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Basic Allowance for Housing increasing in 2022. Here’s what you need to know

The Department of Defense released the Basic Allowance for Housing rates for the year 2022

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In this Jan. 14, 2002 file photo, U.S. Marines scan the northwest perimeter of the American military compound at Afghanistan’s Kandahar airport using sophisticated thermal imagery equipment.

U.S. Marines scan the northwest perimeter of the American military compound at Afghanistan’s Kandahar airport using sophisticated thermal imagery equipment. The rate of Basic Allowance for Housing, a United States military privilege where the government gives an allowance to cover the cost of rent, is rising by an average of 5.1% starting in January.

Marco Di Lauro, Associated Press

The rate of Basic Allowance for Housing, a United States military privilege where the government gives an allowance to cover the cost of rent, is rising by an average of 5.1% starting in January.

According to Military.com, the Pentagon announced the 2022 rates, which give many service members more money to keep up with the cost of living.

  • An estimated $25.6 billion will be paid to military service members, according to the Department of Defense.
  • These rates were temporarily increased from Oct 1. to Dec. 31 due to rising rents and lack of supply of rentals. Troops in 56 geographical locations experienced a 10% to 20% increase in their allowance. Those rates will be replaced by the rates for 2022, per Military.com.
  • Allowance amounts will vary by grade and dependency status, ranging from $74 to $168 monthly for 2022, said the Department of Defense.
  • “The Department is committed to the preservation of a compensation and benefit structure that provides members with an adequate standard of living to sustain a trained, experienced, and ready force now and in the future,” they said in a statement.

Per Military.com, the rates are tied to the rental housing market, and service members are usually protected from decreases if they maintain their eligibility.