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Commentary | Dec. 28, 2021

Military members: Here’s your military compensation for 2022  

By Chief Warrant Officer Allyson E.T. Conroy, MyCG Staff 

The military pay tables for calendar year 2022 are now available from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), as well as according to the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act. Beginning January 2022, the military pay will increase by 2.7%, which is about average of what the military has received over the past five years.  

How is the military pay raise determined?  

Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., use the Employment Cost Index (ECI) formula for wages and salaries to help determine what the military basic pay raise should be.  This formula measures the annual wage change in the private sector, and has been used for the past five years to determine the military basic pay raise. 

Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) 

The subsistence allowance is tied to the USDA Cost of Food Index. The CY22 BAS Rates have risen 5.3%.  This year there is also an increase in basic allowance for subsidence (BAS). 

  • Officers: $280.29 per month, up from $266.18 
  • Enlisted: $406.98 per month, up from $386.50 
  • BAS II: $813.96 

BAS II is the monthly rate that may be payable to enlisted members who are on duty at a permanent station and assigned to single – or unaccompanied – government quarters, which do not have adequate food storage or preparation facilities, and where a government dining is not available and where the government cannot make dining facilities available for members.  

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) 

On average, the basic allowance for housing (BAH) is increasing by 5.1% for military. Many areas experienced a greater rate increase than others, while some saw a rate decrease. If the BAH rate in your area decreased for 2022, BAH rate protection is applied, meaning your BAH rate will stay the same.  Click here to calculate your BAH for calendar year 2022.  


The services reviewed the 2022 calendar year continental US cost of living (CONUS COLA) rates for adequate funding. Check here to see if your duty zip code receives CONUS COLA. Not all duty stations receives COLA as members receive CONUS COLA when their local cost of living index is over the 108% threshold as compared to standard city US.    

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