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Q: What are the aboriginal accomplish I/my apron allegation to booty in adjustment to enlist?
A: One of the aboriginal accomplish to booty is to allege to a recruiter. They will acquaint you some of the basics of enlistment.
Also, abstraction for your ASVAB. There are affluence of bookstores that advertise abstraction guides, so you can adapt for the test.
Ensure that you’re physically accessible to join. There are weight requirements that -to-be recruits allegation to meet.
Q: What is a MOS (Army, Marines), an AFSC (Air Force) or a bulk (Navy)?
A: A MOS, or a aggressive anatomic specialty, is the job you authority while enlisted. An AFSC (Air Force specialty code) and a bulk is the Navy agnate of a MOS.
Q: What is a paygrade?
A: A paygrade is a letter-number that determines a servicemember’s rank, and determines the affectionate of banking allowances the servicemember is slated to receive.
Q: What happens at MEPS?
A: MEPS is breadth aggressive recruits are buried afore admission into the Armed Forces. At MEPS, recruits go through absolute medical examinations, as able-bodied as accomplishments checks. Aback a recruit is accounted qualified, diplomacy will be alive here, and the adjuration will be accustomed and recited here.
Q: What is the ASVAB?
A: The ASVAB (Armed Account Vocational Aptitude Battery) is a analysis accustomed to recruits to actuate accomplishment for enlistment. Based on your scores, it additionally helps you with acrimonious your MOS or rate. The academy your score, the bigger job opportunities you’ll receive.
Q: What are things that could disqualify me or my apron from aing the military?
A: There are affluence of affidavit for the aggressive to disqualify you from serving. Some of those affidavit may include: Failing a weight requirement, too abounding dependents, abhorrent finances, accepting a bent record, distinct parenthood, medical disqualifiers, and age.
Q: Is there an age limit?
A: Anniversary annex has their own age limit. They are, as follows:
Active Assignment Army: 35Active Assignment Air Force: 27Active Assignment Marine Corps: 28Active Assignment Navy: 34Active Assignment Coast Guard: 27
Army Reserves: 35Army National Guard: 35Air Force Reserves: 34Air National Guard: 40Naval Reserves: 39Marine Corps Reserves: 29Coast Guard Reserves: 39
Q: Do I accept to be affiliated to my servicemember in adjustment to accept benefits?
A: Yes. The aggressive doesn’t admit anyone who isn’t a acknowledged ancestors affiliate of a servicemember. You will not be accustomed to accept into DEERS, you will not be issued a aggressive ID, and you will not accept Tricare.
Q: How do I get my aggressive ID card?
A: Already you get affiliated and are enrolled into DEERS, your servicemember allegation be present to assurance all forms you allegation to accept your ID. If he’s not available, you allegation accept a specific adeptness of attorney.
You additionally allegation to appearance a photo ID, your amusing aegis card, your bearing certificate, and your alliance license.
If you accept children, and you’re married, again your accouchement won’t be issued a aggressive ID until they about-face 10.
If you’re not married, and you accept a adolescent with a servicemember, your adolescent will be issued a aggressive ID card. They aloof allegation to appearance their amusing aegis agenda and bearing certificate. Also, in best cases, best bases crave either a ancestors analysis to be done, or accept a declaration/acknowledgement of ancestors signed, in adjustment to add their accouchement into DEERS.
Q: What is DEERS?
A: DEERS (Defense Acceptance Eligibility Reporting System) is a database of all alive assignment servicemembers, retired servicemembers, reservists, and their dependents. Actuality enrolled into DEERS makes it accessible for servicemembers and audience to accept aggressive benefits.
Q: What do I allegation to be added to DEERS?
A: Photo ID, amusing aegis card, alliance license, bearing affidavit (same as what you allegation to accept a aggressive ID; usually, you can try to get your ID anon afterwards your acceptance into DEERS, or you would accept to accomplish a abstracted appointment).
For accouchement beneath 21, aloof bearing affidavit and amusing aegis card.
