2014 BAH Rates have been announced. Effective January 1, 2014 active duty service members will see an average BAH rate increase of 5.0% or $75 to $80 for Basic Allowance Housing. This is the largest increase in 5 years, .08 higher than anticipated and higher than the 3.8% increase last year. For now this is great news despite the looming concerns that the Pentagon has BAH rates within their cross-hairs.
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.
Reminder: Service members have individual rate protection against any decrease and only newly reporting members to the these locations would receive the lower BAH rate.
|2012-2014 BAH (Basic Allowance Housing) Comparison|
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2014 BAH Charts
The BAH rate increases are for all branches of the military; Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy and Reserves forces where applicable.
See our guide to 2014 BAH increase approval: