Here is the DoD's newest hair brain idea.
If you want to read the whole thing you have to buy it of course.
New allowance could combine housing, food subsidies, eliminate 'with dependents' rate
Defense officials are considering doing away with Basic Allowance for Housing in favor of a new 'locality allowance,' according to several officials familiar with the plan.
I dont give a crap about the with dependents rate ...but what I do care about is them completely changing it. What the heck is a locality allowance??? If they were to do away with BAH and give us a small allowance to live on like a few hundred dollars... We would be SOL. We are stationed in a major city. You are LUCKY to find a crappy run down ONE bedroom for under $2000 a month. If we had to cover that with basic pay we would have to choose between buying groceries and paying our bills. We dont even have credit cards!! We live within our means only on what were paid. This would kill us.
Im just so sick of hearing all of the proposed cuts. Bash me if you will but its getting old. Lets kick everyone out, cancel BAH, BAS.. Heck who needs basic pay?? They can just work for free! BAH?? Psh, we can live for free in a cardboard box.
I wouldnt be worried if there was base housing to live in but at our duty station its a LONG wait. We have already been on the wait list for 18 months. If they knock BAH down to an amount where you cant afford to rent that wait will become indefinite. Its already expensive enough to live here, we WANT to live on base but are not able to until our name comes up on the list. I bring this up because this is a common argument I see others throw at each other. There isnt enough housing to go around and basic pay isnt sufficient to cover housing too.
Sorry.. Rant over