Note: Best bases do things abnormally from anniversary other. Always be on the safe ancillary and accompany every anatomy and ID with you, alike if there’s a achievability you won’t allegation it.
Q: Are we able to add stepchildren to DEERS?
A: Yes. You would allegation a archetype of the child’s bearing certificate, amusing aegis card, and the parents’ alliance certificate.
Q: Are we able to add continued ancestors into DEERS?
A: Yes, if you are amenable for added than bisected of their care.
Q: Can me or my apron accompany the aggressive and not accept to deploy?
A: While it’s accessible (although, not probable) that you may not accept to deploy, it’s not astute to admit with the apprehension of not accepting to do so. The majority of jobs aural the aggressive do, in fact, arrange at some point. Some added generally than others.
Q: What if my apron or I appetite to be an officer? What do I allegation to accept to qualify?
A: Allege to a recruiter, for one. In adjustment to become an officer, you accept the best of utilizing at atomic one of these programs: Activity to academy (at atomic accept a Bachelor’s degree), activity to a aggressive college/academy, aing an ROTC (Reserve Officer’s Training Corps) program, activity from enlisted to officer, or annex to an OCS (officer applicant school).
Q: Will I be able to acquaint with my servicemember while they’re at basal training?
A: Yes. The best archetypal anatomy of admonition while your servicemember is at basal training is autograph belletrist and sending them through the mail. Some recruits do acquire buzz privileges, but those can be few and far between.
Q: How continued does it usually booty to accept an address?
A: Typically, you should accept your servicemember’s abode at cossack affected aural the aboriginal brace of weeks. They will either abode you a letter and accommodate the acknowledgment address, or you will accept a packet of admonition about your servicemember’s training that will accommodate their address.
Q: Am I accustomed to accelerate bales to my servicemember?
A: Yes, depending on the annex of account your servicemember is in. Some don’t acquiesce packages, while others acquiesce a bound bulk of items to be sent.
Q: What am I accustomed to accelerate to my servicemember?
A: Pretty abundant annihilation that can fit in an envelope. Letters, added envelopes (if they’re not accustomed stationery), stamps, and alike some tasteful photographs. Some claimed hygiene items may additionally be allowed, if they cannot be purchased at their training location.
Q: Will I be able to see my servicemember graduate?
A: Yes. Ancestors associates are usually accustomed to attestant a cossack affected graduation.
Q: How will I be able to get assimilate abject to see my servicemember graduate?
A: The accepted operating procedures for cossack affected graduations may alter amid branches.
Navy RTC (Recruit Training Command), Great Lakes, IL Graduations:
Your sailor allegation put the names of any bedfellow 3 and earlier (including added alive assignment servicemembers and retirees) on an admission list. Anniversary sailor will be accustomed a best or 3 or 4 guests (depending on how abounding training classes will be admission that night; 12 and beneath – 4, 13 and aloft – 3). All guests 18 and over allegation accept a photo ID. Parking passes can be downloaded on the RTC’s website, appliance a countersign issued in the acceptable packet you accept at the alpha of the cossack affected process.
Army Basal Combat Training Graduations:
Fort Benning/Fort Knox/Fort Sill BCT:
You allegation accept a driver’s license, affidavit of insurance, agent registration, and a motorcycle assurance foundation agenda (only if you’re on a motorcycle) in adjustment to access a parking pass. Dress casually.
Fort Jackson BCT:
You allegation accept a driver’s license, affidavit of insurance, and agent registration. All developed cartage allegation accept a driver’s authorization or a state-issued ID. All cartage with decals allegation appearance aggressive ID. Dress casually.
Fort Leonard Wood BCT:
You allegation accept a driver’s license, affidavit of insurance, and agent allotment to access a parking pass. Dress casually.
Air Force Basal Aggressive Training, Lackland AFB Graduations:
Recruits allegation ample out a Visitor Admission Appeal Anatomy and accept it on them aback they are in BMT. All guests 18 or earlier allegation accept photo ID. Guests beneath 18 allegation be escorted assimilate abject by an adult.
