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Basic Allowance for Housing for service members will rise in 2022

Services in the U.S. are entitled to Basic Allowance for Housing, and in 2022 one million service members will see an increase.

The definition of Basic Allowance for Housing is “equitable housing compensation based on housing costs in local civilian housing markets within the United States when government quarters are not provided.”

There is also Overseas Housing Allowance for service members that aren’t located in the U.S.

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In 2021 the Dept. of Defense began to share the averages for rent and utilities in every Military Housing Area.

The information is shared to help members of the military make informed housing decisions when relocating.

56 housing markets saw BAH rates rise in Military Housing Areas.

Military Housing Areas explained

Housing is something service members are provided with, whether on or off base.

Housing depends on family, rank, location, and where you’re at in your career. New members typically live on base.

In Basic Training men and women are kept separate in the barracks. Barracks have shared bunks and bathroom areas with little room for personal belongings.

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As a person rises in rank, so does their opportunity for better housing.

Single service members may end up with a single or shared room in a complex, while senior or married members can live in apartments or homes.

The Military Housing Areas are created using a set of zip codes in a grouped area.

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What will Basic Allowance for Housing look like in 2022?

On Dec. 15, the Department of Defense said average rates for BAH will rise 5.1% starting Jan. 1, 2022.

$25.6 billion will be paid to one million members of the military.

The rates were temporarily increased on Oct. 1 and meant to last through Dec. 31.

Rates are rising from $74 to $168 per month.

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