Decisions about buying and selling a home are almost always going to have major financial repercussions. For active-duty service members who are frequently uprooted, those deliberations become even more complicated. 

As you may not be staying in one place for very long, thinking through the long-term consequences of buying a home becomes critical. It’s also important to be aware of special programs that can help you get the most home for your money. 

Key Takeaways

  • Active-duty personnel typically have on-base and off-base housing options, with the latter providing greater flexibility but also necessitating a commute.
  • Those who choose private housing can apply their Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) to rent or a mortgage payment.
  • Because service members often face the prospect of receiving transfer orders, it’s important to weigh the long-term impact of purchasing a home versus renting.

Housing Options

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