Basic Allowance for Subsistance (BAS) is meant to offset the cost of meals for the service member. Note that this is for the service member alone and does not include family members.
Most enlisted members receive full BAS but must pay for their own meals, even those provided by the government. There are some adjustments to rates in specific situations. For example, a Discount Meal Rate (DMR) offset of -$8.35/day applies to:
- All Coast Guard enlisted members assigned to a ship with mess facilities
- Class A School
- OCS (prior service)
- A deployed Port Security Unit
- Enlisted members E-6 and below stationed ashore who reside in government-owned quarters and are required to eat meals at a government dining facility.
The BAS is a continuation of the military tradition of providing room and rations as part of a service member’s pay. The BAS offsets costs of meals when a service member may be assigned to a station where he or she is unable to get their meal from a government facility.
This is a monthly rate based upon the price of food, and adjusted annually according to the USDA food cost index. Due to a rise in food prices in 2010, allowances have been increased for 2011.
2011 BAS Rates:
- Enlisted: $325.04 a month
- Officers: $223.84 a month