The Pentagon is taking several new steps — at least one of which is expected to go into effect as early as next week — to ease the burden of the high cost of living and housing shortage for military personnel, officials said Thursday.

The shorter-term action targets the parts of the United States where housing costs have skyrocketed the most and where the military system for calculating housing allowances has not kept pace. From October, the soldiers of the…

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The Pentagon is taking several new steps — at least one of which is expected to go into effect as early as next week — to ease the burden of the high cost of living and housing shortage for military personnel, officials said Thursday.

The shorter-term action targets the parts of the United States where housing costs have skyrocketed the most and where the military system for calculating housing allowances has not kept pace. Starting in October, service members in the 28 military housing areas where rent prices have risen by at least 20 percent this year will receive an automatic increase in their Basic Housing Allowance (BAH).

The exact size of the increase will depend on the particular area the service member is stationed in, their rank, and whether or not they have dependents. But officials said they would be between $200 and $1,100 a month.

And to ensure that other DoD housing areas receive stipends that match actual housing costs, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has ordered a re-review of 2023 BAH rates set to take effect in January. Typically, the DoD sets these rates based on rental market data gathered in the spring and summer, and many areas have seen price increases since then.

“Over the past year, we have focused on ways to take even better care of our service members and their families,” Austin wrote in a memo announcing the changes. “I am proud of the progress we have made and we will continue to work hard to achieve even more. I understand the extraordinary pressures our military families face, and we are committed to doing the right thing for them, every step of the way.

The 20 housing areas that will see immediate increases in BAH in October are:

  • Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
  • Marine Corps Base Twenty Nine Palms, California.
  • San Diego
  • Dover/Rehoboth Air Force Base, Del.
  • Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.
  • Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Orlando, Florida.
  • West Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Volusia County, Florida.
  • Fort Myers Beach, Florida.
  • Kings Bay/Brunswick, Ga.
  • Maui County, Hawaii
  • Chicago
  • Boston
  • Cape Cod – Plymouth, Mass.
  • Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.
  • Brunswick, Maine
  • coastal maine
  • Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
  • Helen, Mont.
  • Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Northern New Jersey
  • Newport, RI
  • Providence, RI
  • Beaufort/Parris Island, South Carolina
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Houston
  • Quantico/Woodbridge, Va.