Will living on-base work for you?
Many single servicemembers of relatively low enlisted rank will make the choice to live on-base in dormitories or barracks. However, these military members could also decide to use their base pay and rent a house or apartment off-base.
Which should you choose? There’s no right or wrong answer. So the best you can do is simply compare the pros and cons.
Living on-base: Advantages and disadvantages
|Cost savings. No rent, housing, utility, or even transportation costs (also, no commute).||Availability. On-base housing may not be available, and you’ll need to find temporary housing.|
|Added convenience. You and your family will be close to Base Exchange (BX), Post Exchange (PX), and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR).||Condition. Many military bases do not have updated on-base housing.|
|Security. The military police and on-post security provide safety for you and your family.||No equity. Living on-base means you’re not reaping the benefits of homeownership or building equity.|
|Community. The base is full of like-minded people who understand your job, and your family and living situation.||Size and space. On-base housing may not fit the size or needs of your family.|
|Privacy. Living on-base may feel like you don’t have a home as you’re always surrounded by other military members.|
|Isolation. Soldiers living on-base may feel less connected to their community, which can hamper making civilian friends or using community resources.|
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