Pentagon Admits It ‘Failed’ Troops With Poor Housing, Bathrooms, Promises Better

  • The U.S. Department of Defense vowed to improve the conditions in barracks for U.S. troops after a report detailed widespread problems with military housing.
  • A 118-page report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office laid bare the conditions of the barracks that house some military service members. The report detailed sewage backups and inoperable fire systems among the safety hazards that U.S. service members living in barracks face. It found that such conditions undermine quality of life and military readiness.
  • “In return for the commitment and sacrifices that Service members make when they volunteer to defend our nation, the Department of Defense has a moral obligation to ensure that the places they live and work dignify their service,” said Brendan Owens, assistant secretary of Defense, Energy Installations and Environment and Chief Housing Officer. “The DOD has, in too many instances, failed to live up to our role in making sure housing for our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Guardians honors their commitment and enables them to bring the best versions of themselves to their critical missions.”
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