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Ask An Army Spouse: BAH or Housing Allowance

BAH After Getting Married

My husband is in his 9th week of AIT. We married in Dec after he graduated from BT. He just now got me added to DEERS. I called to see when we would start getting our BAH. I was told he had not yet completed the process and still needs to go to the finance office to fill out more paper work.My husband has a way of putting things off.It could take a few more weeks of me nagging him before he finishes this process.My question is: Will we get back pay for our BAH or will we only be paid from the day he completes the paper work? How long will it take to receive a BAH payment once he has the paper work done? Does the payment get deposited at the same time as his regular pay?

You should receive back pay for BAH dated back to the day that you were married. So that should be a pretty nice check. BAH is added to his regular pay. After the paperwork is completed, it should be in the following paycheck unless he completes it just before payday. If that is the case, it will show up in the next paycheck. The lump sum for back pay should all be in one check. After that, his pay will be split fairly evenly twice a month.
Hope he gets it taken care of quickly!


Applying for BAH

Hi! I am getting married to a soldier in about 2 months. How long after we get married will it take to get our BAH so I can move to his duty station. (I’m in TN and he`s in TX) And what steps do we need to take in order to receive our BAH? Thanks. 🙂

As soon as you get married, he needs to take the marriage certificate to finance to have his records updated. In addition, you will need to get your military ID and be enrolled in DEERS. Typically, BAH will go into effect on the next month’s paycheck and will be back paid to the date of your marriage. Congratulations!

BAH When Not Living with Soldier

I have been married for 3 months and my husband keeps telling me that the he is not getting BAH for being married. I live in a different place than him. He is at Fort Bragg. He says if he gets it, they take it for his bills. I thought the money was for me and the kids housing. He won’t tell me who his SGT. What do I do? I have nothing as I gave up my job because he said we were moving there. What do I do?


BAH is given to married soldiers to provide a place for him to live with his family. If he chooses to live on post, then housing will be provided for “free” but he will not receive any BAH. If he is living on post, he is not technically receiving any money every month. However, he should also not be living in on post housing alone. If he is living off post, then he is receiving BAH. You need to find a way to contact his chain of command to let them know that he is not supporting you or his kids. It is possible they can help through an allotment.

Why have you not moved to be there with him?

Geographic Bachelor Status

Hi, my husband and I have been married for two years and been together for five. He decided to join the army against my wishes for the reason I am unable to go with him because I cannot travel for medical reasons and am currently involved in a long school program while I am receiving my medical treatments. So now I am stuck living with my mom and am by myself. My medical condition does not allow me to sit in a car for more than 30 minutes and flying is out of the question. We are trying to figure out how BAH works when a spouse will not be living with the husband. I know it goes by where his duty station is but would they be able to give him a room in the barracks and let him keep some of the BAH or would he be better off renting a room in a house off base. Please help, no one can answer this one for us.

It is possible due to your medical conditions that he could be assigned geographical bachelor status with the Army. The Army supposedly ended this program, at least in an official capacity, but it does still exist in some circumstances. He would need to talk to his chain of command and his ability to stay in the barracks would be dependent upon his rank (usually lower than E-6) and the space they have available. Ultimately, it is up to his chain of command.

Housing Allowance During Basic Training

I recently enlisted in the Army, and am going into BCT at the end of May. I’ve read all over the Internet that a soldier with dependents receives BAH while at BCT, but I haven’t found anything that specifically lays it out as to how much, and I’ve found nothing on an actual military or government-run website. My recruiter doesn’t know for sure because he very rarely gets married recruits, and I’m trying to avoid going to and bothering his superiors. Any help?


Yes, married soldiers will receive BAH in basic training. While you are in training, BAH will be based on your rank and the zip code where your dependents live. You can look up the rate here:


You may get security exceptions when you first access the website but it is fine to confirm the exceptions and proceed.

When you go to basic training, be sure to take the appropriate paperwork so your pay will be set up correctly (marriage certificate and birth certificates for all children under 18). You may also be required to take a copy of your rental agreement or lease, if applicable.

Thank you for your commitment to serve!

BAH When ETSing

I have a question that need to be answered to the best of someone’s ability. I was just wondering, my husband is currently ETSing out of the Army. We are about 3 weeks from going home so its coming close ,but we were wondering when we will receive our BAH again because I know that we should receive it 1 last time in March’s payday.  So how soon will we receive the BAH after we leave here?


You should continue to receive pay on schedule as long as he is considered active duty.If he is taking terminal leave, for instance, then he will continue to be paid as he always has been until his official ETS date.

His final paycheck will take longer than normal as they review his financial records to make sure his final paycheck is accurate. In my experience, it is anywhere from four to six weeks to get a final paycheck after ETS. Those who are retiring tend to get their final paycheck quicker than those who are discharging before retirement age.

Keep in mind, it’s always possible during the final review, they will find other money that is owed and that will come out of his final paycheck.

Good luck with ETSing!

BAH at Lower Enlisted Ranks

Hi Stacey!

My fiance has recently decided to join the Army and will be off to basic soon. We plan on getting married before AIT, and I most definitely want to go with him to his assigned post after training. His father, a Veteran, told us that the military would most likely not cover my housing and living expenses while he is a low rank. He mentioned command sponsorship?

Thanks in advance! And btw, marriedtothearmy.com is by far the most helpful and informative site I’ve come across. Amazing!


Thank you!!

The military will cover housing with BAH while he is training (rank, zip code and dependent status determines the payment) if you are married. As long as you are married, BAH continues after training. He will also receive separation allowance during training and BAS (food allowance) after training is complete, if he is married.

You will only need command sponsorship if he is assigned overseas. Hope this helps!

Choosing to Live Off Post

Hi! My husband is currently a reserve ARMY MP. He is now going active (by choice) We are unsure of where we are going yet, as his request was just approved. My question is if a space IS available on base are we allowed to say “no thank you” without losing our BAH? I know they will move us but do we have a choice to live off base? Thanks!

As a married soldier, he should have the option to choose to live off post. The only exception would be some overseas posts where they require families to be on post unless the soldier is of a certain rank. If you choose to live on post, you trade BAH for on post housing. If you choose to live off post, you receive BAH to help cover the costs of housing.

Good luck with the move!

Not Moving With Soldier When On Orders

My husband graduates BCT in Aug and then goes to AIT until December. He and I have talked it over and as of now I have decided to stay at our home for a little while after he goes to his duty station. He wants me to stay at my job for a while so we can get our debt paid off. My question is, if I am on his orders for his duty station, do I have to go? And also I plan on staying home no longer than a year, so when I do decide to move will I be able to move to his base with him?

You do not have to move with him. But realize that he will only receive a housing allowance to pay for one household. You will be able to move with him whenever you would like. Whether the Army will pay for the move will depend on if you are on his orders and if he uses his moving allowance when he moves to the post.

Your best bet is to contact the transportation office to find out about your particular situation and if there is an expiration date for the move. Many times, the orders will state how long he has to move household goods with expenses being covered by the Army.


About the author: Stacey is an Army wife of a soldier who joined in 2003. He has since been medically retired but she continues to provide information to Army wives and families to make their adjustment to the Army lifestyle easier. Connect with Stacey: Facebook Twitter Pinterest

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  • Tiffany July 10, 2015, 5:04 pm

    Hi my husband is reclassing and going to ait for 4 months. I am going to be going to law school but it’s not where we are currently stationed. He goes to Korea for a year right after as a tdy from ait. Can we get bah in California where me and our children will be or will the bah be for fort Lewis where we are stationed now?

    • Stacey Abler July 19, 2015, 9:01 pm

      If it’s an unaccompanied tour for him, your BAH should be based on where you live.

  • Jenny July 20, 2015, 5:46 pm

    Hey there,
    My husband has been stationed at Bragg for a 9 month training program and we got married in May (right before his clinical rotation took him to Michigan where there was not a post). Our BAH still has not kicked in but I am located in TN and he is saying that because his training has been longer than 4 months, the BAH will be for Bragg and not TN. If he was to leave for clinicals for a month right after our wedding, why would it be assumed or expected that I would move to Bragg? He’s only just gotten back.

    • Stacey Abler August 25, 2015, 8:57 pm

      If you were eligible to go with him for training (from the Army’s viewpoint), then BAH is based on where he is. It’s only based on where you are if you’re not on his orders.

  • Teresa July 28, 2015, 12:45 pm

    Hello. My fiancé and I are getting married next month in August and we have a baby due in October. He is in the Navy (I know this is army but I’m not sure where else to ask). I currently live almost 5 hours away, I am in Delaware he is in Norfolk and right now he lives in the barracks. I want to be moved down there in early October because he goes to sea for a month in September and then will be deployed for 7 months starting in November so we want to be settled before the baby comes and he leaves. I know getting housing will depend on the availability but does anyone know about how long the BAH may take to process and if it will be done in time even with him being gone in September? Also does anyone know about how much increase it will be he’s E2. Thanks in advance.

  • Lilith sommes July 30, 2015, 9:57 pm

    My boyfriend is going overseas after his leave. For me to live with him would we have to get married during his leave or can we wait a few months?

    • Stacey Abler August 25, 2015, 8:46 pm

      I assume he’s going overseas to be stationed not deployed? You need command sponsorship to be able to go with him. You can wait to do it but if you’re not on his original orders, the Army won’t pay for your move.

  • Teri Hickey August 5, 2015, 3:29 pm


    My son and daughter-in-law were just married. He is stationed in Germany and just went back. She’s still here until her orders come through. I’ve been asked to help with her BAH while she’s here. What paperwork and proof of residency do I need? Also, what is the process? I’ve been told she needs her rental agreement and it needs to be notarized at the post office. I didn’t know you could do that there? Is it something else that is supposed to be done or are they’re confused? I hate to pull the property manager, landlord and her into post office if it’s not necessary. That she needs to do something different on her own. Thank you.

    • Stacey Abler August 25, 2015, 8:43 pm

      Just a copy of a rental agreement should suffice. I’ve never heard of it having to be notarized.

  • Raymond Watts August 14, 2015, 2:46 am

    Hi, me and my wife got married while she was a reserver. She submitted all necessary documents proving that. We then were supposed to move to the fort she was assigned to but differences right after our marriage stopped that. I didn’t get a military i.d. She has since enrolled to a more long term position instead of reserves I believe. It’s been 3 years and we don’t speak. Should I be concerned that I’m eligible for BAH or any kind of funds?

  • Rose_AA August 15, 2015, 2:52 pm

    husband is in the army suppose to get back pay but he’s on leave does he still get it

    • Stacey Abler August 25, 2015, 8:27 pm

      If he’s owed back pay, he should get it.

      • Rosy_AA October 9, 2015, 12:43 pm

        by when should he recieve it ….. He’s getting discharged within a few months as well does that make a difference in getting it

  • Jorine Kamwine August 30, 2015, 2:01 am

    My Fiancé and I are getting married next week, what paper work do I need to take to my recruiter to update my status so that I get Allowances as a married soldier? Also what paper work do I need to carry with me to basic training?

  • liz conger September 10, 2015, 9:25 am

    How soon after my soldier starts BCT, does the housing allowance begin? I’m trying to get everything organized and ready for our family to be without her

  • E Ohata September 15, 2015, 2:08 am

    My son in law is based in Hawaii.We are planing to rent him and my daughter our house.We have checked the BHA for Honolulu Hawaii it is quite high.He insisted he does not get the entire sum listed on the BHA web site his rank is E4. Is there anyway he wouldn’t get the full amount? We have heard every excuse in the book.Just want to be fair.they have 1 child. Thank you.

    • Stacey Abler September 15, 2015, 8:45 am

      There’s no reason a married soldier wouldn’t get BAH unless he lives on post.

  • Tanishacolquitt September 17, 2015, 6:19 pm

    hi my husband and I have been married since August and all our paper work was submitted 3days after with all the right paper work that was needed we still haven’t received any bah so I was wondering what we could do for our rent because we did move in and he did loan to get our place is there any help we could get thank you

  • Mona September 17, 2015, 7:34 pm


    You are amazing. Thank you for your support and military wisdom! My fiance is in job training right now for the next year and we are likely getting married in a couple weeks. I believe some of the questions above answer this, but just to be sure, will he get BAH AND separation pay even while in job training?

    Thanks for all you do!


    • Stacey Abler October 8, 2015, 10:23 am

      Aww, thanks! As long as you’re married, he’ll get BAH. Separation pay happens after thirty days assuming he is on unaccompanied orders. Good luck!

  • anita September 25, 2015, 3:37 pm

    Hi, i am separated from my husband but still legally married , he is going deployment to South Korea in October 5th, so he will be reporting to the base the day 9th. he promise me to send me the BHA money . i am staying in USA Maryland , he told me that he needs to wait 1 month to get the money into his bank account after completing the paper work . but i dont believe him . Is him telling me the truth about this ? how can i do to contact with the housing office to make sure if is him getting money from BHA? do i need to contact with his base in South Korea to know about that ?

  • Ryan September 27, 2015, 6:06 pm

    I am shipping out Nov. 3 for basic. My wife will be staying home with her folks and continue attending nursing school at Norwich.
    My question is, will we receive BAH even if my wife stays at home with her folks?
    If not, what other requirements would either one of us have to fulfill?
    If she became on-campus, would that qualify?

    • Stacey Abler October 8, 2015, 10:13 am

      It shouldn’t matter what her living arrangements are. If they want a rental agreement, just create one showing a rental arrangement with her parents.

  • Amanda Mendiola September 28, 2015, 9:50 am

    My bf and I have a baby together and for the past 10 months have been living together. Before I moved down there I had to give him full custody so he could get BAH. He recently decided to kick me out and we signed an agreement saying that our daughter would live with me because it was in her best interest. Now, he is still collecting BAH and is saying he won’t sign a court document for joint custody because he’ll lose his BAH and he doesn’t want to live in the barracks. Can I contact his chain of command for that? I don’t know what do do.

  • Alyssa October 10, 2015, 1:01 pm

    Hi. My husband is currently in BT, his family day ceremony is November 13th, so hes about half way through. When he left for Fort Benning he had our marriage licence, birth certificates, everything. We have yet to get his BAH, during processing he was told that we need to send a copy of our rent agreement and that I have to call DEERS to find out where. Every time I call DEERS, they have no idea. He also somehow managed to not get his direct deposit form for his pay filled out and mailed to the bank until this passed Monday, October 5th, so now were wondering where his pay for the month of September went to. Any help or suggestions?

  • Alex October 12, 2015, 1:49 am

    My husband is deployed we are getting a divorce he is an e4. Do my son and I get all of the bah?

  • Mrs.Garcia October 18, 2015, 5:03 am

    If soldier and spouse moved to the duty station, receiving bah accompanied, and staying on post all the money goes back to housing. If spouse of soldier decides to leave the state to work (since finding work at the current station is a joke) the soldier must live off post? Could the spouse live in both states not to disrupt the current bah? Also is there a certain amount of time the spouse needs to reside in duty station location?

  • Burgo October 27, 2015, 12:31 pm

    My husband is being stationed in Germany and I don’t want to move there with our four kids is there a way to work it out so that we can live separately for a while on his bah

  • Michelle November 4, 2015, 6:40 am

    Hopefully someone can help me out. My husband and I were married before he went to boot camp and he left on October the 5th and was supposed to get his first pay by the 15th but due to our son being born on the 1st of October, right before he left, he had to stay an extra day at MEPS and so I was told he’d get the check from the 15th of October plus the one for November 1st on the 1st including the BAH so can someone tell me why only 800$ was deposited in the account? Usually I wouldn’t freak out too bad but considering the fact we just had a newborn and I’m no longer working so I could take care of him it really is concerning me.

  • Thuy November 5, 2015, 7:08 am

    My husband leaves to BCT on Dec29th
    I know the bah goes to his pay checks but how can I get access to it so I can pay rent at our apartment? He will be in Missouri and I will be in Washington. Am I able to get a joint account with his usaa account? Or power of attorney?

  • MaKayleen Milson November 24, 2015, 3:10 pm

    Hi, my boyfriend is in the Army he is in basic training right now. We want to go the court house and get married before he goes to AIT. Would I have to live with him? Im a senior in highschool at the momment I graduate in May 2016, But I already had got all my college suff set up. And I don’t want to transfer colleges everytime he moves.

