Update 28 December 2013: The President has signed the National Defense Authorization Act and it is now law. The NDAA includes provisions for a 1.0% increase in military pay. Read more here: 2014 Military Pay Charts.
Military pay rates are set by Congress and the President in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The 2014 NDAA has been approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stated in mid-November that it will be brought to the full Senate before Thanksgiving. At that time, there was no reason to expect that it will not pass quickly.
Congress sure is good at surprising people, aren’t they? It is now 7 December, and Congress has been on a recess since Thanksgiving. They return to session on Monday, 9 December 2013. The Senate was unable to pass the NDAA before it went on its Thanksgiving break because of arguments over amendments. These disagreements still exist, though, and there are only two working weeks left in the Congressional calendar for 2013. Whether the NDAA will be passed during those two weeks is unclear. Speaker of the House John Boehner is urging the Senate to “get serious” about passing this legislation quickly.
The NDAA contains provisions for a 1% increase in military base pay, but some supporters are still hoping that it will be raised to 1.8%. What does this amount look like in real money? Check out the 2014 proposed pay charts or use Military.com’s pay calculator.
Basic Allowance for Housing
Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates are calculated using the results of each year’s annual housing survey. These results are usually published in mid-December. Rates can go up or go down, depending on the local rental market near each military installation.
Basic Allowance for Subsistence
Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) rates are calculated using the Department of Agriculture’s annual survey of food prices. This information is usually published in mid-December. The 2014 federal budget has estimated that the increase will be approximately 3.4%.
Both BAH and BAS will be announced mid-December, and I’ll have them available immediately.
Please let me know if you have any questions!