Last year I wrote a post entitled “Please Stop Saying We Get Paid For Being Married” in which I intended to clarify the myth that money falls from the trees the minute a soldier takes on a bride or a groom.
Recently a soldier left the comment below in which I wanted to responded to him. I chose to do it via podcast just press the play button:
Army wife 101 needs to rethink this blog:
First, married = spouse = dependent = BAH with dependents = more money than BAH without dependents
Second, if you are married, you get the choice to live on post (subject to availability) or off post. A lower ranking enlisted member who is single does not have that choice. So automatically, the married service member has a choice to receive BAH or not effectively giving him more money than the lower ranking enlisted member who cannot receive any BAH because it is dictated that he live in the barracks.
Third, let’s look at the statement “All in all they still get the same thing .” by using real numbers.
MAJ BAH with dependents at zip code 66027 = $1,608/month = $19,296 annually
MAJ BAH without dependents @ zip 66027 =$1,251/month =$15,012 annually
Weird. $19,296 does not equal $15,012. There is a difference of $357/month or $4,284/year. I would say that is substantially different than “they still get the same thing.”
Additionally, let’s look at DLA which is equal to 50% of the monthly base pay.
2LT with less than 2 years, monthly base pay = $2,784. So 50% of monthly base pay = $1,392.
So, a married 2LT with less than 2 years qualifies for an additional $1,392 merely because he is married.
Therefore, the statement, “All in all they still get the same thing,” is not true in the slightest. And it is not a misperception that you “get paid more for being married,”
It is the truth.
And please do not get me started on the other benefits of being married such as time off for having a child or time off to take/pick up kids to school or avoiding weekend duty because they need to spend time with their family. Don’t get me wrong, these are noble and worthwhile causes, but let’s not try to give credence to a view that there is no benefit to being married/having dependents and it is equal to being a single soldier.
Lastly, remember getting married was YOUR choice and serving the country was also YOUR choice. Granted, the consequences and daily living of multiple deployments is tough. But think about the single soldier who may not have someone to support them through the tough times and count yourself blessed.
I am itching to know everyone’s thoughts and opinions…share below in the comments section!
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