Posted on Apr 1, 2020
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Hey everyone, so I have a bit of a problem. My wife(Airforce) and I recently got married, but aren’t stationed together. I approached my chain of command, asking about BAH. I made it very clear that my wife and I are stationed SEPARATELY. I was told by my first line and my platoon leader to fill out a DA5960, to start bah. I created an entire packet with all the necessary documents(marriage certificate, meal deduction stop, etc), only to have my paperwork pushed back. I was told that I needed to clear the barracks before I request BAH. Fast forward a month, here I am with an apartment and one year lease, asking to clear my barracks room, only to be told that my 1SG doesn’t know whether I should be receiving BAH, and my paperwork has stopped with them, as they find out. I looked at DoD 7000.14r, volume 7A, chapter 26, chapter 260401, section B. It states: "Separate Households. When both Service members maintain separate households at or in the vicinity of their PDS or PDSs, each is individually authorized BAH or OHA. Only one Service member may receive BAH or OHA at the with-dependent rate.". I sent this up my chain, only for it to be blown off. I am at a loss here, and any advice would be appreciated.
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Glad to see leaders are still "taking care of Soldiers"
My understanding is married soldiers do not stay in the barracks and you are entitled to BAH. Tell your chain that you'll have to go to the IG if they can't figure this out. It's not a threat, this is what the IG does.
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Because you are not co-located and are both military, you will be provided government quarters I.e. barracks and are not entitled BAH
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SMSgt Bob Wilson
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Depending on your assignment (Korea--normally unaccompanied vs Germany--normally a longer tour), billeting space, rank you may not be entitled to BAH. If you are authorized BAH, only one of you may draw the with dependent rate [ie, you would be qualified for single rate BAH]. A number of years ago, I had this situation and the results were positive. Keep trying.
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