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Benefits for Being Married in the Military

August 15, 2012

One of the major benefits of being married in the military is that there is extra pay if you have a family. You also get to live separately on base or in a place of your home. The annual salary also reflects a discount for what they would usually pay for a home. When members marry, there are additional benefits, which can benefit those who are already married entering the military or those who get married while in the military. In some cases, these benefits can really change a person's life, in other cases it can be helpful to lend support for a family.

Housing Allowances

There is a basic allowance for housing that will vary depending on the geographic location, as well as pay grade and dependent status. The allowance is given to married members who do not live in a government-providing dwelling. The goal is give enough of an allowance so that the married member doesn't have to pay any out of pocket expenses for living off of base, a benefit which is accessible after you get married.

GI Bill Assistance

In addition, spouses and children can also receive benefits from the GI Bill, such as education benefits. If a spouse wants to go to school while the partner is away, he or she can attend school with GI Bill money and that benefit can also go to children of service members as well. This is an important benefit particularly if something happens to a service member, but it's also important to note that the benefits can be split between spouse, child and service member.

Dependent Medical Care

Family members of military who are enlisted or officers also receive full medical and dental care at little or no cost. Families are eligible for this benefit through the TriCare program.

Subsistence Allowance

In general, a member who is married also receives a basic allowance for subsistence. This is money that goes towards food that the member would normally eat at the dining hall. In 2010, the amount was just over $300 a month for enlisted members and over $200 for officers. The enlisted receive more because they were provided complete housing and meals at the Army's cost.

Separation Allowance

Another benefit is the separation allowance. If a service member is on unaccompanied tour of duty for more than 30 days, the family is eligible for a family separation allowance. This was about $250 a month. That member, however, must be stationed in a place where the dependents are not authorized to be.

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