Married military members do earn more money than their single counterparts. However, this money is to help offset the added costs of housing, meals and other expenses of having a family. These special pays are not meant to cover the entire cost of adding a spouse to the member's household. In addition, you do not get extra pay for each dependent that you have; you simply get a lump sum for having any number of dependents. The following figures are based upon the 2011 Military Pay Charts as published by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, or DFAS.
Basic Allowance for Housing
Basic Allowance for Housing, or BAH, is paid to military members who have dependent spouses or children. The member must reside off-base or off-post to qualify. The rate of BAH is the same no matter how many dependents the member has, and is based upon the location where the member is stationed. BAH rates currently range from $924.00 to $2,850.00 per month, depending upon location.
Basic Allowance for Subsistence, or BAS, is for the benefit of the military member. Once a military member marries, he is no longer eligible for meals in the government-run dining facility. BAS is to help offset the cost of meals. BAS for officers is currently $223.84, and enlisted BAS is $325.04, at the time of publication.
During deployments, married military members are eligible for FSA, or Family Separation Allowance. Family Separation is the same for every married military member, and is approximately $250 per month while the member is deployed to a combat zone.
Another benefit afforded to the spouses of married military members is military medical insurance, or Tricare. Tricare covers all general medical and dental needs, and many other procedures. This benefit does not pay the member, but is an additional benefit for the spouse.
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