The Department of
Defense has released the 2008 basic allowance for housing (BAH) rates.
In total, the planned increase in housing allowance funds for 2008 is
about $600 million above the 2007 amount.
Military members received an average housing allowance increase
of 7.3 percent when the new rates took effect Jan. 1.
Three components are included in the BAH computation:
Median current market rent.
Average utilities (including electricity,
heat, and water/sewer).
Total housing costs are calculated for six
housing profiles (based on dwelling type and number of bedrooms)
in each military housing area. BAH rates are then calculated for
each pay grade, both with and without dependents.
An estimated $17.5 billion will be paid to more than 1,200,000
servicemembers in 2008. For members with dependents, average increases
in the BAH are approximately $83 per month. A typical E-4
(specialist/corporal) with dependents, for example, will find his/her
BAH about $63 per month higher than last year, while an E-8 (master
sergeant, first sergeant) with dependents will receive about $79 more
than last year.
An integral part of the BAH program is the provision of
individual rate protection to all members.
No matter what happens to measured housing costs, an individual
member in a given location will never see his/her BAH rate decrease.
This assures that members who have made long-term commitments in the
form of a lease or contract are not penalized if the area's housing
information, visit the Web site http://perdiem.hqda.pentagon.mil/perdiem/bah.html.
Personnel can determine their BAH rates by selecting/entering
their dependent status, their rank (pay grade) and their duty zip
Comparison data from the years 1998-2007 also are available at
BAH questions may be forwarded to Sherry Oslie, Family Housing
Manager, (608) 388-3906 or
email@example.com. The Fort McCoy BAH increased for all
(Submitted by Department of Defense News)