Army: Cost of Living Allowance for some U.S. servicemembers in Europe up for July
HEIDELBERG, Germany — The cost of living allowance for some U.S. servicemembers stationed in Europe will rise for July, the Army announced Thursday. The adjustment is the result of the depreciation of the dollar against most European currencies, the Army said in a release.
The monthly rate for servicemembers is set by the Department of Defense’s Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Allowance Committee.
“It’s all based on location,” said Bruce Anderson, a spokesman for U.S. Army Europe, explaining the rate is routinely adjusted. Anderson said servicemembers would see the change in their leave and earnings statements for this month.
The example USAREUR gave is of an Army staff sergeant stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany, with 10 years of service and three dependents. Based on a DOD website that addresses allowance rates, he would realize an increase in pay of approximately $55 a month.
For more specific details, taking into account such details as location, rank and number of dependents, go to: www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/colaCalc.cfm.