Benefit Fact Sheet
In addition to salary and bonuses, the Army provides allowances to offset the cost of living. These allowances are monies provided for specific needs, such as food or housing when the government does not provide for that specific need. Most allowances are not taxable, which is an additional imbedded benefit of military pay.
In general, Soldiers in the Reserves are only eligible for allowances when called up for federal active duty or in some instances state active duty.
For more specific information on these benefits and to verify eligibility, please visit the following links:
Basic Allowance for Housing:
Overseas Housing Allowance:
Basic Allowance for Subsistence:
Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance:
Family Separation Allowance:
Cost of Living Allowance:
Office of the Secretary of Defense, Military Compensation website: