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U.S. servicemembers in Japan face a slight drop in their cost-of-living allowance, while the rates remain unchanged for troops in South Korea and on Okinawa, according to the Defense Department’s Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Allowance Committee Web site.

The COLA changes were based on new foreign exchange rate adjustments.

The daily allotment of an E-6 with 10 years of experience and three dependents living at Sasebo Naval Base or Yokosuka Naval Base will decrease from $32.30 to $30.51, a difference of $1.79 a day.

Similar reductions are expected at Yokota Air Base, Atsugi Naval Air Facility, Camp Zama and Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station. No change will occur at Misawa.

The allowance is designed to help offset the high cost of living abroad. A COLA index is used to help determine how much servicemembers receive.

For more information, visit the allowance committee’s Web site at https://secureapp2.hqda.pentagon.mil/perdiem/.

COLA changesMost servicemembers in Japan will see a decrease in their cost-of-living allowance next paycheck, while the figures remain the same for troops in South Korea and Okinawa.

A look at how the daily COLA is changing at some locations in Japan:

Old rate New rate

Atsugi $28.71 $26.91

Camp Zama $28.71 $26.91

Iwakuni $21.53 $19.74

Sasebo $32.30 $30.51

Yokosuka $32.30 $30.51

Yokota $19.74 $17.94

Figures are based on an E-6 with 10 years of experience and three dependents.

For full list of rates, go to: https://secureapp2.hqda.pentagon.mil/perdiem/ocform.html

Source: Defense Department’s Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Allowance Committee

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