Army Barracks Management Program
Frequently Asked Questions
The information contained in this document addresses a number of frequently asked questions regarding Unaccompanied Housing and was taken from the Fort Bragg Garrison First Sergeants Barracks Program (FSBP) Standard Procedures Dated 27 Mar 2012, AR 420-1, Fort Bragg Regulation 420-1; Fort Bragg Fire Prevention Program and the Army Barracks Management (ABMP) Handbook Dated 9 Jan 2018. It answers a number of questions pertaining to Bona Fide and Geographic Bachelors. Geographic Bachelors are Soldiers receiving BAH at with dependents rate and are unaccompanied by choice, Bona Fide Bachelors are all barracks eligible Soldiers. Geographic bachelors are not authorized to reside in Permanent Party barracks, subject to the following exceptions.
I am married and coming to Fort Bragg and my new unit will be deploying once I arrive. My spouse moved back home to live with his or her parents; can I live in the barracks until the deployment?
Active duty geographic bachelors permanently assigned to Fort Bragg as fillers and replacements for deploying units who are undergoing theater orientation and training, and who are within a 60 day deployment timeline are authorized assignment to UH for up to sixty days, subject to space availability.
I am married and stationed here at Fort Bragg. My spouse will be moving back home while I’m deployed. Can I reside in the barracks until I deploy
Active duty geographic bachelors permanently assigned to Fort Bragg deploying or redeploying may be authorized UH space for up to 14 days, subject to space availability.”
I am married and coming to Fort Bragg as my first duty station. Can I live in the barracks?
First-term geographic bachelors arriving on their first Permanent Change of Station assignment, for a period not to exceed 14 days, subject to space availability.
I am married and coming to Fort Bragg on Temporary Duty Orders or Temporary Change of Station Orders (TCS) can I reside in the barracks?
Temporary duty geographic bachelors are authorized assignment to UH provided the temporary duty orders and temporary change of station orders specifically authorize assignment to UH.
I am a married National Guard Soldier coming to Fort Bragg for training can I reside in the barracks?
Army Reserve and National Guard geographic bachelors are authorized assignment to UH when here for training, mobilization and demobilization, subject to space availability.
Can a Soldier that is married to another Soldier not at the same installation (geographically separated) draw BAH and live off post?
IAW AR 420-1 Dated 24 Aug 2012 page 44 Chapter 3 (4) “Unaccompanied Soldiers married to another service member on separate tours will be assigned to housing on the same basis as unmarried personnel.” This means that Soldiers E5 and below married to another service member not assigned to Fort Bragg must reside in the barracks.
Can the commander direct a married Soldier to live in the barracks because of domestic abuse or disciplinary problems?
Yes, IAW Memorandum of Instructions for First Sergeants Barracks Program (FSBP) Standard Procedures Dated 27 Mar 2012 Page 2 Para 3 (4), “Transient rooms are specifically for the purpose of housing barracks eligible residents that arrive too late in the duty day to accomplish a permanent assignment. Transient rooms may be used at the discretion of the commander to house command referrals/directed geographic bachelors (married Soldiers) for periods not to exceed 72 hours, including weekends and holidays. No bona fide bachelors will be provided a CNA so long as transient rooms house geographic bachelors to include transient rooms. Transient rooms are assigned and managed by the unit according to the following priority:
(a) Incoming bona fide bachelors, E-1 to E-5, that arrive after duty hours. These Soldiers must report to the servicing Barracks Management NCO Team the following duty day for a permanent room assignment.
(b) Command referrals/directed (Domestic, UCMJ, AWOL, etc.) for no more than 72 hours.
(c) Geographic bachelors for no more than 72 hours, any stays over 72 hours require an ETP.
All geographic bachelor requests for Exception to Policy (ETP) (permission to reside in the barracks while receiving BAH at the with dependent rate) must be endorsed by a commander O-6 or higher in the Chain of Command and submitted to the Chief of Housing through the Housing CNA Office located on the Ground Floor of the Soldier Support Center Office BH2 for staffing/processing and approval. The Garrison Commander is the only approving authority for ETPs!
What are the exceptions for a bona fide Bachelor to qualify for a Certificate of Non-Availability (CNA) to receive BAH at the without dependent rate and move out of the barracks?
