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FY 2006 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" paid an average of 3.5 percent of the housing costs out-of-pocket. That percentage dropped 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
CHAMPAIGNE/URBANA, IL 560 560 560 560 633 679 747 831 859
ROCK ISLAND, IL 575 575 575 575 630 666 730 798 805
PEORIA, IL 608 608 608 608 677 725 822 949 996
GREAT LAKES NAVTRACEN, IL 795 795 795 795 858 912 1066 1281 1376
SCOTT AFB, IL 618 618 618 618 716 776 860 987 1058
CHICAGO, IL 1027 1027 1027 1027 1135 1217 1420 1657 1711
SPRINGFIELD/DECATUR,IL 519 519 519 519 583 624 689 780 821
JOLIET ARMY DEPOT 720 720 720 720 838 914 1039 1212 1288
ROCKFORD, IL 550 550 550 550 652 708 750 823 873

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

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