COLA drops for some in Japan
Camp Fuji and Yokota Air Base were among the few locations in mainland Japan and Okinawa to see a slight drop in cost-of-living allowance for the first half of August.
The COLA index dropped two points at those installations, making them the lowest-paid COLA assignments in Japan and Okinawa, along with Kichijoji, Saitama, and Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures, according to figures from the Pentagon's Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Allowance Committee.
With the new COLA rate, which will factor into servicemembers' next paychecks, an E-6 with 14 years of service and three dependents assigned to Yokota will see a dip of $26.43 for the first paycheck of August.
The only other adjustments to COLA this month in Japan were at places without a lot of U.S. servicemembers, such as Hamamatsu and Hyakuri Air Base, where COLA also slid two points.
No changes in COLA were reported for South Korea.
COLA is a supplement paid to offset the higher cost of goods and services for military members stationed abroad. The average supplement is $300 per month, according to the Pentagon. Servicemembers living in the barracks or dorms receive 47 percent of the COLA rate for their rank and location.