Can an Army E4 and 1 dependant survive on decent income?

I am soon to be married to a wonderful young man in the Army. We both are fairly young. I will be 23 when we get married, and he will be 22. We are waiting until I graduate from college before we tie the knot. In the mean time he will be making the switch from National Guard to Active Duty. I am fearful that I will have a hard time finding a steady job because we can not guarantee how long he will be stationed in one area. My aspirations in life are to be a Public Affairs Specialist with the DoD or any portion of the military. But because those jobs are listed as permanent, I now face the issue of do I get one, and so...he and I figured that before we get fully settled and he gets his footing, that he would support me, however, I fear that it would not be enough to manage a household, utilities, cars, etc.

Asked By: Cynthia Faye - 5/27/2009
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Just have to watch how much you spend and what you spend it on. It can be done... More
Answered By: ckamk1995 - 5/27/2009
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Depend on location, he would has choice living on base or off base. On base you will be provide with abse housing, off housing they gave your more money for your husband so you can rent. Is better you has to work not just heaven depend on your husband, E4 paid ain't great.
Answered By: Rick - 5/27/2009
You are correct. It will not be, unless you are very frugal.
Answered By: Tom - 5/27/2009
You should be fine. Some get married at E1 and do it. Good Luck
Answered By: Sandyd - 5/27/2009
My son was an E-4 with 2 dependents and they seem to work it just fine, just have to watch your budget!
Answered By: oldmarineagain08 - 5/27/2009
You can very much survive, especially if you take advantage of the military benefits. I was 19-20 and my husband was 20-21 and an E4 and we had a 2 year old and a newborn and we made it. The post you are assigned to will offer military housing and you will not have to pay for utilities at most places, or if you decide... More
Answered By: jas2mh - 5/27/2009
Cleveland 05/27/09... More
Answered By: the main man - 5/27/2009
You should have no problems being able to live off of his salary as long as you aren't over spenders and you aren't in a large amount of debt. When you are in the military you get paid BAH (housing pay) and BAS (food pay) on whether or not you have dependents. Being married will make it so that he gets dependent pay... More
Answered By: Ashley M - 5/27/2009
If you get married first you'll receive a housing allowance even during BCT and AIT. On top of that he/she will receive regular pay and at some point you'll even get a food allowance each month
Answered By: Jonathan - 5/27/2009
you can go to this website is job for civilian who want to work with the Army. If your husband gets transfer you can get a transfer as well. You also get all the benefits and weekend and holidays off. Congrats
Answered By: lilshedevil232001 - 5/27/2009
It is called 'living within your means'. Make the adjustments needed to live comfortably on the money you have... More
Answered By: Bobby - 5/27/2009
we make it!
Answered By: Britney - 5/27/2009
now E4 live working stream working link
Answered By: newfrom - 4/7/2014
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