2015 Basic Allowance For Housing Rates

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BAH rates are part of the Defense Budget which typically gets signed into law at the end of December and was signed into law on December 19th, 2014. 

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) provides uniformed service members with permanent duty within the United States housing compensation based on housing costs in local civilian housing markets. BAH is based on geographic duty location, pay grade, and dependency status.

It is payable when government quarters are not provided.

The 2015 BAH rate will increase on average $17 per month or 0.5 percent.  There is a .5% increase despite removal of these two factors from the BAH rate computation for 2015.

The Pentagon will maintain individual rate protection for service members so no one will see a reduction in BAH.  Service members have individual rate protection against any decrease and only newly reporting members to a location would receive the lower BAH rate or upon a PCS move to a new stateside location.member.

The defense bill originally included a 5% reduction that had service members paying 5% out-of-pocket costs and the loss of renters insurance (1%) factored into BAH.

Veterans are exempt from the BAH reduction and thus Post-9/11 GI Bill recipients will not see monthly stipends reduced.

The BAH rate increases are for all branches of the military, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, and Reserves forces where applicable.


2015 BAH Rates


Enlisted (with Dependents)

Enlisted (without Dependents)

Warrant Officers (with Dependents)

Warrant Officers (without Dependents)

Officers (with Dependents)

Officers (without Dependents)

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