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    Army’s Idea to Privatize Barracks Has Some Cautious Bipartisan Support on Capitol Hill

    Army's Idea to Privatize Barracks Has Some Cautious Bipartisan Support on Capitol Hill

    The 's plans to move toward privatizing its barracks — an idea that the service had repeatedly rejected since the 1990s — has at least some bipartisan support on Capitol Hill.

    Members of the House Armed Services Committee have said they back the idea, which the Army has now started to embrace as it looks for solutions to poor living conditions for soldiers on base.

    “It'll go slow,” Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., who serves as the ranking member of the Armed Services subcommittee on readiness, told .com in an interview. “There are a lot of details that'll need to be worked out. … We've learned what works and doesn't work from family housing.”

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    In December, the Army's top planners held a barracks summit and came back relatively empty-handed on ideas on improving quality of life in barracks ahead of two key hearings before lawmakers in Congress, with privatization pilot projects being the only concrete .

    The Army is already moving forward with plans to privatize barracks at Fort Irwin, California, which will include 544 spaces for junior enlisted troops, and it plans to expand that effort to other installations.

    That follows the Navy dipping its toes into privatized barracks in Norfolk, Virginia, and San Diego, California, projects that have been generally well received. But it remains to be seen how those facilities are…

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