  • diamonic November 24, 2015, 10:55 pm

    Im thinking about joining the US army full time after a few yrs in the national guard an im married how long will it take to for my son & wife to join me threw the my journey threw the army

  • Kayla December 1, 2015, 1:12 am

    Hi! I have a question.

    My fiance and I will be married in December during his HBL from AIT. After HBL he goes back to Georgia and I will be living in NC until he graduates in March, then we will be moving wherever he gets stationed.
    However, once we get married I planned on trying to move into my own apartment until March so I could help my family renovate their home before I leave with him. Will I receive BAH to move even though he’s in GA in AIT and I’m in NC?

  • Anne December 2, 2015, 4:49 pm

    Hi Stacy,
    My fiancé is stationed here in Germany and I live and work here as well. We are getting married next year and i have so many questions. Lol. But the main one is about our living arrangements. I have an apartment here and would like to continue living off base. However, I’ve been told we will be required to move on base and will not receive oha.
    I would appreciate any advice you can give me or any referrals.

    Thank you so much

  • helena December 11, 2015, 2:49 am

    my husband had his bootcamp last aug2011 and since then he is receiving the BAH but not NYC rate because he said that me and my son is in the philippines. so what the army did was they gave him bah but with the rate of his first duty assignment which is in el paso texas. can he back pay it and have it ammend that his bah since training be on NYC rate simce NYC is his home of record. he apploed in the army at New york city. thabks

  • Ashley January 2, 2016, 12:52 am


    My husband and I have been married for 10 months and we still are not receiving BAH. We are in debt up to our ears since we are living off base. Once we do get our back pay obviously it will solve those problems.
    He has had every excuse in the book for not receiving it. First he said it was finances ‘ error, then he said he forgot to turn in his dorm key, now he’s saying he got the direct deposit account number wrong doing paperwork.
    My question is if he doesn’t get on this what should I do? I work but part time right now and don’t have enough to pay our bills. If I go to chain of command can I get him in trouble (don’t want to cause trouble just want to get debt free)

  • Will P January 4, 2016, 4:33 pm

    Does renting a room in a house, from a relative count for BAH? Maybe we create/have a doc lease agreement.?

  • Courtney Jones January 8, 2016, 10:27 pm

    Hi. Quick question. My husband is currently at basic training. His recruiter forgot to send our marriage license and our daughters birth certificate with the rest of his paperwork. I faxed them as soon as I found out which was over about 5 weeks ago. I haven’t received any BHA nor have I received my military I.d. is there anything I can do about this, or do I have to wait for him to go to his drill sergeant about the issue? Thanks

  • Janet January 17, 2016, 11:54 pm

    How long can you wait to file for back pay as an active duty soldier?

  • Vickie Johnson January 18, 2016, 2:24 am

    Hi my husband and I got married on Dec 29 and he had like 2 weeks of ait left he has now graduated and he put me in the system but where do we sign up for deers and bah and he is required to be at his duty station on Jan 27 do I go with him….

  • pvt brown January 18, 2016, 3:56 pm

    Hi, I am currently in AIT. I plan to get married to my fiancé 1 weekend on a post past. I received my orders, and I will be stationed in Korea. Will my husband be able to come with ?

    • Stacey Abler February 27, 2016, 9:10 pm

      If the orders are accompanied, he will. Korea is the one of the duty stations with a higher probability of having unaccompanied orders.

  • Jessica January 27, 2016, 12:56 am

    Hi I’m a new army wife and this is my first pcs! Our first home together was were I grew up! We recently pcs and the bah rate went down from 1523 to 1123! That’s a 275$ difference but my question is does that come out once or twice? Like will we be getting $275 less a month or $550 less a month?

    • Stacey Abler February 27, 2016, 9:07 pm

      You’ll get whatever the BAH is at his new duty station. If it went from $1523 to $1123, it’s $400/month less.

