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 Post subject: Military Housing Allowance?
PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 4:27 am 
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I"m curious about the housing allowance for the military. If you are an E1 and married, do you still get the option to move off base and receive BAH? Do you have to reach a certain arrange first?


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 Post subject: Military Housing Allowance?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:19 am 
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sorry Im not sure what E1 i, Im just going into air force ROTC lol. but i know that if you are an officer that you get allowance to live off base. thats all i know, sorry.


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 Post subject: Military Housing Allowance?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:11 am 
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Most of the other answers all have elements of the truth, but they skip around. To answer your questions in general, and provide you some back ground -

The Joint Federal Travel Regulation, Vol. 1 (JFTR, v.1) and several DoD Standing Committees set pay and allowances for the Government, to include DoD. If you ever need to know a specific pay or allowance policy, you can download the JFTR as a PDF file from DFAS. It gets updated quarterly, although there is very little that changes for Servicemembers, By being conversant with the JFTR, I have saved myself a fair amount over the years, and proved I was owed a fair amount.

On top of the JFTR, the individual Services and installations make various items more restrictive. For your issue, this usually manifests itself as installation on/off-base housing policy.

In effect: if you are a Servicemember, the military is required to provide you housing. This means that they will provide you on-base quarters, or a Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for off-base quarters. The BAH changes based on rank and dependent status. BAH is currently designed to cover approximately 90% of the average off-base housing and utility costs for a Servicemember based on rank (which really means lifestyle and age - they just cant say that) and dependent status. If you choose housing that is less than your BAH, then you get to keep the difference. Overseas is a different matter.

Most of the Services amend the JFTR by restricting all single Servicemembers below a certain paygrade (usually E5 and below) to live in the barracks / dorms. Local Commanders are often delegated to modify this based on local conditions, i.e.: some locations simply do not have enough barracks space.

Installations can modify the JFTR policy in several ways for married personnel: they can require all personnel with dependents to live on base as long as their is space, and after that, it becomes a waiting-list game. Some installations are participating in a program where ALL personnel in married quarters are paid BAH as if they lived off base, but that money is immediately turned over to private contractors who run the base housing. There are pros and cons to this new system. Some installations will require personnel to try for off-base housing first. Some will limit on-base housing to certain categories of personnel, i.e.: essential personnel (usually Commanders and senior NCOs), and very junior personnel (to help them financially). Some installation recognize that off-base housing sucks, or is dangerous, or is substandard, etc, and limit the types of off-base housing that Servicemembers (married or single) can occupy.

To answer you specific question, I strongly recommend that you contact the housing office of where ever you are going to, and find out what the housing policy is for new Servicemembers with dependents. You may or may not have the option; there may or not be on-base housing available;. In some high-cost of living areas like DC, you really want to live on-base, as your E1-BAH is really not enough to get decent quarters. In other, more rural areas, there are many sets of apartments, condos, houses that are designed for specific paygrades to afford.


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 Post subject: Military Housing Allowance?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:08 pm 
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nope, rank only helps determined how much BAH youre paid, not whether you get it or not. If youre married youre entitled to BAH and BA no matter what. You also keep the option of on post or off post.

It should be noted though that your BAH will go up with rank, but watch your military pay like a hawk, if you dont youll find yourself not getting entitlement you should be, or getting entitlements you shouldnt be and later down the road youll find yourself paying the military back for those mistakes they made.


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 Post subject: Military Housing Allowance?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 6:27 pm 
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it depend on where you are stationed. if you are oversea, youll WANT to be on base because off-base housing cost will FAR EXCEED your housing allowance. in some location - like Okinawa - you are required to live on base because the off base costs are too high.

depending where you are state-side, keep your options open. landlord often check online a well, so they know exatly what the current BAH is, so guess how much your rent is? then you have utilitie on top of that.



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