Staff members assigned to Camp Lemonnier are berthed in facilities known as Containerized Living Units or “CLUs". The standard CLU is much like the shipping containers or CONEX boxes you might have seen being pulled by trucks or down at the port being loaded onto container ships. The CLUs can be stacked and arranged neatly to form their own sort of community here at the camp.
Each unit typically has a door on one end, with a window and a robust air conditioner. Inside, units may have a bathroom with shower to the other end with a wall and door separating it from the main living compartment where your bed, desk and sea chest are found. The walls are paneled and the floors are linoleum for easy cleaning.
E-7 and above will typically be entitled to their own room with shower and bathroom facilities shared with another person. Some units for mid to senior officers will have their own bathroom facilities. E-6 and below will share a room and use community shower facilities. Keep in mind that your assignment to quarters may require some flexibility since personnel are rotating on a nearly continuous basis.
Standard electrical power comes from 220 volt outlets which is higher than the 110 volt system used in the U.S. If you bring portable electronic items, make sure they are suitable for the 220 system. Many of today’s electronics are dual use for both 110 and 220 systems; check the back of the plug to confirm. If you bring a dual-voltage item, be sure to bring a universal adaptor kit to configure the plug for use here in Djibouti.
Linens are provided by billeting when you check in and can be exchanged weekly. Potable drinking water is available in many areas around the base.
Internet connectivity varies depending on your billeting assignment. Some CLUs typically reserved for senior personnel will have hard line ADSL connections next to your desk. Most CLUs will rely on the wireless Internet service available here at Camp Lemonnier.
Connecting to the wireless network inside your CLU can be a challenge and many people will bring a wireless antenna to post outside their CLU; you can also buy one from someone rotating out. There are a number of solid wireless hotspots located throughout the camp for you as well.