Army soldiers with families have the option of living either on-post or off-post.
The quality of on-post housing varies greatly - many Army posts have high-quality housing units, but some are badly in need of repair. The waiting list for on-post housing can be long - from one month up to a year. If you have to live off-post while waiting for on-post housing to open up, the Army will help move your property from your off-post housing to your new residence.
The size of the on-post housing unit you receive depends on the number of dependents you have. On-post housing usually includes most utilities (water, electricity, gas, trash pickup) although cable TV and phone are not included. Appliances (except clothes washers and dryers) are usually provided, although not all units will have dishwashers.
Unlike living in the barracks, on-post housing is not subject to regular inspections, unless safety or sanitary reports are received. The outside of housing unit must be maintained to fairly strict guidelines, however.