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    Hello, I plan on marrying my boyfriend summer of 2015, do we get free housing on base, or do you have to pay rent towards it? Just trying to figure out how this all works before my last year of nursing school starts and I am super busy. Thanks!
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    The army provides what is know as BAH it's your housing allowance and the amount is calculated by the military based on location and dependents.

    How you pay for housing depends on what kind of housing you're in. If you're living off post you'll get the money in your account. Living on base depending on housing is run you either pay the housing company or it automatically comes out of your check.
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    Yes, what Elle said is correct.

    he will qualify for a housing allowance. Amount depends on his rank and the zip code of his duty station. If you live in private (civilian) housing, he gets that money and can spend as much or at little of it on rent and utilities as he wants. If you happen to live rent-free in your parents' basement, you basically get to pocket all that money to spend on something else. But if you live in a mansion and run the A/C at 62 degrees, you will be dipping into the rest of his pay. It's your decision how much you spend.

    If you live in military housing, generally, he won't get the BAH (or he'll get it but then it will be taken right back out). Sometimes, there is housing where you might not have to turn over the entire BAH, but that's not every common. How large a house you get will depend on his rank and your family size, as well as just what happens to be available at that base. Military housing can be anything from high rise apartment buildings to single family homes with garages and yards.

    In some locations, there can be a very long wait time to get in to military housing (18+ plus), so it isn't really an option, even if you want it. Other places, you could have something for you the day you arrive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BostonElle View Post
    The army provides what is know as BAH it's your housing allowance and the amount is calculated by the military based on location and dependents.

    How you pay for housing depends on what kind of housing you're in. If you're living off post you'll get the money in your account. Living on base depending on housing is run you either pay the housing company or it automatically comes out of your check.
    Quote Originally Posted by villanelle View Post
    Yes, what Elle said is correct.

    he will qualify for a housing allowance. Amount depends on his rank and the zip code of his duty station. If you live in private (civilian) housing, he gets that money and can spend as much or at little of it on rent and utilities as he wants. If you happen to live rent-free in your parents' basement, you basically get to pocket all that money to spend on something else. But if you live in a mansion and run the A/C at 62 degrees, you will be dipping into the rest of his pay. It's your decision how much you spend.

    If you live in military housing, generally, he won't get the BAH (or he'll get it but then it will be taken right back out). Sometimes, there is housing where you might not have to turn over the entire BAH, but that's not every common. How large a house you get will depend on his rank and your family size, as well as just what happens to be available at that base. Military housing can be anything from high rise apartment buildings to single family homes with garages and yards.

    In some locations, there can be a very long wait time to get in to military housing (18+ plus), so it isn't really an option, even if you want it. Other places, you could have something for you the day you arrive.
    in addition, most housing now has a thing where you pay for a portion of your electrical use over a certain limit depending on your like housing profile.

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