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DoD Announces Immediate  and Long term Actions  to Help Strengthen  the Economic Security  and Stability of Service Members  and Their Families

☷DoD Announces Immediate and Long term Actions to Help Strengthen the Economic Security and Stability of Service Members and Their Families

U.S. Department of Defense
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   Today , Secretary of Defense Lloyd J . Austin III announced immediate and long - term actions to help strengthen the economic security and stability of service members and their families . Recognizing the extraordinary pressures that military families face , Secretary Austin has directed the following actions in four key areas:To help secure affordable basic needs , the Secretary has directed the Department to: Review the prospective 2023 Basic Allowance for Housing ( BAH ) tables to ensure calculations reflect the unusually dynamic fluctuations in the hou......sing market . Institute automatic increases in BAH for active duty Service members in the 28 Military Housing Areas ( MHAs ) that have experienced an average of more than 20 percent spike in rental housing costs this year above this year’s BAH rates . These automatic increases will go into effect in October 2022 . The 28 Military Housing Areas are: Vandenberg AFB , CA; Twenty Nine Palms MCB , CA; San Diego , CA; Dover AFB/ Rehoboth , DE; Patrick AFB , FL; Miami/Fort Lauderdale , FL; Orlando , FL; West Palm Beach , FL; Volusia County , FL; Fort Myers Beach , FL; Kings Bay/Brunswick , GA; Maui County , HI; Chicago , IL; Boston , MA; Cape Cod – Plymouth , MA; Martha’s Vineyard , MA; Brunswick , ME; Coastal Maine , ME; Fort Leonard Wood , MO; Helena , MT; Wilmington , NC; Northern New Jersey , NJ; Newport , RI; Providence , RI; Beaufort/Parris Island , SC; Knoxville , TN; Houston , TX; Quantico/Woodbridge , VA . Fully fund our commissaries to cut prices at the register , with goal of achieving at least a 25 percent savings on grocery bills compared to the local marketplace . Pay eligible Service members the Basic Needs Allowance ( BNA ) starting January 2023 . The BNA is a supplemental allowance for Service members with dependents who apply and qualify based on their gross household income . In addition , the President’s budget includes a 4 . 6 percent pay increase for Service members starting January 1 , 2023To further ease the process of Permanent Change of Station ( PCS ) moves , the Secretary has directed the Department to: Permanently increase standard TLE maximum coverage from 10 to 14 days for CONUS moves and allow up to 60 days of TLE if a Service member is in a specified Military Housing Area with a housing shortage , to take effect in October 2022 . Increase the Dislocation Allowance ( DLA ) for E - 1 to E - 6 Service members , to further help offset personal expenses for PCS moves . DLA payments for all Service members will be paid automatically one month prior to their move date to pre - empt out - of - pocket expenses . This will take effect in October 2022 . Continue improvements to Military OneSource online moving and housing tools . To further strengthen support to families , the Secretary has directed the Department: Make significant investments in Child Development Program ( CDP ) facilities and infrastructure to further expand our capacity to provide quality child care . Standardize a minimum 50 percent discount for the first child of CDP direct - care workers , helping to attract more talented staff and to increase capacity . This will take effect in October 2022 . Improve access to child care programs and resources such as Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood and expand the in - home child care fee - assistance pilot program to additional states to provide more options to military families . Military Child Development Centers hours have already extended their hours to better account for Service members’ varied schedules . The Department has also reached out to additional high - quality , community - based child care providers who agree to care for military families using DoD’s fee - assistance program . The Department has also previously expanded parental leave policies to cover non - chargeable leave following the birth or adoption of a child for active duty and eligible Reserve Component Service members; established a New Parent Support Program; and updated policies to reimburse nursing Service members for shipment of breast milk when on mandated temporary duty travel . To further enhance employment opportunities for military spouses , the Secretary has directed the Department: Accelerate the development of seven additional occupational licensure interstate compacts with organizations representing multiple professions , easing burdens for spouses who must transfer professional licenses or credentials with each move . Increase the use of non - competitive , direct hiring authorities for military spouses in the Department of Defense and further expand remote work and telework options to help military spouses build portable careers . Launch a new career - accelerator pilot initiative that will match military spouses with paid private - sector fellowships in a variety of career paths . This will take effect in January 2023 . Increase the number of partners in the Military Spouse Employment Partnership ( MSEP ) by 10 percent before January 2023 . MSEP is critical in connecting DoD spouses to organizations committed to hiring them . The memorandum for Taking Care of Our Service Members and Families can be found here . Additional information on the Taking Care of Our Service Members and Families can be found on the Defense . gov Taking Care of People spotlight page here .


22 September 2022 ( September 22 2022 )



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