2014 BAH Rates Released

Whoohoo!  The 2014 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates have been released.  Find out what rates for your area will be, and check out places where you think you might live (or might want to live.)  Please don’t forget that your personal BAH allowance won’t go down even if rates for your area have fallen.  BAH rate protection ensures that servicemembers don’t lose money when rates go down.

BAH rates are up an average of 5% nationwide, with some areas gaining or losing more.  The largest increases are for the Hawaii area, where rates are jumping approximately 15%.  Biggest losers include Bremerton, Washington, and Beale AFB, California.   The Hampton Roads, Virginia, area, home to approximately 150,000 troops, will see an average decline of 3.1%

If you are wondering how BAH rates are calculated, read Understanding The BAH Formula.  It is complicated and a little crazy, but it is very precise and fair.

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14 Comments on "2014 BAH Rates Released"

  1. When will the BAS rates be released?

  2. What sucks is PCS’ing to Washington after buying a home based on the 2013 BAH rates only to have the BAH drop drastically. :-(

  3. Your link sent me to an error page. Here's the link I found. http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/bahCalc.cfm

  4. Bah stayed the same where I'm at for the past 4 years. Bah is $1194 even though rentals are $1200-$1400 for two bedrooms! Florida. Come on guys, this is pitiful. This is wrong. You get a $3000 raise each year while your military gets sh!t. Can't even afford rent anymore because it used to be $1150 and now it's going up to $1250.

  5. These housing handouts are absurdly high.

  6. Cola changes from month to month

  7. To Guest, most of the time when I hear individuals complain about military pay and benefits being too high, I have a good laugh at their incompetense. The biggest difference between a civilian career and military service is the opportunity to be deployed away from your loved ones at a given notice and go live in some of the most dismal conditions with the opportunity to get shoot and/or blown up … think about that … or maybe you have no idea what it is like to spend six months to a year in Iraq or Afghanistan or some other underdeveloped waring country … all while the average American sits at home wondering what coffee to drink in the morning …

  8. I am in fact getting out becuase overall I feel we are not compensated enough for what we go through. I will take a little pay cut when I get out but I won't miss holidays, birthdays, sports practices, etc. I don't have to deploy or have the threat of a deployment over my head constantly. I've done my research and talked with several job placement agencies so my expectations are realistic. The military can never be compensated enough for what they do. Pensions are taking a hit with the latest amendments; base pay raises are lower than the cost of living. The compensation is getting worse.

  9. Wonder why bah for e-1 – e-5 went up significantly in my area but e-6 takes a cut…

  10. Are they changing the rules for bah in 2014 here they are taking it away?

  11. All of our benefits are not free. IE: Dental. Although it could be worse, I pay $40 per month, and yes I am active duty (married E-5). The point is, "Guest" said all of our benefits are free. (LMAO) I do not have the freedom of going to the doctor of my choice. Matter of fact, the only time in my 14 year career have I ever seen a real doctor (no offense corpsman) was when I had emergency kidney surgery. Imagine this… You take a 40 foot fall on the job, think all is well until you start peeing blood. You have to go through a rigorous security screening just to get into medical. THEN get turned away because you did not hand carry your medical record, all the while wondering why you are peeing blood. Finally, someone in your command says, "yea, you can go to the hospital." This is when you find out something internal is severed. So while you are sipping your choco-mocha-whatever, think about the liberties you have before writing some uneducated B.S. such as that.

  12. How is bah calculated if I’m AD Navy stationed in Fl. and my soon to be spouse is national guard NYC.?

  13. why are some SSG getting 1400 stationed in FT Bragg and the new BAH is 1239? So if you made that 1400 your are grandfathered in to keep it?

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