When you first enter the military and you're not yet receiving a Basic Allowance for Housing, you're going to be live in the barracks. Depending on what branch of service you joined, you could be living in a private, single-man suite or sharing a broken-down shack with two other people.
Although the toilets don't flush, the showers are never hot, and the front door never locks, living in a crappy barracks room does have its advantages.
1. It better prepares you for a combat deployment
Living in a crappy barracks is almost like sleeping outside – which is something you're going to do a lot of while deployed in Afghanistan.
This soldier was prepared for these nasty deployment conditions because of living in the barracks (probably).
2. It creates camaraderie
Bad situations create special relationships, especially when you live in a place where nothing works. These rough times also make for some solid memories.
3. You appreciate the little things
When your water heater is always broken and your electricity continuously goes in and out, you begin to miss the life you once had back home that, once upon a time, you swore you didn't want anymore.
This simple house looks pretty awesome now that you're living in the barracks.
4. There are tons of places to hide sh*t
When tiles are loose and there are holes in the wall, you can go "prison style" and find ways to conceal your vodka if you're underage. It's freaking simple.
5. Room inspections are easier
You can only vacuum a stained carpet so many times — it's still dirty and always will be. Tell room inspectors that the closet door was broken when you moved in.
In the barracks, room inspectors have seen it all before, so it's not the end of the world if they see a dust-ball floating around on the deck.
That chip was there when I get here, sergeant. (Photo by Spc. Robert Cook)
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6. It makes moving out feels that much more special
When you finally get married or leave the military, you can pat yourself on the back knowing you've lived in the worst place ever... and survived.