DA 5960 Form - How to Download and Edit DA 5960

Last Updated on December 23, 2021 by Tina Clark

How to Download and Edit DA 5960

Part 1: General Introduction

DA Form 5960 is used for authorization to start, stop or change basic allowance for quarters, and/or variable housing allowance. Any member of a uniformed service who is entitled to basic allowance for quarters and/or to a variable housing allowance needs a DA Form 5960.

It is accompanied by DD Form 137. Soldiers must certify their dependency status every three years, while soldiers with secondary dependents must recertify every year.

Soldier must report changes that may affect the entitlement to ensure proper payment including the following issues:

Termination of family-type housing;

Assignment to family-type housing;

Married, divorced, or birth of child;

Legal separation or court ordered child support;

Spouse enlisted or discharged from military;

Child enlisted to Military (If only Dependent).

Part 2: How to fill DA Form 5960

Blocks 1-3: fill in your personal information including name, social security number and grade.

Block 4: mark with an "X" the type of action.

Blocks 5-6: Enter your unit address and effective date of the action.

Block 7: mark with an "X" for the applicable BAQ type.

Block 8: mark with the appropriate selection of "Marital/Dependency Status" and follow on to any necessary sub-blocks.

Block 9: check "ADEQUATE" if you have been assigned to government quarters or if you are living in the barracks; check "NOT AVAILABLE" if you are residing off post or if you are living in transient facilities.

Block 10: if you have dependents list them here and make sure to include children's date of birth.

Block 11: check fields to certify the support of your dependents for married soldiers or soldiers with qualified dependents.

Block 12: accounting information of your monthly expenses and the monthly expenses of any dependents not currently living with you. Indicate your current mortgage, insurance or other monthly obligations. If you are leasing quarters, you must include the contact information for the landlord and the address of the location.

Block 13-14: sign and date this form. (please notice that failure to sign the document will result in not getting paid your BAH in a timely manner.)

You must provide this DA 5960 Form to the Installation Finance Office or to the USAR Pay CenterR (UPC) depending on the circumstances.

Part 3: Basic Allowances for housing (changes dues to PCS)

  • Soldiers are entitled to Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) at the last duty stations rate through the day of sign in to the New Duty Station;
  • Soldiers may be overpaid allowances at the old rate due to system cutoff dates. If this happens then a debt will be on the Soldiers Leave and Earning Statement (LES).
  • The debt may be collected immediately or the collection will be suspended for 60 days from the date of input. Please watch your LES for changes. If you have an ADV DEBT on the entitlement side of the LES then the collection has NOT been made so expect it to be collected within the next 2 months.
  • If you are returning from overseas and were receiving COLA/OHA, these entitlements stop and BAH II will be effective from the day of SIGN OUT of the OLD DUTY STATION until you SIGN IN to the NEW DUTY STATION. This is a flat rate according to rank.
  • If you were in Government Owned Quarters then BAH II will start the day you terminate those quarters due to PCS orders.
  • If you were in Single Type quarters you will be receiving BAH II the day of SIGN OUT of the OLD DUTY STATION until you SIGN IN to the NEW DUTY STATION. This is a flat rate according to rank.
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Part 4: Video instructions and help to fill out DA 5960

Part 5: Quick tutorial to fill DA 5960 PDF

Step 1: Add DA Form 5960 PDF file

Download and install PDF Editing software for Windows - WidsMob ConvertPDF. Open the DA Form 5960 template by clicking the Open button or directly drag the form to the program.

Add PDF to ConvertPDF

Step 2: Convert DA Form 5960 PDF to Word Format for Editing

You will be in the default PDF to Word section. Choose Settings at the bottom. Later, you can see a popping-up window with the name of Option. Click Word in the left panel, and then set to convert PDF to word (*.docx) or word 2003-2007 (*.doc).

Manage PDF Output Settings

Step 3: Edit DA Form 5960

If you want to keep the original layout and preservation, choose Same as Resource at the bottom. Click the huge Convert button on the lower right corner. Few seconds later, you can get the converted word document successfully.Then you can edit this DA 5960 PDF according to your need.

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