Service members will see increase in housing allowance, basic pay in 2020

by Caitlin M. Kenney
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON— Service members will see an increase to their basic housing allowance and basic pay rates starting Jan. 1, the Pentagon announced Thursday.

The basic housing allowance rate will increase by an average of 2.8% and basic pay will increase 3.1% for service members, according to a Defense Department statement. The housing allowance is given to service members who live off base and depends on their location, pay grade and whether they have dependents. Service members who live in base housing have the allowance deducted from their paychecks automatically.

The basic subsistence allowance rate will also increase 0.9%. Enlisted service members will receive $372.71 per month, an increase of $3.32, and officers will receive $256.68 per month, an increase of $2.29. The subsistence allowance offsets the cost of a service member’s meals for the month.

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