  • Francesca February 4, 2016, 10:22 am

    I’m engaged to an army soldier that is currently stationed in Hawaii. We are getting married in June (4 months from now) and I wanted to know if he can apply for on base housing before we are married. It is a fortune to go back and forth from HI to FL which is where we are from. I know how to get my DEERS and my social changed and all that but I’m worried about not being able to move in with him right away if they do not have a house for us. We are a really young couple and don’t have the money to be doing all that. Thank you for your help

  • Amber B. February 5, 2016, 10:43 am

    Hello everyone I have a question … my husband will be joining the army so & leave for Basic Training soon my question is will we qualify for bah & seperation pay? We are married with 3 children i was wondering what kind of help we will recieve while he os away bc he is the bread winner in our marriage & im scared about the bills. (Sorry for the run on senteces im just a little worried)

    • Stacey Abler February 27, 2016, 9:03 pm

      While he’s in training, he’ll receive BAH based on your zip code. He’ll also get separation allowance after the first 30 days.

  • Thompson February 9, 2016, 8:54 am

    My spouse and I have been married for a year. We are dual military however, she ETSs in about 3 months. We got married once we where already at separate duty stations therefore we where considered GEO bachelors and both reside in the b barracks. How would I go about starting BAH so we can get our place. What documents would I need for finance? And would I have to wait until she is out of the army to apply for BAH?

  • Michaella February 15, 2016, 11:37 pm

    My husband just left to begin his training, his mos is army ranger. I need to prepare for when he gets back because we plan on buying a car for us and our budding family. Right now we use a mix of my mother or sisters vehicle to get where we need to go. Once he gets stationed somewhere, that obviously won’t be available. His plan is to save whatever pay he gets during all of his training (basic, ait, rasp, etc..) so that we can get a vehicle. What I don’t know is how much we should be expecting to see after that, and without having a number to go off of, I can’t figure out our budget for vehicles. We are a family of three soon to be four.

  • Samantha February 21, 2016, 11:12 pm

    Hi, I married my soldier back in October. He recently moved out of the barracks, but due to his roommate being on an assignment, has not been able to get his room cleared, therefore cannot complete the paperwork for his BAH. I’m moving in a couple weeks to be with him and due to this set back he can’t make his first rent payment. His landlord is aware of this and has said that it’s fine, but my question is generally how long does it take for his BAH to start showing up on his paychecks? I like having a plan, and this just seems to be a little too hectic.

    • Stacey Abler February 27, 2016, 8:58 pm

      From the time the paperwork has been accepted, I’d count on waiting at least a month. You may get lucky and it will be less than that.

  • Lala March 13, 2016, 6:33 pm

    Hi Stacey

    In married to an army guy , and now he’s going to be station in Korea for one year , and I’m living here in Seattle , and he said the housing money for Seattle is over 2k since his specialist and going to be promoted as sergeant too very soon , living here in Seattle is extremely expensive as I reside downtown , that’s why housing money is also very high coz of them living area is expensive , but my husband said he will only give me $1300 for the rent which is the rent itself is $1460
    Plus utilities and food , now it’s not that I’m greedy , but if he only going to give me $1300 of the rent and my workplace doesn’t give me enough time to work how am I going to survive ? He also ask me pay for utilities and electricity , pause the remaining money to pay for the rent also, how much money he is supposed to give me ? For me I believe thy he is suppose to cover all the rent and utilities , since it’s very expensive here , and also he is going to have separation money and on top of that he will keep everything except the $1300 that he is going to give me , I’m sad because I feel like he marry me just to use me … Any answer will be appreciated .. The housing money for downtown Seattle is over $2k … Plus the separation money also his going to keep …
    Thank u

    • Stacey Abler April 27, 2016, 9:07 pm

      Unfortunately, there’s nothing that says what he *has* to give you. Are you not on his orders for Korea?

  • andrea baker March 14, 2016, 2:09 pm

    Hi, My husband and I got married last year. He was already stationed overseas when we got married. We received backpay for BAH, dating back to our wedding day. Our son and myself moved overseas to be with him. The military did not pay for any of the movement. We have now decided that it would be best if me and our child move back to the states. And in doing so we will have to pay for our early return ourselves. My question is, since he will be going back in the barracks will we start recieveing BAH again once me and our child get back to our house in the states?

    • Stacey Abler April 27, 2016, 9:06 pm

      Unless you’re returning for an approved reason (such as medical care that is needed and not available at the duty station), then typically BAH is awarded based on his duty station. It would be up to you to figure out how to support both households. Also, geographic bachelor status was ended a few years ago and barracks space was typically not made available to married soldiers. The rules may be different overseas but please double check to be sure you know what financial situation you’ll be facing.

