We're thinking about having another kid, but we want to make sure we can afford it. Do we get extra pay for each child?
I think we do because my husband's friend has a sixth kid on the way and he's the only one in his family who has a job. Without extra pay, it's hard to see how he affords that.
How much military pay you receive each month is based on different factors, including rank or "paygrade," your Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), the service member's Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS), and a few other pays that depend on your circumstance and job, such as the annual clothing allowance, deployment, job description, location and other factors.
When it comes to a service member having a family, known as "dependents" in military jargon, things are pretty cut and dry. Troops who are married or have children receive a "with dependents" rate for BAH instead of the "without dependents" rate.
- Get the Military.com Pay Calculator
- Spouse and Family Benefits 101
- Checklist for New Military Spouses
So does the military pay more for dependents? Yes, but not in the way you're hoping. That BAH bump comes only once, when the service member gets married or, if they don't marry, when they have more than 50 percent custody of their first child. After that, the rate does not change per child or per dependent -- it's a one-time thing.
-- Team Q&B