Members of the military who are
stationed in Alaska
receive a “Cost of Living Allowance” or “COLA” in addition to their regular
salary. “COLA” pay helps make up for the price of goods and services in high
cost of living areas. While some federal employees are facing the loss of this
supplemental income, that’s not the case for the Coast Guard in Kodiak.
Warrant Officer Jeff Pilkington is the family housing officer at the Kodiak
base. He says that for those stationed in Kodiak, “COLA” is actually going up.
-- (USCG Housing 1 “I
know for ... person to person.”)
The base amount of COLA pay is around
300 dollars per month. Kodiak is one of 14 military locations in Alaska where the Cost of
Living Allowance has increased.
-- (USCG Housing 2 “Every
year we … year to year.”)
type of supplemental pay for qualifying members of the military is the “B-A-H”
or “Basic Allowance for Housing.” In the coming year, the “B-A-H” will go down
for some people stationed in Kodiak. Pilkington said that it’s not a result of
budget cuts but a result of normal market price fluctuations.
-- (USCG Housing 3 “Is
not going … different pay scales”)
2010 rates will be lower than the 2009 rates, they’ll still be higher than they
were in 2008.
Pilkington said that the largest decrease in “B-A-H” rates
will nine percent.
-- (USCG Housing 4 “The
most significant … sector of course.”)
said that the housing allowance changes are Alaska-wide.