Officials have proposed a 2.7% increase for the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates beginning January 1, 2022.
The proposed increase in BAH is an average, and actual rate increases will still be determined based on your individual location.
The rate could still change depending on what happens between Congress and the White House during negotiations for next year’s Defense Budget.
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Pay increases reflecting the new BAH rates will take effect on January 1, 2022. You will see the increase in your paychecks beginning January 15, 2022.
To see your current BAH rate, you can visit the Department of Defense’s calculator here.
Not all locations will see BAH increases, as the housing allowance is based on the duty station zip code. For veterans using Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits, the BAH is based in the zip code of the school and corresponds with the cost of living for that zip code. Cities with higher costs of living such as Honolulu, Chicago, and Los Angeles have very high BAH rates to offset those costs. Small or rural cities such as Tacoma or Colorado Springs have a lower cost of living and are assigned a lower allowance. New BAH rates will affect all military members, including veterans using the GI Bill®. Note that “rate protection” ensures members currently living in locations set to receive a decrease will continue to receive the old BAH rate. New, lower BAH rates will be applied to troops moving into a new area and to those who change dependency status or rank.BAH rates from MilitaryBenefits.info
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The BAH is not intended to fully cover a service member’s housing costs anymore. On average, you will pay around 5% of the cost of your rent and utilities. The amount you’ll pay out-of-pocket varies based on whether you have any dependents. Your pay grade and location also affects your BAH rate.
The proposed 2.7 percent increase in 2022 is slightly lower than the 2.9 percent increase seen in 2021.
Update: March 15th, 2022
According to the Department of Defense, the 2022 Basic Allowance for Housing will end up being “an average of 5.1 percent” increase as the new rates took effect on January 1, 2022. The total package, paid to ~1,000,000 service members, is worth an estimated $25.6 billion.
frankie poole says
wow a 2,7% is just chump change the military people need at least a 7 to 9,55% pay raise
Bryan Stacy says
I feel its about time that we veterans gets recognition. In all we do as far as feeding our fellow men’s and woman in all branches of service. God Bless America.. ..
Pablo Marquez says
“Proposed a 2.7% increase for the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates beginning January 1, 2022.” A God send! From a Minority Military Family, we have suffered servicing this country and while we went abroad to protect this Nation – the Congressmen and Women have become millionaires! Blood, sweat and tears have paid for these new increased benefits. Now lets do something with Race Relations in this country that spit on our Veterans Day Celebration and stop killing our Veterans and Retirees in America.