The DoD travel card policy, as currently structured, is not reasonable. Specifically, the policy mandates that the Sailor use personal credit lor the convenience of the government while placing restrictions on how the Sailor uses his credit. Moreover, the current travel card structure requiring the Sailor to cover the government's expenses with his credit gives little concern to the immediate fiscal impact on the Sailor.
Current travel policy requires the individual take out personal credit. This is inherently inappropriate. It essentially requires individual Sailors to cover the government's obligations. Likewise, by mandating use of the travel card, the credit available to the Sailor is decreased by the travel card's limit. Many Sailors and even first-tour officers desperately need that credit to establish a residence, buy a first car. or furnish an apartment. In short, this credit is needed to acquire the tools and resources that we expect most adults in our society to own or have available. Requiring individuals to decrease purchasing power by assigning a portion of credit to a mandatory travel card is not an example of Covenant Leadership.