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Hi everyone,

So hubby leaves at the end of March to boot camp (about 8 weeks left until he leaves) 

Does anyone know when would be a good time to resign from my current job ?

I would really love to spend more time with my kids (this would give my mom some free time) & I can just finally be there for my kids and just enjoy being a supporting-wife & stay-at-home-mom (just pretty much enjoy (what may be) our last few months here ?

Work has been so stressful and we just can't wait to finally become a Navy family.

Since hubby leaves in March, is there a greater possibility that we would be receiving our military benefits the following month, in April, at least ? The recruiter told us to have an "emergency fund" just in case we don't receive the "benefits" due to some kind of error(s).

I guess what I am trying to say is that I just am really excited for this new chapter in our lives. And if we could survive on hubby's income and the benefits of what the military has to offer, resigning would be an answer to prayer :)

Any help, suggestions, experiences, tips, ---- just anything , would help.

Thanks so much in advance.

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If you are on his Page 2 from the time he swears in at MEPS before shipping to the RTC, then you should see BAH in the 1 May (actually probably 04/28/2017 since most see the pay on the last day of the month and that is on a Sunday). It sometimes takes up to 3 pay periods for it to show up though. Since you have indicated to me that he leaves at the end of March, his first pay date will not be until the ! May pay date because a recruit must have been at the RTC at least three full weeks before a pay date in order to be paid.

His PIR will most likely be the last Friday in May, but it could be the week before or after depending on his ship date and what division he ends up in. His "A" School will then be for 9 weeks, but much of the coursework is self-paced and many are able to finish it in 4 to 5 weeks, but that week count starts after he classes up, which is usually about 1 to 2 weeks after arrival in Meridian. Some are on hold after finishing the coursework for a few weeks waiting for graduation, especially if they finish the coursework quickly. He will then be home for about 10 days prior to leaving to for his first duty station and he may be able to take leave to help you move to the duty station if he has accompanied orders.

Look at your finances in light of that info and prayerfully make your decision.

Thank you so much, lemonelephant ! I overlooked on that fact about the recruits needing to be at RTC for at least 3 full weeks before a pay date in order to be paid. And you are most definitely right! His recruiter told him he should be graduating at least 05/26/17 or 06/02/17 (always a Friday) --- Lord willing, of course :)

Thanks for the info about A school. We didn't know it's self-paced (: That would be so cool if he finished in 4-5 weeks! And hopefully he gets to come home to help us leave to our first duty station (given the accompanied orders)

Thanks again for the help ! Will start looking over our budget and chart it out until May and see if we can actually make it.

Praying for God to show us and make it clear (:

You are very welcome.

I just found out about much of it being self-paced recently.


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