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Dam Fit is a program designed to push you to the next level of fitness, regardless of your current fitness level. Each team is led by a trained coach — incorporating strength, agility, and cardio – and effectively progresses all participants towards their fitness goals. See if Dam Fit is right for you by attending one of three FREE Dam Fit sample classes on Wednesday, January 14th at noon, 4:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. in McAlexander Fieldhouse. These sample classes are open to all students and Recreational Sports members. Get Motivated | Get Strong | Get Results | GET DAM FIT!
Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Af-fairs (DVA) have announced that service members are no longer authorized to use both Tuition Assistance and DVA benefits from the Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Re-serve program (Chapter 1606) or Reserve Educational As-sistance Program (Chapter 1607 for the same course.
Soldiers may use both FTA and GI Bill benefits during a term, as long as they don’t use both benefits for the same course.
This does not affect Soldiers using TA and Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty program (Chapter 30) or Post-9/11 GI Bill program (Chapter 33) simultaneously for the same course. Please contact me, your VA School Certi-fying Official (SCO) or the DVA at 1-888-442-4551 or www.benefits.va.gov.
END OF THE FIRST WEEK OF WINTER TERM AND GETTING BACK INTO THE SWING OF THINGS.
PLEASE NOTE: POST 9/11
BOOK ALLOWANCE: 2-3 WEEKS AFTER INITIAL CERTIFICTION 41.67 PER CREDIT HOUR (IF YOU ARE 100% ELIGIBILE).
STUDENTS RECEIVING HOUSING:
VA DISBURSES BAH THE FIRST OF THE MONTH (and always pays one month behind). 1ST OF FEBRUARY FOR WINTER.
VA DISBURSES TUITON AND FEE MONEY TO THE UNIVERSITY BETWEEN 5TH AND 7TH WEEK OF TERM. INTEREST ACRUED TO YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE BACKED OUT WHEN MONEY IS RECEIVED.
STUDENTS WHO ARE RECEIVING ACTIVE DUTY BENEFITS:
YOUR TUITION AND FEES WILL BE REPORTED THE 3RD WEEK OF THE TERM.
STUDENTS COLLECTING 1606/1607/MONTGOMERY GI BILL:
DON’T FORGET TO VERIFY YOUR ATTENDANCE ON THE LAST DAY OF THE MONTH TO RECEIVE YOU STIPEND THIS IS DONE THROUGH WAVE.
Thursday, January 29th,
Find the mobile VetCenter bus in the parking lot between Kelly Engineering and Monroe Avenue
Will be available from 9-2
The VetCenter provides confidential counseling to veterans. It is a division of VA health services, but records from the VetCenter are not shared with the VA or anyone else, unless you specifically request it. VA enrollment forms will be available, but the VetCenter does not specialize in enrollment. Bring any paperwork with you if you would like to make/work on a claim. No paperwork is necessary if you would just like to talk.
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Making Dreams of Careers in Construction Come True
In 1999, Advanced American Construction, Inc. a marine construction company in Portland, Oregon formed the Schweiger Memorial Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships for students with dreams to pursue careers in the construction industry. Over the last 16 years, thanks to generous contributions from Advanced American’s customers, vendors, employees and friends, the Fund has awarded 181 scholarships totaling $467,000
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – Information Session
What if you could discover dark matter… curb U.S. dependence on foreign fuel… clean up an oil spill… or save the world from acts of violence before they happen—all by making a vital scientific discovery today? Better yet, what if you could improve humanity for generations to come by finding and nurturing the scientists who will discover a myriad of ways to improve the world around us? Would you? We are.
Kelley Engineering Center (campus map)
1 541 737 1158
talley.richardson at oregonstate.edu
Sit less, move more during the holiday season! Make plans to remain active while visiting with family and friends. Here are some great wellness tips from Wellness Education Coordinator, Danielle Caldwell:
- Work out with your mobile device. Download an app(s) or video(s) for your mobile device or watch an online video that will help you get moving. These may be especially helpful when you‘re traveling and staying in a hotel or with family and friends. Consider getting started with a 10 minute workout video from Recreational Sports.
- Set a challenge. Between Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day, come up with a realistic challenge to keep you motivated. For example, challenge yourself to a daily 10 minute walk, one new yoga pose a day or one body weight exercise. Set the challenge with a friend or family member to increase accountability.
- Bring a Resistance Band. Resistance bands travel well and are easy to use. You can use one to squeeze in strength exercises whenever you can catch a few minutes over the holidays. Take the “72 Hour Sit Less, Move More Challenge” and earn a FREE resistance band!
