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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
MEDFORD, OR 892 967 1063 789 874 1002 1123 1159 1215 1239
ASTORIA, OR 919 968 1030 722 885 990 1074 1100 1141 1164
COOS BAY, OR 839 862 891 717 818 872 940 969 1014 1034
PORTLAND, OR 1068 1124 1197 876 1035 1151 1250 1282 1331 1358
SALEM, OR 920 935 954 757 892 942 1114 1211 1359 1386
CORVALLIS, OR 866 956 1071 742 845 997 1119 1148 1192 1216
EUGENE, OR 862 900 948 733 840 917 1020 1064 1131 1154
KLAMATH FALLS, OR 846 922 1020 657 813 957 1094 1138 1206 1230

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

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