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Ask An Army Spouse: Living on Post

Requirements to Live in Post Housing

Hello, My boyfriend is going to basic training July 7 and he is doing a 14 week training period. My boyfriend and I plan on getting married when he graduates from basic training and then he said I can live on base with him when he gets station. My question is, is it true that I can live on basic with him after he graduates basic because we will be married?


Yes, as long as you are married, you will be allowed to live on post with him. He will either be able to get housing on post or he will be eligible for a housing allowance to live off post if that’s what you choose to do. Regardless, as a married couple you will be able to live with him when he is assigned to his permanent duty station. The only possible exception to that is Korea, where command sponsorship is a little more difficult to obtain.

Getting Added to Housing Wait List

Hi I’m getting married August 14th and my solider is going to basic training on September 1st. My question is since we’ll be married when he returns home from basic, when we get stationed to our new home will we be able to get on base housing? His recruiter told him we’d already be on the housing list before we leave.

He won’t be stationed at his permanent duty station until he also completes AIT. After that, you will have to be added to the housing wait list (if there is one) after he gets his orders for that duty station. It is not automatic.

Good luck!

Applying for Housing During AIT

My husband will be graduating from AIT June 8 and already has his duty station. Is it too early to apply for housing if he hasn’t technically received his orders yet?


While all posts can have different rules, most will not allow you to apply for housing until you arrive on post. Some will allow you to apply for housing once you have paper orders in hand but I personally don’t know of any that will allow it based on what AKO says. That is subject to change up until the time he has paper orders (and technically even then).

You can always call the post housing office and inquire what their procedure is for putting your name on the housing list. Maybe you will get lucky and be able to add your name before you arrive.

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Stacey Abler
Stacey's husband joined the Army in 2003 and was medically retired after four deployments. She enjoys sharing her experiences and expertise around Army life while continuing to support Army spouses and families in their military journey.

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  1. hello, im new to being an army wife and i have thousands of questions…
    how long is usually the waiting list to live on post?
    If he only has 10 days to pack up his stuff then obviously he has somewhere to go right?
    Does he get to go pick the house after AIT?
    ughhh i have so many questions and every time i ask his SGT i get told to just be patient but thats heard when waiting for your husband and not knowing ANYTHING.
    Please help!!!

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