As new images of dismal conditions at a Marine Corps facility appeared online in recent days — dead vermin, flooded washers, apparent mold — the service has approved several short-term quality-of-life fixes for Marines across the fleet, according to an internal document reviewed by Military.com.
The latest quality-of-life efforts mainly focus on oversight and management of on-post housing, and were marked as “near-term” initiatives in a memo briefed to the acting commandant of the Marine Corps and deputy commandants in November. They include removing barracks responsibilities from noncommissioned officers and line units typically in charge of housing management and putting them into the hands of government employees and installation commanders who are at higher echelons.
The document also outlined approved efforts to add “resident advisors” — similar to those in college dorms — to the barracks, as well as replacing furniture and door locks and improving dedicated maintenance teams to respond to immediate issues that many Marines may face when residing in decades-old barracks.
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