If you’re alive on and crave a parking pass, again you allegation accept a driver’s license, affidavit of insurance, and your vehicle’s registration. If you’re entering the abject on a motorcycle, you allegation accept a motorcycle assurance foundation card.
Marine Corps Basal Training Graduation:
Marine Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC/San Diego, CA:
Your recruit will accelerate an advisory packet home during or about the 9th anniversary of basal training that includes their graduation date and a parking pass. If you don’t accept a parking canyon and appetite one aback you access in either Parris Island or San Diego, again you allegation appearance a driver’s license, affidavit of insurance, agent registration, and a motorcycle assurance foundation agenda (if accession on abject on a motorcycle). Bourgeois accoutrements is requested.
Coast Guard Recruit Training, Cape May, NJ:
All drivers are appropriate to accept a driver’s license. Any guests beneath 18 are not appropriate to accept any forms of identification as continued as they’re accompanied by a ancestor or guardian.
Q: Will they be accustomed time off abject about graduation time?
A: Marine Corps: They are accustomed to activate 10 canicule of leave anon afterwards graduation.
Navy: Liberty is abased on the assemblage and the date of accession at their aing destination afterwards RTC.
Army: Leave is abased on aback they are appointed to access at their aing destination.
Air Force: Leave is abased on aback they are appointed to access at their aing destination.
Coast Guard: They are accustomed to activate 5 canicule of leave afore accepting to access at their aing destination.
AIT/TECH SCHOOL/A or C-SCHOOL
Q: How continued does AIT/Tech School/A or C-School usually take?
A: It usually depends on the MOS/rate that your servicemember has been given. It additionally depends on how continued it takes for your servicemember to be assigned a class.
Q: Will I be accustomed to move with my servicemember aback they’re in AIT/Tech School/A or C-School?
A: Alone if you’re married, if his academy time is best than 6 months, and if you’re on his orders to move. If so, again the aggressive can move you for no charge. If you’re bachelor or not on his orders, you’re still able to move with him, but it will all be out of pocket.
Q: Will my servicemember accept their orders while here?
A: Yes. Either they will accept their orders for their aboriginal assignment station, or orders for added schooling.
Q: Will my servicemember be able to aces their orders aback they graduate?
A: It depends on the school. Some will be able to aces (under assertive circumstances), and others will aloof be assigned.
Q: Will my servicemember be able to aces their orders at all throughout their career?
A: Depends on anniversary annex and their specific agreement in allotment orders.
Q: Will the aggressive pay for our move?
A: Yes, if you appeal that they do.
Q: What if we appetite to move ourselves? What accomplish do we accept to take?
A: If you appetite to move on your own, you will be accomplishing what is alleged a PPM (personally acquired move) or a DITY (do it yourself) move. Aback you accept to do a DITY move, you’ll be amenable for affective your own accouterments from one breadth to another. As you do that, you will be reimbursed whatever accuse you make. You can alike do a fractional DITY, breadth you move some of your belongings, while you let the aggressive move the rest. You can get the specifics of this with your base’s claimed acreage office.
Q: If I’m not affiliated to my servicemember, will they still pay for me to move afterpiece to him?
A: No. Actuality bachelor disqualifies you from accepting any affectionate of aggressive benefit, including the aggressive affective you from one breadth to another.
Q: How should we adapt for a move?
A: The basal allotment of admonition is: Accumulate all of your important items with you (important documents, basal hygiene supplies, charwoman supplies, affable and bistro supplies, medications, food for your children, sleeping supplies, etc). Accomplish a photo account of all of your admired items, so you can adviser the amercement that may be done to your things during transit. Accumulate all of your paperwork until afterwards your move.
Q: How continued will it booty for us to accept our domiciliary goods?
A: It can alter from about a anniversary to a few weeks to alike a brace of months.
Q: How do we go about affective our pets to our new assignment station?
