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Army R&R Travel from Overseas


Your soldier has to pay for his own travel back home during R&R when he is deployed overseas.


No, he does not. The military pays for this flight to the airport of his choice. The only stipulation is that whatever airport he flies into is the same airport he must fly back out of when he returns to theater.

Please note there is a scam where unsuspecting people are being told that a “soldier” must pay thousands to return home for R&R. The people are asked to wire money to the soldier to pay for his flight or he won’t be able to come home. This is a scam and not legitimate.

About the author: Stacey is an Army wife of a soldier who joined in 2003. He has since been medically retired but she continues to provide information to Army wives and families to make their adjustment to the Army lifestyle easier. Connect with Stacey: Facebook Twitter Pinterest

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  • michelle April 2, 2015, 11:31 pm

    Is there a larry molder in the us army…is real or fake…or scammer…please help?

  • Mary peters May 15, 2015, 3:55 pm

    So glade I found this site , talking to a guy on viber and he says he is in the Army and he gird by Kent Leone and Harris Leone and said he has a child name Kevin and the son is sick and he needs money for him and the child travels with his mom like missionary and he is always wanting money and when I tell him that he gets really mad and info he will not give me and I know it is a scam and photos of this person how can I find out if the person in the pis are deceased

  • cathy May 29, 2015, 10:11 pm

    Hello I need ya help. I being talking to this guy in Facebook he say he in Tripoli Libya. I told him I found out information about army scam. He send me picture And others stuffs. But I told him I can’t trust. I say let me gets ur emails and passwords. He did give it to me for Facebook and emails. But emails is not us army emails is a gmail. For the first time I told him I need to see he face so he ask me if I got Skype I say I will make one I did make one and he Skype me. But he look different. Like it was hard to see him good. But know he asking me for money for fly home .. Im not stupid. But I don’t know what to think cause he give me he passwords and email. And he Skype with me. He say he in Tripoli Libya. He name is Harry coy. He 43. Did anybody hear he name before. Can ya please let me know help me out. Thanks

  • Jennifer August 31, 2015, 3:51 am

    I have this guy Richard mark johnson ask me for money and want me ask my sick mother for money and my kids for money I told him no we do not have it he all ways ask me everytime I talk too him who can I talk too about this person see if he is real or fake

  • Pauline September 27, 2015, 9:11 am

    I been talking to a guy from Badoo since February, constantly asking for money, now he say he can only come if I pay for his medical £25! He thinks I’m an idiot!! As if the army make you pay for it! His details given are James Pearson, from Belville Texas and reckons he got a 10yr old son who lives with his friend!!!! Removed from the mother because she cheated on him!! Anyone heard this name before, I have loads of pics and “private” ones, which I think he IS this soldier, so I reckon he is the soldier but still scamming!

  • Taun November 8, 2015, 11:18 pm

    Want to know if there is a Mackie Thompson in the Army or just a fake scammer,,,,,,please help!

    • julio August 26, 2017, 5:10 am

      I have a similar problem..with one by the name of…Madrogal Thompson in Africa Naval base.I wish to knowv a way to prove her authenticity

  • anonymous December 8, 2015, 10:22 pm

    Does any one knoq Demitri Arias and Bennett morgan

    • Wen May 27, 2016, 2:36 am

      There is a guy by the name Demitri Arias and he claims he is stationed in Chad and he is in the army. We have been chatting for maybe three weeks. Has not asked for money. He did ask if I could get him an iTunes card which I though was pretty weird. He also texted me from a mobile cell and then stopped and asked to chat on the kik app. He seems legit at times but other times he seems like he isn’t real. I’m not sure if he is a scammer. Would like to know asap. Thank you.

  • Tabetha Abernethy February 23, 2016, 10:52 am

    I’ve been talking to a guy who says he in the army and has a sick kid named Kevin??? I believe he’s a scammer!!!!

  • Kelly February 25, 2016, 1:54 am

    I asked well recently met a guy on a dating site and have been talking to him for a while. His name is rob higgins and claims he’s in the army and deployed to syria. He has been nothing but a gentleman. Offering to help me financially and stuff..never once asked for money. Recently he said he went to his commander to request leave he told me to write his commander just to tell him our story so the commander knows we are on the same page. I did that and got an email back from him within days saying all the info was transferred to the dept in charge of his leave..a couple days later I get an email from a very straight forward address with so called special instructions and on there it says I have to pay certain amount of money for him to go on leave for a certain amount of time. I confronted him and he seems to be not sure himself. I can honestly say I put a lot of trust in this guy and started to like him I hope this isn’t one of those scams and how do I find out if it is…he just seemed so real and his English is good and he doesn’t talk as if from another country..can someone help me?

