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2008 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)

ALABAMA

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Updated December 15, 2007

Below are the rates of tax-free housing allowance (Basic Allowance for Housing, or BAH) that are provided to officers (without dependents) who are authorized to reside off base at government expense in the state of ALABAMA , for calendar year 2008.

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, and has remained at zero ever since. 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.

For localities in the state of ALABAMA not shown on the chart below, see the DOD BAH Database.

2008 ALABAMA BAH Rates:

2008 BAH

Locality OE-1 OE-2 OE-3 O-1 O-2 O-3 O-4 O-5 O-6 O-7
ANNISTON/FORT MCCLELLAN, AL 772 859 972 667 759 900 1015 1083 1092 1105
FORT RUCKER, AL 1017 1097 1260 627 1005 1120 1347 1399 1479 1509
HUNTSVILLE, AL 942 977 1023 835 924 994 1111 1165 1246 1271
MOBILE, AL 1032 1067 1112 807 993 1083 1175 1334 1345 1361
MONTGOMERY, AL 968 1128 1196 817 943 1180 1272 1376 1535 1566
AUBURN, AL 975 1066 1183 749 943 1108 1264 1342 1387 1415
BIRMINGHAM, AL 1075 1155 1257 873 1040 1192 1365 1584 1597 1616
TUSCALOOSA, AL 978 1069 1186 887 962 1111 1208 1222 1242 1267

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