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Marine Corps weighs in on on-base living

Date Posted: 2009-07-30

The U.S. Marine Corps has stepped into the controversy over mandating families arriving in Okinawa from August 1st must live in on-base quarters.

The directive issued by the U.S. Air Force, executive agent for Okinawa’s 8,000+ family housing unit, applied only to families, but the Marine Corps has announced single service personnel in junior pay grades will also be required to live on military installations. The Air Force says it will ultimately save the U.S. government more than $30 million annually by insuring family housing units are at least 95% occupied. Currently, only 84% of the units on Okinawa are occupied.

The Marine Corps has issued its new guidance for unaccompanied personnel, stating that those in gradesE-1 ~ E-6, and officers in grades O-1 and O-2 must live on base in bachelor quarters. Gunnery sergeants, master sergeants, sergeants major, master gunnery sergeants, and lieutenants may request permission to live off base by submitting paperwork through their commander.

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