  • Sue March 16, 2016, 4:14 am

    You believe in who your talking to and the forms that they send you look real I believed that my guy couldn’t have access to his funds in fact he is “detained ” in Dubai at the moment due to a large amount of gold not been declared and wants €6000 to get him on the plane home to nz have been trying to stay in touch so I can catch him out I believed in him and what he was saying I.m such a stupid fool

  • Sue March 16, 2016, 4:35 am

    Kelly I have been talking to a guy in Syria for a long time to and asked me to apply for leave and I like a fool paid the refundable fees of nearly $13,000 nzd he is claiming to now be stuck in Dubai with raw gold and need €6000 to get out of there. Have found there is abt 20 Facebook sites with photos that he has sent me I am stilling talking to him on Kik as I want to get as much info as I can it’s very soul destroying and heartbreaking that I believe this

  • Belinda April 4, 2016, 2:45 am

    I met someone on a datingsite and i like him very much. Bur he wanted to ask for an emergency leave. So i had to write to the commander to ask for a leave. He granted it but now i have to pay €4800 for a flightticket. It has to be put on a bankaccount in Nigeria . Something about this doesn’t feel good.

    Please help me

  • Terri April 14, 2016, 1:03 am

    William Smith He says from the u.s.army and is deployed to.Syria. goes by cool cat.I met him from Badoo.com anyone ever seen him? He’s a real light complected blonde says Smith u.s.army says has a son named Dominion and a grandmother from.England. and another thing … military_armystrong@usa.com is this a fake email address??

  • Annelie April 20, 2016, 7:56 am

    i have one qestion what is a contect soliders i meat a friend on fb he ask me to pay for leaving fee so he can get his passport 1500 dollar he showed his pass port for me and that was a risk for him nov he whant me to send 4000 dollar to medical clearence Health and medical pass card and clearens fee whit immigration goverment on transit and this gay said he is a sojound contract military and all the mony will sent back when he is coming here PLASE HELP.

  • anonymous April 26, 2016, 2:12 am

    I am pretty scare about these guys who want me so bad and I keep tell them slow down as I would like to be friend first same time to get know each more before to get into serious relationship but I have funny feeling about it… Anyone knows about these US Army guys:

    Daniel Dave Fox
    Benjamin Jones
    Scott William Downs
    irizarry Dave Peterosky his Rank: SFC and MOS: 18F
    John Edwards
    Jay Glisson Villanueva
    Richard M. Kymberlee
    Aguiar Robert (not know last name)

    Please anyone let me know which one is real and which one is scammer (not real military)..

    Thank you,

  • anonymous April 28, 2016, 7:00 pm

    Who is he???

  • Theresa Wright June 14, 2016, 10:10 pm

    I need to know if there’s a SGT STEVEN VICTOR HERNANDEZ STATIONED IN AFGHANISTAN. My Name: Steven Victor Hernandez
    Rank: Sargent
    Military code: 11111
    Pay Grade: E-5
    Unit: Special force
    Deployed: Kabul, Afghanistan
    Address:Branson,MO, USA.
    Camp name in Afghanistan
    MOS: HOC 2-3 GSAB tf knighthawk apo ae 09355 hhc 2-3

    UNIT MOBILITY: High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV)

    Communicating Device: MWR(Device) only

  • Linda June 20, 2016, 8:08 pm

    I met this very nice young guy that I began to feel like he was my son. he said his credit cards were not working anymore and needed money. Then he said he would have to come home to the US to get the card fits because the bank will only do if he sees he in person. He asks for $700 processing fee to leave. Commander said ok and then he came back and said he has to pay $2400 for his flight back. He said he was to pay because he is changing his schedule and it is not R&R . I said this is not right, the Army should get you there and get you back. I saw on other site that this was not true. Confronted him and he said that those were old rules, new rules now if you leave combat area and it is not scheduled for you, you must pay for a flight home. Please answer me and tell me this is a scam.

    Thank you,

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  • Cheryl T. Rojas May 7, 2017, 4:37 am

    Is there Sergeant First Class Billy Norman James in the US army

  • Kate June 8, 2017, 9:19 pm

    Have this fella i talk to he says hecworks in aus army and says that no solider is allowed access to there accounts. He asked me pay through military website. And they reply same thing. Is is a scam pls help

  • Julie smith June 29, 2017, 4:49 pm

    Christian Wright from on Tinder. Said he is in Syria and all of a sudden I got flower that he said the army let him send to me because he was heading out to do surveillance. Now he wants to be done and is there with NATO, of course after two months now he saying that they won’t pay for him to leave if he wants to leave before his time is up. I think that is bunk

  • Tammy August 16, 2017, 5:46 am

    I met this guy on Facebook…serms nice but I’m a little worried he might be a scammer…his name is Michael Clark..he said his wife died giving birth to their child …he from Columbus, Ohio but spent time in Germany during his childhood…he says he in Afghanistan..he requested leave but want me to pay 1250 for his flight to come home…please tell help me find out if he’s a real or fake soldier

  • Lisa August 31, 2017, 10:32 am

    I need to know if there is an Army medic deployed to Afghanistan? Name is Ken Jameson. Fake scammer?

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