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ON POST HOUSING

Eligibility and Waiting periods
The following personnel are eligible for on-post housing (quarters).
1.  Military personnel with command sponsored family members.
2.  Military couples who are registered in the military couples program.
3.  Single (medically certified) pregnant service members may apply for housing in the sixth month of pregnancy.
4.  Civilians/contractors meeting certain criteria may apply for excess 2 bedroom units. 

Military service members are generally required to live on-post if quarters are available within 60 days of arrival.  Some exceptions to policy may be approved, but it is at the discretion of the Housing Management Office. 


Bedroom eligibility for family housing
Family quarters available include two, three and four bedrooms.  There are a very limited number of five plus bedroom units for very large families.  The service-member's rank and family composition are the primary criteria that will determine bedroom eligibility.  The following is an explanation of the number of bedrooms each family is eligible for:

1.  Senior Grade Officers (SGO) and above, including in-bound personnel on promotion lists to these grades, will not be involuntarily assigned to housing units with fewer than four bedrooms.

2.  Field Grade Officers and Senior Enlisted personnel (E-7 to E-9) and WO 4 & 5, including in-bound personnel on promotion lists to these grades, will not be involuntarily assigned to housing units with fewer than three bedrooms.  If the waiting period for a three bedroom unit is longer than the officer or NCO wishes to wait, they may elect to voluntarily apply for a two bedroom unit in their grade category.  However, the assignment will be considered permanent, unless family composition changes, a new application must be submitted to the Housing Office.

3.  For all other accompanied personnel, bedroom authorizations will be determined based on family size and composition.  Children of the same gender can share a room up to eight years of age.  Those of opposite gender can share a room up to six years of age.  No more than two family members may share a bedroom in any case.


UNACCOMPANIED SINGLE SERVICE MEMBERS
Bonafide Bachelors (those drawing without dependent rate BAQ) in grades E-7 and above as well as all officers and warrants are authorized to live off post.  For those desiring to live on post, there are Bachelor Officer Quarters (BOQs) and Senior Enlisted Bachelor Quarters (SEBQs) available in the local housing areas.  Typical BOQs/SEBQs have two fully furnished rooms consisting of one bedroom and one living room.  Most rooms have a private bath.  Sizes range from 180 to 220 square feet.  Depending on buildings, kitchenettes may be in each unit or shared among several units.  Laundry facilities are also located in the buildings. 

what to expect from family housing
O-6s an above are typically provided a single-family house, if available.  Field grade, company grade, senior and junior enlisted housing is in multifamily apartment buildings locally known as "stairwells."  There are typically 6-8 apartments sharing a common stairwell and outdoor area, and there may be two to three stairwells per building. 

Although the floor plans and square footage does vary from building to building, stairwell-housing units are relatively small in size (900-1500 square feet) with limited space for large furniture.  for example, most bedrooms have closets across two walls and windows on a third wall which makes arranging bedroom furniture very difficult, especially if you have a king size bed, triple dresser, large chest of drawers and/or a wardrobe.  Most apartments have a living room/dinig room combination; some have a built-in china cabinet and window opening  from the kitchen to the dining area.  Kitchens are generally very small with no room for a kitchen table.  It is recommended to to bring large bulky furniture to Germany.

Government storage is not available for excess items, and there are generally no mini-warehouses you can rent. Storage space is limited to a small wire cage or storage room in the basement of the apartment building.  Some buildings have enclosed storage rooms in the attic or basement where items such as bicycles, sleds, and seasonal items may be kept.  Where there are enough, each apartment has an enclosed storage room assigned.  The storage room is approximately 4.5 x 10 ft.  Where there are a limited number, they are assigned from a waiting list based on date of assignment to the building.  Some buildings allow/require occupants to share storage rooms.  Therefore, you may not get a storage area at first.

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Castles

Heidelberg CastleHeidelberg
Heidelberg is the very image of romantic Germany.  The city's 17th Century red sandstone castle ruin and the old bridge are two of the most majestic sights in all of Germany.

Neuschwanstein CastleNeuschwanstein
Venture into the Bavarian Alps and visit the fairy tale landmark upon which the Walt Disney based his Disney Land Castle: Mad King Ludwig's Schloss Neuschwanstein.

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