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How many dependents can you have in the army?

i have a husband who is thinking of joining the army and has 6 dependents (including me) and he's been wondering if thats too many, with him would make 7 we've been hearing that you can only have 3.
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He's not in the army, hasn't signed any papers just something he's thinking about doing...


How many do you have? Thats your answear!

Yes, after three, the others don't matter....they will all get benefits, but as far as the pay goes, he will not get any more than someone with just 3 dependents.

as many as you want

nas88car300 Carl E finally wins !!!!!!
i have not heard of such a limit on dependents at all

mike L
all dependents

Not true!! you can have as many as you have! make sure you ask.

Steve R
Have him check with a recruiter to be certain. The Army has different rules on how many dependents you can have when you enlist, depending on your paygrade at the time. I believe that he can have more than three if he can go in as an E-4, but I may be wrong.

Mr. Been there
Since he can have only one wife, That would make the limit somewhere around 40. That is assuming his wife is 18 and she produces children up to age 48 at the rate of one every 9 months and 15 minutes apart. By age 48 that would result in around 40.

You can fit his service away from home as another limit which would make his number of dependents somewhat lower than that, providing he did not have multiple-births.

sister cool breeze
when i was in the army, it was a spouse and immediate family (children)

if you are thinking about the free (base) housing for your family, he has to be and E-4 (rank) above the Private First Class rank.

otherwise you have to live off base. and they give you an allotment for that also. but you can go to www.military.com that is a computer newsletter i get. and check it out.

I'm not sure if all of his dependants are his children or not. I know that you can have a parent as a dependant if that parent requires care, it's the same for a sibling. But the Army will not provide medical care for parents and siblings. The Army will pay for medical care for all of your kids. If your husband has legal guardianship of any other kids, such as younger siblings, they will also qualify for his medical benefits. The Army will not dictate to you how many dependants you can have, but there are certain issues when it comes to moving overseas. But as long as they are all legal dependants, there should be no problem. If you are asking about dependants regarding filing taxes, it's the same for civilians, you can have as many kids as you want, and other dependants too providing you can prove they live with you and you provide for them. I hope I helped.

in the military a dependent is either a spouse or a child of the service member. there is no limit on how many dependents a soldier can have, although it may be tough financially because they dont pay you more just because you have a lot of kids. on post housing may not be able to accomodate for that many people so you would probably have to live off post which you do not get very much money to do that, especially for that big of a family. but all dependents will have health coverage.

if you are not already in the military, yes there is a limit to how many you can have coming in. with five children, you have too many. The limit is spouse and 2 kids. Once in, you can have as many as you want, but you will not be paid any more than anyone else in the same pay grade, nor will your housing allowance increase.

reason being.. Junior enlisted pay is NOT designed to provide for a family, let alone a large one.

he MIGHT have a shot going Army Guard and then trying to make thetransition to Acitve, but don't hold your breath.

angie devine
they will only consider a spouse and 2 children for pay purposes.You can have as many as you want but only receive benefits for those

Jeanine G
I think the spouse and any children would be considered dependants. I'm not sure about any other family members though.

I heard you are only allowed to join the military if you have 3 or less dependents.. children and wife are dependents..


Before you go to basic training you have to give custody to a family member (legal steps), which would be you. After he is through with training he's placed at his duty stationed. At that time he can send for you and the kids.. Don't worry!

I have never heard of a limit before. There may be an issue with base housing, but I believe you can have as many dependents as you can afford.

I would have him talk to a recruiter about this. Are all the dependents other than you kids?? I don't know of anyone that's joined with that many already. However, once in the Army, there's no limit to how many you can have. Also, how many you have won't change his pay. He'll make the same thing whether is 3 or 12. Anyways, have him talk to a recruiter. You should go with him so that you understand everything that's going on.

Good luck!!

EDIT: I found this on www.army.com


To join the Army Reserve, you must be a U.S. citizen or a resident alien between the ages of 17 and 27. Seventeen-year olds need parental consent. You must have a high school diploma, and have no more than two dependents. In addition, you must take and pass the ASVAB test, as well as a Military Entrance Processing Station medical exam.

EDIT2: Here are the requirements for joining active Army

Be between the ages of 17-39. *

Have no more than two dependents. {The Marines and Navy don't list this specification, but all other do.}

Pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude test. (Minimum AFQT Score: 31)

I'm not sure the source link will work without membership, but try it. It has all the info.

EDIT3: I don't know if they'd waive it or not. I'm not an expert by any means. Personally, now that you know this much, your best bet is to get to a recruiter and find out. At an entry level position (E 1-4) in the Army, you won't be able to afford to take care of that many dependents. They might have different qualifications if he can join at a higher rank or as an officer. I found out all I could, now go down with him and talk to a recruiter. If there's a way to work around it, trust me, they will.

Good luck!!

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