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
Close to work and amenities like the Commissary, Exchange, and MWR services
Little to no commute
Mostly-cost-inclusive (utilities wise)
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
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
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