Korea 2020 COLA Living Pattern Survey up and running

Korea 2020 COLA Living Pattern Survey up and running

by Capt. Enoch Stohry
U.S. Forces Korea

Overseas COLA is intended to equalize purchasing power so that members can purchase the same level of goods and services overseas as they could if they were stationed in CONUS. Overseas COLA is calculated by comparing the prices overseas with the prices for equivalent goods in CONUS. If the prices in CONUS are rising at a greater rate than those overseas, a member's Overseas COLA will decrease, and vice versa.

The Living Pattern Survey (LPS) captures input from Service members and their families to establish where and how they normally purchase goods and services. This survey should be advertised to all affected Service members and family through multiple channels (i.e. social media) as spouses are typically the primary vehicle through which household purchases are tracked and made and likely have the best insight in contributing accurate feedback on these surveys.

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower & Reserve Affairs, OASD(M&RA), is responsible for conducting the final analysis and any COLA changes are voted on by a panel of Service Compensation Representatives for each of the Uniformed Services.

Components actively advertise the survey for their respective locations identified in the links and promote to service members and families. This is their only opportunity to have a direct impact.

Main site: https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/colaSurvey.cfm

Individual links to surveys:
Camp Humphreys (incl Suwon) - https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/Community/se/2511374556B26787

Daegu/Waegwan (incl Camps Carroll, Henry, Walker, & Kunsan AB) - https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/Community/se/251137454921E60A

Dongducheon (incl. Camp Casey) - https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/Community/se/251137457483F7CB

Gwangju AB - https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/Community/se/251137453565D635

Inchon - https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/Community/se/251137453C595CC2

Osan AB - https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/Community/se/2511374576241689

Pusan (incl. Gimhae) - https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/Community/se/251137454214FF11

Seoul - https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/Community/se/251137451B9C0457

United Changwon City (Chinhae, Changwon, Masan) - https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/Community/se/2511374518000676

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