The Fort Bragg Housing Office administers the Fort Bragg CNA program and the Fort Bragg Garrison Commander is the only approving authority for CNAs. Guidelines for requests to reside off post and draw BAH as a bona fide bachelor are as follows:
1. Bona fide bachelors are all Sergeants and below without dependents, including Soldiers married to Soldiers not assigned to the Fort Bragg. Bona fide bachelors may be authorized to draw BAH under three categories of CNAs to live off the installation.
a. Lack of Space. The installation-wide occupancy rate; not the unit occupancy rate, exceeds 95% as determined by the ABMP Staff and there are no Category III (permanent party unaccompanied military personnel receiving BAH for support of Family members due to divorce or separation) or IV (geographic bachelor) personnel living in the barracks.
b. Special Population. I.E. Pregnant Soldiers after the 24th week and CID agents are authorized to reside off the installation and draw single rate BAH.
c. Exception to Policy. Exceptional circumstances i.e. military to military not at the same installation where the commute from the family home is within a one-hour commute Fort Bragg or a circumstance not of the Soldiers making which may result in hardship if the Soldier is forced to reside in the barracks.
2. Circumstances that may justify an Exception to Policy include, but are not limited to: divorced Soldiers in a lease entered into more than 120 days prior to the date of divorce, pregnant Soldiers earlier than the 24th week with a Doctors recommendation, Soldiers entering an initial Service assignment who owned a home prior to arriving to Fort Bragg..
3. Circumstances that do not justify an Exception to Policy include: excess household goods, pet ownership, Soldier purchasing a house or entering a lease after beginning a divorce proceeding, and Soldier committing to a lease prior to securing a properly approved CNA.
4. Commanders, First Sergeants, and leaders must ensure Soldiers in the rank of E5 or below receive an approved CNA prior to committing to a lease. Failure to secure an approved CNA prior to committing to a lease will not constitute financial hardship under provisions of Para. 1c above.
5. Yearly reviews of all authorized CNAs will be forwarded to Major Subordinate Commands to verify which Soldiers are still assigned, have departed, or have moved back into the barracks. Unwarranted and/or inappropriate issuance of CNAs are considered fraud, waste and abuse and must be eliminated.
IAW AR 420-1, Chapter 3, requires the Fort Bragg Garrison Commander to eliminate payment of housing allowances to personnel that can be adequately housed in the barracks. The Garrison Commander is the only approval authority for all CNAs allowing barracks eligible Soldiers to reside off the installation and receive Basic Allowance for Housing at the without dependents rate. Here are some frequently asked questions regarding CNAs?
If my spouse is in the military and on assignment orders to Ft Bragg, can I apply for a CNA?
Yes, 30 days prior to the spouse starting leave or if not taking leave 30 days prior to the spouse reporting to Fort Bragg as per orders.
If I own a home at my last duty station, can I apply for a CNA?
No, BAH without dependents is only awarded for a home in the Fort Bragg area purchased prior to the current assignment and the Soldier must reside in the home.
My spouse is in another branch of the military and stationed in North Carolina. Can I apply for a CNA?
Yes, provided both Service Members can commute from the marital home to their respective duty stations within 1 hour during normal commuting times.
How long does a CNA remain active?
No more than 12 months or if the Soldiers circumstances change prior to the end of the CNA. A CNA may be cancelled earlier than the expiration date based on various circumstances.
Do I have to clear the barracks before the Housing Services Office finalizes the approved CNA paperwork?
Yes, Living in the barracks is considered an entitlement just like BAH “Without Dependents” is considered an entitlement. Soldiers cannot receive 2 entitlements for Housing at the same time. Much like a Soldier either receives a Meal Card or Separate Rations to eat in the Dining Facility.
Can Soldiers that are drawing BAH at the “with dependent” rate live in the barracks?
IAW AR 420-1 Dated 24 Aug 2012 page 44 Chapter 3 (6) “Soldiers entitled to BAH at the “with dependent” rate may not be assigned UH”. An exception exists for Soldiers assigned to Fort Bragg on a dependents restricted tour.
Can a SSG reside in the barracks?
IAW AR 420-1 Dated 24 Aug 2012 page 44 Chapter 3 (2) “An E–6 and above in CONUS including Hawaii and Alaska; an E–7 and above OCONUS are not authorized to reside in enlisted quarters”. An exception exists for Soldiers assigned to Fort Bragg on a dependents restricted tour.
I was recently promoted to SSG and I live in the barracks, can I continue to live in the barracks?
