Active Duty Military personnel receive a monetary allowance toward their housing costs because they have to live where the military assigns them. Each area’s allowance is determined by the specific cost of living in that area.
Similarly, the Post 9/11 GI Bill will pay veterans a Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) if they attend school more than half time. Veterans receive the same as an E-5 with dependents. Use the BAH Calculator to make example calculations.