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Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) for Officer Candidates


Enlisted members in the accession/training pipeline, which includes recruit training and officer candidate school (OCS) are not entitled to basic allowance for subsistence (BAS) unless they have prior military service.

Direct Access automatically pays BAS to enlisted members unless the member is assigned to a position number that has be designated as not eligible for BAS.

To ensure correct BAS payment, use one of the following position numbers when completing accessions and/or PCS orders for officer candidates:

Enlisted members become entitled to ENL BAS as follows:

If the member And ENL BAS starts effective the date Then use this Position Number on Order/Accession
Is hired and sent to OCS Member was not on active duty or in the Ready Reserve immediately prior to being hired for OCS Member is not entitled to ENL BAS during OCS. Upon graduation, Officer BAS shall be started. 00095687
Is hired and/or sent PCS to OCS Member was in the Ready Reserve or was on active duty immediately prior to attending OCS Of accession / hire. The member is subject to a Discount Meal Rate deduction while at OCS 00112823
is re-phased and placed in a hold status until the next OCS class. was not on active duty or in the Ready Reserve immediately prior to being hired for OCS Placed in a hold status. 19367643
is dis-enrolled and moved to guest quarters until discharged was not on active duty or in the Ready Reserve immediately prior to being hired for OCS Of disenrollment until discharge. 19367644