helpabrothaout asked this question 5 years, 9 months ago:

Question about LQA and salary

Hello KMC folks, I have this question directed more so for Army civilians working here who receive LQA:

Do you receive your LQA on top of your GS salary or does the CPAC here only give you a portion? Meaning, e.g.,:

-GS-11 base salary 60k a year
-LQA allotted for the Kaiserslautern area is 45k a year (according to State dept website)
-Rent with utilities comes out at say 37k a year

In theory, my LQA allotted should cover rent/utilities without me having to go into my salary.

What is your experience if you don't mind answering?

Thanks.



5 years, 9 months ago

Quote by helpabrothaout:
Hello KMC folks, I have this question directed more so for Army civilians working here who receive LQA:

Do you receive your LQA on top of your GS salary or does the CPAC here only give you a portion? Meaning, e.g.,:

-GS-11 base salary 60k a year
-LQA allotted for the Kaiserslautern area is 45k a year (according to State dept website)
-Rent with utilities comes out at say 37k a year

In theory, my LQA allotted should cover rent/utilities without me having to go into my salary.

What is your experience if you don't mind answering?

Thanks.


Your salary is 60k + plus Post Allowance (currently 20%) + whatever you spend for rent/mortgage and utility expenses up to 45k as you mention for the Kaiserslautern area.

5 years, 9 months ago

Quote by Bergman:
Your salary is 60k + plus Post Allowance (currently 20%) + whatever you spend for rent/mortgage and utility expenses up to 45k as you mention for the Kaiserslautern area.

Thanks for your reply Bergman and this is what I thought also but after going back and forth with the spouse about this exact situation with almost exact numbers posted she states that Army cpac told her otherwise.

They said it was up to the discretion of the command how much you get? Just wondering how much validity that statement makes and not trying to get screwed out of paying out of pocket otherwise.

5 years, 9 months ago

Quote by helpabrothaout:
Thanks for your reply Bergman and this is what I thought also but after going back and forth with the spouse about this exact situation with almost exact numbers posted she states that Army cpac told her otherwise.

They said it was up to the discretion of the command how much you get? Just wondering how much validity that statement makes and not trying to get screwed out of paying out of pocket otherwise.


Luckily it's not up to the command at all. You get LQA and post allowance based on what the DSSR says (and family size).

The only thin you need to make sure of is that you have been in the U.S. for at least two years and when you applied and accepted the job.

5 years, 9 months ago

Or they can get a waiver for an extension if youre close to your 5 years and they really want you

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