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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Fort Drum Ranks High in Share of Soldiers Living on Post

  • January 3, 2012
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Almost 40 percent of military families at Fort Drum live on post, placing the Upstate New York facility relatively high among major Army installations ranked by the share of soldiers housed on base.

At many large installations, less than 30 percent of soldiers and their families live on post, reported the Watertown Daily Times. At Fort Carson, Colo., 20 percent of the installation’s families live on post, with Fort Bliss, Texas, coming in at 23 percent and Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., housing 28 percent.

The share of on-post families is similar at other installations, though. Fort Riley, Kan., houses 35 percent of its families on post; and Fort Benning, Ga., 42 percent. Fort Polk, La., however, houses 65 percent of its soldiers within its gates.

A focus group interviewed by the National Military Family Association revealed that many military families prefer to live off post to gain the feeling of leaving work at the end of the day.

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