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Eligibility for military family housing is mandated by CNICINST 11103.5, Navy Housing Eligibility, Assignment and Termination Criteria.  Most military housing eligibility factors are verified by our counselors using the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) and we are not able to make exceptions if this information is incorrect.  It is imperative that military members keep their DEERS record accurate for smooth housing eligibility determinations.  You can access and update your DEERs record through MilConnect.

Eligibility for military family housing is mandated by CNICINST 11103.5, Navy Housing Eligibility, Assignment and Termination Criteria.  Most military housing eligibility factors outlined below are verified by our counselors using the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) and we are not able to make exceptions if this information is incorrect.  It is imperative that Service Members keep their DEERS record accurate for smooth housing eligibility determinations.  You can access and update your DEERS record through MilConnect.

Who is Eligible

Generally, the following personnel are eligible for military family housing:

  • Military personnel with one or more dependents.
  • Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employees.
  • DoD-sponsored civilian employees.

This applies while on permanent change of station (PCS) orders or duty under instruction (DUINS).  Eligibility does not ensure availability of or assignment to military housing.  Other personnel may be eligible for military housing including unaccompanied or pregnant Service Members, Coast Guard, etc., based on military housing availability and other local conditions.

Bedroom Eligibility

Navy Housing has set minimum bedroom standards for the home based on both pay grade and family size or composition.  This is dependent upon inventory availability at a local installation.  Minimum standards based on pay grade are:

Officers or Senior Enlisted

O6 and above

Minimum of four bedrooms where available.

O4 and O5

Minimum of three bedrooms where available.

01 to 03, W1 to W5, limited duty officers, officers who received their commissions via other programs (e.g., Enlisted Commissioning Program (ECP)), and have a minimum of 9 years enlisted active service at time of commissioning (01E-03E); and senior enlisted (E7-E9).

Eligible for assignment to a three bedroom unit, depending upon inventory and local conditions.  Housing may establish a local three-bedroom minimum assignment policy.

Enlisted Personnel (E1-E6)

Bedroom eligibility for enlisted personnel is based on family composition.  Where inventory permits, families will be eligible for one bedroom per child and a separate bedroom for dependent parents.  Navy Housing’s general guidelines include:

  • Parents should not share rooms with children.
  • There should be no more than two children per room.
  • Children 6 or older should not have to share a room with members of the opposite sex.
  • Children 10 or older are eligible for a separate bedroom.

Special Circumstances

Navy Housing recognizes that families such as single parents, dual military married couples and dependent parents exist and there is a need to accommodate them.  Special considerations are made based on availability and local policy.  You will need to check with your local Housing Service Center (HSC) to determine whether you are eligible for military housing at a particular Installation.  Examples of possible special considerations are:

Military Married to Military (dual military)

Both members are eligible for military housing.  Generally, the rank of the senior member will determine eligibility and bedroom entitlements when Service Members are stationed within the same geographical area.  When Service Members are separated by duty assignments and there are no other dependents involved, both Service Members are entitled to unaccompanied housing at their respective locations. When Service Members are separated by duty assignments and there are dependents, they will follow the single Service Member with dependent custody below.

 

Single Member with Dependent Custody

A Service Member who has legal custody of a child or other dependent that lives with the sponsor at least 6 consecutive months of the year will be authorized to live in military housing.  Note:  The child must be recognized on dependent certification documents or you must have a copy of the final decree agreement for proof of dependency. 

Pregnant Single Service Member

With a doctor’s medical certification of pregnancy, a single Service Member is eligible to apply for military housing or may live in unaccompanied housing.  NOTE: Installation commanding officers may authorize single pregnant Service Members to move into military housing, based on availability, before the birth of the child.  However, they will not be given special treatment (i.e., head of line privilege). 

Single Member with Dependent Parent

A Service member who is responsible for the care and support of an elderly or disabled parent when the parent resides with the Service member and is recognized on dependent certification documents. 

 

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