Married Military Men vs. Single Military Men?
Is there a big difference in pay between a single person in the army versus a married person with a child? What additional benefits do a married person receive that a single person does not?
- J TLv 41 decade agoFavorite Answer
The differences are in the allowances.
BAH (housing) you get a higher amount married and/or with children.
FSA (Family Separation Allowance) You get this is married and deployed more than 31 days away from home. This is to make up for household chores that you are unable to do since you are not home. For example, hiring a gardener, having a babysitter for appts. etc.
Those are some examples. Basically if you have a family you have more people depending on your income so there is a slight compensation for that.\
"A soldier with dependents will also receive BAS (food allowance) because he will no longer be eating in the chow hall. This amount is intended to cover food for the soldier only, and can be taken away whenever the soldier is away training, at school, etc. -- anywhere the Army is feeling him. BAS does NOT vary with dependents. The food allowance is NOT intended to feel the family. The family receives NO extra money for food. If a single soldier were authorized to live off base, he would also be entitled to BAS and it would be the same exact amount as a married soldier with 6 children. "
I agree with this statement with an exception. In the Navy if there are dining facilities available you forfeit your BAS and eat at the galley. If there are none available then you get BAS but pay to eat on your own. Married or not, this doesn't change.
- KarenLv 44 years ago
Well because you have more expenses. The difference with the military and civilian jobs is in a civilian job the person is probably going to stay in that job for quite some time or stay in the area. If you move it is volutary and a couple will make the job change depending on the spouses career. The military might just cut a person orders.... so the spouses career does not come into play. So if you get moved to a base in the middle of nowhere where her career does not apply or such jobs are hard to find that is all tough nuggies. You could be making $100K a year and be sent to say Germany. The spouse might be lucky enough to land some sort of on base job but it won't pay that. Pay is lower in the military. Sure it is fine with all of the benefits but still. Young service members would be hesitant to join or stay in if it meant being military would not cover SOME money for supporting a family. The single person can live in the barracks or whatnot. If they live off base they can get extra pay. Or the person can just rent a room or whatnot. Sure families can get base housing but in many places there is a huge waiting list.
- NWIPLv 71 decade ago
Let's see housing or an allowance is provided for both single and married AD members. Difference being that singles may live in barracks while married qualifies for an apartment, duplex, townhouse or house. If getting BAH amount is slightly higher w/dependents than with single. But usually as a single you can also have a roommate so you can easily be pocketing some of it.
When deployed, TDY or schooling for longer than 30 days married SM gets Family Separation of $250 per month.
If stationed on orders OCONUS gets COLA which is based on years in, rate/rank, # of dependents and living in barracks or not. The rates for those married with dependents will be higher than those single and living in barracks.
For some branches BAS is also not deducted when you are married because you don't eat at the mess, but for the Navy if you are on a ship it gets deducted whether you are married or not because you have the galley available.
Edited to add - There is NO Dependent Allowance nor does it go up everytime you have a child. This was something years ago and has been long gone. Only OCONUS COLA depends on how many dependents you have and that is if ALL of you are there. If you are on an unaccompanied tour then you don't get it for the family. And often getting an extra $1 per day or something like that does nothing for what the costs are.
As a single guy you don't have many expenses unless you have them yourself. You will only need 1 car instead of 2, you don't have 3 mouths to feed instead of 1, you don't have to pay for a babysitter when going out, you only have to pay for 1 person to go to an attraction instead of 3. So while single & living in barracks you can pocket a lot of money that you may not necessarily be able to do when you are on 1 income, 3 mouths to feed and a child that needs diapers, clothing, etc...
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- 1 decade ago
OK I don't know about the problems others have but I've done both. The Army takes care of housing for single and married soldiers. Yes you live in a barracks But it's not different than a college dorm. You have a common area but then you have your own bedroom with a desk walk in closet and dressers. The chow hall at least the ones here are pretty good. And if you make friends with the cooks You will be taken care of. So food and room is taken care of.
Married soldiers don't get the free meal we get BAS (food allowance) which isn't enough to feed me on a monthly basis. We get BAH (Housing allowance) Which is based on rank and location (eg BAH in my hometown was $1500/month here in NC it's only $800/mo. You will either use it to live on post or you can find a spot off post. Utilities end up coming out of pocket. On post you only have to pay for cable internet and phone (same as single soldiers).Source(s): I've lived in the Barracks Now I live on post. Currently it saves money and the schools are better. Eventually with a little rank I'll move off post and get private schooling for the kids.
