Moving Home for Deployment

My husband graduates from AIT in May. His AKO says that he is going to Fort Wheeler, Hawaii. My question is if he gets deployed will the Army pay for my things to come back home? And also I would like to know if I could visit before and our son come later on a flight alone?


The Army will generally not move dependents to another location because the soldier deploys. The dependents do have the option to move back but it will be at their own expense.

In addition, except in rare circumstances, BAH will be based on the location where he is stationed and not where you move to during the deployment.

Whether or not your son would be able to fly unaccompanied would depend on his age and the restrictions for the commercial airliner he flies on to Hawaii. You would need to check with the airlines for that.

Good luck!

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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. We just spent 4 years and 2 deployments at Schofield in Hawaii — regarding moving from Hawaii when your husband deploys… no they will not move you and if you do move the BAH changes to where you are living it does not remain the amount where he is stationed – also you receive COLA in Hawaii and if you move to a location where COLA is not received you will lose that also.. for example – our BAH was 1975 and COLA was 700 — I thought about moving home to Dallas for deployment but the BAH was only 975 and no COLA. There are alot of things to consider when moving.


  2. I married my husband this past August. He is currently at Fort Richardson in Alaska. We tried for command sponsorship to move me up there. I have passed the physical and command sponsorship went through. But it states since they already moved his belongings they will not pay to move me or my items up there. They will let move me and take a certain amount out of his check per month. But he has a reenlist date of October 2012 or PCS of July 2012. BAH is approved and his moved into our apartment already. Is there anyone else that has ran into this problem and can help on how to have the army move my belongings. Thank you

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