The housing and benefits for military Servicemembers are often one of the best benefits that are available when joining the US Military. There are other benefits in the military but the housing benefit is one of the most lucrative. Much of the housing for Servicemembers, both officers and enlisted is now modern, often new construction, and is very suitable for the needs of most Servicemembers and their dependants. If you have a larger family then you are eligible for an adjustment to help with housing costs.
The Military has some very good reasons for having military housing on their bases. It is beneficial to the military for several reasons to do so. Any person serving on Active duty in the Armed Forces has BAQ, basic allowance for Quarters, or BAH, which is basic allowance for housing. The military often has PX or base exchanges available on base, and living on base keeps a Servicemember close to available stores and Base Exchange locations. Being in the military is lucrative for a number of reasons, you can get valuable job experience, you can travel to new places, and the pay and allowances are fairly good. As you rise in rank, the amount of housing benefits you are eligible for increases.
This is both because of seniority and because often the longer you are in the military the larger family you will have. Military housing has been updated and upgraded, the days of the old dilapidated Army or Military base housing has passed. These are the direct housing benefits for Service members, and they can really help make a difference financially. Amenities such as entertainment, even bowling can sometimes be found on base. Military housing is housing that is on base, or on the military facility where you are stationed. Having the ability to live with your family, even on base housing helps boost morale, and keep the overall mission readiness and preparedness high. There are at times opportunities to live off base. When this happens, the Servicemember is compensated at a specific rate of money for housing, to help pay for housing even it its off base.
The type and size of the housing benefit varies and depends on several conditions. One of the first conditions is if there is military housing available. The number of dependants you have is another issue that figures into determining the housing benefits you qualify for. There are other advantages to living on base. It aids the military to keep its Servicemembers content and with high morale.