I am trying to determine when a single E-5 qualifies for BAH while on an ADT/ ADSW mission. I have always been under the understanding that any orders over 30 days automatically qualifies all reservists, regardless of rank or dependent status, for BAH. My understanding has always been that the Navy understands that a SELRES who has to leave his or her home location to attend an ADT/ ADSW still has to pay for his or her house at the sailor's home duty location and therefore needs BAH while on extended orders.
However, I have been reading that there are conditions where a SELRES won’t receive BAH. Some conditions seem to be:
- OCONUS ADT/ ADSW under 180 days but over 30 and not married.
- OCONUS ADT/ ADSW with no base housing, BAH only, the SELRES cannot get BAH and OAH.
- In both above conditions, the member cannot receive per diem either.
If the above is true, it seems like some sailors are getting royaly screwed over. A typical house where I live runs over $2,000 a month (and respectively E-5 BAH is $1900 w/o dependents), so if a member from my area were to leave for months at a time, he would essentially be working for free as nearly his entire base pay would have to go towards paying for his house that he is not even living in.
So that brings me to my real question, when are single SELRES members eligible for BAH while on ADT/ ADSW orders?
I have never had active orders and not gotten BAH.
Per diem is another matter. Varies greatly depending on messing availability. Also, for any orders over 180 days, the Navy has always made me do PCS (unaccompanied, of course) to avoid paying per diem.
This is ADT though. Never been mobilized, so unfamiliar with it.
Short answer: Always. As far as I know.
Also, if there is not berthing available, you will still get BAH (as you always should), and you will get off-base housing at the per diem rate. Been there and done that. Many times.
Wish I could speak to this, but I'm only familiar with the case of married folks. My days of being single and dealing with this issue ended 20 years ago.
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