Long at last, the 2014 Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) rates have been released. The 2014 rates are 1.5% higher than the 2013 rates, which means that the actual rates are:
Enlisted: $357.55 per month, a $5.28 increase over the 2013 rate of $352.27 a month.Officers: $246.24, a $3.64 increase over the 2013 rate of $242.60 a month.
These higher rates are effective 1 January 2014 and will be reflected in the 15 January 2014 paycheck. This BAS increase is smaller than most people expected and significantly lower than the 3.4% increase proposed by President Obama in the 2014 Fiscal Year Budget Proposal.
BAS is an allowance paid to every military service member to defray the cost of their meals. It is not designed to pay for the meals of families. Because BAS is paid, military members may be charged for their meals provided by the Department of Defense.
If you are reading this because you searched for the 2014 BAS rates, could you please leave a comment and tell me why you are searching. BAS rates is one of the most frequently searched terms here at The Paycheck Chronicles, and it remains popular all year long. While I understand wanting to look it up to learn it the first time, I do wonder about how many people are searching for it across the year. If you can share the reason why you are searching, it will help me to better meet your needs. Thanks!
And a great big thank you to Dan, who provided me with the link to find the rates. If you click on the link it immediately opens in a PDF on your computer. Don’t be waiting for it to open in your webpage like I did.