Pentagon Says It ‘Failed’ Troops, Vows To Improve Housing

Problems with barracks, where military members live during initial training, have existed for decades.

  • 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.
  • The Government Accountability Office report made 31 recommendations to the Department of Defense to improve conditions at barracks.
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