Why should a Sgt. pay the same BAH for housing as SVM at a lower rank?
By law, a service member who is assigned to housing units is not entitled to a Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH); however, rent is equal to the BAH rate for a given pay grade. These rates are used by the PPV Partner so they can plan on a steady income stream. The revenue is used in planning for future renovation and construction projects. The determination of BAH is based on the cost of adequate housing for civilians with comparable incomes in the same area. When a service member chooses the option of living on the local economy instead of in housing units, he/she has the option of pocketing the BAH amount for use in seeking housing off-Base. The agreement between the Department of the Navy (DON) and the PPV Partner is that the PPV Partner will go by the same rules as the government with regard to rent. Rent will equate to the service members full Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). The government has no mechanism in place to adjust the BAH on a sliding scale according to rank and, by l