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Old 06-05-2010, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Sanford, FL
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Im going to Germany and I am married. My wife is not coming to join me until a couple of months after I arrive. Will I have to live on base until then or can I get a place off base? If I get a place off base will they pay the allowance for that and in the states at the same time? I am confused as to how overseas BAH works with living off base with a dependent.
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Old 06-05-2010, 06:22 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Normally you get your full BAH, you are still legally married. No, you do not get two BAH's. Normally you can get quarters or if you wish to live off base and wait until she arrives.


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Old 06-05-2010, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Hawaii
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Also mush depends on your rank.
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Old 06-05-2010, 07:00 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Active duty members who are stationed overseas, and are authorized to live off base at government expense, do no receive a Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). Instead, they receive a different allowance, called Overseas Housing Allowance, or OHA.

The difference? BAH (which is paid to military members who live off base in the states), pays a set monthly rate, based on the member's paygrade, location, and whether or not the member has any dependents. In other words, if the set rate for a member is $750 per month, that's what he/she receives, no matter how much the member actually pays for rent and utility costs.
OHA, on the other hand, is based (in part) on the actual amount of rent. For each location, members are assigned a maximum rental cap, which is based on average rental costs for the area, depending on the member's paygrade (the higher the rank, the more expensive housing one is authorized to live in), and whether or not the member is residing with dependents (a member who is living with dependents generally requires larger living quarters than a member who is living alone). In addition to the monthly rental reimbursement (up to the amount of the cap), one's OHA payment also includes an allowance for utilities. This amount is based on random surveys of military members in the area, and is the same for everyone in the area, regardless of paygrade.

See more on this page: Military Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA)
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