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  •  You made me go look it up... (3+ / 0-)
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    Morgan Sandlin, Actbriniel, ladybug53

    and here it is plain as day,

    BAS is meant to offset costs for a member's meals. This allowance is based in the historic origins of the military in which the military provided room and board (or rations) as part of a member's pay. This allowance is not intended to offset the costs of meals for family members.

    Beginning on January 1 2002, all enlisted members get full BAS, but pay for their meals (including those provided by the government). This is the culmination of the BAS Reform transition period.

    Because BAS is intended to provide meals for the service member, its level is linked to the price of food. Therefore, each year it is adjusted based upon the increase of the price of food as measured by the USDA food cost index. This is why the increase to BAS will not necessarily be the same percentage as that applied to the increase in the pay table, as annual pay raises are linked to the increase of private sector wages.

    I should have remember this but didn't. It got lost in the back of memory somewhere. Shows you that I am not the one who reviews the monthly pay statement... I only watch what goes into the bank.

    Apologies to all... I see that back in 2002 that free mess hall went away and that this allowance is used to pay for that as well. I learned and 're'-learned a lot today.

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