The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is based on geographic duty location, pay grade, and dependency status. The intent of BAH is to provide uniformed servicemembers accurate and equitable housing compensation based on housing costs in local civilian housing markets, and is payable when government quarters are not provided.
Each year the BAH tables are released between December 15 and January 1.
NEW – 2013 BAH Rates:
The overall average military Basic Allowance for Housing rates across the country increased over the last year. The 3.8 percent increase cannot be tied to any single factor. As noted above, BAH rates are based on the combination of local costs for rent, utilities and renter’s insurance for various housing types. Any fluctuation of one or more of those factors in a given location will affect BAH rates for that location..
Any active duty servicemembers who see a drop in BAH for their locality will have their BAH protected, thanks to “individual rate protection,” which was adopted by Congress over a decade ago. On the other hand, those who live in an area that sees a BAH increase will enjoy a bump in the paycheck.