BAS MILITARY PAY GETS HUGE BUMP - HERE’S HOW MUCH MONEY YOU’LL GET
By Anna Kim
With the increase in the Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS), military members will now receive more money each month to help with the rising cost of food. Starting on January 1st, the BAS will rise by 11.2%, which is the greatest increase seen in the past two decades.
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BAS Military GuideThe subsistence allowance is a monthly allowance to help with the cost of food and meals. The amount one receives is not connected to their dependent status or paygrade. BAS rates are adjusted every year to match the changing price of food that is measured by the Department of Agriculture; however, the costs are not covered for family members.
Eligibility for BAS Military PayThose eligible for BAS include enlisted and officer personnel serving in the Navy, Air Force, Space Force, Marine Corps, and Army. Officers are not qualified to receive BAS when they have been absent for more than 24 hours or if they are on excess leave status. Enlisted personnel can also qualify for a continuous BAS entitlement except for the following:
- Members who are on excess leave status.
- Recruits attending training.
- Members on educational leave that’s been approved.
- Members who are AWOL.
- Members at the Reserve/Officer Candidate School without continuous prior service.
Changes to BAS for 2023The Basic Allowance for Subsistence 2022 had the following monthly rates:
Economic Pressures and BASWith economic pressures ensuing and the rise in the cost of living, it’s normal for military members to be burdened by financial costs. With the 11.2% rise in the 2023 BAS, military members can feel a bit of ease and relief from the economic troubles they may have. For extra help in figuring out how much money one might receive in the military, check out the Military Pay Calculator, which can calculate personal military pay.
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