Understanding Wait Lists

Wait lists are the single most confusing part of the assignment to military housing for our customers. This page is intended to help you understand Navy Housing’s policies and procedures, which are in place to provide fairness and equity in military housing. Military housing is by its nature a local concern, so local rules may be in place that further restricts how the wait list is managed beyond what is in CNIC-wide policy. Please contact your local Navy HSC to ensure you have the most accurate information for your installation.


Wait List Position

Being on a wait list does not guarantee that military housing will be available when you arrive. When your assignment priority is established, you will be given a wait list position (a number of people in front of you on the wait list). Note that if you were provided a wait list position based on your estimated departure date, your assignment priority may change when your actual departure date is provided, and consequently your position on the wait list. 


The wait list is not static and your position may change in both directions until you reach the freeze zone. 


Moving Up on the Wait List


Your position on the wait list may move up for a variety of reasons. Some examples include: 

  • Those above you have been assigned housing;
  • Those above you on the wait list defer assignment to military housing due to personal circumstances (e.g., they are in a lease they can’t break until later in the year);
  • Those above you no longer want military housing.


Moving Down on the Wait List

Your position on the wait list may move down also. This is because even after you are on a wait list, assignment priority (i.e., control date and priority categorization) rules still apply for all applicants. For example, if you apply three months before your control date, and another person of equal priority applies a month before their control date, which is a day before your control date, they will be assigned a higher wait list position, which will move you down the wait list. This is to ensure fairness to those who receive short or late change PCS orders and minimizes the benefit for applying early. These shifts in wait list position will occur until you are in the “freeze zone.”


Wait List Freeze Zone


All wait lists have a “freeze zone”. The freeze zone is the top 10 percent of personnel on each wait list and freezes your position on the wait list from being lowered. Once you are in the freeze zone, no other personnel can jump your position on the wait list. The only exception to the freeze zone is for key and essential billets; all others with higher assignment priority than those in the freeze zone will fall directly below the freeze zone.


For more information, contact your local HSC. 

Wait lists are the single most confusing part of the assignment to military housing for our customers. This page is intended to help you understand Navy Housing’s policies and procedures, which are in place to provide fairness and equity in military housing. Military housing is by its nature a local concern, so local rules may be in place that further restricts how the wait list is managed beyond what is in CNIC-wide policy. Please contact your local Navy HSC to ensure you have the most accurate information for your installation.

Wait List Position

Being on a wait list does not guarantee that military housing will be available when you arrive. When your assignment priority is established, you will be given a wait list position (a number of people in front of you on the wait list). Note that if you were provided a wait list position based on your estimated departure date, your assignment priority may change when your actual departure date is provided, and consequently your position on the wait list.

The wait list is not static and your position may change in both directions until you reach the freeze zone.

Moving Up on the Wait List

Your position on the wait list may move up for a variety of reasons. Some examples include:

  • Those above you have been assigned housing
  • Those above you on the wait list defer assignment to military housing due to personal circumstances (e.g., they are in a lease they can’t break until later in the year)
  • Those above you no longer want military housing.

Moving Down on the Wait List

Your position on the wait list may move down also. This is because even after you are on a wait list, assignment priority (i.e., control date and priority categorization) rules still apply for all applicants. For example, if you apply three months before your control date, and another person of equal priority applies a month before their control date, which is a day before your control date, they will be assigned a higher wait list position, which will move you down the wait list. This is to ensure fairness to those who receive short or late change PCS orders and minimizes the benefit for applying early. These shifts in wait list position will occur until you are in the “freeze zone.”

Wait List Freeze Zone

All wait lists have a “freeze zone”. The freeze zone is the top 10 percent of personnel on each wait list and freezes your position on the wait list from being lowered. Once you are in the freeze zone, no other personnel can jump your position on the wait list. The only exception to the freeze zone is for key and essential billets; all others with higher assignment priority than those in the freeze zone will fall directly below the freeze zone.

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