Most Popular Military Pay Articles

  • Airman helping service member with paperwork
    Military Pay Charts for 2017
    Military.com
    The military will either see a 1.6% or a 2.1% pay raise for 2017.
  • Military Pay Charts
    2017 Military Pay Charts
    Military.com
    Check out the 2017 US military pay scale charts for all ranks for active duty, as well as Reserve and Guard components.
  • Marine retirement
    The Military Retirement System
    Military.com
    The following is a summary of what you need to know regarding Military Retirement pay benefits.
  • USCG house in Alameda
    Basic Allowance for Housing Rates
    Military.com
    Each year the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is updated to meet current housing costs in military housing areas (MHAs).
  • Army Reserve logo
    Military Reserve Retirement
    Military.com
    National Guard & Reserve members who complete a minimum 20 qualifying years of service become eligible for retired pay at age 60.

Basic Allowance for Housing Overview

base housing at Incirlik

The military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is based on geographic duty location, pay grade, and dependency status. The intent of BAH is to provide uniformed servicemembers accurate and equitable housing compensation based on housing costs in local civilian housing markets, and is payable when government quarters are not provided. Visit our BAH Rates page for up-to-date information.

A member assigned to permanent duty within the 50 United States, who is not furnished Government housing, is eligible for BAH, based on the member's rank, dependency status, and permanent duty station ZIP code.  A member stationed overseas (except in Hawaii and Alaska), including U.S. territories and possessions, who is not furnished Government housing, is eligible for an Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA) based on the member's dependency status.

The military BAH rate is also used to determine the monthly housing stipend for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

BAH Differential (BAH-DIFF) is the housing allowance amount for a member who is assigned to single-type quarters and who is authorized a BAH solely by reason of the member's payment of child support.  A member is not authorized BAH-DIFF if the monthly rate of that child support is less than the BAH-DIFF amount.  The BAH-DIFF amounts, originally calculated in 1997, are updated annually based on changes in the Basic Pay tables.  For more information see our BAH-DIFF page.

Basic Allowance for Housing Reserve Component/Transient (BAH for RC/Transient) is the housing allowance for members in particular circumstances, for example, reservists on active duty less than 30 days. It does not vary by geographic location. BAH RC/Transient is set based on the national average for housing. BAH is published annually and is determined by increasing the previous year's table by the percentage growth of housing costs. For more information see our BAH Reserve Component page.

Related Topics

Basic Allowance for Housing

Military News App by Military.com

Download the new Military.com News App for Android on Google Play or for Apple devices on iTunes!

Featured VA Loan Articles

  • VA Loan Closing Costs: An Added Benefit
    Besides the advantage of requiring no down payment for qualified VA borrowers, there's also a distinct advantage for the borrow...
  • White suburban home.
    IRRRL Facts for Veterans
    Military.com
    IRRRL stands for Interest Rate Reduction Refinancing Loan,also known as a "Streamline" or a "VA to VA" loan.
  • US Map Showing High Cost Counties
    VA Loan Limits for High-Cost Counties 2017
    Military.com
    The VA loan limit for 2017 is $424,100. But it could actually be substantially more if you buy a home in a high-cost county. Se...
  • Get the FAQs on VA Home Loans
    We've answered 16 of the most frequently asked VA Loan Benefit questions. View them now to get a quick understanding of your be...
  • Top 3 VA Home Loan Tips
    There are numerous advantages to having a VA mortgage. A VA mortgage loan can be guaranteed with no money down, in some cases u...
© 2016 Military Advantage