The military provides soldiers with either military accommodation or housing allowance, which is referred to as the basic housing allowance or BAH.
The standard BAH rates are based on the geographical location, the salary level and the dependency status of the service member (with or without dependent). The government evaluates rental and utilities for over 300 different military housing areas to determine prices for each location in the United States.
However, there are BAH tariffs that are not tied to the location. These include:
- BAH RC / T (also known as BAH Reserve, BAH Transit, BAH Type II or BAH Non-Locality)
- Partly BAH
- BAH differential or BAH DIFF
The rates for these different BAH types can be found below, with an explanation for each of these rates under the BAH rate table.
2020 non-locality BAH rates
|Salary group||Partially||BAH RC / T without relatives *||BAH RC / T with relatives *||Differential*|
|O-10||$ 50.70||$ 1,756.50||$ 2,108.10||$ 368.70|
|O-9||$ 50.70||$ 1,756.50||$ 2,108.10||$ 368.70|
|O-8||$ 50.70||$ 1,756.50||$ 2,108.10||$ 368.70|
|O-7||$ 50.70||$ 1,756.50||$ 2,108.10||$ 368.70|
|O-6||$ 39.60||$ 1,610.40||$ 1,897.50||$ 313.50|
|O-5||$ 33.00||$ 1,551.00||$ 1,829.40||$ 303.00|
|O-4||$ 26.70||$ 1,437.00||$ 1,612.20||$ 201.90|
|O-3||$ 22.20||$ 1,152.30||$ 1,334.10||$ 201.60|
|O-2||$ 17.70||$ 912.90||$ 1,138.50||$ 237.60|
|O-1||$ 13.20||$ 783.60||$ 1,019.10||$ 256.80|
|O3E||$ 22.20||$ 1,243.50||$ 1,434.00||$ 210.90|
|O2E||$ 17.70||$ 1,057.80||$ 1,293.90||$ 252.60|
|O1E||$ 13.20||$ 920.10||$ 1,196.10||$ 296.10|
|W-5||$ 25.20||$ 1,460.70||$ 1,557.30||$ 126.00|
|W-4||$ 25.20||$ 1,296.60||$ 1,427.70||$ 155.40|
|W-3||$ 20.70||$ 1,090.20||$ 1,308.60||$ 234.00|
|W-2||$ 15.90||$ 967.50||$ 1,202.10||$ 247.50|
|W-1||$ 13.80||$ 811.50||$ 1,041.00||$ 239.70|
|E-9||$ 18.60||$ 1,064.40||$ 1,369.50||$ 316.20|
|E-8||$ 15.30||$ 978.30||$ 1,263.30||$ 296.40|
|E-7||$ 12.00||$ 901.50||$ 1,172.10||$ 342.90|
|E-6||$ 9.90||$ 833.10||$ 1,083.00||$ 331.80|
|E-5||$ 8.70||$ 749.40||$ 975.00||$ 282.30|
|E-4||$ 8.10||$ 651.90||$ 847.20||$ 243.60|
|E-3||$ 7.80||$ 606.00||$ 787.80||$ 200.10|
|E-2||$ 7.20||$ 577.80||$ 750.90||$ 267.30|
|E-1> 4||$ 6.90||$ 577.80||$ 750.90||$ 316.20|
|E-1||$ 6.90||$ 577.80||$ 750.90||$ 316.20|
* The BA / RC / Transit tariffs are adjusted to the average change in housing costs. The BAH-DIFF rates are adjusted by the amount of the basic remuneration.
Understand the different types of non-locality BAH
As you can see from the tariff above, there are three types of BAH without location.
- BAH RC / T.
- Partly BAH
- BAH differential or BAH DIFF
BAH RC / T (or BAH type II)
BAH RC / T stands for BAH Reserve Component / Transient. Depending on the branch in which you are active, this may also be referred to as BAH Reserve, BAH Transit, BAH Type II or BAH Non-Locality.
The BAH rate is calculated based on the national average for housing and does not change based on your location. The BA / RC / Transit tariffs are adjusted each year to reflect the average change in housing costs.
It is given to members of the guard and reserves who are activated for less than 30 days, as well as those who do PCSing or are in a transition from a place of work for which there is no previous BAH tariff (e.g. moving out abroad).
Guard and reserve members who are activated for more than 30 days receive the full BAH rate for their rank, location and dependent status.
Partial BAH is awarded to service members who live in government districts and have no relatives. Partial BAH only serves to compensate for additional costs.
Service members who are assigned to shared apartments and pay child benefit are authorized BAH Differential or BAH-DIFF. However, service members are not entitled to BAH-DIFF if the monthly rate of this child benefit is below the BAH-Diff.
Service members who live from the base and pay child benefit receive a reduced rate from the BAH.
The BAH-DIFF rates are adjusted annually to the amount of the basic remuneration.
Understand BAH with and without dependent tariffs
The BAH base rate is listed under “Without Dependents”.
Members with dependents (spouse, child (s) or parents) are entitled to the BAH With Dependents tariff. The BAH With Dependents tariff is the same regardless of the number of dependent people.
Dual military couples have slightly different rules. If the service members have no additional relatives, both members receive the BAH tariff without relatives. If they have additional dependent persons, the higher-ranking member receives the dependent person rate and the lower-ranking member receives the dependent person rate.
- Overseas members are eligible for Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA). This is similar to the BAH, but is only available to members stationed overseas or in US protectorates.
- These BAH rates apply to all branches of the military, including the Air Force, the Army, the Coast Guard, the Marines, the Navy, the Space Force, and the reserve components.
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