But only for those whose R&R was lately.
Perhaps this is what is meant by "the last shall be first..."
The Army is now reimbursing troops for commercial plane tickets home for troops returning for two-weeks vacation from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Troops tapped for the two-week vacation away from the war zones under the Rest and Recuperation program will have to pay their own way up front, and then file the necessary reimbursement paperwork.
“Payment will be through the normal channels. They’ll submit a travel voucher through their chain of command and [the Defense Finance and Accounting System] will pay it,” said Gary Jones, a spokesman for Army Forces Central Command in Atlanta. “Just save the receipts.”
Reimbursements for fares already paid by troops are retroactive only to Dec. 19, and do not extend to the beginning of program, which started in September.