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  1. 175th FMC SERVE AND DEFEND Basic Allowance for Housing

  2. Define Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) Regulations and Policies that effect entitlement to BAH Explain Entitlement to BAH Situations in which BAH is and is not authorized Check on Learning Agenda

  3. DFAS-IN – Defense Finance and Accounting Service - Indianapolis DoDFMR – Department of Defense Financial Management Regulation JFTR- Joint Federal Travel Regulations DA – Department of the Army BAH – Basic Allowance for Housing BAH DIFF – The difference between BAH at the with dependent rate and the without dependent rate BEQ/BOQ – Bachelor Enlisted/Officer Quarters OHA – Overseas Housing Allowance Acronyms

  4. To fully understand what BAH is, where to find out about BAH in the regulations, who is entitled to BAH, when it is started, and when it is stopped. Terminal Learning Objective

  5. The purpose of the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) program is to provide fair housing allowances to Soldiers. Since the goal is to help Soldiers cover the costs of housing in the private sector, rental-housing costs in the private sector are the basis for the allowance. Soldiers receive a housing allowance when government quarters are not available. DEFINITION

  6. Joint Federal Travel Regulation (JFTR), Chapter 10 http://perdiem.hqda.pentagon.mil/perdiem/ REFERENCES

  7. Any Soldier on active duty entitled to basic pay is authorized a type of housing allowance based on the member’s grade, dependency status, and location when family type government quarters are not provided. ENTITLEMENT

  8. There are three types of BAH: BAH which is to pay for housing for the Soldier and their primary dependents BAH Partial, which is for Single Soldiers without dependents residing in the barracks, Bachelor Enlisted/Officer Quarters (BEQ/BOQ) BAH DIFF, which is for Soldiers who are paying child support for a dependent child that is not in the Soldier’s custody Types of BAH

  9. Dependents for the purpose of BAH are defined as follows: Current spouse Unmarried, children under the age of 21 (proof of parentage must be established for adopted and illegitimate children) For the following, dependency must be determined through DA: − Full time college students ages 21 to 22 − Children over the age of 21 that are incapacitated −Wards of the Court − Parents Dependents

  10. Dependents for the purpose of BAH do NOT include the following: Current spouse/children who is on active duty Former spouse Any dependent that is occupying government quarters as a permanent residence A child who has been adopted by someone else Any dependent that is confined in a correctional facility Dependents (cont.)

  11. Dependent children for the purpose of BAH DIFF are defined as follows: Unmarried, children under the age of 21 for whom the Soldier does not have legal and physical custody (proof of parentage must be established for adopted and illegitimate children) Full time college students ages 21 to 22 Children over the age of 21 that are incapacitated BAH DIFF

  12. Dependent children for the purpose of BAH DIFF do NOT include the following: Children that are on active duty Children occupying government quarters Children for whom the Soldier does not provide support BAH DIFF (cont.)

  13. Government quarters for the purpose of BAH are considered to be: Government family housing Barracks or dormitories BEQ/BOQ Government Quarters

  14. Soldiers who are stationed in Korea on a non-command sponsored tour that have primary dependents residing in the CONUS are authorized BAH under the following conditions: − The primary dependents are not residing in government quarters. − The Soldier is paying child support for the dependents AT LEAST in the amount of the BAH DIFF. − The primary dependents are not residing in government quarters (this does not include privatized quarters). BAH

  15. The statutory purpose of a housing allowance on behalf of a dependent is to at least partially reimburse a Soldier for the expense of providing private quarters for the dependents. BAH (cont.)

  16. Housing allowance for a dependent is not paid as a bonus merely for the technical status of being married or having children. If the Soldier is not paying anything for their dependents residence, BAH is NOT authorized. Housing Allowance

  17. Soldiers who are stationed in Korea on a non-command sponsored tour that have dependents for whom they do not have legal and physical custody are authorized BAH DIFF under the following conditions: − The dependents are not residing in government quarters. − The Soldier is paying child support for the dependents at least in the amount of the BAH DIFF. BAH DIFF

  18. Soldiers who are stationed in Korea and are living in the barracks or BEQ/BOQ are authorized BAH Partial if the Soldier is not receiving any other type of housing allowance. BAH Partial

  19. When to start entitlement for BAH: When a Soldier gets married BAH starts the date of marriage. Soldier adopts a child or establishes dependency for a parent. BAH starts on the date that dependency has been established. Start BAH

  20. When to stop entitlement for BAH: Soldier gets divorced or legally separates from their spouse. Dependent for whom the Soldier is drawing BAH comes on active duty. Dependent for whom the Soldier is drawing BAH is confined to a correctional facility. Sole dependent child for whom the Soldier is drawing BAH turns the age of 21 . Soldier stops supporting their dependents. Dependents for whom the Soldier is drawing BAH move into government quarters. Stop BAH

  21. When to start entitlement for BAH DIFF: Soldier no longer has physical custody of their children. Soldier’s children, for which they do not have custody move out of government quarters. Soldier is receiving OHA based on the non-availability of government quarters, BAH DIFF will not be authorized. Soldier will receive OHA at the With Dependent rate. Start BAH DIFF

