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The Department of Defense authorized a BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing) increase in 56 locations across the U.S.; however, active-duty service members must apply by Oct. 1 to receive the maximum benefits from the temporary hike.

The rate increase is in response to the low availability of rental properties and rental cost increases, spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The temporary BAH rate increases range from 10% to 20% and are effective as of Oct. 1 and expire on Dec. 31, 2021, when 2022 BAH rates will replace the temporary rates.

The increase is not automatic. To receive the higher BAH payments, service members must provide proof that their housing costs have increased.

Military members must apply according to service-specific guidelines

Air Force/Space Force: Reference this website for information on compensation and allowances.

Army: See supporting S1/personnel office for further guidance and application procedures.

Navy: Guidance for applying for the increase through your servicing PSD/TSC can be found here.

USMC: Manpower will handle Marine requests for the temporary BAH increase. Procedures and request template can be found here.

Active-duty military members should contact their chain of command for any additional questions on the application process.

The 56 locations where service members can apply for a BAH increase:

ARIZONA: Phoenix, Fort Huachuca, Yuma
CALIFORNIA: Fresno, Lemoore NAS, Barstow/Fort Irwin, San Bernadino, Twenty Nine Palms MCB, Beale AFB, Sacramento, Stockton, Riverside, Bridgeport, El Centro
COLORADO: Colorado Springs
CONNECTICUT: New London, Hartford
FLORIDA: Eglin AFB, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Ocala, Florida Keys, Fort Pierce
GEORGIA: Savannah
IDAHO: Boise, Mountain Home AFB
ILLINOIS: Springfield/Decatur
MAINE: Portland, Bangor
MICHIGAN: Saginaw
MISSOURI: Springfield
MONTANA: Malmstrom AFB/Great Falls, Helena
NORTH CAROLINA: Morehead/Cherry Point MCAS, Camp Lejeune, Wilmington, Asheville
NEW JERSEY: Fort Monmouth/ Earle NWS, Trenton, JB Mcguire/Dix/Lakehurst
NEW MEXICO: Albuquerque/Kirtland AFB, White Sands MR/ Las Cruces, Santa Fe/ Los Alamos
NEVADA: Nellis AFB/ Las Vegas, Reno/Carson City
RHODE ISLAND: Providence
TEXAS: Lubbock, Waco
UTAH: Salt Lake City
VIRGINIA: Quantico/Woodbridge, Hampton/Newport News, Richmond/Fort Lee, Dahlgren/Fort AP Hill
WASHINGTON: Bremerton, Port Angeles, Spokane

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