Military Pay

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... more

COLA for Retired Pay

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Each year your military retirement pay is adjusted to meet the increased cost of living. This Cost of Living Adjustment varies from year to year based on the rise and fall of the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Cost-of-Living Adjustment Explained Each year Military Retirement pay, Survivor Benefit Plan Annuities, VA Compensation and Pensions, and ... more

Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay for Guard and Reserve

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Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay (CRDP) allows military retirees to receive both military retired pay and Veterans Affairs (VA) compensation. You do not need to apply for CRDP. If qualified, you will be enrolled automatically. CRDP Eligibility You must be eligible for retired pay to qualify for CRDP. If you were placed on a disability... more

2016 Cost-of-Living Allowance (COLA)


The Cost of Living Allowance or COLA helps offset the effects of higher living expenses that servicemembers stationed in expensive locations within the United States are faced with. As a servicemember, you can expect to be stationed virtually anywhere in the country. During your career, you are likely to be assigned to a variety of low, moderat... more

Four Military Retirement Pay Surprises to Avoid

Retiring from the military comes with many big changes, including understanding your new pay. After sitting through briefings and researching what to expect, you're probably well prepared. But readers tell us they still encounter some surprises after their final out date. And when it comes to money, unless it's a big inheritance or ... more

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