That's $2200 *PLUS* BAH (which, in the other services, has a differential pay attached for high cost areas), not a total of $2200. But, yes, I can see that it would be difficult to live in a place like Seattle or San Francisco. Life is about choices, though.
Both. You do get to choose where you live -- well, sort of. As enlisted, you pick three duty stations and you get one of those (not sure about Coasties because they have fewer bases of operations.) Unless you're in a specialized rate, you rarely just "get transferred." Also, some of the stations are unaccompanied for various reasons, including costs. These things are not surprises. That's my point. Eyes wide open.@MFJohnston wrote:
Choices: If you are in the military, you do not get to choose where you live. When you are transferred, you are transferred. ... Or do you mean that folks can choose not to join the military? I suppose. However, I like having a military and would rather folks not make that choice.