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Army News Service, 5 October 2017 - In an effort to control wasteful
payroll expenditures, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army
(ASA) for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (M&RA) issued a
memorandum, titled: Recertification of and Supporting Documentation
Required for the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) Entitlement for
Regular Army and Reserve Component Soldiers.

This memorandum requires all Soldiers, regardless of component or
status, to provide missing documentation proving they are eligible for
Basic Allowance for Housing at with-dependent rates.

As a follow-up to the ASA M&RA's memorandum, the release of an
All-Army Activities memo, scheduled for later this calendar year, gives
Soldiers 60 days to upload proof of the extra entitlements into their
iPERMS file, or risk losing the extra cash. Qualifying documents include
marriage and birth certificates, divorce decrees, and child support
agreements.

Those who qualify for secondary dependency, such as a Soldier caring
for his or her mother or father, should upload their approval letter from
either DFAS or their Company level commander.

Dean Hiza, U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Army Soldier
Records Branch chief, says time is of the essence when providing
qualifying documents to their home station HR professionals.

"Right now we are trying to process all of those documents in five days
or less," he said. "But, if there were to be a sudden uptick in the number
of Soldiers submitting documents it could take longer. The point is
Soldiers shouldn't wait until the last minute."

"It's important for HR professionals to remember to put the Soldier's
Social Security number on all supporting documents and type 'AUDIT' in
the container field when uploading to iPERMS," he said. "This lets us
know that these are BAH supporting documents and we will try to
process those more quickly."

In addition, Soldiers will now have to recertify their BAH annually by
completing a new DA Form 5960. The recertification process should
take place during the Soldier's annual records review. Company level
commanders can certify the DA Form 5960.

Soldiers who have a life changing event such as a marriage, divorce, or
birth or adoption of a child, should also provide the proper
documentation to their HR professionals immediately.

Hiza says those Soldiers who are currently deployed are exempt from
the immediate 60-day requirement but will need to comply upon
returning from post-deployment leave.

"If at the end of the 60-day grace period, Soldiers do not have the
proper documentation loaded (into iPERMS), then their BAH rates will
be reduced to the without-dependent rate until such time they provide
the necessary documentation," Hiza said.


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