How to Find Your Basic Allowance for Housing

The Basic Allowance for Housing is the equitable housing compensation active duty military members receive when on-base housing is not available at their U.S. duty station. The purpose of the allowance is to assist military members to afford housing at their duty station without undue financial stress.

The amount of BAH is not calculated to equal the value a member would receive if allowed to live in government quarters. The allowance is instead based on choices for rent and utilities average civilians with an average family size would make in the same location of the new assignment. If the military member chooses a higher standard of living, they will need to make up the difference from their own pockets.

If assigned to a non-CONUS duty station, military members are instead eligible for Overseas Housing Allowance. The online OHA calculator will allow families to determine what allowance is given if government quarters are not available.

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