Video: Post Allowance
Video by Senior Airman Sarah Brice
How would you react if you look at your next paycheck and realize you’re short a few hundred dollars? Senior Airman Sarah Brice explains what happened to employees at Yongsan, Korea. Soundbites include Jason Chuddy - GS-12, US Army Corps of Engineers & Public Affaris; Pablo Reyes - GS-12, Civilian Human Resources Analyst and Bob Edwards - GS-13, 175th Finance Chief of Information Management. Produced by SrA Sarah Brice, reporting from Yongsan. Suggested Tag: The survey ends on June 30th. SrA Sarah Brice, Reporting: There’s a lot of moving pieces that go into making our military strong: mainly, it’s the people who build us into what we are now. One group not often talked about that help support our troops is our civilian employees. Jason Chuddy – GS-12: I’ve been a GS for about 3 years now. Pablo Reyes – GS-12: Uh, for the last year. Bob Edwards – GS-13: 6-7 Years I guess. SrA Sarah Brice, Reporting: With increasing budget cuts, the overseas post allowance was taken away from Department of Defense employees. The post allowance is similar to the military’s cost of living allowance, and when it disappeared, there were some negative consequences. Jason Chuddy – GS-12: I lost approximately $400 a month from a post allowance. Pablo Reyes – GS-12: You can tell when you look at your paycheck “I’m missing something here”. Bob Edwards – GS-13: Bills still have to be paid, food still has to go on the table. SrA Sarah Brice, Reporting: The payments could range from 100 to more than 500 dollars a month. That could mean the difference between 6,000 dollars a year and nothing… and that’s a big gap if you have a family to support. Bob Edwards – GS-13: That would be the understatement of the day, yes. Pablo Reyes – GS-12: I got my wife and my son. Jason Chuddy – GS-12: I’m paying for a daughter’s college fund, I’m paying for you know a number of things – paying off my bills. SrA Sarah Brice, Reporting: Now the post allowance has been reinstated – but the pay rate isn’t permanent. D-O-D employees need to fill out a survey to help decide what the new allowance rate will be. Bob Edwards – GS-13: Survey came out, I immediately filled out the survey right off the bat. Jason Chuddy – GS-12: There’s strength in numbers when it comes to things such as a survey. Pablo Reyes – GS-12: Take the survey. Do not fail to take out that survey, it’s very important for all of us. SrA Sarah Brice, Reporting: So if you’re a civilian employee or you know somebody who is, let them know about the survey. You can find it by following the link on the USFK homepage. Senior Airman Sarah Brice, Yongsan, Korea.