Dan Rodricks' column on the
The fact is that military members don't "lose" their Maryland residency while on duty — they have to give it up. Having been in the military for 32 years, both active duty and in the Guard/Reserves, I know about residency in the military.
Most military members give up a state residency only so they can benefit from another. For example, if they are permanently stationed in a state where there is no state income tax, a military member may claim that state as a resident.
Put another way, members of the military keep their residency in the state where they lived before they enlisted unless they voluntarily change it for legal reasons. The only way a member of the military from Maryland can lose his or her Maryland residency while on duty is by giving it up.
So if a Marylander is sent to Texas and claims residency there for the purpose of avoiding state income taxes, he or she remains a Texas resident if later deployed overseas. If such a member is discharged from the military, he or she is discharged as a Texas resident.
Decisions have consequences in both the short and long term. Mr. Rodricks is grasping for reasons to support the
Personally, I say no thanks. I did a job, what was expected of me, with no expectations other than a pension if I managed to make it to 20 years. Like thousands of other vets, when I moved and went to college, I paid non-resident tuition rates when I moved back to another state. I lived by the decisions I made, as should everyone, including veterans and illegal immigrants.