Posted on Jan 16, 2020
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My wife and I will be stationed at Fort Drum, NY soon. Our family and friends live in Queens, NY. Our main apartment will be in Queens, NY, where we stay during weekends and holidays. We'll be getting a small studio near Fort Drum for duty days. My question is, will our BAH be the rate of Fort Drum, NY, or Queens, NY?
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You will receive BAH based on where you are stationed. Makes no difference whatsoever where your family resides. You and your family could live in Trump Tower, and you will still get BAH for Ft Drum, if that is where you are assigned.
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Plenty of folks have answered your question and I would like to focus on the distance. I am seeing over three hundred miles you are planning to travel every weekend. Will you really be home to Queens that often to warrant the cost? This is likely a mileage pass from Drum to NY and as a jr enlisted, you are going to have duty outside of M-F quite regularly and staying in a hotel in Queens might be more affordable for the times you will go back verses two apartments.
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PO1 Kevin Dougherty
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I will second this. I have lived much of my life in Saranac Lake, not far from Fort Drum, and my kids still live in the Adirondacks though I have moved to Vermont. There are several things to consider here. First, the weather, especially the winter weather can be severe. You will see snow. often and a lot. The Fort Drum area averages 80" of snow a year. Ice storms are not uncommon, nor are lake effect snow squalls that can dump over a foot of snow in an hour.

Second, that trip is not a short one. I have made the trip south to NJ or LI more times than I care to count. At best, we are talking 5-6 hours one way depending on the weather and how fast you drive. If the weather turns, and it can do that very quickly, it can take twice that long, assuming they do not close the Thruway and leave y ou stranded for a day or two.

Last but not least, there are a lot of things for you to check out in the area. Toronto is not far, and a fun city. The beautiful Thousand Islands are virtually on your doorstep. The Tug Hill plateau offers some of the best snowmobiling in the nation. Pulaski just to the south is home to some of the best salmon fishing in the east. Ontario holds some monster Brown and lake trout. The Saranac Lake Winter carnival is always worth a check out, and just a little further brings you to Lake Placid with many world class sports facilities. I could go on and on, there are tons of attractions of every kind close by. Enjoy them while you can.
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LTC Kevin B.
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It will be based off your duty station, not where you choose to have your family live.
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