DOD seeks troops' input on housing costs
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 31, 2012
The Defense Department’s annual Overseas Housing Allowance surveys for South Korea and Japan begin Sunday and will end on April 30.
The surveys collect expense data for overseas troops who live off post, and are used to calculate future utility and maintenance allowances. Servicemembers who live off post and have received OHA for at least three months are encouraged to take the surveys, either at home or at work.
To provide accurate figures, servicemembers should collect all records and receipts to determine their average utility and recurring maintenance expenses. Troops whose utilities are included in their rent are not required to report the monthly average of their utility bills, because a monthly flat rate utility supplement is already included in their OHA.