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Allowances

Benefit overview

Allowances are additional money provided by the DOD for specific needs, such as food or housing. The government provides monetary allowances when it does not provide for that specific need. The most common allowances are Basic Allowance for Subsistence and Basic Allowance for Housing. These allowances often make up a large portion of a service member’s compensation.

How this benefit helps

This benefit helps service members and their families by helping to offset the costs of required items like food and housing.

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Allowances make up a significant portion of your compensation.

Make sure you are receiving all the allowances for which you qualify.

How to access this benefit

More information on allowances can be found through your installation’s pay office. Your installation’s pay office contact information is available on MilitaryINSTALLATIONS.

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