BASIC NEEDS ALLOWANCE UPDATE ONE:
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NARR/REF A IS TITLE 37 U.S.C. 402(B), BASIC NEEDS ALLOWANCE FOR MEMBERS ON
ACTIVE SERVICE IN THE ARMED FORCES.
REF B IS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INSTRUCTION 1341.15, BASIC NEEDS ALLOWANCE.
REF C IS ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE NAVY (MANPOWER AND RESERVE AFFAIRS)
DELEGATION MEMO - BASIC NEEDS ALLOWANCE.
REF D IS NAVADMIN 289/22, BASIC NEEDS ALLOWANCE.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces updates to Navy policy and procedures for
the basic needs allowance (BNA).
2. In line with reference (a), reference (b) established change one to the
Department of Defense policy for BNA. Reference (c) authorizes the Chief of
Naval Personnel to implement BNA policy. This NAVADMIN supersedes reference
(d). The BNA program provides a monthly allowance to Sailors whose gross
household income (GHI) and household size places them below 150 percent of
Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG) for their permanent duty station (PDS)
location. BNA provides additional income to address the difference between
GHI from the previous calendar year (CY) and 150 percent of the FPG for the
current CY. These references, frequently asked questions, templates, and
other BNA resources can be found here:
3. Eligibility. In line with paragraph 3.2.a of reference (b), eligibility
for BNA requires that a Sailor meets all of the following criteria:
a. They have completed initial entry training (IET). For purposes of
BNA, this coincides with a Sailor arriving at the first PDS after completion
of all required training at any location, including training locations that
are considered a PDS.
b. Their GHI during the most recent CY did not exceed 150 percent of the
FPG for that year.
c. They have dependents enrolled in Defense Enrollment Eligibility
Reporting System (DEERS) and listed on their Dependency Application/Record of
Emergency Data (NAVPERS 1070/602).
d. They voluntarily applied for BNA and were certified by Navy Pay and
Personnel Support Center (NPPSC).
4. Ineligibility. In line with paragraph 3.2.b of reference (b), Sailors
are ineligible to receive BNA if any of the following items apply:
a. They have not completed IET.
b. They do not have any dependents.
c. Their GHI during the most recent CY exceeded 150 percent of the FPG
for that year.
d. Their current, annualized GHI exceeds 150 percent of the FPG for the
e. They are a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy or in the
Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.
5. Screening. NPPSC will conduct monthly screenings. No input from Sailors
or commands is required for this screening. NPPSC will provide each command
a list of Sailors who have screened as potentially eligible for BNA via
enterprise Customer Relationship Management (eCRM), if available, and an
email to the command triad and command pay and personnel administrators
(CPPA). Commands can also review potentially eligible members by reviewing
BNA reports available in the enhanced Unit Commander's Financial Report
6. Notification. Sailors who screen as potentially eligible to receive BNA
will be officially notified by their chain of command via an Administrative
Remarks (NAVPERS 1070/613) and be provided an application cover sheet as
described in paragraph 13.
a. Units are required to report to NPPSC the total number of Sailors
notified each month by the fifth day of the following month. Units will use
the BNA Monthly Report described in paragraph 13 and submit to NPPSC via
eCRM, if available, or via email using nppsc- email@example.com. The report
will include all subordinate unit identification codes that do not have their
own commanding officer (CO). Reports are not required if there have been no
b. If a Sailor is notified via NAVPERS 1070/613 that they may be
eligible for BNA, they have 180 days to submit an application or they will be
deemed ineligible until rescreened. Sailors who are notified during IET have
180 days to apply after arrival at their first PDS after completion of IET or
they will be deemed ineligible until rescreened.
c. Once notified of potential eligibility to receive BNA, Sailors should
further determine their eligibility based on their total GHI before starting
an application. Resources available to assist Sailors include but are not
limited to their CPPAs, Personal Financial Managers (PFM) at the local Fleet
and Family Support Center (FFSC), and their command financial specialists
(CFSs). Additional resources can be found at:
7. Application Process:
a. Sailors may submit an application whether or not they have been
notified as potentially eligible for BNA.
b. Sailors in IET cannot submit an application until they have arrived
at the first PDS after completion of all required training at any location,
including training locations that are considered a PDS.
c. Sailors in receipt of separation orders may not apply for BNA.
d. Applications will be submitted to NPPSC via eCRM or sent via email
using firstname.lastname@example.org if eCRM is not available at the command. This
application should be in a single .pdf file and must include the following:
(1) Completed application cover sheet signed by the CPPA or other
designated verifying official and endorsed by the CO.
(2) Supporting documentation to confirm GHI in line with the
definition of GHI in section g.2 of reference (b).
