The 2012 Basic Allowance for Subsistence rates were released yesterday. The new rates are:
Enlisted personnel: $348.44, up from $325.04
Officer personnel: $239.96, up from $223.84
These new rates reflect a 7.2% increase, which correlates with the increase in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “cost of food at home” index.
Why do officers and enlisted folks get different rates? I have researched and researched, and I have never been able to figure out the historical reason behind the difference. If anyone of you know, I would love to hear!
Want to know more? You might find answers in Understand How Basic Allowance for Subsistence Works.