Regular Army: Retired

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.


Allowances are only available to active duty officers and enlisted Soldiers.

Additional Information

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:

Clothing Allowance:

Family Separation Allowance:

Cost of Living Allowance:

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Allowance:

Office of the Secretary of Defense, Military Compensation website:

Document Review Date: 19 February 2021