2020 Military COLA Rates
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DOD Releases 2020 CONUS COLA Rates
The Defense Department released today the 2020
Continental United States (CONUS) Cost of Living
Allowance (COLA) rates, which take effect Jan. 1,
2020. In 2020, the total number of service members
receiving CONUS COLA will decline by 2,600.

Approximately $20.2 million will be paid to
approximately 12,300 service members stationed
CONUS in 2020 -- $1.9 million less than last year.
Approximately 3,800 members will now receive
CONUS COLA; 3,300 will see an increase in their
CONUS COLA payments; 4,100 members will
see a decrease; 6,400 members will no longer
receive CONUS COLA; and 1,100 will see no
change.

CONUS COLA is a taxable, supplemental
allowance designed to help offset higher prices in
the highest cost locations in CONUS that exceed
the costs in an average CONUS location. Rates can
increase, decrease or remain the same, depending
on the non-housing prices in a duty location as
compared to non-housing prices in an average
CONUS location.

This year, eight MHAs will now receive an index;
two will receive a CONUS COLA index increase;
four will receive a decrease; eight will no longer
receive CONUS COLA; and two MHAs will remain
unchanged.  

For non-MHA areas (non-metropolitan counties),
30 counties will now receive an index; one county
has no change; and three will lose CONUS COLA.

MHAs with the Highest CONUS COLA rates:

Oakland, Calif.               6%
San Francisco, Calif.      6%
Staten Island, N.Y          6%

MHA with the Largest Increase in CONUS COLA:

Saint Joseph, Mo.         0% to 2%

MHA with the Largest Decrease in CONUS COLA:

Detroit, Mich.                 3% to 0%
Willow Grove, Pa.        3% to 0%

The total amount of CONUS COLA a service
member receives varies based on geographic duty
location, rank, years of service and dependency
status. Payments per CONUS COLA point range
from $32 to $60 per month for members with
dependents, and $22 to $45 per month for
members without dependents. Service members
can calculate their CONUS COLA rate at
http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/conusCalc  

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