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FY 2006 Basic Allowance for Housing
Rates for Commissioned Officers 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 commissioned officers (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 O-1E O-2E O-3E O-1 O-2 O-3 O-4 O-5 O-6 O-7
MAUI COUNTY, HI 2132 2178 2237 1538 2030 2199 2361 2436 2551 2602
HONOLULU COUNTY, HI 1850 2087 2393 1685 1822 2198 2503 2569 2671 2724
HAWAII COUNTY, HI 1643 1676 1718 1568 1630 1691 1823 1887 1984 2024
KAUAI COUNTY,HI 1722 1843 1999 1586 1699 1899 2100 2161 2254 2299

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

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