  22. When to stop entitlement for BAH DIFF: − The dependents for whom the Soldier is drawing BAH DIFF move into government quarters. Sole dependent for whom the Soldier is drawing BAH DIFF goes on active duty. Sole dependent for whom the Soldier is drawing BAH DIFF turns the age of 21. Stop BAH DIFF

  23. When to stop entitlement for BAH DIFF: Soldier remarries or acquires a dependant Sole dependent for whom the Soldier is drawing BAH DIFF is adopted by someone else. − Soldier stops supporting their dependents for whom they are drawing BAH DIFF. − Note: Soldier marries another Soldier and there are no other dependents for which the other Soldier is drawing a housing allowance, BAH DIFF will continue. Stop BAH DIFF (cont.)

  24. When to start entitlement for BAH Partial: Soldier moves into the barracks or BEQ/BOQ and is not drawing BAH or BAH DIFF for their dependents and their dependents are not residing in government quarters. Soldier is living in the barracks or BEQ/BOQ is divorced and has no other dependents for whom they are authorized a housing allowance. Start BAH Partial

  25. When to stop entitlement for BAH Partial: Soldier moves out of the barracks or BEQ/BOQ. Soldier gets married or acquires a dependent for whom they are authorized to receive a housing allowance. Stop BAH Partial

  26. A Soldier gets married to a civilian while en- route to Korea. The spouse is residing in economy quarters in the United States due to a lack of command sponsorship. The Soldier is providing support to the spouse in the U.S. What type of housing allowance is the Soldier authorized? What is the effective date? BAH, starts the effective date of marriage. SITUATION #1

  27. A Soldier goes on leave while stationed in Korea and gets married to a civilian who resides in economy quarters in the United States. The Soldier is non-command sponsored and is providing support to the spouse. What type of housing allowance is the Soldier authorized? What is the effective date? BAH starts the effective date of marriage. SITUATION #2

  28. A Soldier gets divorced from their spouse for whom they are receiving BAH. The Soldier has no other dependents for whom they are authorized to receive BAH. What is the effective date? BAH stops the day prior to the divorce. SITUATION #3

  29. A Soldier living in the BEQ/BOQ gets divorced from their spouse for whom they are receiving BAH. The Soldier is ordered to provide child support for the children that are residing with the former spouse. The Soldier is providing support to the dependent children. What type of housing allowance is the Soldier authorized? What is the effective date? BAH will stop as the day prior to the divorce and BAH DIFF will start the day the Soldier began providing support. SITUATION #4

  30. Soldier (A) is living in the BEQ/BOQ and is married to another Soldier (B). The spouse (Soldier B) is stationed in Fort Hood, TX. The couple’s children reside with the spouse in the U.S. What type of housing allowance is the Soldier (A) authorized? BAH Partial. The spouse is authorized BAH With Dependent. SITUATION #5

  31. Soldier (A) is in the BEQ/BOQ, divorced from another Soldier (B) and is required to pay child support for dependent children that are in the custody of the former spouse (Soldier B) in the United States living in economy quarters. What type of housing allowance is the Soldier (A) authorized? BAH Partial. BAH DIFF is not authorized because the former spouse is a Soldier (B) and already drawing a With Dependent housing allowance. SITUATION #6

  32. A Soldier is married to a civilian who is living in government quarters in the United States. What type of housing allowance is the Soldier authorized? None, no BAH entitlement is authorized when dependents reside in government quarters. SITUATION #7

  33. BAH is computed on a 30 Day month. BAH rates can be found at the Per Diem Committee Web Site: http://perdiem.hqda.pentagon.mil/perdiem/ COMPUTATIONS

  34. Example: A SSG has a spouse residing in economy quarters in Killeen, TX at Zip Code 76541. What is the monthly rate for BAH? COMPUTATIONS (cont.)

  35. COMPUTATIONS (cont.) On the Per Diem Committee website click on the Basic Allowance for Housing option on the left

  36. COMPUTATIONS (cont.) Select the Correct Year and Rank from the drop-down menus Enter the Zip Code and click the Execute button

  37. COMPUTATIONS (cont.) Select the correct rate based on the dependency status

  38. CHECK ON LEARNING Check on Learning

  39. What regulation covers BAH? Joint Federal Travel Regulation Chapter 10 Check on Learning (cont.)

  40. What entitles a Soldier to receive BAH? Any Soldier on active duty entitled to basic pay is authorized a type of housing allowance based on the member’s grade, dependency status, and location when family type government quarters are not provided. Check on Learning (cont.)

  41. If a Soldier is not command sponsored and brings their dependents to Korea will the Soldier continue to receive BAH for the dependents? No. The dependents reside within the vicinity of the Soldier’s duty station and therefore the Soldier is entitled to OHA. Check on Learning (cont.)

  42. If a Soldier is living in the BEQ/BOQ divorced and the children are not in the Soldier’s custody, and the Soldier is paying child support, what type of BAH is the Soldier authorized? BAH DIFF Check on Learning (cont.)

  43. Basic Allowance for Housing