Do I have to move with him after we marry?

Q. My marine is waiting to be picked up for his MOS in March… we had planned to marry in February and the Marine Corp is aware. I just moved to Boston and I am working full-time we have a boy together. My question basically is… when we get married I am obligated to move to where he would be stationed at after his MOS graduation, or will I be able to stay in Boston where we currently live?  Thanks

No, you are under no obligation to move where he is. In fact, as more Military Spouses become established in their careers, more and more tend to stay where they are instead of moving with their spouse. I know of one spouse married to a Sergeant that made around 250,000 a year, which made her the bread-winner in the family. When her spouse came up on PCS orders she obviously chose (with her husband’s blessing) to not go with him due to the amount of money she made at her current job and not knowing if she would even be able to get a job at the new location. He would just need to live there as a geographical bachelor so his BAH would reflect where you live, not where he is stationed.

Congrats on your upcoming marriage!

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One thought on “Do I have to move with him after we marry?

  1. Shirley Anne Rodriguez

    Thank you very much for your response. We where worried about that specific aspect.
    Your answer has been really helpful.

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