Part 3 - Special Circumstances
Chapter 10. Service Couples
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This chapter describes relocation benefits applicable to meet the requirements of Regular Force Service Couples.
10.02 Terms "member" and "spouse"
The relocation benefit relationship between two spouses, both of whom are members and both of whom are posted from same place of duty to the same new place of duty, is as follows: the member who is authorized to move (D) HG&E is deemed to be the "member", and their spouse is deemed to be the "spouse" of that member.
10.03 Co-location principle
- The members of a service couple who are posted to the same place of duty are expected to collocate at the same residence.
- If the members of a service couple are posted to different places of duty, each member is entitled to be relocated at public expense as if they were a single member until such time as they are relocated to the same place of duty.
- Once the members are collocated, the members will not be entitled to be relocated at public expense as if they were single members unless:
- the members are posted to two separate permanent workplaces that are 80 km or more apart from each other; or
- only one member is posted to a new place of duty and all of the following conditions are satisfied
- the posted member is posted to a new place of duty and entitled to move HG&E,
- the career manager of the other member confirms that for at least one year after the posted member’s COS date, the other member will not be posted to the same new place of duty, and
- neither member has elected their IPR, or received notice that that they will be released or transferred from the Regular Force within one year of the posted member’s COS date.
- When subparagraph (3)(a) or (3)(b) applies, one or both members, as applicable, may:
- relocate with some or all of their (D)HG&E to their new place of duty as though they were relocating as a single member;
- request, if applicable, Special Commuting Assistance under CBI 209.29 in lieu of moving their HG&E; or
- proceed unaccompanied to the new place of duty in accordance with Section 11.2.
A member moving (D)HG&E who is prevented from conducting the relocation personally due to service reasons, and whose service spouse is not posted, may delegate the responsibility of conducting the move to the spouse.
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