This is the biggest misconception ever!!!
Recently a soldier has been leaving comments on my Youtube videos because he is mad that we “get paid for being married”.
Here is the problem… we do not get paid for being married!
Unfortunately I can’t even get mad at his comments, he along with others are among the small group of people who believe that there is some secret salary soldiers get the minute they say “I do”.
Here is what a soldier does get when he acquires dependents:
* BAH with Dependents Rate: There are 2 types of BAH …with dependents and without. This means if your married you get the BAH rate based on your rank and zipcode with dependents.
If you’re a single soldier and you live off post you get another rate without dependents.
You DO NOT get extra BAH for having more kids, although OCONUS last I checked you do get a little extra per dependent .
Both single and married soldiers receive Travel Allowances when they PCS. Single soldiers get these same things too except for DLA on a PCS. Single soldiers don’t usually qualify for it on the first PCS but a soldier with dependents does. All in all they still get the same thing .
*If you live overseas you do get COLA.
COLA= Cost of Living Allowance
Again COLA is based on rank and where you are located. Once upon a time based on my research I learned that the Army used to give a little extra based on amount of dependents for COLA if you lived overseas. This is not the case anymore to my knowledge.
The soldier then pointed out to me , that if we didn’t get paid for being married then how come there are so many contract marriages?
Well first let me say if you are in a contract marriage and your soldier is in the military then you are a damn fool.
99% of the contract marriages I have come across don’t last as it is. The spouse who entered into this marriage usually winds up having issues receiving money from the soldier for basic necessities such as food and clothing. They usually know nothing about the military and are therefore used by a soldier who takes the BAH and runs with it.
Lastly when you live onpost in most cases housing takes your BAH, so unless you live overseas and receive COLA there is no extra pay that we receive.
I say all this to say do not believe what your friend who had a cousin who had a aunt who knew a soldier tells you…do not believe the hype…we don’t get paid extra for being married!
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