What is BAH?
BAH is compensation for housing costs to a military member based on
geographic duty location, pay grade, and dependency status. The
intent of BAH is to provide uniformed service members accurate and equitable
housing compensation based on housing costs in local civilian housing
markets, and is payable when government quarters are not provided.
Misuse of BAH occurs when a military member improperly
receives housing compensation when he/she is not entitled to it based on
current status, i.e., married, single, location, etc.
Sailors married to other junior Sailors and are
can now each receive basic allowance for housing (BAH). Before this
change was instituted, dual military couples were only entitled to one joint
housing allowance. To receive the benefit, eligible Sailors must meet all of
the following criteria:
are E-5 and below
assigned to sea duty
no other dependents
the same household
declined government quarters
entitlement authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act is
effective Oct. 1, 2003. The Navy has programmed for the estimated $9.3
million fiscal year 2004 cost. This policy change will benefit approximately
1,200 Navy couples. For more information, see
explanation of BAH on Military.com.
How do I
determine how much I should be receiving in BAH?
based on zip code.
rules/regulations/statutes apply to BAH?
DoD Financial Management Regulation, Volume
7A, Chapter 26,
Basic Allowance for Housing
Who do I
contact regarding allegations of BAH fraud?
Report the allegation to the Commanding
Officer or to the local IG.