Military pay includes a number of components including allowances. These allowances can be a major portion of a service members pay based on location, status and pay-grade. Often the living conditions are not optimal and the allowances are designed to compensate service members for living costs and are tax-free. We have included a number of articles that explain these allowances and how to make sure you satisfy the requirements.>
2019 Basic Allowance for Housing Rates
Each year the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is updated to meet current housing costs in military housing areas (MHAs).
Basic Allowance for Subsistence
BAS is a continuation of the military tradition of providing room and board (or rations) as part of a servicemember's pay.
2019 Cost-of-Living Allowance (COLA)
The 2019 Military COLA Rates are now available! Rates have changed for nearly every military housing area.
Overseas Housing Allowances
OHA and MIHA are available for military members and their families who are serving on PCS orders overseas
2019 Clothing Allowances
To help pay for a uniform and other clothing costs, service members may be given a clothing allowance.