2012 BAH Rates Released

Wondering how they come up with these rates?  Read The BAH Formula.

Finally, the 2012 Basic Allowance for Housing rates have been released!  You can find them by using the BAH query, and I’ll link to the complete chart here at Military.com just as soon as we get them posted.

I haven’t yet gotten a complete breakdown of how many areas went up and how many areas went down, but I wanted to post this as quickly as possible.  Don’t forget, even if your area has a decrease in BAH rates, rate protection ensures that you are unlikely to lose any money.  I only checked a few locations, and I was surprised to see that they had actually all gone up despite the housing and economic situations.

I’ll have a full story once more information is released.  The industrious Tom Philpott has beat me to it.  You can read his complete analysis at BAH to Increase for Most in 2012.

Wonder how they come up with these rates?  Read The BAH Formula.

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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.
  • someone

    Newport News, Virginia is decreasing.

  • Tara

    Ours in San Antonio went up $105! :)

  • Joe

    McGuire/Ft Dix/Lakehurst all went down by over $100 maybe more

  • Beth

    Millington, TN went down!

    • Brad

      There is a BAH rate for Millington, TN… Who knew?? What base is nearest ther?? Arnold?

  • guest

    Barksdale afb went up. 27 dollars

  • guest

    Beale AFB went down by 150

  • SrA

    langley afb went down about $100

  • scott

    I dont understand why the rates are soo low! Im coming out of my pocket about 300 dollars a month for a decent home. I only get about 1100 a month to.

    • WTH

      What happened to free speech?

    • hotbutteredsoul

      That your own fault for living beyond your mean. I’ve lived in some of the most expensive locations and never had to come out of pocket.

  • Paula

    NYC went up $81. Not too bad for a living allowance of $2,835 for a month while you go to school full time! I am so glad I served my country! :)

  • Ryan Philbrook

    Everyone here is assuming that being an officer is the best way to go, no disrepect to Commissioned Officers, but I have been an NCO for 13 years and I love my job and have no regrets, It takes a certain kind of person to make a great NCO, and we need great NCO’s as well as great officers. Props to everyone serving in the military Officer or Enlisted

  • SailorGirl

    Looks like San Diego went down? Or is this the without dependents rate?

  • chuckle

    when do these rates take affect? I just looked and the rate is still last years on my les.

  • JanethN

    Im in Colorado Springs. Not sure if the rates went up or down but my husband gets $1,100 and its really not enough. We pay $1000 for a ONE bedroom and that is without utilities. I lost my job because I had to relocate, but I finally have second interview pending. :) only reason we make it is because both of our cars are paid for completely. Anyways, point is that it would be nice to get at least $200 more.