404; and E.O. 9397 (SSN).
PRINCIPAL PURPOSE(S): Used to substantiate availability/use of Government quarters and/or Government mess facilities to
determine the traveler's per diem entitlement for payment and reimbursement for travel and transportation expenses incurred in an
official travel status.
ROUTINE USE(S): The information provided herein may be provided to law enforcement personnel investigating those suspected
of fraudulently obtaining allowances. Information may also be disclosed under certain circumstances to other Federal agencies,
Members of Congress, State and local government, and U.S. and State courts.
DISCLOSURE: Voluntary; however, failure to furnish information requested may result in total or partial denial of amount claimed.
6. REMARKS
(Continued)
INSTRUCTIONS
1. WHERE ISSUED. To be issued where the temporary duty is performed. Also at Ports of Embarkation or Debarkation or at
personnel processing centers operated in conjunction therewith.
2. TO WHOM ISSUED. To any member performing TDY of 24 hours or more under conditions set forth in Item 3 following. To any
member traveling on PCS to, from or between stations outside the United States, if accompanied by dependents who are authorized
to travel with him.
3. WHEN ISSUED. Whenever quarters or messing facilities are not available to a member performing TDY at a recognized military
installation or at a facility operated by a Government contractor or whenever a member cannot properly perform his duties if he utilizes
available facilities; when Government quarters for joint occupancy by the member and his dependents or Government mess for joint
utilization is not available or will not be available for a specific period.
4. RESPONSIBILITY FOR ISSUANCE. The senior member who is in a position of command or who has administrative responsibility
at the place of TDY will assure that arrangements are made for the issuance of this statement. The commander of the element to
which a family is assigned for processing or control will assure that arrangements are made for the issuance of this statement.
5. WHO MAY SIGN IT. The commander or his representative may sign this statement. Authentication may also be by means of a
properly authorized and controlled facsimile signature stamp.
6. PURPOSE, MANNER OF ISSUANCE AND DISPOSITION. This statement will substantiate the traveler's entitlement at a rate of
per diem based upon nonavailability and/or nonutilization of the facilities as indicated in the "Quarters" and "Mess" items on the front
of this form. For officers only, this statement will be used for nonavailability of officers' open mess when Government quarters are
available. It will be given to the traveler in original and duplicate. Only the original should be signed. The traveler will attach them to
his claim for travel allowances. The triplicate will be retained by the issuing office.
7. DEFINITIONS. For definitions of Government Mess and Government Quarters, see JFTR/JTR, Appendix A. For conditions not
covered by these definitions, see JFTR/JTR.
DD FORM 1351-5 (BACK), JUL 1999

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DD Form 1351-5 Instructions

The DD Form 1351-5 is issued to the traveler at the location where the temporary duty is performed, at Ports of Embarkation or Debarkation or at personnel processing centers.

It is provided to any member performing temporary duty assignments of 24 hours or more or traveling on Permanent Change of Station (PCS) to, from or between stations outside the United States. The form is initiated every time when quarters or Government mess facilities are not available to the service member at a recognized military or Government-operated installation.

The DD Form 1351-5 is issued by a senior member in a position of command or administrative authority at the place of the temporary duty assignment. The commander of the facility will assure that arrangements are made for the issuance of the form.

The statement will confirm the traveler's entitlement to compensation based on the non-availability or non-utilization of the facilities as indicated in the QUARTERS and MESS items on the front of the form. The traveler will attach the DD Form 1351-5 to his claim for travel allowances after the form is signed by the commander of the facility or their representative. The form may alternatively be authenticated by means of a properly authorized facsimile signature stamp.

DD 1351-5 Related Forms

  1. The DD Form 1351-2 also known as the Travel Voucher or Subvoucher is a related DoD-issued form. It contains a full description of travel routes and expenditures that will prove eligibility for reimbursement.
  2. The DD Form 1351-2C or the Travel Voucher or Subvoucher (Continuation Sheet) is a publically available continuation page used with the DD 1351-2.
  3. The DD Form 1351-3 or the Statement of Actual Expenses is a detailed table of all reimbursable expenses. It is used for describing lodging and meal costs, transportation and laundry expenses, and other local costs and tips.
  4. The DD Form 1351-6, Multiple Payments List is a form used by groups of DoD to document the payments made during travel.
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