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2021 Overseas Cost of Living Allowance
Overseas Living Patterns Survey

This survey runs from 1 September โ€“ 30 September and is limited to the locations listed below. The button to launch the survey will not be available until that date.

Countries Participating in this Survey:


  • Ansbach, Germany
  • Garmisch, Germany
  • Geilenkirchen, Germany
  • Hohenfels, Germany
  • Kalkar, Germany
  • Kaiserslautern Military Community, Germany
  • Pfullendorf, Germany
  • Spangdahlem, Germany
  • Stuttgart, Germany
  • Vilsek/Grafenwoehr, Germany
  • Wiesbaden, Germany


About the Survey: This survey is used to track the shopping patterns of Uniformed Service members stationed overseas. The data collected will assist in the determination of Overseas Cost of Living Allowance (OCOLA) paid to members in your country of assignment.

Authority: This survey is in accordance with 10 USC 136 and 37 USC ยง405.

Participation: Participation in this survey is voluntary. Failure to respond will not result in penalty to the respondent. However, maximum response is encouraged so that data will be representative of your country of assignment.

This data is instrumental in updating OCOLA indices. Incomplete surveys cannot be used as this might result in inaccurate analysis of shopping behavior. Your response will be treated as confidential. Only group statistics will be reported.

Instructions: To ensure that this survey results in valid OCOLA, please answer questions for all applicable categories.

To prepare for the survey, determine where you purchase groceries, clothing, household furnishings, entertainment, communications and transportation.

Estimated Time to Complete Survey: 20 minutes


  Points of Contact

Timothy W. Marable
SR. Financial Management Analyst
Country Allowance Coordinator
DSN 314-537-1071
CIV: 011 49 611 143 537 1071

Contact for Technical Difficulties
Allowances Branch


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