When you enlist in the military you are joining a huge organization. Some people view their military experience as if they join a large rather extended family. Well, it may not exactly be a family, but there are specific things you can get help and assistance in, and that benefit all Servicemembers regardless of level or rank. Part of your military service will involve being assigned to various duty stations, and when you deploy there are services that are available to help the experience of deployment become not as daunting.
Per Diem- When you travel to a new deployment, you are eligible for Per Diem, or a payment to help reimburse you for your travel and living expenses. You should communicate directly with your Command, you can sometimes benefit financially from taking a different mode of transportation. The government will pay for your travel, often by Commercial air travel. If traveling in the United States, it may be possible and beneficial to travel by car. If you travel by your own vehicle, and can do so more inexpensively, you may be eligible to do so. Any difference between your own method and travel, up to what is normally allowed by the military, might be available to you to keep helping with your moving expenses.
Military Pay- When you are assigned to a new duty station, you often run into financial bills that you cannot anticipate. You can try and be as well planned as possible, but there still areas that you cant foresee. You should try and check into different sources of financial support, including your regular military pay, any savings that you may have set aside. Another good source may be friends or family that can on the short term assist you with financial support. If these sources are not sufficient, then you can request a loan against your Future Pay.
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Getting a loan against your future pay is not the easiest thing in the world, but if you are finding it impossible to manage any other way you can talk to your command about a loan against your military pay. A loan has to be approved by your Commanding Officer, and should be for the least amount possible, due to hardship you may encounter later in paying off such loans. A loan is possible for up to 3 times your regular monthly pay, if approved by your Commanding Officer. You would then pay back the government in installments from your regular military pay.