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Old 15 December 2017, 16:02
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DoD Releases 2018 Basic Allowance for Housing Rates

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. NR-425-17
Dec. 15, 2017

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DoD Releases 2018 Basic Allowance for Housing Rates

The Department of Defense released today the 2018 Basic Allowance for Housing rates. Basic Allowance for Housing rates will increase an average of 0.7 percent when the new rates take effect on January 1, 2018. An estimated $21 billion will be paid to approximately one million Service members.
Continuing to balance the growth in compensation costs, the 2018 Basic Allowance for Housing program expands the member cost-sharing element (out-of-pocket expense). Based on the authority provided in the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, the cost-sharing element has increased to four percent for 2018 which means a typical member will absorb four percent of the national average housing cost by pay grade. Even with the increase in cost sharing, on average, BAH rates will increase approximately $10 per month. A typical mid-grade enlisted member with dependents, for example, will find his/her BAH about $19 per month higher than last year, while a typical junior officer without dependents will find his/her BAH about $16 higher than last year.
Housing cost data are collected annually for over 300 Military Housing Areas in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. An important part of the Basic Allowance for Housing process is the cooperation the Services and local military housing offices in the data collection effort. Input from local commands is used to determine in what neighborhoods data is collected and to direct the data collection effort towards adequate apartment complexes and individual housing units.
Median current market rent and average utilities (including electricity, heat, and water/sewer) comprise the total housing cost for each military housing area and are included in the Basic Allowance for Housing computation. Total housing costs are developed for six housing profiles (based on dwelling type and number of bedrooms) in each military housing area. Basic Allowance for Housing rates then calculated for each pay grade, both with and without dependents.
An integral part of the Basic Allowance for Housing program is the provision of individual rate protection to all members. No matter what happens to measured housing costs – including the out-of-pocket cost-sharing adjustment, an individual member who maintains uninterrupted Basic Allowance for Housing eligibility in a given location will not see his/her Basic Allowance for Housing rate decrease. This ensures that members who have made long-term commitments in the form of a lease or contract are not penalized if the area's housing costs decrease.
The Department is committed to the preservation of a compensation and structure that provides members with a suitable and secure standard of living to sustain a trained, experienced, and ready force now and in the future.
For more information on Basic Allowance for Housing, including the 2018 Basic Allowance for Housing rates and 2018 Basic Allowance for , visit www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/bah.cfm. Service members can calculate their BAH payment by using the Basic Allowance for Housing calculator at www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/bahCalc.cfm.
Click here to view the 2018 Basic Allowance for Housing Rates.

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Old 15 December 2017, 16:19
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Ooh, $19/month extra. Don't spend it all in one place boys. :)
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Old 16 December 2017, 12:10
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I don't know what years you served during, but I can promise you my BHA rate today is way better (adjusted for inflation) than it was when I first enlisted 25yrs ago. In all fairness, the 2018 BHA rate for my area is actually $115 less than what I am getting (thank you for the grandfather clause that locked me in to the older rate) but it would still cover my entire mortgage. Am I getting rich in the military? No, but I am doing very well for a guy who joined the military straight out of high school.

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Old 16 December 2017, 15:06
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I remember a SSG telling us younger soldiers about how pay has changed over the years. He said under Bush pay went up significantly, and I assume it's going up under President Trump after being stagnant and having retirement gutted under the last administration. He started out during the Regan years and retired in mid 2000's.
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Old 16 December 2017, 16:15
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The GWOT got a huge amount of money flushed to DoD. I enlisted at the tail end of Clinton's term. We didn't even have money to give us blanks and we had to run around SOI yelling "bang bang bang". I do remember once Bush was elected, it was like ammo Santa rolling into town and we got more fam fires than we knew what to do with. We were actually SICK of shooting. We would even bury boxes of 9mm because we were tired of shooting so much, and the CO didn't want to do the paperwork to put them back in the magazine.

I was AD when 9/11 went down. When the GWOT kicked off it was like we got Jumanji'd into a Tom Clancy novel. Everyone got Night Vision (when it used to be only squad leaders) units. Each platoon got a PAS13.....which was like friggin magic. To put it into perspective, a certain unit I was in used to not even afford to have spotlight lamps in the towers..........and now they each have $50k+ FLIR systems.

Pay and bennies have increased significantly, as I remember.
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