Pentagon says budget request addresses safety problems in barracks

(The Center Square) – The Pentagon wants to spend $1.1 billion to build barracks in 2025 and more to maintain facilities after a Congressional watchdog found widespread problems in housing for troops, including rodent infestations, mold, sewage backups and other conditions so bad it drove some into marriages to escape living in the barracks.

The U.S. Department of Defense announced the plans along with its $849.8 billion President’s Fiscal Year 2025 Defense Budget. That budget would be used for new weapons, modernizing nuclear weapons, and a 4.5% pay increase for service members and annual rate increases for both housing and subsistence allowances, among other things. 

U.S. Congressman Don Bacon said more money would be needed to make sure all housing is brought up to standards.

He told The Center Square that “The House Armed Services Committee is currently reviewing the details of the Department’s request” but said that “the
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