I am surprised how many in the military community are unfamiliar with the terminology of “Geo-Bachelor” or “Geographic Bachelor” relationships, although, once I explain to them just what it really means, I find out just how common it really is. “So and so’s” wife stayed behind so their son could finish high school, or so their daughter could have better health care. That’s usually how these conversations start out. Typically, as service members near retirement, it becomes more common for the family to stop moving, and start staying put.
But somewhere along the lines of the conversation, it takes a sharp turn to the left, and I get asked this question:
“How does BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing) actually work for your family?”
Well here is a quick guide to help explain one of my top questions asked, and take some of the mystery out, if you are considering it yourself. (more…)