GAO Report: Military Baracks Plagued By Unsafe, Unsanitary Conditions

SOLINA, POLAND - OCTOBER 15: A soldier of the 101st US Airborne Division reacts as he climbs during the Recon Clash-22 Military Drill on October 15, 2022 in Solina, Poland. Soldiers from the United States, Poland And Estonia demonstrated tactical skills in line with NATO procedures. (Photo by Omar Marques/Getty Images)
  • Sewage backups and inoperable fire systems are among the safety hazards that U.S. service members living in barracks face, according to a new report on how such conditions undermine quality of life and military readiness.
  • A U.S. Government Accountability Office report found that the Pentagon’s assessments of conditions at barracks “are unreliable” and “observed barracks that pose potentially serious health and safety risks – such as broken windows and inoperable fire systems – and that do not meet minimum [U.S. Department of Defense] standards for privacy and configuration.”
  • “Thousands of service members live in barracks below standards,” according to the report, which was published Tuesday.