Basic Allowance for Subsistence

U.S. Marines wait in line while food service specialists sauté Mongolian entrée selections on the grill in the R.G. Robinson Mess Hall at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Feb. 8, 2017. (U.S. Marine Corps photo/Lance Cpl. Carlos Jimenez)
U.S. Marines wait in line while food service specialists sauté Mongolian entrée selections on the grill in the R.G. Robinson Mess Hall at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Feb. 8, 2017. (U.S. Marine Corps photo/Lance Cpl. Carlos Jimenez)

Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) pays for the cost of your meals when dining at your permanent duty station. Although BAS is meant to offset the cost your meals it doesn't cover the costs of meals for family members.

Current BAS Rates:

Enlisted: $369.39 per month 

Officers: $254.39 per month.

*Note: A Discount Meal Rate (DMR) offset applies to all Coast Guard enlisted members assigned to a ship with messing facilities, a Class "A" School, OCS (prior service), a deployed Port Security Unit, and enlisted members E-6 and below stationed ashore who reside in government-owned quarters and are required to eat meals at a government dining facility.

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