1. Why is my per diem so low? i am getting $52.80/ day according to my orders. Per diem for Montgomery, AL shows 75 for lodging and 23 for proportional meals. I am staying in VOQ if that helps. Can someone just explain it to me? 2. How does separation pay work? I am on a 42 day TDY in a different state 206 miles from my home duty station...should i get separation pay for this? I found this: 3. The member is on TDY (or temporary additional duty) away from the permanent station continuously for more than 30 days, and the member's dependents are not residing at or near the TDY station. This includes members who are required to perform a period of the TDY before reporting to their initial station of assignment (such as basic training and technical school/AIT/A-School). but it doesn't really answer my question.