(3) Copy of NAVPERS 1070/613 screening notification, if applicable.
e. Additional GHI considerations are described in paragraph 3.4.b.(8)
and (9) of reference (b).
f. Sailors are encouraged to seek assistance during the application
process. Personnel available to assist with the application include but are
not limited to CPPAs, PFMs at the FFSC, and CFSs.
8. Application Adjudication. NPPSC is the adjudicating authority for BNA
applications. Adjudication will occur within 30 days of receipt of a
complete, verified application endorsed by the CO. NPPSC will adjudicate
applications as certified, ineligible, or incomplete, and will provide a
detailed explanation of the outcome via eCRM or e-mail.
a. Correspondence to Sailors will be expeditiously retrieved from eCRM
or e-mail by the command and delivered to the Sailor. The Sailor is required
to initial the correspondence next to their name to confirm receipt.
b. If an application is adjudicated as certified, BNA is effective on
the date of certification and first payment will be made within 30
days. Counseling requirements listed in paragraph 3.7.c of reference (b)
will be explained in the certification notification letter to the Sailor.
c. NPPSC will maintain documentation, disaggregated by month, of all
items listed in paragraph 3.5.f of reference (b).
9. Special BNA Eligibility Considerations. See paragraph 3.2.c of reference
(b). BNA will terminate 60 days after Sailors become ineligible due to their
monthly GHI, when annualized, exceeding 150 percent of the previous year
FPG. For example, a Sailor that receives a promotion and becomes ineligible
for BNA due to the pay increase, will continue to receive BNA at the
previously calculated rate for 60 days after the date of promotion.
10. Computation of Allowance. Monthly BNA payment is equal to 1.5 times the
most recently published annual FPG for the CY during which the allowance is
paid based on the Sailor household size, minus the Sailor's GHI during the
previous calendar year, divided by 12. A sample BNA payment computation and
information on BNA proration for periods of duty under 30 days are found in
Figure 1 and paragraph 3.6.c of reference (b), respectively.
11. Recertification Requirements:
a. In line with paragraph 3.7.b of reference (b), for Sailors receiving
BNA, recertification by NPPSC is required if any of the following occur:
(1) 12 months has elapsed since their BNA was last certified.
(2) Their monthly, recurring GHI increases by $150 or more per month.
(3) The number of dependents in their household changes.
b. If GHI increases by $150 or more per month due to changes other than
military compensation, Sailors receiving BNA are responsible to notify NPPSC
via their CPPA through eCRM or email within 60 days. NPPSC will monitor
changes in military compensation and will recertify eligibility when military
(1) GHI changes that require notification to NPPSC will be submitted
to NPPSC using the GHI update document described in paragraph 13. A new
application is not required when providing routine GHI updates.
(2) Failure to notify NPPSC within 60 days of a qualifying GHI change
may result in termination of BNA eligibility and recoupment of any
(3) GHI updates do not require CO endorsement. CO endorsement is
required for applications only.
c. NPPSC will automatically recertify and recalculate BNA payments due
to changes in military compensation or number of dependents of a
participating Sailor as long as DEERS is current and updated by the
Sailor. NPPSC will provide an updated adjudication via eCRM or email
detailing any changes to BNA status.
d. No later than 10 January each year, Sailors receiving BNA will submit
a GHI update document with substantiating documentation to NPPSC to establish
their previous CY GHI.
12. Reserve Component (RC). Members of the RC on Active Duty as defined in
Section 101 of Title 37, U.S.C. may apply for BNA if otherwise eligible. For
purposes of BNA, if the Active Duty orders are for temporary duty, the PDS is
the Navy Reserve Center to which the member is assigned. If the active duty
orders involve a PCS, the new PDS location is used for purposes of BNA.
13. BNA Documents. Specific tools and templates are required to be utilized
during the screening, notification, and application processes. All items can
be found here: https://www.mynavyhr.navy.mil/References/Pay-Benefits/.
a. The following document templates are required to be used in the
execution of BNA:
(1) NAVPERS 1070/613. Utilized for all official notifications once a
Sailor is screened as potentially eligible.
(2) Application Cover Sheet. Required to be utilized for application
submission to NPPSC via eCRM or email.
(3) GHI Update Document. Submitted by Sailors receiving BNA when
criteria are met as described in paragraph 11.b and by 10 January each CY.
(4) BNA Monthly Report. Units will submit the reporting template
monthly via eCRM or email no later than the fifth day each month with total
number of Sailors notified of potential eligibility. No report is required
if no Sailors were notified.
14. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled, or 31
July 2028, whichever occurs first. POC for BNA policy is the Military Pay
and Compensation Policy Branch (OPNAV N130). OPNAV N130 can be reached via
email at NXAG_N130C@navy.mil.
15. Released by Ms. Lisa M. St. Andre, Acting N1.//