A: Ensure that you accept able carriage argosy for your pets to biking in. Accomplish abiding you accept their shots up to date, and that they accept an up to date concrete with a veterinarian. Ensure that your pet can be articular (with an ID tag on their collar or by microchipping). If you adopt to fly with your pets, acquisition out with your airline how they can cautiously carriage your pet as freight.
Q: Do we get money from the aggressive to move?
A: If you’re accomplishing a DITY move, yes.
Q: Do we get money from the aggressive for biking expenses?
A: The aggressive will affair you DLA (dislocation allowance) in adjustment to balance you for most, if not all, of your biking expenses.
Q: Are we appropriate to alive on base?
A: If you’re married, no. You accept the advantage of alive off base. If you’re a distinct servicemember, you’d accept to alive on abject unless you’re a assertive rank, or unless you accept appropriate permission to alive off base.
Q: How do you get a abode on base?
A: Calling the apartment appointment that casework your base, and they will airing you through the process.
Q: Is all aggressive apartment run by one apartment company?
A: No. Aggressive apartment is run by several altered companies.
Q: Are we accustomed to accept pets in abject housing?
A: It depends on the apartment aggregation you’re “renting” through. Some acquiesce a assertive cardinal of pets at your residence, beneath some conditions.
Q: Are there breeds of dogs we aren’t accustomed to have?
A: Most, if not all bases, accept banned several specific breeds of dog. Not at all bases chase the aforementioned policies, but abounding of them accept bans on some or all of the afterward breeds: Pitbulls, wolf hybrids, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, chow-chows, American bulldogs, and akitas
Q: Is accepting abject apartment abased on rank? Cardinal of bodies alive in the house?
A: It can be. Aggressive apartment offices appetite to apperceive what your rank is and cardinal of audience you accept in adjustment to acquisition you a abode that will fit your family’s needs.
Q: How abundant will we get in BAH?
A: In adjustment to account how abundant you will accept in BAH, bang here: BAH Calculator. Calculating BAH depends on your assignment station, paygrade, and whether or not you accept dependents.
Q: Does the BAH bulk break the aforementioned aback we move?
A: No. BAH differs by location.
Q: If my servicemember and I lived in two altered places, which bulk of BAH would we receive: BAH from his assignment abject or BAH from breadth I plan to move?
A: In this case, you would accept BAH from breadth your servicemember’s assignment abject is located.
Q: Do we accept BAH if we alive in abject housing?
A: Yes and no. Yes, you’re advantaged to accept BAH. But no, because your BAH is automatically surrendered as hire payments for the abode you’re occupying.
Q: What is an LES?
A: An LES, or Leave and Earnings Statement, shows your servicemember’s pay and leave status.
Q: How generally do servicemembers get paid?
A: On the 1st and 15th of every month. (Depending on who you coffer with, those dates vary.)
Q: Breadth can I acquisition out how abundant my servicemember will get paid?
A: Your servicemember’s LES gets acquaint on DFAS’s (Defense Finance and Accounting Service) MyPay system.
Q: Aback am I able to appearance an LES for an accessible pay period?
A: LESs are usually acquaint 7 canicule afore pay day.
Q; Will my apron accept added money in his/her paycheck for every abased he/she has?
Q: What is the aberration amid Tricare Prime and Tricare Standard?
A: There are abounding differences amid Accepted and Prime. For all-encompassing admonition amid the two, added added Tricare advantage plans, bang here.
Q: What Tricare arena does my accompaniment abatement under?
A: Tricare advantage avalanche into three altered regions aural the United States: TriWest, Tricare North, and Tricare South.
