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 NSA Bahrain is home to more than 4,500 personnel and 92 tenant commands

Location: NSA Bahrain is located in the Kingdom of Bahrain in the Middle East, within the archipelago Persian Gulf, and east of Saudi Arabia. NSA Bahrain covers the busiest 152 acres in the world. We provide services and support to ships at sea, remote sites throughout the region, and military and civilian personnel living in Bahrain.  Installation Website

Cost of Living: All permanently-assigned personnel are entitled to a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) due to the higher cost of living in Bahrain. COLA rates change frequently; for more up-to-date information, consult the DFAS website.

Base Operator: 011-973-1785-4000 or DSN 318-439-4000


  • Total DoD population: 8,500 including military and DoD civilians

Area Population:  155,000 in Manama, Bahrain. 791,473 in the country of Bahrain.

Child Care:  All family members of DOD personnel permanently assigned in Bahrain are authorized.

Schools: Bahrain School is the only DoD school in Bahrain.  Information on the Bahrain School can be found on their website.

Youth Services:  All family members of DOD personnel permanently assigned in Bahrain are authorized.

Fleet and Family Support Center:  FFSC 011-973-1785-4046, DSN 318-439-4046

Housing: Most personnel will live on the local economy, except for a very few special-assignment personnel. The Housing Office will assist you in finding a place to live and in executing a lease. Rent is paid in Bahrain Dinars. Call the Navy Housing Office, at 011 973 1785 4104, DSN 318-439-4104 for availability.

Employment: The Human Resource Office provides service to state side hires and local hires. All employees are required to have a passport with a visa. 

Base Services: 

Medical Services:  Medical Clinic, 011-973-1785-4260/6110, DSN 318-439-4260/6110. Dental Clinic 011-973-1785-4211, DSN 318-439-4211. Health care services in Bahrain are considered very good by United States standards; although, services are somewhat limited in scope from what is expected in the United States.

Special Messages: 


All active duty military personnel are required to have an official passport prior to arrival in Bahrain. Official (No-Fee) passports will be issued through your Personnel Support Detachment (PSD). Do not delay, it is critical that you have an official passport plan early. Passport application can take as long as two months. The Kingdom of Bahrain requires a visa for all personnel entering the country. All service members and DOD Civilians should ensure they have a "no fee" passport in their possession prior to the move.

Civilian Attire/Dress Code

U.S. personnel and their families must be aware of local sensitivities and cultural values in order to minimize the impact of U.S. military presence and reduce, to the maximum extent possible, any potential host-nation friction. Unless otherwise directed in writing by higher authority, all U.S. Navy personnel attached to COMUSNAVCENT/COMFIFTHFLT units and family members must adhere to the requirement of General Order OPORD 1000-10 (U).


  • Single personnel and personnel with dependents receive COLA (if they are not on per diem), Hardship Duty Pay and BAS at current rate.

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

For EFMP questions or assistance, please contact the Medical Department at DSN 318-439-4260 COM 011-973-1785-4260.

Repatriated Family Members

For information about Family Member repatriation, please see the CNIC NSA Bahrain website.

Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

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