An evaluation of housing options for military families by Richard J. Buddin

By Richard J. Buddin

Army relations housing is a significant-and expensive-benefit, costing the dept of safety (DoD) approximately $10 billion each year. simply because such a lot housing experiences have keen on the price of on-base housing as opposed to the price of delivering allowances for rented or owned off-base housing, the authors investigated the personal tastes of army households for varieties of housing and the standards that impact their offerings. carrier contributors file that the commercial merits of on-base housing are the main significant component by means of a long way in housing choice, perceiving an enormous distinction in price among army housing and off-base housing allowances. All different components, reminiscent of a supportive feel of army group, lag some distance in the back of financial system in influencing selection. remaining the distance in fiscal disparity among on- and off-base housing, and embellishing courses that reduction carrier participants in paying for off-base lodgings, would supply the best profit to companies and participants.

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4 shows that homeowners are the most satisfied with the quality of their residence and members in military housing are the least satisfied. Nonetheless, about 58 percent of those members in military housing report that they are satisfied with their housing as compared with about 70 percent of renters and 93 percent of homeowners. The figure shows little relationship between rank and satisfaction with housingmore senior members have more housing amenities on- and off-base, but they probably have higher expectations as well.

3, the service affiliation for each base is indicated in parentheses after the base name. There is no obvious pattern of service differences in preferences for owning civilian housing, but there is a pattern in the preferences for renting civilian housing. Families at Air Force bases appear to prefer military housing to civilian rental housing, whereas families at Navy bases seems to prefer renting. Families at Army and Marine bases are in the middle. 3 is discussed in more detail in Chapter Four.

Preferences are also sensitive to both waiting time and the size of the allowance. More families switch their preference to civilian housing if they face a long wait for military housing (six months) than if their allowance increases. The allowance increase specified in the questions differed by ranka $150/month increase for E3E5 and $225/month increase for other ranks. 7 Few of the family characteristics we considered had a major impact on preferences. Joint-military couples were 14 percent more likely to prefer living in the civilian community, where they can combine their two allowances to afford good housing.

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