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Pay and Allowances

Basic Pay is the fundamental component of military pay. All members receive it and typically it is the largest component of a member's pay. A member's grade/rank and years of service determines the amount of basic pay received.

Basic Pay is divided in half and distributed on the 1st and 15th of every month. Basic pay tables are published for the beginning of each calendar year to reflect increases in pay. For example, an O3 with under two years of active duty service would receive $3,912.60 per month. Basic pay is subject to federal and state taxes. Inactive reserve time (HPSP) does not count toward basic pay.


Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)

BAH is an allowance to offset the cost of housing when you do not receive government-provided housing. Your BAH depends upon your location, pay grade and whether you have dependents. BAH rates are set by surveying the cost of rental properties in each geographic location. Therefore, BAH rates in high-cost areas will be much greater than those in low-cost areas

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is divided in half and distributed on the 1st and 15th of every month. BAH pay tables are published for the beginning of each calendar year to reflect increases in the allowance. Basic Allowance for Housing is not subject to federal and state taxes.

For example, an O3 with dependents residing in Portsmouth (zip code 23708) would receive $1,998.00 or $1,686.00 without dependents.


Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS)

Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) is meant to offset costs for a military member's meals. This allowance is not intended to offset the costs of meals for family members.

Because BAS is intended to provide meals for the service member, its level is linked to the price of food. Therefore, BAS pay tables are adjusted each year based upon the increase of the price of food as measured by the USDA food cost index. BAS is the same for all officer regardless of grade/rank.

Again, BAS is divided in half and distributed on the 1st and 15th of every month. It is not subject to federal and state taxes.

Effective January 1, 2015, BAS is $253.38 for officers.


Variable Special Pay (VSP) *Navy Only*

Variable Special Pay (VSP) is an entitlement for Navy Medical Corps officers who are serving on active duty for periods of at least one year. All Medical Corps Officers on active duty are eligible for VSP beginning on the date of entry to active duty.

ENS and LT Oaths will be turned in to the Graduate Medical Education (GME) office on day one. GME will forward to PERS-82 which will be the catalyst for starting VSP.

VSP is a monthly pay entitlement and is divided in half and distributed on the 1st and 15th of every month. It is subject to state and federal taxes.

Officers in internship training: $1,200 yearly ($100.00 per month).


Dislocation Allowance (DLA)

The purpose of Dislocation Allowance (DLA) is to partially reimburse a service member, with or without dependents, for the expenses incurred in relocating the member's household on a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move. It is important to keep in mind that DLA is intended to partially reimburse relocation expenses not otherwise reimbursed and probably will not reimburse all of your relocation expenses. DLA pay tables are adjusted annually.

This allowance is paid in a lump sum and may be paid in advance. It is not subject to federal and state taxes.

Important. By law, DLA is not authorized when the PCS is from your home (or the place from which you entered active duty) to your first permanent duty station unless your dependents actually move in connection with the Permanent Change of Station (PCS). In other words, single officers moving for the first time in their career are not entitled to receive DLA. Officers who are bringing their family as part of their first move are entitled.

Effective January 1, 2015, DLA for an O-3 with dependents is $2,857.40.

DLA should not be confused with the entitlement to a military move. All military persons are entitled to a military move.


Temporary Living Expenses (TLE)

The purpose of TLE is to partially offset lodging and meal expenses when a member and/or dependents need to occupy temporary lodging in CONUS (Continental United States) in connection with a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move.

You must first contact the Navy Lodge (757) 489-2656 and Gateway Inn (877) 628-9233 to determine availability of lodging at these places before making arrangements for other lodging within the geographical area. If lodging is not available you will need to ask for a "Letter of Non-Availability" which they will send to you via email.

The Letter of Non-Availability will be submitted as part of you TLE claim. You will also need to provide lodging receipts.

Claims for TLE will be submitted along with travel claims on the day of intern arrival to NMC Portsmouth.

You can find TLE FAQs at:

http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/faqtle.cfm