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Commentary | Dec. 19, 2022

Military members will see an 11% increase in BAS for 2023

By Chief Warrant Officer 4 Allyson E.T. Conroy, MyCG Staff

Military members can expect to see the biggest percentage jump for basic allowance for subsistence (BAS) in more than 20 years. Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, enlisted members will see their BAS rate will increase to $452.56 a month, while officers will see their rate increase to $311.68.

“This is the largest percentage increase in the modern form of BAS,” said Capt. Monique Roebuck, of the Office of Military Personnel Policy. “BAS is linked to the price of food and is adjusted each year based on the increase in food prices. We have seen an increase in inflation, which has hit food prices hard this year, increasing BAS helps us take care of our members.”

The last time there was as big of a jump in BAS was in 2002 when the allowance went through a reform. At that point enlisted members received BAS, however, they would pay for all of their meals the government provided, including meals they ate while underway. 

“When an enlisted member is stationed aboard a cutter with a galley, they are provided meals without charge and have the CG Standard Meal Rate deduction applied to their Enlisted BAS.” Peter Bekken also with the Office of Military Personnel Policy said. “Members assigned to shore units may have a dining facility available to purchase meals. Or members have the option to bring their food in from home. BAS is intended to help offset that cost – the meals a member eats in the course of their official duties.”

For more information on BAS, please see chapter three of the Coast Guard Pay Manual

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