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WIESBADEN, Germany — An online survey that helps determine cost-of-living allowance rates is available to troops in Italy until March 31.

The Living Pattern Survey takes about 30 minutes to complete and can be found at www.defensetravel.dod.mil/oscola/lps/italy.

The survey is conducted every three years and identifies shopping patterns at an overseas location.

COLA is a $1.8 billion program designed to offset the higher prices of goods and services on the local economy for servicemembers stationed overseas. It is paid to 260,000 members at approximately 600 locations, according to the Defense Travel Management Office.

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