BAH Rate Cuts: 99% BAH – The New Reality & The Future of BAH
Don’t fret about this change yet. BAH Rate Protection protects your BAH Rates, so you shouldn’t see an immediate decrease in your BAH check each month, except under a few circumstances, which will will cover in a bit. Let’s take a look at the new 99% policy, why it has come to be, and discuss BAH Rate Protection.
Why Move to 99% BAH?
The DoD, along with the rest of the government, is hurting for money. They are looking for places to cut back spending. And since BAH affects majority of the military population, it is a prime target for cuts. This 1% cut is expected to save the government approximately $200 million per year.
The 2015 defense budget called for plans to cut BAH to 95% of expected costs over the next several years. So this is only the first step. While many servicemembers and their families will start seeing more money out of pocket in the coming years, this is still a much better situation than the 1990’s, when BAH only covered 80% of expected housing costs.
BAH Rate Protection
We have a full-length article covering BAH Rate Protection, but here are the basics. Your BAH Rate is protected from the time you arrive on your installation, until you leave, with the exception of three circumstances:
- Permanent Change of Station (PCS)
- Reduction in paygrade
- Change in dependent status
In other words, your BAH rates can only increase, not decrease, unless you move to another base via a PCS, you receive a reduction in paygrade, or your dependent status changes from with dependents to without, or vice-versa. For the rest of your assignment, your BAH will be the higher of the published BAH Rate on January 1, or the BAH Rate you held on December 31 of the previous year.
I will say it again: Your BAH Rate will not drop during the middle of your assignment, even if the rates for your location decrease in any given year.
Note about a PCS moves: If you live in an area with two bases close to each other and you receive a permanent change of station assignment to the other base, you could possibly remain in the same home, but still face a decreased BAH because it would officially be a PCS move.
How Much Will This Cost Me When I Move?
At the time of this publication, the DoD hasn’t announced exactly how the cuts will take place. They could do one of several actions, including decreasing BAH 1% across the board, calculating the total cuts across the entire DoD and applying an average cut to everyone who receives BAH, or some other calculation.
Andrew Tilghman of the MilitaryTimes reported,
“Military officials do not want to create a new incentive for troops to prefer rural areas over costly urban ones, so it is likely that the Pentagon will calculate some sort of single across-the-board cut for all BAH checks.
For example, they might take the average of all 1 percent reductions nationwide and use that to determine a single dollar amount to shave from every BAH check. For example, regardless of the location and actual BAH rates, each service member may face a reduction of about $200 a year.”
Let’s look at an example: We’ll look at two different BAH rates for an E-5 with dependents. The first is the rate used for the Post-9/11 GI Bill when you take classes exclusively offered online (in-residence classes are based on the ZIP code for your school). The other BAH Rate is an E-5 in Chicago, chosen to illustrate the difference in a high-cost of living location:
- E-5 with Dependents Rate (non-location, used for Post-9/11 GI Bill): $714.50, *99% = New Rate of $707.36, a difference of $7.14/month, or $85.68/year
- E-5 with Dependents Rate (Chicago): Current Rate: $1,977.00, * 99%, New Rate = $1,957.23. Difference of: $19.77/month, or $237.24/year.
When put in the context of a monthly cut, $7 – $20 is noticeable, but not a massive cut. Especially if you don’t see it due to BAH Rate Protection. When you PCS to your next base, you should have a good idea of the BAH in your new area and can use that BAH when setting your budget for your new location.
BAH Rates Can and Do Change for Other Reasons
It’s also important to note that BAH Rates change when cost of living in a local area changes. In general, the BAH should increase as the cost of living increases, and the BAH may decrease when the cost of living in an area decreases. Falling BAH Rates were common after the real estate markets crashed in 2007-2009. This is when BAH Rate Protection was helpful for many servicemembers. It’s also possible that you may see increased BAH payments, even with BAH paid out at 99% of the calculated rate. The important thing to remember is that your BAH Rates should not decrease, regardless of what happens to the published rates. Your rates should only increase throughout the duration of your tour.
What is the Future of BAH?
Right now, we can only go from the information we have at hand, which is from the recent budget talks. The DoD wants to decrease BAH to 95% of the actual cost of housing, but Congress limited to cut to 1%. This 1% decrease could just be the first step. Right now we don’t even have the full picture on the implementation. But going forward I would expect the decreases to continue on an annual basis for the near future. The DoD won’t implement the full 5% overnight, and the BAH Rate Protection should protect a large portion of servicemembers over the next few years. The largest impact to most servicemembers probably won’t be felt for the next couple years.