AFI 36-2906, PERSONAL FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, establishes administrative and management guidelines for alleged delinquent financial obligations and for processing financial claims against Air Force members. It also outlines basic rules for paternity cases and establishes base-level family support centers and personal financial management programs.
Military members will:
- Pay their just financial obligations in a proper and timely manner.
- Provide adequate financial support for a spouse or child or any other relative for which the member receives additional allowances for support. Members will also comply with the financial support provisions of a court order or written support agreement.
- Respond to applications for involuntary allotments of pay within the suspense dates established by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS).
- Comply with rules concerning the government travel charge card program.
Complainants are often unfamiliar with Air Force organizational addresses or do not know the member’s actual unit of assignment. They frequently address correspondence to the installation commander, Staff Judge Advocate (SJA), or the Military Personnel Flight (MPF). The complaint is forwarded to the individual’s commander for action; the commander attempts to respond to the complainant within 15 days. If the member has made a permanent change of station, the complaint is forwarded to the new commander, and the complainant is notified of the referral.
If the member has separated with no further military service or has retired, the complainant is notified and informed that the Air Force is unable to assist because the individual is no longer under its jurisdiction unless the complaint is a legal process directed for garnishment of retired pay for child support or alimony obligations. Commanders must actively monitor complaints until they are resolved. Failure to pay debts or to provide support to dependents can lead to administrative or disciplinary action. If the commander decides the complaint reflects adversely on the member, this action should be made a part of the Unfavorable Information File (UIF).
Personal Financial Management Program (PFMP)
The PFMP is a family support center program that offers information, education, and personal financial counseling to help individuals and families maintain financial stability and reach their financial goals. It provides education to all personnel upon arrival at their first duty station, to include as a minimum, facts about PFMP, checkbook maintenance, budgeting, credit buying, state or country liability laws, and local fraudulent business practices. The PFMP also provides refresher education to all SrA and below upon arrival at a new installation. Services provided by the PFMP are free of charge.