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allowances (pay)

Definition/Scope: Monies provided for specific needs, such as food or housing. Monetary allowances are provided when the government does not provide for that specific need. For example, the quantity of government housing is not sufficient to house all military members and their families. Those who live in government housing do not receive full housing allowances. Those who do not live in government housing receive allowances to assist them in obtaining commercial housing.



Broader Terms:

military pay

Narrower Terms:

basic allowance for housing
basic allowance for subsistence
cost of living allowance
dislocation allowance
uniform allowance
variable housing allowances


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