Other costs, such as schooling and relocations, have yet to be discussed, but what is a good housing allowance? I see an E-7 w/dependent bring up to 2100 euros/mo and 900 euros in COLA. It`s way above my threshold. (Euro 1.22 , while I`m writing this). The controversy is due to differing interpretations of an agreement negotiated between the United States and Germany in the 1990s on the status of contractors. I finally got the first job offer after waiting 6 months with 51k plus 10% Cola plus 23k of accommodation. It comes around 78k, lower than in the first interview discussed and less than what I did in my civil work. Of course, I had to do shift work, vacations and overtime, but that would also require. The U.S. government has military bases and outposts around the world and, as in the United States, uses contractors to support its mission abroad. Given that the military and personnel of state contractors are necessarily abroad, questions arise as to how and what laws of the host country apply. This uncertainty is often resolved by bilateral (or multilateral) agreements between the host country and the United States, known as the Status of the Armed Forces Agreements (SOFA).
SOFAs perform a number of functions. First, they define the legal status of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) personnel and support governments for their activities and assets in another nation. Second, they define rights and responsibilities between the United States and the host country government. For staff, SOFAs can dictate all aspects of staff life while in the host country. Agreements on sofas may cover, for example, the status, entry and exit of the host country, military training on the territory of the host country, justice, law enforcement, taxes, import and export laws, driving privileges, employment, school education, housing, etc. In general, the protection of sofas applies to civilian staff of defence companies and other organisations providing services in the host country and their relatives, beyond uniformed service members in the host country. The terms of these agreements differ from country to country to meet the specific needs of staff working in a given country. KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — John Adair remembers the day he wrote the „biggest cheque of my life.“ Since that day, Adair and his lawyer have been fighting for the return.
They argue that Adair should never have paid taxes because of an agreement between the United States.