DOD Released 2020 Rates for Basic Allowance for Housing, Subsistence
DOD Released 2020 Rates for Basic
Allowance for Housing, Subsistence,
and Basic Pay
The Department of Defense has released the 2020
Rates for Basic Allowance for Housing, Basic
Allowance for Subsistence, and Basic Pay. These
rates will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020. Basic Allowance
for Housing rates will increase an average of 2.8%,
Basic Allowance for Subsistence rates will increase
0.9%, and Basic Pay will increase 3.1% over the
entire force.

For Basic Allowance for Subsistence, enlisted
members will now receive $372.71 per month (an
increase of $3.32) and officers will receive $256.68
per month (an increase of $2.29).  Specific Basic Pay
rates are expected to be released via Executive Order

Balancing the growth in compensation costs, the
2020 Basic Allowance for Housing program continues
the member cost-sharing element (out-of-pocket
expense). An estimated $22 billion will be paid to
approximately one million service members. Based
on the authority provided in the fiscal 2016 National
Defense Authorization Act, the cost-sharing element
was increased to five percent for 2019. For 2020, a
typical member will continue to absorb five percent
of the national average housing cost by pay grade.

The out-of-pocket amounts incorporated in the 2020
Basic Allowance for Housing rates vary by grade and
dependency status, and range from $68 to $148
monthly. This rate computation change balances the
growth of certain military pay and benefits in a fair,
responsible and sustainable way.  Even with these
nominal changes, the overall military pay and benefits
package remains robust and healthy.

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