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Basic Allowance for Subsistence

The Basic Allowance for Subsistence is linked to, and changes with, the Agriculture Department's food-cost index. The 2009 BAS rates represent an increase of 10 percent over 2008. The new rates as of Jan. 1:
Officers - (including commissioned officers, warrant officers and aviation cadets) $223.04 per month
Enlisted - (almost everyone who has completed basic training) $323.87 per month