Military service members may receive a 4.2% Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rate increase in 2023, according to the draft 2023 defense budget.
Proposed 2023 BAH increases are subject to change during the FY2023 defense budget legislative process.
BAH covers 95% of housing expenses while service members pay the remaining 5% out of pocket. However, grade and dependency status determine service members’ out of pocket rates.
Note: Veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill receive BAH based on their school’s zip code.
Troops saw a 5.1% BAH increase in 2022 after Congress passed the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Check out the calculator below to see the 2022 BAH rates, which went into effect on Jan. 1, 2022.
2022 BAH Calculator
* Enter Duty zip code and not residence zip code. BAH rates are based on duty zip code.
** Click here for the OHA calculator (Overseas Housing Allowance calculator)
About Basic Allowance for Housing
Military BAH provides housing cost assistance to service members who are living in or permanently stationed in the United States.
Military members who are permanently stationed outside of the United States receive a different type of housing allowance called the Overseas Housing Allowance or OHA.
How Are BAH Rates Set?
To determine BAH, the Department of Defense (DOD) collects annual rental housing cost data for approximately 300 military housing areas in the United States. This data includes average rent and utility costs.
Annual BAH increases represent the average for each military housing area. So, enacted 2023 BAH rates may vary based on military members’ duty station zip codes.
For example, New York City, Honolulu, Chicago and other areas with high costs of living have higher BAH rates. Rural towns and cities with a lower cost of living receive a lower BAH rate.
Military members receiving BAH in a particular area have “rate protection” while stationed there, according to DOD. Their rates will not decrease, even if the housing market declines. However, military members moving into an area after a market decline may receive a lower BAH rate.
Historical BAH Rate Increases
|Year||Proposed Increase/Decrease||Actual Increase|
|2021||2.90% – 3.70%||2.90%|