Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) Rates

The Department of Defense (DoD) pays Military service members a monthly housing stipend which is known as the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). This monthly allotment is prescribed by geographic duty location (for locations within the Continental United States: CONUS), by pay grade, and dependency status (married, single, number of children or dependents, etc.). Determine your BAH rate with the Basic Allowance for Housing calculator below:

Check Military BAH Rates

Updated: 12/15/2020

YEAR: DUTY ZIP CODE: PAY GRADE:
  • Enter Duty zip code and not residence zip code. BAH rates are based on duty zip code.

What is Basic Allowance for Housing?

BAH provides uniformed military service members with an equitable housing compensation which is based on housing costs within local civilian housing markets throughout the United States. BAH is only paid to the service member when government quarters are not provided or are unavailable and the member must seek housing off-base. A uniformed Military service member that is stationed outside of the Continental U.S., including U.S. territories and possessions, and not being provided with furnished government housing, is eligible for an Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA).

Who is Eligible to Receive Military BAH?

The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) provides uniformed service members with equitable housing compensation based on local costs and markets in the United States. The uniformed Military services under the Department of Defense (DoD) include: the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Space Force. The uniformed services under departments other than DoD include: Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Officer Corps.