of living in a particular area. VHA is based on
your grade and geographic location. Surveys are
conducted periodically to determine the amount
of VHA for each geographic region of the United
States. You forfeit VHA, as well as BAQ, if you
reside in government quarters.
Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS)
Since all officers must pay their own mess bills,
they are entitled to a monthly allowance for
subsistence without regard to grade or dependency
status. All officers, whether on board ship or
ashore, whether married or single, receive a basic
allowance for subsistence (BAS).
Family Separation Allowance (FSA)
Members assigned to a deployable unit are
paid a family separation allowance (FSA) of $2
per day when they have been away from their
home port in excess of 30 days. That allowance
continues until the members unit returns to the
Dislocation Allowance (DLA)
Personnel with dependents are entitled to a
dislocation allowance (DLA) upon a permanent
change of station. It is paid to help defray the
abnormal expenses incurred in such a move. The
amount is equal to one months basic allowance
for quarters to which the person is entitled.
Additional allowances are paid for things such
as initial uniform allowance, mileage expenses for
travel under orders, and per diem payments for
temporary additional duty. Their specifications
differ, but the basic idea is the same: a temporary
payment to help defray expenses of an unusual
nature arising from official duty.
From the time naval officers begin active duty,
they are entitled to many valuable benefits.
Those benefits considered traditional include
commissary privileges, various assistance pro-
grams, and retirement. Benefits are estimated to
add about 15 percent to a an officers pay.
MEDICAL AND DENTAL CARE
Medical and dental care are available to all
members of the armed services on active duty.
Regardless of where members are stationed, they
have immediate access to full and complete care
through the facilities of all the armed forces and
the Public Health Service.
The Navy naturally is vitally concerned with
the health of its members. It establishes physical
qualifications for procurement and ensures the
maintenance of these standards throughout
the members entire period of active service.
Additional physical qualifications are required for
aviation, submarine duty, and other special
programs. The rigors of a career in the Navy can-
not be withstood by a person who is not in good
physical condition. Should a person become
injured or ill while on active duty, however,
restoring the person to health as soon as possible
is obviously in the persons best interest as well
as the Navys.
Regulations governing medical care for retirees
and dependents are contained in SECNAV
Instruction 6320.8D, which represents a joint
statement by the armed forces, Coast Guard, and
Public Health Service. The regulations prescribe
policies and procedures for administering the
Uniformed Services Health Benefits Program
(previously known as Medicare) as authorized by
Title 10, U.S. Code, for all the uniformed services.
The law provides a uniform level of care,
through either military or civilian facilities, for
(1) retired personnel, (2) dependents of both
active-duty and retired members, and (3)
dependents of deceased members who died while
on active duty or retired. Retired persons are
entitled to the same health benefits in uniformed
services facilities as active-duty members, except
retirees are subject to space availability and staff
capabilities. (The Veterans Administration,
however, is responsible for the hospitalization of
persons retired because of a physical disability
or of a service-connected disease or injury.)
Exceptions to entitlement of medical care for
dependents, which are few, include dental care,
domiciliary or custodial care, prosthetic devices,
hearing aids, spectacles, and orthopedic footwear.
Medical services at uniformed services facilities
may be provided to dependents subject to space
availability and the capabilities of the professional
In general, retirees and all dependents should
use uniformed services medical facilities if they
are adequate and available. An integral part of