  • Wifeywhatnots March 14, 2016, 4:24 pm

    It sounds like your husband is not being truthful. Have you looked at a copy of his LES (Leave & Earnings Statement)? It will show on the LES what the BAH entitlement he is receiving.

  • Kat March 16, 2016, 4:22 am

    Question – My husband is currently in BCT and therefore I am not permitted to go with him. His recruiter had told us that we would be expecting BAH and while my husband was in receiving he was able to confirm this with others and we got quoted at the 2016 rates. However I received in the mail a breakdown of his pay and like someone had said it was split but BAH was only 3.80$ … I looked up some of the tables online and it talks about BAH differential which is not our situation so I guess I am utterly confused as to when and how we would qualify for the full amount and why this month we only get 7.90$ total (because its split). It doesn’t make sense to me that because hes only been gone a month we would not qualify as rent doesn’t change etc. Can someone help me understand?

    • Stacey Abler April 27, 2016, 9:01 pm

      That’s just bizarre. I’m assuming by now you have this worked out? Would you mind sharing what it was?

  • Rica April 11, 2016, 8:07 pm

    My husband just left for basic traning but he didn’t enroll me in (deers) or anything before he left. what can I do since he is already gone? is he able to do it once he gets there?

  • Yvette Castaneda April 23, 2016, 3:47 am

    Hi, i was wondering where can i check if im on my husbands orders?

    • Stacey Abler April 27, 2016, 8:26 pm

      It should be stated on his actual orders. Do you have a copy?

  • Jess May 10, 2016, 5:03 pm

    My husband and I have been married since January first, and it is now may 10. I live in the states, and he is stationed in germany, but he said we weren’t eligible for BAH. Now, he wants the friend I have been staying with for a couple weeks to write up a “lease agreement” saying I give her $300 a month to help her with things, and to send it to him so he can turn it in to finance and get BAH started, though all of my belongings are at my parents’ house because that’s where I actually live. He told me I’m not eligible for anything while living with my parents and not having a lease in my name. What do I need to do?

  • Lacy May 16, 2016, 8:31 pm

    My husband is in Hawaii we got married after he got stationed there. I need to know why they won’t start his bah without command sponsorship so that we will have the money for housing when we arrive any information on how this works and what we could do would be greatly appreciated.

  • Vendela Hansen June 15, 2016, 4:23 pm

    I have a quick question that i can’t find the answer to any where on the internet. My Husband recently joined the Army and graduated BCT 3 weeks ago and is now at AIT in Fort Sam Houston Texas. I recently moved to be closer to him from florida and am wondering if i need to change our address for our BAH or if our BAH changes automatically when he got to AIT. I read that the BAH is based on their duty stations and am wondering if AIT counts as a duty station and we are getting BAH for that location or if I need to change our address so that we can get our BAH for the location I am at (either way our BAH will be the same, I just want to know if I need to go on base and change our address, or if its already changed for us for our BAH)
    Thanks so much!

  • Tetelestai March 30, 2017, 1:39 am

    This may seem awkward and pretty much is. I’ve been married to my husband for 8 months now. And usually I’m independent on my own never really need him for anything and new to the military life. I work as a police officer but I was involved in accident and recently founded I’m not a dependent at all. I’ve asked several times about the paper work and I’m told, he’s been directed to several different places. I can’t even receive an I.D. I love my job and do not intend to quit, I just refuse. However, for insurance reason I can’t go to the doctor because I dropped my city insurance thinking I would be in tricare. He knows that I’ve been in an accident but I’m not receiving a text, nor a phone call from him. I may be naïve to this I’ve just put to mind he’s probably training. I do not know. He’s in Italy and I’m in LA. I was told I couldn’t move to Italy with him unless another year was added to his contract. I thought, okay well I can work and I don’t want to be selfish recommending I move. So as you can tell I’m pretty lost, and do not know what to do.

  • Marianne March 30, 2017, 3:46 am

    Hi there Stacey!!!
    My husband just got enlisted and ready for the bootcamp by next month. We have a son and as of now renting an apartment. We are just wondering if we are entitled to have BAH while he is in the bootcamp. Aside from bah, are there any benefits/allowances while he is in the basic training? Thank you!!!!

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