2011 BAH Rates Released

The Department of Defense has released the 2011 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates.  I know people have been waiting anxiously, so I’ll just hit publish and comment later:

BAH Query Page

(I will warn you, I have a terrible time viewing this page from my home computers.  My anti-virus software HATES this page.  Please let me know if the link does or not work for you so that I can make adjustments.)  The complete PDF file will be available at Military.com shortly.

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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • Roger Brokaw

    And the discrimination continues to go on!!!!

    It appears that the military and our government will never provide equal pay for equal work. I compared the difference with and without dependent pay and came up with these results based on Gulfport Mississippi:

    The least pay disparity is for an O-3 of $144.00, and the most disparity is $522.00 for an O-7. On average accross all grades there is a disparaity of $266.63.

    This coupled with the fact that members without dependents CANNOT get on base housing only Dormatories in most cases the dormatories must be at a certian occupancy rate before members are allowed to even draw BHA.

    I fought this inequity for years when I was a military member, but it fell on deaf ears. It appears the ears are still deaf.

    A fair and equitable fix would be to decrease the with dependent BHA and increase the without dependent BHA rate to ONE RATE somewhere in between the two rates.

    However, I don’t expect that to happen in my life time…. however, I might be wrong, I never thought we would recognize gay members. Next there will be gay couples living in Base Housing and drawing with dependent BHA.

    You gotta love the hipocracy of it all!!!!!

    • Jeffrey Pound

      I agree with you up to a point. Yes, there should be one rate for all. There is a reason that it’s not, whether you and I agree with it or not. That being that it is a hardship for a spouse to follow an active duty member around relocating home and career everytime their spouse is required to transfer. My personal opinion of that hardship though is that you know what you’re getting into when you marry someone in the military. I do not however follow you’re logic regarding the gay couple disparage. When gay couples live together, take on the same financial undertakings of a family unit, why shouldn’t they be offered the opportunity and benefits accorded to straight couples? To go through this entire charade of absolving DADT and still hold gays and lesbians as second class citizens would do nothing but add insult to injury.

  • Bparlier

    I’m very new to the bah thing… Right now I’m living at home and not using the bah but to pay bills while my husband is in tech school… Is there a website that explains what bah pays for with on base housing? I’ve got a lot of questions.

    • LTW

      If you go to your local base housing office, they should have answers to all of your questions. When you live on base BAH covers your housing and depending on the base, sometimes your electric. They will either include it when taking your BAH or they will have you pay electric according to the average amount of the base housing in that area. Water, waste, etc should also be included. I hope this has helped you some.



  • KateKashman

    LMG, I’m a little confused but I’ll answer the best I can. If your husband is not residing in the barracks, he is eligible for BAH at the rate for his duty station (Fort Benning.) There are only few reasons why he would get BAH at another location, such as being on an unaccompanied tour overseas or on an individual augmentee (IA) assignment.

    He can not receive BAH if he is living in the barracks (again, except in rare circumstances.). If he was living in the barracks, and is now moving out, he should start receiving BAH once he moves out of the barracks.

    I hope that helps.