Hi, these questions are from me-not my son. Many times I ask a question and folks say I am surprised your son does not know this. However, I am the one asking. I just figure I will try and educate myself the best I can without bothering him with lots of questions. Here is my question: My son will graduate & commission as an Army 2nd Lt. in December. He mentioned to me that he was told by an advisor at his school as a heads up tip that he would more than likely need to set aside money for housing & living expenses prior to attending BOLC because he probably would not start receiving pay for a month or two after he reports. I figured that some of you could give me a heads up on what to expect expense wise since I am the one who will have to front any monies. So I wanted to know how much money do I need to set aside? Will I need to send food money too? I did some internet research and I read that one service member stated that he received a pay advance loan when he arrived at BOLC for expenses. But the post was a couple of years old so I don't know if it still works that way. As a matter of fact I don't know how it works at all so please enlighten me. I will also share that DS said he would learn sometime in November during Thanksgiving break his branch assignment. So I don't know where he will be attending BOLC. But his top 3 choices were 1. MP, 2. CBRN, 3. Adjuct General. Any other guidance is appreciated. Thanks.