Basic Allowance for Housing

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The military compensation system has over 70 separate types of pay and allowances -- that's a lot to keep track of. Fortunately everything you need to know from Basic Pay, to special pay and allowances (even retired pay) can be found right here. Fortunately everything you need to know about the military compensation system including: Bas... more

Senate Legislation Shrinks GI Bill Housing Allowance Over Time

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Senate lawmakers on Thursday approved an omnibus Veterans Affairs bill they say expands programs without paying for them at the expense of others by reworking the GI Bill housing payment to mirror that received by active-duty members. The nearly 400-page Veterans First Act approved by the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee does not, for example,... more

Do the Math, Save Your Cash: Use BAH as It's Intended


I bet everyone in the military knows that these three letters stand for "basic allowance for housing." It's meant to cover the cost of your mortgage or your rent, right? Did you notice that it's BAH, not BAM or BAR? Even with the 2015 cuts, did you know that it's designed to cover almost the entire cost of housing (99 percent to be exact) -- wh... more

Overseas Housing Allowances

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Many overseas military bases are located in high-cost areas. Add to this the fact that housing on and off base is often in short supply, and the fact that there are sometimes wild fluctuations between the exchange rate of the US Dollar and foreign currencies and you have a complicated, and sometimes expensive, situation. The military has crea... more

Non-Locality Basic Allowance for Housing (Reserve Component/Transient)

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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 det... more

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