Northern Marianas Islands | Living Pattern Survey

This survey runs from July 27 - August 12, 2022 and is limited to Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands.

This survey is used to capture the shopping patterns of Uniformed Service members stationed OCONUS. Data collected assists in the determination of Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) paid to members in your country of assignment. This survey is in accordance with 10 USC 136 and 37 USC 405.

Participation in this survey is voluntary, but strongly encouraged so that data will be representative of your location of assignment. This data is instrumental in updating OCONUS COLA indices. Your responses will be treated as confidential and only participation statistics will be reported to your Country Allowance Coordinator to monitor data collection progress.

To prepare for the survey, determine where you purchase groceries, clothing, household furnishings, entertainment, communications and transportation. The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

To ensure that this survey results in valid data, please answer questions for all applicable categories. Incomplete surveys cannot be used as this might result in inaccurate analysis of shopping behavior.

Points of Contact

Location Contact

MST1 Jonathon R. Kramer, MSD Saipan,

Allowances Division Technical Contact
Timothy G. Haddix,
MGySgt, USMC (Ret), Program Analyst
Directorate of Military Compensation Policy