I agree with "soldier" you don't deploy to make money, and say you make an extra 800 buck a months is that worth your children being without their mother? I was active duty and deployed when my son was 4 months old for 8 months. I paid $800 a month to his father for daycare and child support (there is that extra money). So yes, I wasn't paying rent and by the end saved a few bucks, but at what cost? I would never ever trade the time with my family for a small bank account that is basically going to be empty within a few months of returning home, and that is if you do return home. If you love the Army and you love your job, then go active duty, but don't just do it for the money.