"Through the generations, our nation has remained strong and free because men and women put on our uniform and defend this country, and defend our beliefs."
President George W. Bush- July 24, 2006 during a naturalization ceremony at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Army Barracks Modernization Program
What is it? The Army's Barracks Modernization program combines funding from Military Construction (MILCON) and Operations and Maintenance Army (OMA) 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 upgraded living space quality to current industry standards for the Army's projected 136,000 Soldiers residing in barracks, thereby enhancing both the Army's primary mission, as well as impacting the quality of life. Currently, the Army's barracks modernization program does not include the impacts of Integrated Global Presence and Basing Strategy (IGPBS), Army Modular Force (AMF) and Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) which will increase barracks requirements by approximately 24,000 Soldiers.
What has the Army done? With funding through 2006, the Army will have funded 85 percent of its barracks modernization, with the remaining programmed through 2009. Total costs expended through 2006 are $7.1 billion, with $2.2 billion programmed through 2009. Additionally, Army training barracks program encompasses $3.4 billion, of which $1.1 billion is programmed through 2011. Army Reserve barracks modernization program has come online with numerous efforts to standardize an Army Operational Readiness Training Complex encompassing 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 permanent party Barracks Modernization is planned through 2009. In addition, large numbers of new barracks' will be constructed separately under BRAC and various transformation programs (AMF, IGPBS). 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.
For more information on this and other topics see Addendum J in the Army Posture Statement.