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Annual housing allowance survey for Germany to begin Friday

U.S. Army Europe is asking servicemembers and spouses in Germany to take part in an annual survey of utility and move-in costs. The survey is instrumental in ensuring accurate housing allowance rates for military families living off post.

The Defense Travel Management Office will begin its monthlong Overseas Housing Allowance Utility survey on Friday.

“The survey is intended to validate and adjust the amount of compensation servicemembers are receiving from OHA to live in privately leased or rented residential housing,” USAREUR stated in a news release. “This survey is critical for ensuring OHA rates are properly set at overseas locations” and directly affects the amount of housing allowance paid to servicemembers.

Servicemembers from all branches who are living off post can fill out the online survey, USAREUR said.

Each year, the Defense Travel Management Office conducts the survey to gauge utility and move-in costs from the previous year. Individual responses to questions are kept confidential, the military said.

A link to the survey can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/clrfb8t

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