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    Question When does BAH start?

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    We are new to all this, and I am trying to figure out what to expect financially while hubby is away at basic and AIT. I know we will get basic pay as an e1 (until basic is done, then he will be e4 via the ACASP he is enlisting under), and I have also read on here from others that we will receive the $250 monthly separation pay while he is away at training. Is there any other kind of pay or allowance I should be budgeting in? Do we get a BAH while we are maintaining our current home and he is away to train?
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    You should get BAH, it should start when your base pay starts (I believe) but again its one of those things that can take anywhere from 2 weeks to a few months depending on who gets your paperwork and if they do it right.
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    They will back pay the BAH, so yes you will get it eventually. I don't know how it will work for your husband, but when my husband joined he got an automatic bump to e-2 for schooling and we got that pay stating right away.
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    Well that's good to know the we will be getting the BAH. That's a huge relief! I was worried about trying to keep the budget without hubby being here as we usually handle these decisions together. Looks like we are going to have quite a bit more money to work with than we are used to.

    Katarianna, he is enlisting as an e4, but I wasn't sure if he would recieve e4 pay during basic, or after. I would imagine if your hubby started getting that pay right away, he will too.

    Now I'm sighing a big breath of relief!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbyswife View Post
    Well that's good to know the we will be getting the BAH. That's a huge relief! I was worried about trying to keep the budget without hubby being here as we usually handle these decisions together. Looks like we are going to have quite a bit more money to work with than we are used to.

    Katarianna, he is enlisting as an e4, but I wasn't sure if he would recieve e4 pay during basic, or after. I would imagine if your hubby started getting that pay right away, he will too.

    Now I'm sighing a big breath of relief!!
    Well, they are in different branches, so I don't know if the Army pays differently then the Air Force. So, I would plan for basic pay and just be surprised if he gets the E-4 pay.

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