Basic Allowance for Housing

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Basic Allowance for Housing Rates

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The 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. Each year the BAH t... more

Average 2014 Housing Allowance Will Rise 5 Percent


The Defense Department on Tuesday said housing benefits will increase by an average of 5 percent next year. The Pentagon said the 2014 Basic Allowance for Housing, or BAH, rates will take effect Jan. 1 and remain in place for the rest of the year regardless of the debate in Washington, D.C., over the federal budget and calls to curb military... more

Military Budget Includes 6% BAH Cut, 1% Pay Raise

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U.S. service members would receive a 1 percent pay raise and eventually lose an average of 6 percent in housing allowances under the Defense Department’s proposed budget for next year. The recommendations were made public on Tuesday with the release of the federal government’s spending plan for fiscal 2015. The changes are part of a larger ... more

Military Pay Overview

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Currently, 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. In general annual military pay raises are linked to the increase in civilian wages. Howev... more

House Panel Pushes 1.8 Percent Troop Pay Raise

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A U.S. House of Representatives panel voted for a 1.8 percent troop pay raise in fiscal 2015, though the boost is far from guaranteed. The House Appropriations Committee, headed by Harold Rogers, R-Kentucky, on Tuesday passed its version of the defense spending bill for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, including the statutory military pay r... more

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