– Alaska- Arizona- California- Colorado- Hawaii- Idaho- Iowa- Kansas- Minnesota- Missouri- Montana- Nebraska- Nevada- New Mexico- North Dakota- Oregon- South Dakota- Utah- western Texas- Washington- Wyoming
Tricare North covers:
– Connecticut- Delaware- District of Columbia- Illinois- Indiana- Kentucky (with the barring of Fort Campbell)- Maine- Maryland- Massachusetts- Michigan- New Hampshire- New Jersey- New York- North Carolina- Ohio- Pennsylvania- Rhode Island- Vermont- Virginia- West Virginia- Wisconsin- babyish portions of Missouri and Iowa
Tricare South covers:
– Alabama- Arkansas- Florida- Georgia- Kentucky (only the Fort Campbell area)- Louisiana- Mississippi- Oklahoma- South Carolina- Tennessee- Texas (with the barring of El Paso)
Q: What accomplish do I allegation to booty to accept into Tricare Standard?
A: None. As continued as you’re enrolled into DEERS, you’re automatically covered by Tricare Standard.
Q: What accomplish do I allegation to booty to accept into Tricare Prime?
A: Already you’re enrolled into DEERS and accept your aggressive ID card, you should be able to ample out an application, either by cardboard and mail it, online on Tricare’s website, or by calling your bounded contractor.
Q: How do I analysis if article is covered by Prime or Standard?
A: Go to Tricare’s website, bang on the See What’s Covered tab, and it should accord you a absolute account of things that may or may not be covered by Tricare.
Q: My apron and I alive at atomic 50 afar abroad from a aggressive analysis adeptness (MTF). Will we still be covered by Tricare?
A: If you are stationed at atomic 50 afar abroad from an MTF, again you will be acceptable for Tricare Prime Remote.
Q: How do I accept into Tricare Dental (MetLife)?
A: You can go through Tricare’s website to acquisition agency to enroll. Your servicemember can accept online, over the phone, or via the mail.
Q: Will it amount me and my servicemember money to accept into Tricare Dental?
A: If you’re a ancestors of an alive assignment servicemember, the account exceptional of $32.89.
Q: My apron is retired. Will we still be able to accumulate our Tricare benefits?
A: Yes. You’ll be able to accumulate your Tricare benefits. Already your servicemember becomes acceptable for Tricare for Life, you’re no best acceptable for Prime.
Q: Will we accept to pay to accumulate our coverage, if my apron is retired?
A: It’s accessible that you may accept to pay premiums to absorb your advantage with Tricare for Life. If you’re still beneath Tricare Prime, you’ll will be amenable for anniversary acceptance fees, which are listed here. You will be able to pay them monthly, quarterly, or annually.
Q: My apron has been discharged/separated from the military. Will we still be able to accumulate our Tricare benefits?
A: For admonition about bloom allowances and break from alive assignment military, bang here.
Q: I aloof had a baby. Will he/she automatically be enrolled into Tricare Prime?
A: Yes and no. Aback a babyish is born, the bairn is automatically enrolled into Tricare Prime, and will be covered for the aboriginal 60 days. Already the 60th day has passed, the baby’s advantage will backslide to Tricare Standard. During the 60-day period, it is recommended to accept the babyish into DEERS, again ample out an appliance for the babyish for Tricare Prime and about-face it in.
Q: What is a PCM?
A: A PCM (primary affliction manager) is the bloom affliction provider that you are assigned to see in case you allegation medical attention. They are additionally amenable for ambience you up with specialist care, in the accident that you allegation a barometer to see addition else.
Q: Are we appropriate to be apparent at a aggressive analysis facility, if one is nearby?
A: Usually, if you’re enrolled into Tricare Prime, and there is an aperture with a PCM at a aggressive analysis adeptness (MTF), again you would be appropriate to seek your medical affliction there.
Q: What if I don’t appetite to be apparent at an MTF? Will I be accustomed to change my provider from a aggressive one to a noncombatant one?
A: If there is no allowance to be apparent by a provider at an MTF, you will be accustomed the best to be apparent by a noncombatant provider. However, if there is a allowance at an MTF, and you don’t appetite to be seen, you accept the advantage of switching your Tricare advantage from Prime to Standard, so that way, you will accept the advantage of switching from a aggressive provider to a noncombatant one.
Q: What do I allegation to do if I allegation to see a specialist, if there isn’t one accessible at my accepted healthcare facility?
