ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) —
Assistance in reducing the impact of inflated costs on Airmen, Guardians and their families is available through four areas of effort.
In an effort to ease the burden of price escalations, the Department of the Air Force is evaluating and implementing support for compensation, entitlement to permanent job change/moving household goods, personal financial preparedness and food insecurity relief.
“Our Airmen, our Guardians, and their loved ones perform critical national security roles on behalf of the nation,” the Air Force Secretary said. Frank Kendall. “Financial strains due to inflation can create strain on our teammates, and it is our responsibility as leaders at all levels to do all we can to use available programs and resources to provide relief. and, where appropriate, advocate for further action.”
“Real-world events continue to drive up inflation – from the continued effects of COVID-19 on our global supply chains to the economic and energy consequences of Russia’s brutal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Unfortunately , rising costs due to inflation have placed an increased burden on our service members and their families,” the Air Force Under Secretary said. Gina Ortiz Jones. “As we work to implement measures to mitigate these impacts, I encourage all Airmen and Guardians to review available resources and programs and see which ones can best help, as well as inform their chains of command who are there to help during times like this.”
A great effort is made by Airman and Family Readiness Centers to ensure that Airmen and Guardians are not only educated but prepared for today’s economic conditions. Airmen and Guardians can contact their local finance or the A&FRC for more information. For a detailed breakdown of each area of effort, see below.
– The Economic Security Toolkit for Military Leaders, located on the A military source website, offers information and support. The site is updated regularly to reflect economic security challenges and policy changes.
– In 2022, the Department of Defense Military Base Pay increased by 2.7%, the Base Housing Allowance increased by an average of 3.8%, and the Basic Substance Allowance increased by 2 .3%.
– The DAF is working with the Office of the Secretary of Defense on the 14th Quadrennial Military Compensation Review, a DoD-commissioned review of compensation principles and concepts for members of the armed forces.
– DAF supports OSD’s initiative to mitigate the impact of overseas cost of living adjustment by decreasing rates at a slower pace – no more than a 2 point reduction per month .
– For the BAH 2023 rate calculation effort, the DAF opted for OSD’s one-year pilot program to accept local market rent data from Military Housing Privatization Initiative partners such as additional mechanism to increase sample size and help ensure correct rate setting. This data will be part of the BAH 2022 rate fixing cycle to calculate the BAH 2023 rate.
– The White House and Congress have proposed a 4.6% salary increase for the military in 2023, the largest in nearly two decades
Rights for PCS/household travel:
– The Joint Travel Regulations allow facilities to request temporary lodging expense extensions to support on- and off-base lodging, allowing Airmen and Guardians to receive their temporary living expense entitlements at the beyond the traditional 10 days while waiting for accommodation following a PCS. Installations can request TLE extensions up to a total of 60 days.
– As of July 1, the DoD adopted the Internal Revenue Service’s standard mileage rate increases to account for current rising fuel costs. The mileage rate for PCS trips increased from $0.18 to $0.22 per mile, and the mileage rate for TDY trips increased from $0.585 to $0.625 per mile.
– The Common Travel Rules have been updated with new authority granting partial dislocation allowance for members leaving government quarters, including airmen and single guards leaving dormitories. The purpose of the indemnity is to partially reimburse a member for the expenses incurred to relocate the household.
– Settlement housing offices assist members in their PCS with potential housing issues.
Personal financial preparation:
– The A&FRC’s Personal Financial Readiness Program supports and enhances financial literacy and readiness by providing free personal financial information, education, training, and counseling to Airmen, guardians, and their families. The DAF has also increased the number of personal financial managers available to assist and improve the financial readiness and money management skills of members and their families.
– The Air Force Aid Society continues to provide for emerging needs such as basic living expenses (e.g. food, rent/mortgage, utilities), vehicles (e.g. payments, repairs, insurance), and childcare costs . Airmen and Guardians can submit applications through the A&FRCs.
– First Sergeants and A&FRC help Airmen, Guardians, and families in need of food security-related grants and loans with referrals to programs such as: U.S. Department of Agriculture Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programthe Federal Supplementary Living Allowance Programand the Air Force Aid Society.
– The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 22 established a Basic Needs Allowance. The BNA program provides supplemental income to service members and dependents whose gross household income falls below 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. The DAF participates in the OSD working group and will implement the OSD guidance once it is published.