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Moving Questions

Does the army provide a moving allowance, can we bring our dogs and for the separation pay he has two training programs the 1st is for 5 weeks the second is for an additional 9 weeks will we get pay after each or when both are completed?


The Army will either move you to your next duty station (assuming your orders include a move which they should) or pay you to do it yourself through a DITY move. Depending on the distance of the move and how much you have to move, you could potentially make a profit on the DITY move. Though I also know several who have lost money when doing it too.

If you plan to live on post, every post has restrictions for pets. Most posts will allow two pets. There are a few that will allow three. All posts have breed restrictions as well with the most common being pit bulls and rotties. Though this also varies by post.

Separation pay is payable when the soldier is at an assignment that lasts more than 30 days and the family is not allowed to accompany him. Many times, this pay is monthly. However, during one of my husband’s deployments, his unit (for whatever insane reason) decided not to pay separation pay until they returned. Bottom line: don’t count on it until you receive it.

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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  • shamia September 6, 2013, 7:49 am

    hello my kids and i were erod back to the states. we only have a month to stat with my parents. does the military onlvy. provide bah or will they help us with food and clothing. until i get a job

  • Sara June 30, 2014, 1:39 pm

    Hi I am about to marry an Army man and I was wondering about moving. He is in Hawaii while I am in Texas. We plan on getting married in about 3 months depending on when he can get leave. I was wondering will the military pay my way to Hawaii to be with him. And how this whole process works.

    • Stacey Abler July 1, 2014, 7:53 pm

      It will pay if you are on his orders. If he was already stationed in Hawaii, you will have to pay your own way.

  • Katrina May 25, 2015, 5:12 pm

    I have a question and I am not sure if I am posting in the right place, My husband is prior service and he is in FT. Benning right now doing a 3 month training course before he is stationed at Bragg for 2 years for the remaining part of his training. Can anyone tell me how long after he is stationed in Bragg, we can move with him?

    Thank you

    • Stacey Abler June 27, 2015, 10:05 am

      Depends on what this training is at Bragg. Is he going SF?

  • Megan Giannetto June 22, 2015, 10:54 am

    Hi my husband and I are at fort Carson right now we have been looking into a compassionate reassignment but when we called the branch manager she trabsfered us to the EFMP office there and they said that we were coming down on orders to fort Campbell ets report date is December. How long does it take for orders to show up in my pay or paper orders to come. Our daughter is allergic to the area here at Carson we are trying to move asap to help her get better. Please help with answers

    • Stacey Abler June 27, 2015, 9:19 am

      It can vary due to a lot of circumstances – there’s no set timeframe for orders. Hope your daughter is feeling better soon!

  • Saesha October 22, 2015, 11:17 am

    My husband got out of the Army National Guard in Feb of this year. We have since then decided that he is going to reenlist and got Active Duty Army, we are in the process of doing this. I was wondering when he go’s to get his training for his MOS will my kids and my self get to go with? If not will he receive housing allowance, and will he get family separation pay?

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