The proposed 2014 BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing) rate is 4.2% as recommended by the DoD and what President Obama sent to Congress for approval. There is still a long way to go before final approval which will most likely occur in December of this year and the rate increase can change. For comparison, last year’s proposed BAH rate was also 4.2% and the final approved BAH rate was 3.8%.
“For calendar year 2014, consistent with the views of the uniformed military leadership, the Budget provides a 1.0 percent increase to basic pay, a 4.2 percent increase in the Basic Allowance for Housing, and a 3.4 percent increase in Basic Allowance for Subsistence.” – 2014 Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Proposal
Keep in mind the BAH rate increase is an average increase across all locations. BAH rates vary by location and not everyone will see the same increase, if any at all. Actual increases will be based on a “by location” housing market analysis conducted for the Department of Defense and a food cost index prepared by the Department of Agriculture, both of which are measured much closer to the effective date to ensure they best capture the actual cost impact on the service member.
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The BAH rate increases are for all branch’s of the military; Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy and Reserves forces where applicable.
See our guide to 2014 BAH increase approval: