This can be a significant and tax free addition to the monthly pay and usually covers the rent or mortgage in full in most situations. Dependents of active duty members are covered by the Military Medical System (Tricare), effective the very first day of active duty.
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If you get married before joining the military, this tax-free housing allowance begins on the very first day of active duty (the first day of basic training).
If you wait until after joining the military to get married, the housing allowance becomes effective on the date of the marriage.
The no tax and lower than average shopping experience at the grocery store and base stores are also helpful to the monthly budget.
Social activities are also prevalent on base and in the surrounding area for the military family to help with the departure of a spouse on deployment. If technical school, AIT, or A-school is 20 weeks or longer in duration (at a single location), one is entitled to move their dependents to their school location at government expense.
This means married people in basic training and technical school (if the technical school duration is less than 20 weeks) begins to receive this pay 30 days after going on active duty. Travel entitlements end when one signs in at their new duty station, so whether or not one can be reimbursed for dependent travel depends on the date of the marriage. You will find many people on base in the same position as you and they will become family.