What is it? The Army's Barracks Modernization program combines funding from Military Construction and Operations and Maintenance Army dollars to modernize all permanent party Army Unaccompanied Personnel Housing (UPH) facilities to the current Department of Defense standard, which establishes a standard configuration module of two bedroom/one bath with cooking area/appliances. Additionally, the complex includes laundry facilities and eliminates the separate Soldier community building to offset construction costs. This is a focused program with a cost of $10 billion.
This program provides quality upgraded living space in accordance with current industry standards for the Army's projected 136,000 Soldiers residing in barracks, thereby improving these Soldiers’ quality of life. Currently, the Army's barracks modernization program does not include the impacts of Global Defense Posture Realignment (GDPR), Army Modular Force (AMF) and Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) which will increase barracks construction requirements by approximately 24,000 Soldiers.
What has the Army done? With funding through 2007, the Army will have funded 89 percent of barracks modernization, with the remaining programmed through 2009. Total costs expended through 2007 are $7.8 billion, with $1.5 billion programmed through 2009. Additionally, the Army training barracks program encompasses $3.4 billion, of which $1.1 billion is programmed through 2011. Army Reserve barracks modernization program is working to standardize an Army Operational Readiness Training Complex. This program includes programming construction at 13 Army Garrisons, for a total of 24 complexes.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? The Army program to complete barracks modernization is planned through 2009. In addition, large numbers of new barracks will be constructed separately under BRAC and various transformation programs (AMF, GDPR). Army Training and Reserve barracks are also receiving attention during the Army's modernization program. Army Training barracks impact 81,000 trainees annually. Programming for modernization began in 2005 and 45 percent of the training barracks are now programmed to be modernized by 2011. Reserve barracks at three Army garrisons received approximately $70 million of supplemental funding in 2005, and additional funding is being sought for programming in the out-years.
Why is this important to the Army? Providing a high-quality, safe, and healthy residence is a crucial commitment the Army has made to its Soldiers. Single Soldiers deserve the same quality residence that has been provided to married Soldiers over the past few years. Modern barracks have been shown to significantly increase Soldiers' morale, therefore, the importance of providing quality and upgraded housing for single Soldiers is paramount to Army success with all assigned missions.