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).
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.
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