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TECOM FORMAL SCHOOLS TRAVEL SUPPORT (FSTS) PROGRAM GUIDANCE

Date Signed: 11/16/2015
MARADMINS Number: 575/15

170052Z NOV 15
MARADMIN 575/15
MSGID/GENADMIN/CG TECOM QUANTICO VA//
SUBJ/TECOM FORMAL SCHOOLS TRAVEL SUPPORT (FSTS) PROGRAM GUIDANCE//
REF/A/MSG/CG TECOM/19 OCT 04//
REF/B/MSG/CG TECOM/11 APR 05//
REF/C/MSG/CG TECOM/18 JAN 08// 
REF/D/MSG/CMC WASHDC/CDI/29 MAR 10//
REF/E/MSG/CMC WASHDC/MRA MI/PR RFF/31 MAY 12//
REF/F/MSG/CMC WASHDC/PR/22 APR 13//
NARR/REF A IS MARADMIN 455/05. REF B IS MARADMIN 171/05. REF C IS MARADMIN 057/08. REF D IS MARADMIN 178/10. REF E IS MARADMIN 291/12. REF F IS MARADMIN 216/13.//
POC/TECOM FSTS MGMT SECTION/-/CG TECOM G-8/TEL: DSN 278-1248/TEL: COMM (703) 784-1248/EMAIL: WORLDWIDETRAVEL(AT)USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. Situation. This MARADMIN updates and consolidates existing FSTS policy (formerly worldwide travel/WWT). Ref A through D are hereby cancelled.
2. Mission. Provide guidance for the use of FSTS funds in support of student travel.
3. Execution
   A. Concept of operations. The FSTS program is centrally managed by TECOM G-8 in order to fund temporary duty (TDY) orders for active component personnel attending formal school courses.  FSTS funds are allocated service wide on a first come first served basis. Both this MARADMIN and the information contained in the FSTS funding authorization letter set forth policies which are specific to the use of FSTS funding.
   B. Tasks
4. Commanders
   A. Ensure only those Marines who meet criteria based on MOS, billet assignment and the course’s target population description (TPD) for the course are nominated for attendance.  If it is determined that a Marine does not meet the criteria, unit funding can be used at the commander’s discretion.
   B. Ensure all Marines approved for training attendance meet all prerequisite and screening requirements prior to departing for training.
   C. Maximize the use of available regional training courses to meet individual training requirements.
   D. Ensure the traveler completes and submits a travel voucher no later than five business days after returning from the trip.
5. Training quota control managers (Sponsors)
   A. Funding requests for student travel must be submitted via the Marine Corps Training Information Management System (MCTIMS). Students must be properly registered and funding requested NLT three business days prior to the course report date.
   B. The FSTS funding authorization letter contains information that will prevent unnecessary delays in processing the travel authorization. Upon approval, the funding letter may be viewed and downloaded from the MCTIMS student registration history and/or class details screen.
   C. Registration for students that do not attend training should be cancelled via MCTIMS. Upon cancellation the funding request/approval will be cancelled automatically.
   D. FSTS funding is not authorized for local travel under any circumstance. Local travel is defined as any travel within the Permanent Duty Station (PDS) local commuting area as established by the installation commander in local directives/policies.
6. Parent command travel support personnel
   A. Provide guidance and technical support to the individual traveler to resolve all matters at the lowest level.
   B. Review the funding authorization letter and approving officials (AO) comments contained in the travel authorization prior to the commencement of travel.
   C. Create and manage individual routing lists within the applicable DTS organization; all FSTS routing lists must start with the letters WWT. All routing lists should be kept to the minimum levels of RO’S to prevent delays of documents reaching the FSTS AO level for review. All level 30 AO will be managed by FSTS management.
   D. Travelers outside of Marine Corps DTS organizations (Not Beginning with DM) must request a CROSS-ORG of the FSTS LOA in order to process their travel authorization. An email containing traveler’s full name and EDIPI must be sent to the FSTS organizational mailbox. Once the LOA is selected from the CROSS-ORG list and the document is signed, routing will default to the WWT routing list.
   E. Per Ref E, all travel documents, including vouchers, funded entirely or partially by fsts are to be routed using the WWT routing list. The local AO, including the DO/FO shall stamp such documents returned that are routed incorrectly. Additionally, all travel authorizations approved by the parent command using their LOA become their responsibility and will not be retroactively approved or funded by FSTS.
   F. Travel authorizations shall be submitted as far in advance as possible. Travel authorizations not received at FSTS BY 2359 EST of the funds expiration date indicated on the funding letter will be stamped returned. Any travel expenses incurred will be the responsibility of the parent command.
   G. Travel is authorized to commence on the date indicated on the funding authorization letter. Travelers must return to the PDS NLT the day following graduation. If there is information indicating course dates that conflict with dates on the funding authorization Letter/MCTIMS, supporting documentation should be included in the travel authorization.
   H. Written confirmation from the schoolhouse commander must be added as a supporting document in all cases where a traveler is reporting after the course convene date. This confirmation must certify that the member will be allowed to commence training after this date.
   I. FSTS funding for Per Diem is provided only for the time when the student is undergoing classroom training.  Per Diem for traveler’s held out of training (E.G. Legal Hold, Medical Hold) must be funded by the parent command.
   J. Travel expenses not funded by FSTS are listed in the funding letter. Travel documents containing any Non-FSTS funded expenses must be routed with a unit LOA. The FSTS AO Will allocate expenses accordingly.
7. TECOM FSTS management office
   A. Review and update FSTS program travel policies.
   B. All changes to program policy will be published in the funding authorization letter.
   C. All travel vouchers will be processed Per Ref F. The FSTS action officer will validate a travelers individual balance on their GTCC and make necessary adjustments.
   D. The TECOM FSTS AO has final approving authority on all travel entitlements and expenses regardless of the funding source contained within the travel document.
8. Administration and logistics. Policy and procedural information can be obtained from local travel support personnel. Training and further procedural guidance can be found on the DTS website at http://www.defensetravel.osd.mil/.
9. Command and signal. Questions specifically pertaining to this guidance which cannot be answered locally may be forwarded to the TECOM FSTS organizational mailbox listed at the opening of this message.
10. Release authorized by Major General James W. Lukeman, Commanding General, Training and Education Command.//