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2012 BAS Rates Released

Looking for the 2017 Basic Allowance for Subsistence rates?  You can find them here!

The 2012 Basic Allowance for Subsistence rates were released yesterday.  The new rates are:

Enlisted personnel:  $348.44, up from $325.04

Officer personnel:  $239.96, up from $223.84

These new rates reflect a 7.2% increase, which correlates with the increase in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's "cost of food at home" index.

Why do officers and enlisted folks get different rates?  I have researched and researched, and I have never been able to figure out the historical reason behind the difference.  If anyone of you know, I would love to hear!

Want to know more?  You might find answers in Understand How Basic Allowance for Subsistence Works.

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