Decisions, Decisions! To Live On Post or Off Post…

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When you get orders or move to a new duty station one of the first things we all do is figure out where we want to live- on or off post. Some of us may prefer always living on post, some may always choose to live off.

But what about new spouses? How do you decide what is right for you? You hear so  many different opinions about where to live, it’s hard to know what’s right for you and your family.

Here are some pros and cons for both options!

Living On Post

Pros

Close to work and amenities like the Commissary, Exchange, and MWR services

Little to no commute

Instant community

Mostly-cost-inclusive (utilities wise)

Cons

Too close for comfort

Out of touch with “normal” life

A lot of bases have row homes which aren’t everyone’s cup of tea

Living Off Post

Pros

Junior enlisted can take advantage of the RPP program

You can rent from other military members

You can buy a home and pay less than BAH for your mortgage

If you build or buy a home you can get exactly what you want and customize to fit your needs

Cons

If you buy a home, it can be hard to find renters when you PCS

You might be far from base activities and your spouse may have a long commute

If you rent sight unseen, you might end up with a living somewhere undesirable

How do you decide to live on or off post when you move to a new duty station, have you ever regretted your choice

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