By Richard J. Buddin
Army relations housing is a significant-and expensive-benefit, costing the dep. of safeguard (DoD) approximately $10 billion each year. simply because so much housing reports have all in favour of the price of on-base housing as opposed to the price of offering allowances for rented or owned off-base housing, the authors investigated the personal tastes of army households for forms of housing and the standards that impact their offerings. provider individuals record that the commercial merits of on-base housing are the main major factor by way of a ways in housing choice, perceiving an unlimited distinction in worth among army housing and off-base housing allowances. All different components, corresponding to a supportive feel of army neighborhood, lag some distance at the back of financial system in influencing selection. last the distance in financial disparity among on- and off-base housing, and adorning courses that relief provider individuals in paying for off-base lodgings, would supply the best profit to prone and individuals.
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Excess demand exists across all pay grades, even though the overall preference for military housing is less for senior enlisted and officer grades. Much of our analysis was directed at understanding the reasons for the strong interest in living on-base. The participants in the focus groups we conducted for this study emphasized cost-effectiveness as the major reason for preferring military housing. Other factors clearly were secondary. 5 Percentage of Survey Respondents Who Would Prefer Military Housing civilian housing.
Page 3 sector involvement in both the construction and management of military housing would reduce cost and improve housing quality. The task force also recommended that more members be encouraged to live in off-base housing. Before making large investments in military housing, DoD needs to assess not only the costs of housing families on-base but also the benefits to these families. If military housing is more expensive than off-base alternatives, the cost might be warranted by extra benefits that military families accrue in on-base housing.
The structured assistance offered by these programs can be supplemented by the more informal support offered by military neighbors, who share similar circumstances. Some participants in our focus groups pointed out that sometimes military families concentrate in certain civilian neighborhoods and so these community features may be available off-base as well as on-base. 10 shows, as expected, that the vast majority of families in military housing have military neighbors; those with civilian neighbors are in Navy housing areas located in the community.