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  • Basic Allowance for Subsistence

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    BAS is a continuation of the military tradition of providing room and board (or rations) as part of a servicemember's pay. Although BAS is meant to offset the cost your meals, it is important to note that BAS is not intended to cover the costs of meals for family members. Since January 1, 2002 most enlisted members get full BAS, but they must pay for their own meals, even those provided by the government.* Because BAS is intended to p... more

  • Military Allowances Overview

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    A major component of your overall military compensation is your allowance package. Allowances are tax-free and are designed to compensate servicemembers for their living costs, if adequate services or facilities are not provided by the military. For example: if no housing is available for a servicemember or their family, the military will pay the servicemember a housing allowance. In addition, allowances are sometimes based on the ... more

  • Frequently Asked Questions About BAH

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    Basic Allowance For Housing is a tax-free monthly monetary allowance for servicemembers who are not provided government housing. 1.  Who is eligible for BAH? 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. t... more

  • Overseas (OCONUS) COLA Overview

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    The Overseas Cost of Living Allowance is a supplement designed to equalize purchasing power between members overseas and their CONUS-based counterparts. The following is a summary of the Overseas Cost of Living Allowance: The Average COLA Supplement The average supplement is $300 per month. The basic measurement is a comparison of CONUS shopping behavior and the aggregate shopping behavior at each overseas location. It impacts 320,000 member... more

  • Military Enlisted Pay Breakdown

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    Now available: The Military Pay App. Military.com has launched a new app that allows you instantaneous access to information about your pay and allowances from your mobile device. Get the free app for Android or iOS. Below is a sample of annual Regular Military Compensation for a servicemember at the E-4 pay level, with three years of military service. E-4 servicemembers include: ... more

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