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FY 2005 Basic Allowance for Housing
Rates for Enlisted Members without dependents
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Below are the rates of tax-free housing allowance (Basic Allowance for Housing, or BAH) that are provided to enlisted military personnel (without dependents) who are authorized to reside off base at government expense.

In calendar year 2004, service members living "on the economy" have been paying an average of 3.5 percent of the housing costs out-of-pocket. That percentage will drop to zero in calendar year 2005. Housing allowance rates are based upon rank, location, and whether or not a member has dependents.

The Department of Defense (DOD) employs Runzheimer International to collect the nation-wide housing cost data that they use to compute BAH. Additionally, DOD obtains current data from multiple sources, employing a "checks and balances" approach to ensure reliability and accuracy. Current residential vacancies, identified in local newspapers and real estate rental listings, are an important source of data. Vacancies are selected at random, and subjected to a screening process. Telephone interviews establish the availability and exact location of each unit sampled. DOD has designed the sample to obtain a statistical confidence level of 95% or higher. DOD also contacts apartment and real estate management companies to identify units for rental pricing. It is not uncommon for DOD to consult real estate professionals in a locality to obtain confirmation and additional sources of data. Where available, DOD contacts fort/post/base housing referral offices, to tap local military expertise and gain insights into the local concerns of military. Finally, DoD and the Services conduct on-site evaluations at various locations to confirm and ensure reliability and accuracy of the cost data.

Location E-1 E-2 E-3 E-4 E-5 E-6 E-7 E-8 E-9
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA 869 869 869 869 911 944 1033 1132 1150
QUANTICO/WOODBRIDGE, VA 891 891 891 891 985 1048 1165 1311 1358
HAMPTON/NEWPORT NEWS, VA 759 759 759 759 828 868 914 969 983
NORFOLK/PORTSMOUTH, VA 874 874 874 874 931 969 1036 1125 1159
PETERSBERG/FORT LEE, VA 681 681 681 681 714 733 756 785 794
RICHMOND, VA 718 718 718 718 791 836 896 975 1003
WARRENTON/VINT HILL FARM, VA 916 916 916 916 1027 1090 1280 1474 1482
LEXINGTON, VA 562 562 562 562 662 721 796 894 933
ROANOKE, VA 582 582 582 582 646 683 726 827 852
CAMP A. P. HILL, VA 752 752 752 752 812 851 927 1069 1120

Data courtesy of Department of Defense
For locations not listed above, visit the DOD BAH Interactive Database

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