Written by: Bridget Daniels Carlson
Q. Hello, and Thank you for your previous answer to my question Will BAH increase when we marry? That does help a bit. But I am confused about the DEERS system/program. We have went to the nearest base while he was on leave from boot, I got my military spouse ID card. In doing that process, was I added into the system, or was there a completely different thing I was supposed to do? Also, I looked up the BAH for my zip code with dependents. It’s about 1,300. An E-1 has a monthly income of about the same, right? So that would turn out to be 2,600 for a whole month. Getting paid the 1st and 15th should be about 1,300 each? Plus Separation pay of 250? He has gotten paid about a day or two ago and the amount doesn’t add right. We only gotten a little over 900. Any ideas about this? I was told that we should get “reimbursed” for the time we were married (Dec. 27, 2011) to present. Sorry I have a lot of questions, but I really appreciate you taking time out of your day to help me. The military and everyone, basically, just leaves you in the dark and you’re going in blind.
Again, thank you
If you have a Military ID, then you have already been added to DEERS. Family Sep pay is only payable after 30 days have passed and can take a pay period or two to show up. You will only get BAH for your zip code if he told finance that his BAH needs to be rated at your zip code. If he has not told finance this, he will get the BAH rate of where he is at (or if at school then where his home duty station is). One thing you are not taking into account when figuring up how much he should get every two weeks are taxes, SGLI, dental, and any other allotments and deductions that he may have coming out of his pay before it hits your bank account. The only real way to figure out if you are being paid the correct amount is to look at his LES. It will show you all pay received as well as all deductions and allotments that are being taken out. Taxes alone take a good chunk of pay, then add in dental premiums he has to pay for you, SGLI premiums that he has to pay for the both of you, and any additional allotments such as car payments, child support, or other loans and it all adds up.
Again the best way to figure it out is to look at his LES and see what his pay is for BAH and see what deductions and allotments he has coming out of his paycheck.
Also know that it can take several pay periods or even months for the pay to be right after a dependent is added. Y’all have only been married for just a little over a month, and it could take another month before his pay is all straightened out.