The U.S. military is asking service members abroad to complete an annual overseas housing allowance survey, which influences how much money they’ll get for rent and utility expenses.
The survey, which runs through March 31, collects utility and recurring maintenance expense data of service members who live in private housing off base.
This year’s information gathering comes amid high energy costs stemming from the Russia-Ukraine war. With imports of cheap gas from Russia largely cut off, heating bills have risen in much of Europe.
The survey asks for the amount of rent, actual utility expenses and recurring maintenance expenses, as stated on utility bills and receipts, or estimates for maintenance expenses, the Army said.
Among the reportable expenses: electricity, natural gas for heating and cooking, bottled gas and other household fuel costs, such as kerosene. In addition, personnel can report sewer, trash and water costs.
The survey and a full list of reportable expenses can be found at http://www.travel.dod.mil/Allowances/Overseas-Housing-Allowance/OHA-Data-Collection-Surveys/.