2010 BAS Rates

I have been checking the internet every for weeks, looking for the 2010 Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) rates.  I go away for two days and, of course, they're up.  The interesting part is that they didn't change from 2009.  It is claimed that it is due to the falling cost of food.  I haven't done any type of systematic survey of food prices across the country so I have no idea if that is true, but I do basically trust the formula that the DoD uses.  The 2010 rates are:

Enlisted: $323.87 a month

Officers: $223.04 a month

For a complete rundown of Military Pays and Allowances, see the Military.com Pay and Allowance main page.

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  • BG

    “basically trust the formula that the DoD uses” are you serious!? I don’t know if you do a lot of grocery shopping, but food prices are not falling…

  • BG, you make an interesting point. I have actually been thinking about this a lot during the time that The Paycheck Chronicles was being revamped. Yes, many grocery prices at the commissary have gone up. I don’t really know how much they have gone up at the civilian grocery stores because they always seem so expensive to me. It certainly FEELS like grocery prices are higher than they were last year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics research, however, indicates that food costs were down .5% for 2009. The DOD formula uses the BLS statistics when they calculate BAS. I think that grocery stores might be seriously cutting into their already slim profit margin, a choice that the commissaries can not make.

  • DM

    The thing about BAS, is that is is not there to suppor the families grocery bill. BAS is accually there to pay the services members cost is they eat in the dining facility. I know this does not sound right that that is they way it was designed.

  • Brenda

    “The thing about BAS, is that is is not there to suppor the families grocery bill. BAS is accually there to pay the services members cost is they eat in the dining facility.”

    Can someone PLEASE tell this to the divorce/child support courts in Tennessee!

  • Brenda, I don’t know much about divorce laws, but it is clearly stated in several official documents. Here’s one: http://www.dfas.mil/navy2/militarypay/allowances…. I hope that helps.