A: Your PCM can put in for a barometer appeal to Tricare. From there, Tricare will accelerate you a letter, giving you the name and acquaintance admonition of a specialist who could bigger affliction for you.
Q: Is there any appropriate affliction that the aggressive offers for audience with appropriate needs?
A: Aside from the bloom affliction that Tricare offers, the aggressive additionally offers the Exceptional Ancestors Affiliate Diplomacy (EFMP), which helps aggressive families with appropriate needs audience acquisition the affliction that they need. They accredit servicemembers assignment stations that accept all-important specialists nearby, and will not abode a servicemember in an breadth breadth appropriate affliction cannot be given.
Q: Will my apron be able to go to my prenatal appointments?
A: That is at the acumen of your spouse’s command. Some may be accustomed to accompany you to your appointments. Others may not.
Q: Will my apron be able to appear the bearing of our child?
A: That is additionally at the acumen of your spouse’s command. Generally speaking, unless your servicemember is in the average of a deployment or addition mission that requires them to be abroad from home, they would usualy be accustomed to attend.
Q: Will my apron accept ancestors leave afterwards the babyish is born? If so, for how long?
A: Yes, your servicemember will be acceptable ancestors leave, which is a 10-day, “off the books” leave. However, this can additionally be at the acumen of the command. Some commands don’t accept ancestors leave.
Q: If my apron is deployed/IA/on TDY or TAD orders, will they be able to appear aback for the bearing of the baby?
A: It depends. Aback a servicemember is on deployment, the acknowledgment is usually no, UNLESS it is a amount of activity or afterlife (and alike then, it’s still questionable). With IA (individual augmentee) orders, it’s all at the acumen of the command you’re briefly serving. With TDY/TAD orders, it depends on the mission, breadth your servicemember is, and whether or not they are able to booty time to be with you. Always adapt to not accept your servicemember with you, in the accident of these situations.
Q: How continued do deployments usually last?
A: Length of deployment times vary. They can aftermost anywhere amid 6 months to a year. Sometimes best (although, best deployments are phasing out, if they haven’t already been).
Q: Is there any way for my servicemember to get out of a deployment?
A: Accepting a servicemember out of a deployment is a rare, if possible, feat. There MIGHT be appropriate diplomacy in which a deployment could be postponed, or alike canceled (such as medical instances and life-threatening events, either abroad or stateside), and it would accept to be at the acumen of the higher-ups. However, you should never calculation on a deployment actuality canceled for any accustomed reason.
Q: Is there any appropriate paperwork I allegation from the aggressive to accept on duke while my servicemember is away?
A: Adeptness of advocate is a alarm to accept while your servicemember is away. Adeptness of advocate gives you acknowledged albatross over your servicemember’s assets, as able-bodied as accord you adeptness to booty affliction of diplomacy that you would about allegation your servicemember for. There are two kinds: General, which covers the majority of diplomacy (like ambidextrous with finances), and specific, which covers assertive areas, like aggressive affairs.
Q: Will I be able to acquaint with my servicemember while they’re deployed?
A: It depends on breadth your servicemember is deployed to. Best servicemembers get the advantage of e-mail, buzz privileges, webcam capabilities, and alike the adeptness to mail bales aback to their families in the states. Some don’t accept any of those agency of communication.
Q: How do I accelerate my servicemember a affliction package?
A: The aboriginal footfall is to go to the United States Postal Account and ask for appropriate collapsed bulk boxes that you can accelerate to an APO/FPO. They are 100% free, and can be delivered to your door. Also, appeal community forms, because you will best acceptable accelerate your bales to a adopted country, and allegation to acknowledge what you’re packing. Community forms are additionally chargeless of charge. From there, already you accept your servicemember’s address, amount up your amalgamation and mail it. Mailing affliction bales aren’t too expensive.
Q: What am I banned from sending my servicemember while they’re deployed?
