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Military Housing Allowance (BAH)

Information and charts about Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) that the military pays when members are authorized to reside off base at government expense.

Basic Allowance for Housing Rules
The Basic Allowance for Housing rate depends on location, rank, and whether or not the military member has dependents.

Living On or Off Base -- Which is Better?
Many military members have the choice to live on-base or off-base. So, which is better? There is no clear answer. It depends on your branch of service, the base you're assigned to, the policies of your base/command, whether you are married or single, and whether you are a junior member or have a few years of service under your belt. During...

2009 Partial Rate Housing Allowance
Partial rate Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is paid to military members without dependents who are living in government quarters (such as dormitories or barracks), and are not entitled to any other type of housing allowance.

2009 Child Support Allowance
Special rules apply for active duty members who live in the barracks and pay child support. Such members are paid an entitlement called BAH-DIFF, or BAH Differential.

2009 Guard and Reserve Housing Allowance Rates
Guard and Reserve members on active duty for less than 30 days receive a different type of housing allowance than active duty members. This type of housing allowance is known as Basic Allowance for Housing Reserve Component/Transit, and pays less, on average, than Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) Type I, which is based upon a member's rank, dependency status, and location of assignment.

2009 Military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) Rates
Here are the calendar year 2009 rates of tax-free housing allowance (Basic Allowance for Housing, or BAH) that are provided to military members (with and without dependents) who are authorized to reside off base at government expense.

Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA)
Active duty members who are stationed overseas (except for Alaska and Hawaii), and are authorized to live off base at government expense, do no receive a Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). Instead, they receive a different allowance, called Overseas Housing Allowance, or OHA.

2008 Guard and Reserve Housing Allowance
Guard and Reserve members on active duty for less than 30 continuous days receive a different type of housing allowance than active duty members. This type of housing allowance is known as Basic Allowance for Housing Reserve Component/Transit (BAH RC/T), formerly known as BAH Type II.

2008 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) Rates
Military members who are authorized to reside off-base at government expense receive a monthly housing allowance known as Basic Allowance for Housing, or BAH. Here are the Military BAH amounts for the year 2008.

2007 Guard/Reserve Housing Allowance
Guard and Reserve members on active duty for less than 30 continuous days receive a different type of housing allowance than active duty members. This type of housing allowance is known as Basic Allowance for Housing Reserve Component/Transit (BAH RC/T).

2007 Average BAH Rates
Military housing allowances are based on the member's rank, duty location, and whether or not they have dependents (family members). The charts here show the average of those allowances for 2007.

2007 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)
The Fiscal Year 2007 Military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates for military personnel. BAH is payable to military members who are authorized to reside off-base at government expense. The amount payable is based upon location, rank, and whether or not the member has any dependents (family members).

BAH Type II (FY 2006)
Guard and Reserve members on active duty for less than 30 days receive a different type of housing allowance than active duty members. This type of housing allowance is known as Basic Allowance for Housing, Type II.

2006 Housing Allowance Rates
he Fiscal Year 2006 Military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates for military personnel. BAH is payable to military members who are authorized to reside off-base at government expense. The amount payable is based upon location, rank, and whether or not the member has any dependents (family members).

Housing Allowance Rules Change 31 Dec (2005)
About 30,000 single servicemembers who live off base and pay child support are likely to see a slight change in their military pay - an increase for some and cut for others -- beginning in January (2006). The rules regarding the basic allowance for housing differential - an allotment for single members who pay child support -- will change Dec. 31.

Geographic Rate Protection
Defense officials are eliminating the "geographic rate protection" clause that ensures service members moving to a new area receive the same housing allowance as those already living there. Geographic rate protection is expiring in January (2006) because Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates have reached a level where service members no longer have to pay out-of-pocket expenses for housing.

Geographic Bachelors
The Army has now announced an end to the geographic bachelor program for stateside Army installations and Army installations in Alaska and Hawaii. In other words, soldiers with dependents, drawing a housing allowance can no longer live for free in Army barracks.

Single Army Staff Sergeants Can Move Off Base
Single Army staff sergeants (E-6) on stateside military installations will be allowed to live off post thanks to a new policy announced March 9 (2005). The policy authorizes non-dependent basic allowance for housing pay to single staff sergeants on installations in the continental United States, Hawaii and Alaska. It does not apply to overseas facilities.

BAH Type II (FY 2005)
Guard and Reserve members on active duty for less than 140 days receive a different type of housing allowance than active duty members. This type of housing allowance is known as Basic Allowance for Housing, Type II.

FY 2005 Military Basic Allowance For Housing
The Fiscal Year 2005 Military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates for military personnel. BAH is payable to military members who are authorized to reside off-base at government expense. The amount payable is based upon location, rank, and whether or not the member has any dependents (family members).

Basic Allowance for Housing Overview
Overview of the Military's Housing Allowance System, known as Basic Allowance for Housing.

Military Housing Allowance -- How Rates are Determined
Beginning in January 2005, Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates are designed to cover 100 percent of the average rental costs for the type of dwelling authorized for the specific paygrade (rank). Here's how the rates are determined.

FY 2003 Military Basic Allowance For Housing (Officers with Dependents)
The Fiscal Year 2003 Military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates for commissioned officers with dependents. BAH is payable to military members who are authorized to reside off-base at government expense. The amount payable is based upon location, rank, and whether or not the member has any dependents (family members).

BAH for Single Sailors
Message which describes the new policy of granting a housing allowance (BAH) to shipboard single sailors in the rank of E-4, with more than four years of service.

FY 2004 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)
In calendar year 2003, service members living "on the economy" have been paying an average of 7.5 percent of the housing costs out-of-pocket. That dropped to 3.5 in FY 2004. Housing allowance rates are based upon rank, location, and whether or not a member has dependents.

BAH for Junior Dual-Couple Sailors
The Navy announced good news for junior Sailors married to other junior Sailors: if you are both on sea duty, you can now each receive Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH).

Guard/Reserve Housing Allowance (FY 2004)
Guard and Reserve members on active duty for less than 140 days receive a different type of housing allowance than active duty members, called BAH Type II.

Housing Allowance for Members Paying Child Support
Special rules apply for active duty members who live in the barracks and pay child support. Military members who don't have custody, and are paying child support, ARE NOT authorized to reside in the barracks and receive full-rate BAH. Instead, such members are paid an entitlement called BAH-DIFF, or BAH Differential.

Housing Allowance (FY 2003)
When a servicemember is authorized to reside off-base at government expense, DOD pays a housing allowance, called "Basic Allowance for Housing" (BAH). In 2003, BAH has increased by an overall average of 8 percent over 2002 rates.

Guard/Reserve Housing Allowance (FY 2003)
Guard and Reserve members on active duty for less than 140 days receive a different type of housing allowance than active duty members.

Housing Allowance (Child Support) for FY 2003
Special rules apply for active duty members who live in the barracks and pay child support. Military members who don't have custody, and are paying child support, ARE NOT authorized to reside in the barracks and receive full-rate BAH. Instead, such members are paid an entitlement called BAH-DIFF, or BAH Differential.

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) Rules
The Basic Allowance for Housing rate depends on location, rank, and whether or not the military member has dependents. A question often asked is if the military member and the member's dependents live in separate locations, what location is used to determine the Basic Allowance for Housing rate?

BAH & Family Support
Overall DOD policy concerning the receipt of BAH with dependent rates, and responsibility to provide for family support. Requires Acrobat Reader.

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