Individual rate protection prevents a member from receiving a lower BAH rate than the previous year, as long as the BAH eligibility status of a service member remains unchanged. This ensures that members who have made long-term commitments in the form of a lease or contract are not penalized when area housing costs decrease. Service members are entitled to the BAH rates published 1 January or the amount of housing allowance they received on 31 December, whichever is larger. Rate protection continues unless the status of a service member changes due to:
- Permanent Change of Station (PCS)
- Reduction in paygrade
- Change in dependency status
BAH distinguishes between with-dependents and without-dependents, not the number of dependents. After a service member arrives at a new duty station, rate protection applies. The service member will receive any published increase, but no decrease, in BAH if their status remains the same.
Non-locality BAH is a basic housing allowance for Service members under the following circumstances:
- Reservists on active duty for less than 30 days.
- Service members in transit from select areas where no prior BAH rate exists.
- Service members who live in government housing and pay child support, also known as BAH-Diff or BAH Differential. Service members who pay child support and live on the local economy are eligible to receive the “with dependent” BAH rate for their locality.
Find older rates using the BAH Archive.
BAH-Differential, or BAH-DIFF, is the housing allowance amount for a member who is assigned to single-type quarters and who is authorized a BAH solely by reason of the member's payment of child support. A member is not authorized BAH-DIFF if the monthly rate of that child support is less than the BAH-DIFF amount. The BAH-DIFF amounts, originally calculated in 1997, are updated annually based on changes in the Basic Pay tables. For more information contact your servicing finance office or consult DoD FMR, Volume 7A [PDF, 116 pages], pars. 260301 and 260504.
The primary source for specific entitlement questions is the local finance office or command. If additional information is needed, contact your Service BAH Representative listed below. All electronic inquiries must include the written response provided by your chain of command.
If you have already contacted your local chain of command and/or your local transportation, personnel, or servicing finance office with a question about regulations or allowances and still need help, contact us for further assistance
Air Force personnel MUST contact the local finance office for specific entitlement questions who, in turn, will contact the MAJCOM, if necessary.
Army personnel must contact MACOM RM:
firstname.lastname@example.org | 202-475-5398
Contact your local finance office or command for specific entitlement questions before addressing to the USMC BAH representative.
email@example.com | 703-784-9386
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
firstname.lastname@example.org | 301-713-1045
Individuals should contact local PSD or command regarding specific entitlement questions before contacting the Navy BAH representative.
OPNAV N130C email@example.com | 703-604-5477
Public Health Service
firstname.lastname@example.org | 240-276-8799