A: Actuality is a account of items that are belted from actuality sent:
– Aerosol cans- Firearms and ammunition- Fruits and added alive plants (things are not aboriginal to adopted lands- Chemicals (Bleach, chlorine, added charwoman supplies)- Flammable fluids (lighter fluids, gasoline)- Nail brightness and perfumes- Matches and fireworks
Other items not to send:
– Pornography- Political propaganda- Alcohol- Pork products
Q: What can I do if there is an emergency at home? Who do I contact?
A: Alarm the American Red Cross. If there is an emergency at home, and you allegation to get a bulletin to your servicemember, this is one of the best assets to call. Also, alarm your command ombudsman. Your command ombudsman is the communication amid the command and the aggressive families, so if you allegation help, they are addition you should get into acquaintance with.
Q: What is OPSEC?
A: OPSEC (operations security) is meant to accumulate acute admonition about troop movements and missions protected, in adjustment to accumulate enemies for appliance it.
Q: What am I accustomed to say or not say to bodies apropos my spouse’s mission?
A: Specific admonition apropos troop movement is a abuse of OPSEC. Exact dates and exact times of missions should not be shared. Exact locations should not be shared. Alike admonition that hints to exact dates, times, and locations shouldn’t be shared.
Q: What are the after-effects of actionable OPSEC?
A: Delayed departures or arrivals, you actuality absolutely in the aphotic about troop movements
Q: What does OCONUS angle for?
A: Alfresco of the Continental United States
Q: Is there annihilation that will disqualify us from demography orders overseas?
A: There are abounding factors that could disqualify you from accepting across orders. Some of those factors include: Medical factors, EFMP status, and cardinal of dependents.
Q: Do we all allegation passports? If so, how continued will it booty for us to get them?
A: Yes, you’ll be appropriate to accept a authorization aback you biking alfresco of the United States. You will be issued a no-fee passport, which can alone be acclimated aback you’re traveling to and from the breadth of your assignment station. In adjustment to get your passport, you allegation accept medical approval and access your abased admission approval (DEA).
Q: Will we be able to booty our pets?
A: This will alter amid anniversary OCONUS location, as anniversary abode has regulations apropos this subject. In adjustment to apperceive what regulations and acceptation admonition your new assignment abject has, it’s best to alarm in beforehand of your PCS to any veterinarian/animal ascendancy appointment in that area.
Also, alarm advanced to the airline you are aerial with to get admonition on how to carriage your pet, and what clearances you allegation afore you travel.
Q: Will we accept BAH?
A: Instead of BAH, you will accept an across apartment allowance (OHA). OHA includes the afterward components:
– Rent- Utility/maintenance expenses- OCONUS Acting Abode Allowance (TLA)- Move-in Apartment Allowance (MIHA)
TLA is advised to admonition awning the amount of acting abode until you are able to move into added abiding quarters. MIHA is accustomed in added amounts aback you become acceptable for OHA. It’s advised to admonition with assorted expenditures (household necessities), hire (non-refundable accuse fabricated afore abode are occupied), and aegis (in case you are amid breadth there is accident of agitator attacks or added bent threats).
Q: Do we accept added allowances for alive overseas?
A: You can additionally accept a amount of alive allowance (COLA), which is advised to admonition account the amount of alive in a higher-cost-of-living area, for non-housing costs and services.
Q: Are their any appropriate procedures that we would accept to chase afore we move overseas?
A: Anniversary OCONUS breadth has their own set of regulations and procedures that allegation to be followed afore your arrival.
Q: Will JAG attorneys represent me in a annulment or aegis case?
A: No. JAG will alone action you acknowledged admonition for noncombatant affairs. If you appetite representation, accessory up ancestors law attorneys in your area.
Q: Will JAG attorneys admonition me apropos aegis and alteration apropos accouchement from antecedent relationships?
A: No. JAG will alone action you acknowledged admonition for acknowledged affairs. If you appetite admonition on custody/visitation, again seek out acknowledged admonition from a ancestors law attorney.
Q: Will the aggressive admonition me with adolescent abutment enforcement?
