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Old 05-21-2018, 05:12 PM
 
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Depends on service, specialty rating or not, and combat zone pay.

I was Navy. Serving on a ship means you either live on a ship or you rent/share an apartment. If you have a family you’ll get additional pay to supplement housing cost. While there are base housing available, it’s not easy to get into and some base homes are a risk to your health. As a single sailor you can save money by living on the ship and eating most of all meals on the ship. I took occasional weekends away at nearby hotels for peace and quiet. The ship and base both have a gym free to access. Living on a ship is hard. You sleep on a 2 inch thick sponge on a rack that is a three bunk high bunk bed only two to three feet across another three racks. Privacy is impossible. Generally ship deployments are 6 months at a time and during those times there is no hotels nor apartments nor restaurants. When pulling into a foreign port you can eat out but no hotels since you have to be back before 2am. If you avoid the alcohol and other traps you can save a good bit of money. One of the traps are car dealerships that advertise as “we finance E-3 and below”. These are usually rip offs. Many a junior enlisted has gone heavily in debt from these groups. Enroll in the Mongomery GI bill. Even if you don’t go to college, you can pass it on to a child who chooses to go to college.
How is the food on the ship? If you are stationed in San Diego, I imagine an apartment share will be expensive like all housing in SoCal.
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Old 05-21-2018, 05:13 PM
 
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There's no mystery to military pay and benefits. Not even in pre-internet times. It's just a matter of doing the research. Nobody here or elsewhere is going to be spoon feed you public information.
LOL wow, its an Internet forum. Relax. Plenty people already have. Who cares anyways? So what are we suppose to discuss here anecdotal information? Everything that can be discusses is public. All information can be read from a book.
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Old 05-24-2018, 06:06 PM
 
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Depends on how much you save, where you're stationed, unmarried or married, if you get housing allowance, etc...

I'm sure the poster in the beginning of the thread wouldn't be buying a house at her first duty station if she was in the Navy since first term Sailors are usually never allowed to live off base and collect housing. So it really just depends.
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Old 05-24-2018, 06:08 PM
 
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But, couldn't have done it on a fast food salary or with $100K in student debt, or even making the median income in the US
You are also married to another service member and were able to live off base and collect BAH at your first duty station. That is an extremely rare occurence in the Navy or Marine Corps.
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Old 05-24-2018, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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You are also married to another service member and were able to live off base and collect BAH at your first duty station. That is an extremely rare occurence in the Navy or Marine Corps.
My husband, Army, was able to do that.
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Old 05-24-2018, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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My husband, Army, was able to do that.
I think what they were saying was that for E1s thru E3s [in the US Navy] it has always been difficult to get permission to live off-base. Whereas for E5 and above it is fairly easy.

I personally, as an E5 I was able to go to a bank and get a mortgage for an apartment complex. [a Tri-plex in California and a Five-plex in Scotland] After that as an E6 I had no problem living off-base and buying whatever we wanted.

Though we have had tenants of other services, who had issues. The Air Force seemed to always have restrictions on allowing E6 and below to live off-base. They just were not paid enough to be able to afford it.
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Old 05-25-2018, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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I think what they were saying was that for E1s thru E3s [in the US Navy] it has always been difficult to get permission to live off-base. Whereas for E5 and above it is fairly easy.

I personally, as an E5 I was able to go to a bank and get a mortgage for an apartment complex. [a Tri-plex in California and a Five-plex in Scotland] After that as an E6 I had no problem living off-base and buying whatever we wanted.

Though we have had tenants of other services, who had issues. The Air Force seemed to always have restrictions on allowing E6 and below to live off-base. They just were not paid enough to be able to afford it.
They spend a lot to do that and keep them on base.
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Old 05-26-2018, 10:11 AM
 
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My husband, Army, was able to do that.
Was he married?



I should have clarified and said single Sailors and Marines will have a very hard time living off base on their first tour.
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