Anytime you consider joining the US Air Force, it is important to keep in mind the total picture. The money that you gain in pay and allowances is one big factor, but another premier benefit is the Housing allowance that you receive. When you consider the cost of housing in the modern world, then enlistment in the military can be a very lucrative thing financially. Allowances are the amount that you receive in other benefits that help defray or offset the cost of living.
So You Want To Live On Base?
If you choose to live on base and join the Air Force, you will receive all of your housing and also your meals for free. If there is a need or opportunity for you to live off base, and the Air Force agrees, then you will receive money to pay for meals and housing, this is one type of an Air Force Allowance.
Housing Allowance. This is the amount that you receive for housing, and it is designed to pay for the cost of housing for military enlisted Servicemember?s and their families. It is based on a number of factors, your rank, your location, the number of dependants or your family status, and it is increased by law by a small amount each year to make up for the cost of living increases. The Basic allowance for quarters or housing tends to be the second largest amount of funds or compensation that a soldier gets. Every Soldier that enlists in the Air Force receives a BAQ or BAH allowance, to pay for the housing that they have.
Other Allowances-There are other types of allowances that are available to enlisted Servicemembers, some of which are not as well known. Everyone knows about Medical Care, Pay, Food and even the housing allowances, but there are also some minor allowances that are not as well known. One example includes: Clothing Allowance- Each soldier in the Air Force, as well as its sister services receive an amount on an annual basis to pay for clothing and uniform needs.
This is an amount to pay for the most part for duty required military uniforms, but in some situations the Servicemember qualifies for money that will pay for some types of civilian clothing. For duty or jobs that require civilian dress the US Air Force does pay a clothing allowance for that also.