- 1 decade ago
Difference between single pay and pay with dependents is all in the allowances. Base pay for each is the same and is based solely on rank and time in service.
- Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) - and won't matter unless you are authorized/accept off base housing.
- Basic Allowance for Substance (BAS) - this is for food; most married people, or those living off base, receive this as they are no longer eating three meals a day in the chow hall.
BAH also varies on rank and where you are stationed (Washington, D.C. will have a larger BAH than rural North Dakota), but the typical allowance difference between a married and single person is about 30% in the same grade and at the same base. This accounts for people with dependents will need larger living facilities if they live off base.
BAS is a bit more for someone w/dependents if living off base because of more mouths to feed, but the difference is not significant.
edited to add:
Despite what the above person states, pay is the same no matter what branch of service you are in. Only difference possible is, again, in the allowances. For example: Navy personnel will get sea pay when deployed aboard a ship, but an Air Force person (obviously not likely to be aboard a ship) would not get this allowance.
Hope this all helps...Source(s): 14.5 years (and counting) on Active Duty. 10 years Air Force enlisted. 4.5 years (and current) Naval officer.
- 1 decade ago
Married or divorced w/custody military men recieve a housing allowance instead of a room in the barracks. This housing allowance is not quite enough to rent a 2 bedroom apartment off base. If a married man is able to get housing on post, then the housing allowance is not included in his paycheck anymore. Housing on post is generally roomier than what you can get off post for the same amount. Having more kids does not increase your pay in any way.
Married guys get a food allowance too, but they are not allowed to eat in the mess hall anymore. The food allowance is not enough to pay for a whole family's food. It is less than what a single guy who eats out a lot would need. It is about 1/2 of what a family of 4 will spend at the grocery store if someone cooks a lot from scratch instead of getting pre-packaged foods. The rest of the groceries come out of the base pay. If the man gets deployed, the food allowance disappears, making deployments even harder on the rest of the family.
If the barracks are overcrowded, sometimes single guys who choose to live off post can get a housing allowance too.Source(s): married to a man who was in the Army
- Jill CLv 51 decade ago
No. Base pay is the same, regardless if a soldier is single or has dependents. Base pay depends on rank and years in service. The number of dependents, if any, has no bearing on the amount of base pay. There is no such thing as a dependent allowance/dependent pay/marriage pay (or whatever else people seem to think we receive).
A soldier with dependents will also receive BAS (food allowance) because he will no longer be eating in the chow hall. This amount is intended to cover food for the soldier only, and can be taken away whenever the soldier is away training, at school, etc. -- anywhere the Army is feeding him. BAS does NOT vary with dependents. The food allowance is NOT intended to feel the family. The family receives NO extra money for food. If a single soldier were authorized to live off base, he would also be entitled to BAS and it would be the same exact amount as a married soldier with 6 children.
He will also receive either base housing or BAH (housing allowance) at the "with dependent" rate to help pay for the cost of rent off base. Most single soldiers do not receive this as they are living for free in the barracks, but for those single soldiers who are authorized to live off base, they receive BAH at the "without dependent" rate, which is lower than the "with dependent rate". That being said, those are the only 2 categories-- if you're married, you get the "with dependent rate" and the amount is the same if you have no children or 6 children.
If deployed, a soldier with dependents will also receive family separation pay ($250/mo) on top of the other deployment pays, intended to cover additional costs of daycare or other additional expenses while the servicemember is deployed.Source(s): Army wife of 12 years.
- 5 years ago
Married men worry about infidelity, single men care free. If a soldier comes back and his wife is pregnant, unless he's STUPID, he will suspect whether the baby is his . Single military guy doesn't have to worry...
Some of you for about that.
- David CLv 51 decade ago
Military personnel who are married get an additional allowance for their dependents. The more dependents, the more the allowance is up to a maximum limit.
If the military person is high enough in rank, he or she may also receive a housing allowance or life in military housing.
The military dependent is also eligible to shop in the exchange and commissary and attend events at the base theaters.
However, to answer your basic question, there is no difference in the basic pay for military persons married or single--they are all paid the same basic pay for the same rank and length of service.