My roommate is prior-E SNFO with a wife going to grad school in San Diego. Upon commissioning he originally got Pcola BAH, but was able to change to SD BAH even w/PCS orders here under OPNAVINST 7220.12 4.b.2 (page 6 of http://doni.daps.dla.mil/Directives/07000%20Financial%20Management%20Services/07-200%20Disbursing%20Services/7220.12.pdf)You rate BAH based on your duty station. In extreme cases (think SoCal vs Quantico), you can request your BAH be based on where your dependents reside. However, I don't think it will be approved if you VOLUNTARILY are a geo-bachelor. If you are ordered to Quantico as a PCS move, the expectation is that your family will come with you. That's the reason that you will get BAH based on your duty station.
Looks like there is something similar in MCO 7220.56 3.e, but it would only work if you are stashed/otherwise getting BAH before PCSing.OPNAVINST said:(2) Assignment/orders to short-term PCS for 12 months or less for Professional Military Education (PME) or Training. BAH
may be paid at new permanent duty station (PME/training location), old permanent duty station or dependents’ permanent residence while the member was assigned at the old duty station, whichever is more equitable. Members must submit a waiver request to PERS-451H for approval. This policy is not applicable to PCS orders in which a member is sent from an
accompanied OCONUS tour to CONUS. However, it is applicable to
PCS orders when the member was on an unaccompanied tour (and in
receipt of BAH).
So i looked up the order mentioned above and according to the literature a Marine can leave their dependent and the dependent location and received BAH for that location if the Marine has orders to a PME for a period of less than 12 months...point blank period. My wife (the Marine) was worried that our rent where I (the dependent) lives is low. But I believe this should have no bearing.So my wife just started TBS (The Basic School) at Quantico. Is she not eligible to receive BAH w/ dependents at dependent location since I can not move there right now? Please advise.