Posted on Jan 12, 2016
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I am currently TDY (retraining to a different career field, will be here a total of 52 days) and my husband deployed a day after I left. Are we both entitled to Family Separation Allowance? I've heard a few different things (e.g. only the higher-ranking will get FSA, both members will get FSA, etc) and would just like some clarification or hear about cases people have gone through that are similar.
Side note: I will also PCS to a new base while he is still deployed, and he will have to return to the same duty location he departed from to out-process and then join me.
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The answer is yes, you are both entitled to FSA if you have other dependents like children. If you are only married to each other then only one may receive FSA even if both deployed. This is outlined in DoD Directive 1340.24 section 2.2.f: http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/134024p.pdf

Also, more common language offered on one of the Army sites, which doesn't seem to outline a requirement for additional dependents:

"Effective October 1, 2008, FSA is also payable to both members of dual military couples (both are military servicemembers) when they reside together immediately before both being assigned to duty assignments that meet any of the conditions described below. The dual allowance continues as long as both members are in those assignments. When one of the members is no longer assigned to the FSA-qualified duty assignment, the other member continues to receive a single allowance until that member is also no longer in that qualifying assignment."
Source: http://myarmybenefits.us.army.mil/Home/Benefit_Library/Federal_Benefits_Page/Family_Separation_Allowance_(FSA)_.html?serv=149
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MSgt (Join to see) - If you have children, then you are supposed to get it. Check out the actual DoD Directive, section 2.2.f:
http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/134024p.pdf
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Interesting information. I see this was enacted in 2009, which was after the last time we were separated at the same time. Than you for the information.
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MAJ Weiss, I'm banking on your first response. I'm dual military (different services) and I'm doing a hardship tour overseas and less then a month later my wife is PCSing from MD to OR. My current HAAP is to GA. I was told I was eligible for dual FSA and I'm going to shoot for it.
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MAJ Multifunctional Logistician
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Sir, I am being assigned to an unaccompanied tour and my dual military husband is staying at our original station while I am gone. Do we both get FSA - or just me?
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TSgt (Join to see) I would check with your personnel unit branch or JAG to ensure of said benefit.
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MAJ Armored Combat Command Commander
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I am pretty sure rank does not matter, what matters is someone is gone more than 30 days. I doubt two can get that entitlement, but I would check FINANCE to confirm. NOW SAY FINANCE!
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