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  • Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Eligibility. The type of BAH for which a reservist is eligible is based on length of active duty in one location, the type of active duty and whether the member is living in government quarters. It breaks down like this:

    Active duty less than 30 consecutive days — Non locality BAH rate (formerly BAH RC/T). This includes annual training and active-duty training or special work that doesn't meet the 30-day threshold.
    However, serving 31 days — the minimum time required to receive full BAH — does not automatically entitle a reservist to the higher payments. For example, if a reservist is called up for 14 days and receives a 17-day extension, he receives only Non locality BAH unless the call-up or extension was for a national emergency or contingency operation.

    Active duty for more than 30 consecutive days in one location. This allowance is based on the type of duty reservists are involved in, their family status and whether government quarters are assigned. Reservists mobilized in a time of national emergency or for a contingency operation automatically qualify for full BAH. Reservists who volunteer or are called up for 31 days or more and reservists called up for non contingencies also qualify for the higher BAH payments.

    Soldiers are eligible for full BAH during active duty status greater than 30 days, including Initial Entry Training (IET), military schools, local mobilizations and deployments. In order to apply for BAH, you must have a legitimate lease or mortgage agreement.
    Last edited by SF Hunter; May 14th, 2014, 01:48 PM.