Basic Allowance for Housing

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MCPON: BAH Change for Dual-Military Couples Could Cause Troubles

Sailors at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, ask Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Michael D. Stevens questions during an all-hands visit on June 22, 2015. (Tyler Hlavac/Stars and Stripes)

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan -- Lawmakers should reconsider a Senate defense bill provision that would end housing allowances for one member of a dual-military marriage after Oct. 1, the Navy's top enlisted sailor said Monday. Ending the current system, which provides separate housing funds to active-duty spouses living in the same home, ... more

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 B... more

Senate Kills Commissary Plan, Keeps BAH Cuts

The Senate voted to kill a plan hatched by its armed services committee to privatize five large commissary stores to test the concept of commercial grocers running base stores to save defense dollars. However, they did allow a plan to remain that could sharply reduce Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to more than 40,000 "dual service" coupl... 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

White House Seeks to Sink BAH 'Marriage Penalty'

The White House has supported several of the Senate Armed Services Committee steps toward reeling in the growing cost of military compensation next year, including support for a third straight pay raise cap, a jump in co-pays on drug prescriptions filled off base, and a deep cut in taxpayer support of commissaries, which is sure to shave shopper... more

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