A: It depends on the command. Some will try to accomplish it for you, some won’t. Your best bet as far as adolescent abutment administration is to go through noncombatant channels, rather than await on the military. Noncombatant adolescent abutment administration uses bastille time as a amends of not advantageous adolescent support.
Q: Am I advantaged to a allotment of my servicemember’s pay for conjugal abutment if I were to abstracted from or get a divorce?
A: If you’re accurately married, again your servicemember still has to ensure that your servicemember keeps a roof over your head. Typically, you would be able to accept a allocation of his pay in the accident of a separation. HOWEVER, your servicemember’s command has the best to not accomplish it.
Q: What should I abrasion at aggressive cossack affected graduations, reenlistment ceremonies, retirement ceremonies, and at change of command ceremonies?
A: Casual, bourgeois accoutrements is recommended. Be abiding to accompany weather-appropriate attire.
Q: What should I abrasion to aggressive balls?
A: Formal, adequately bourgeois accoutrements is recommended. It’s recommended not to appearance too abundant skin.
MILITARY BALL ETIQUETTE
Q: What is recommended amenities aback accessory a aggressive ball?
A: Some tips to follow:
– Do not abrasion a dress that shows too abundant bark or is advised to be anytime provocative.- Avoid purchasing prom-like gowns.- Pay absorption to all of the acceptable contest accident in the room.- Do not booze too abundant booze or act unbecoming.- Be affable and affable aback walking through the accepting line. Remember that you’ll be encountering academy baronial officials, and will allegation to conduct yourself with class.- If you allegation to use the restroom, alibi yourself afore or afterwards the contest booty place.- If you allegation to acclimatize your hair, accomplish up, or dress, alibi yourself to the restroom.
RESOURCES FOR MILITARY FAMILIES
– Aggressive One Source offers chargeless counseling sessions for alive assignment Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force, National Guard, associates of the reserves, and their families. They additionally action admonition on the basics of aggressive life, as able-bodied as advice.
– There are assorted aid societies, per branch, to seek admonition from if you’re in a banking bind, and allegation emergency abetment immediately. Actuality are their websites:
Army Emergency ReliefCoast Guard Mutual AssistanceAir Force Aid SocietyNavy/Marine Corps Relief Fund
– In case of an emergency while your apron is away, alarm the American Red Cross at 1-877-272-7337, and they will assignment on accepting an emergency bulletin to your servicemember. You can additionally bang actuality and actuality for added admonition on how the Red Cross can abetment you while your servicemember is deployed.
– Anniversary annex has its own abutment centermost that offers programs and assets that admonition families break a about the diplomacy and contest accident aural it.
Note: If you’re a any base, alike if they’re not affiliated with your servicemember’s branch, you’re still accustomed to advance their casework if you anytime allegation assistance.
Army: Army Community ServicesAir Force: Air Force Airman and Ancestors SupportNavy: Fleet and Ancestors Abutment CentersMarine Corps: Marine Corps Community ServicesCoast Guard: Coast Guard Ancestors Readiness Programs
– Aggressive New Ancestor Abutment is advised to admonition servicemembers and their spouses adapt for activity with a new child.
– Exceptional Ancestors Affiliate Diplomacy (EFMP) is advised to abetment aggressive families with appropriate needs audience acquisition affliction that they need. They ensure that your servicemember is stationed breadth there is affliction available.
– Command ombudsmen are the liaisons amid aggressive families and their servicemembers’ commands. If you allegation assistance, your ombudsmen should be one of the aboriginal bodies to call.
– If you’re with the Air Force, analysis about your abject to accessory for your Key Spouses group. Key Spouses are a accumulation of spouses who action abutment to added families.
– A Ancestors Readiness Accumulation (FRG) is addition accumulation of spouses who action abutment to added families aback they’re in need. They additionally admonition sponsor contest and fundraisers for the commands they’re absorbed to, in adjustment to admonition accompany families together, as able-bodied as coach families who accept anew aing the lifestyle.
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