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Some U.S. servicemembers in Japan will see their Cost of Living Allowance drop by up to four points over the next two months.

The U.S. Per Diem Travel And Transportation Allowance Committee recently completed analyzing the April 2005 Retail Price Schedule for Japan, resulting in decreases to COLA approved by the Military Advisory Panel.

Reductions would be implemented in increments of two points, stated an official from the advisory panel in an e-mail announcement last week.

For instance, the official wrote, one index point for an E-6 with 10 years of service and three dependents is about $25. The actual dollar amount will vary among individuals based on pay status, years of service and number of accompanying dependents.

The COLA will be reduced by two points effective Sept. 1 for personnel at bases on Okinawa, Sasebo Naval Base, Yokosuka Naval Base, Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Camp Zama, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Akizuki Army Ammunition Depot in Kure, Yokota Air Base and Yokohama Bay.

An additional two-point reduction will take effect on Oct. 1 for Atsugi, Zama, Iwakuni, Kure, Sasebo and Yokota.


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