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Cost-of-living allowances paid to U.S. troops in Europe will remain flat through the first half of July in all locales except the United Kingdom, where COLA drops more than 5 percent Tuesday at all bases.

The lowest-ranking servicemembers living in barracks in the U.K. will get about $15 less in COLA during July if rates stay the same through the end of the month, according to new allowance rates posted Monday on the Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Committee’s Web site. An E-6 with three dependents and eight years’ service will see a drop of about $50, while a captain with the same size family and years of service will get about $68 less.

The dollar has traded relatively steady against the euro for more than a month, but the British pound has been somewhat more volatile. COLA rates in European locales outside the U.K. have been flat since mid-May. A biweekly report explaining COLA changes was not available by deadline Monday, but the drop in U.K. COLA is likely due to fluctuations in the exchange rate.

Post allowances — the cost-of-living allowances paid to qualifying overseas civilians — are also flat throughout Europe, according to the State Department’s Office of Allowances. Post allowances, which tend to be more stable than the troop COLA, haven’t changed since March in most European locations.


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