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What’s Up With BAH, DEP and RIP?

February 15, 2010

When you marry a service member, you enter into a world of the 24 hour telling of time, followed closely with the anachronisms that will become your second language. And lets’ not forget the way you say the alphabet will change as well! As you try to navigate your new life as a military wife, you will notice that the military is really, your husbands’ mistress! She’s got most of his time and energy, but you have his heart, home and family.

The U.S. Army has some core values which each solider strives to live by, in their military life, and civilian life. These values are:

Loyalty: Bear true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, the Army, your unit and other soldiers.

Duty: Fulfill your obligations

Respect: Treat people as they should be treated

Selfless Service: Put the welfare of the nation, the Army and your subordinates before your own

Honor: Live up to all the Army values

Integrity: Do what’s right, legally and morally

Personal Courage: Face fear, danger or adversity – physical or moral

Somewhere among all the protocol, ranks, rules, regulations, paperwork and meetings, you wonder when you signed up for the service! Wives are a silent majority on bases and posts, they hold the house together during long deployments, tending to the children and pets like a master drill sergeant. You have the option to join the various groups on post, such groups are called Family Readiness Groups, (FRG).


BAH means, Basic Allowance for Housing.

DEP means, Delayed Entry Program

RIP means, Ranger Indoctrination Program.

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