The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is a U.S. based allowance prescribed by
geographic duty location, pay grade, and dependency status. It provides uniformed
Service members equitable housing compensation based on housing costs in local
civilian housing markets within the United States when government quarters are
not provided. A uniformed service member stationed outside the U.S., including
U.S. territories and possessions, not furnished government housing, is eligible
for Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA).
Note: BAH amounts are determined by location, rank, and whether or not the
member has dependents.
Between ranks, amounts differ because the higher the rank, the better the housing
a member is authorized. Here
are the charts that show what type of dwellings are used to determine BAH
amounts for each rank.
There are specific rules which determine whether the military member is paid
the housing rate for the location of his/her assignment, or the location of
This chart displays those basic rules.
BAH is an allowance, and is therefore not subject to income taxes.
2012 BAH Chart for Officers with Dependents:
of Columbia (Washington DC)