WIESBADEN, Germany -- The Defense Travel Management Office Military Advisory Panel approved a 10 Euro increase to Germany's utility and recurring maintenance allowance based on the Overseas Housing Allowance survey conducted in March.

The increase means eligible service members will now receive 725 Euros per month, effective May 16.

There are more than 13,000 service members assigned to Germany who met the qualifications for the utility portion of the survey but only 4,558 valid surveys were submitted.

The survey was intended to validate and adjust the amount of compensation service members are receiving from OHA to live in privately leased or rented residential housing.

All service members, regardless of service affiliation, who reside in off-post housing, are highly encouraged to complete the survey each year in order to accurately gauge the amount of OHA service members are receiving. This survey is critical for ensuring OHA rates are properly set at overseas locations and directly affects the amount of housing allowance each service member is paid.

Every year the Defense Travel Management Office conducts these types of surveys to identify how much service members have spent in the previous year for utilities and move-in expenses.

The next OHA survey for Germany is scheduled for March 2015.

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