Adapting to Military Life
All active duty servicemembers receive a basic monthly pay. Select your rank from the list below to view your 2011 basic pay.
The TRICARE Dental Program, administered by United Concordia is a discounted dental insurance program that's available to military families. Coverage varies, depending on your needs. Options include insuring one member or the entire family.
Members of the Reserve Component and National Guard receive monthly drill pay. Simply select your rank from the list below to view your 2011 salary for a standard weekend drill.
BAH Calculator for Active Duty
Curious about your Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rate? Active duty servicemembers can calculate their BAH with this handy BAH Calculator.
LES for Active Duty – Understanding Your Leave and Earnings Statement
Detailed instructions to help active duty servicemembers understand and decipher their Leave and Earnings Statements (LES).
LES for Reserve and Guard - How to Understand Your Leave and Earnings Statement
Understanding and deciphering your LES is simplified with these comprehensive explanations specifically designed for members of the Reserve and National Guard.
Downtime After Deployment
For servicemembers, post-deployment downtime is an important factor when transitioning from combat to a non-hostile environment. The following tips are meant to ease the servicemember's adjustment and make the process as smooth as possible.
Basic Information for New Military Spouses
For many new military spouses, transitioning from civilian life to military life may seem daunting and downright overwhelming. Yes, there's a lot to learn, however it's not nearly as complicated as what you may think.
Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR)
Learn about the Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) initiative and see if there is an FMWR on your installation.
TRICARE and DEERS
Answers to commonly asked questions about the military's health care insurance program TRICARE, along with information about DEERS enrollment.
Support the Troops by Donating Your Unwanted Items
Want to support the troops and military families? Donate your gently used clothing, books, toys, furniture and household items to these organizations.
Army FMWR Arts and Crafts Centers
Learn about the Arts and Crafts Centers provided by the Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation program and see if there is a center at your installation.
Grantham University Provides Free Blue Star Flags to Military Families
Would you like a free Blue Star Flag to display in support of a loved one that's serving in the U.S. Military? Learn how to request one from Grantham University.
Army FMWR Libraries
The Army FMWR libraries offer numerous events and activities to soldiers and their family members.
Army FMWR Libraries on Overseas Installations
Learn about the Army's FMWR libraries and all that they have to offer.
Free Online Tutoring for Military Kids
The Department of Defense has created a program that offers free online tutoring to military kids. Professionals are available 24/7 to help K-12 students with a variety of subjects.
When Your Child Leaves for Basic Training or Bootcamp
Your child signed their enlistment contract and took their oath. Now what? For parents of servicemembers, knowing what to expect often helps reduce anxiety and unravel the mystery of basic training.
U.S. Military Rank Chart
Rank charts and photos for all branches of the U.S. Military.
Military Acronyms and Dictionary
Learn the meanings of military acronyms and terms.