6 May, 2005
The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy
United States Senate
Dear Senator Leahy:
FRA wholeheartedly endorses your introduction of legislation authorizing National Guard and Reservists called up to active duty for a period of more than 30 days to receive a basic allowance for housing (BAH) at the same rate as there active duty counterparts.
Current policy requires Reservists serving less than 140 days receive "BAH II," which is generally a flat-rate amount based on pay grade and marital status rather than the market-influenced, geographically driven allowance that active duty personnel receive.
At the specific request of senior enlisted leaders of the Coast Guard, FRA addressed this inadequacy in Congressional testimony, recommending a policy change authorizing Reservists activated 30 days or more to be eligible for locally based BAH. This measure significantly helps ensure Reservists’ compensation reflects the duties our Nation has asked them to perform.
The Association salutes you for your efforts and is committed to working toward enactment of this important legislation.
JOSEPH L. BARNES
National Executive Secretary