No, However, “Active duty Soldiers promoted out of barracks eligibility while deployed are not geographic bachelors and may be authorized to reside in permanent party barracks for up to 60 days after redeployment, subject to space availability. These Soldiers are not Geographic Bachelors authorized to begin drawing BAH until after moving out of the barracks.”
Can a SSG that was reduced in rank to SGT and previously owned a home apply for BAH “Without Dependents?”
Yes, Soldier is given a 12 month CAN with the understanding the Soldier either rents or sells the property and moves into the barracks at the end of the lease.
Can a SSG that was reduced in rank to SGT and is obligated to a lease apply for a CNA?
Yes, The CNA will only be valid until the end of the lease agreement. After the expiration of the lease agreement and CNA, the Soldier is expected to return to the barracks.
When do Soldiers getting divorced become Barracks Eligible?
Soldiers will become barracks eligible 120 days prior to the end of the separation period.
Who do I call if I get locked out of my room after duty hours, weekends, or holidays or have any key related issues?
Your Unit Staff Duty/Unit Barracks Management Team has a night lock out ring which has access to all the rooms in your barracks; call them for assistance.
What do I do if I have an emergency service order that needs to be called in and it is after duty hours or during the weekend?
Call the DPW Help Desk at (910) 396-0321 to report the service order.
Do I need to be in my room when a service order is being completed?
No, a member of the Unit Barracks Management Team will escort all DPW Technicians that need to enter your room.
How do I get my mail?
Check with your unit mail clerk for the mail procedures.
What is my mailing address?
Contact your unit mail clerk for your units mailing address.
How do I get Cable TV, Landline Phone or Internet Connectivity to my room?
Contact Spectrum at 1-866-874-2389 if you are interested in getting a landline phone, cable TV, or internet service to your room. For Boingo Wi-Fi service as a internet service provider to all barracks but 44th MED, 108th ADA BDE, 525 MI and 16th MP BDE call 1-800-880-4117.
Can I have visitors/guests spend the night?
Each unit has different visitation policies; check with your chain of command to learn what your unit policy is.
How do I set up an appointment to out process barracks?
Call your Unit Barracks Management Team and schedule an appointment with them.
How do I replace my barracks room key if I have lost my key?
If you lose your key; visit your Unit Barracks Management Team and request a replacement key. There will be a cost associated with the replacement key.
If I need my air filter changed out; how do I get a new one?
Notify your Unit Barracks Management Team and inform them that you would like your filter changed.
Who has access to my room even if I am not present?
The following personnel, agencies have access to your room even if you are not present. The Unit Barracks Management Team for maintenance purposes i.e. air filter change, DPW Technicians accompanied by the Unit Management team for maintenance purposes, your Unit Chain of Command as deemed necessary per unit policy and Army Regulations
Can I have a pet in the barracks?
IAW HQ EXORD 068-18 and The Army Barracks Management (ABMP) Handbook Dated 9 Jan 2018 Page 23. Pets of any kind are not authorized in the barracks to include Fish, Emotional Support Animals or Service Dogs. Service Dogs in training may be granted access to the barracks facilities associated with WTU and MTFs on a case-by-case basis in order to facilitate goal-oriented therapy for Soldiers anticipating discharge IAW AR40-58, Warrior Care and Transition Program, Chapter 5-6.
Can I burn a Candle or incense in my room?
XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg Regulation 420-1; Fort Bragg Fire Prevention Program
Para 7-15 Candles b. The burning of candles and incense are prohibited in all administrative buildings, dining facilities (DFAC). BEQ and BOQ.
Can I smoke in the barracks?
IAW AR 600-63 Paragraph 7-3 Smoking c. Smoking is not permitted in common spaces of multiple housing areas such as Family housing apartments and Unaccompanied Housing. Also, IAW Ft Bragg Regulation 420-1 Paragraph 8-5 Fire Alarm Systems i.e.… Smoke Detectors d. Fire Protection systems shall not be tampered with per NAPA1. Tampering with fire protection systems is punishable under the Uniformed Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and/or Federal Law.
Can I cook in the barracks?
IAW Ft Bragg Regulation 420-1 Chapter 7 Hazards 7-10. Cooking b. Cooking or use of hotplates, electric frying pans, toaster, toaster ovens and similar small electrical appliances are prohibited in private rooms of bachelor enlisted quarters (BEQ, Unaccompanied Housing)/ bachelor Officer Quarters (BOQ) personal office spaces and similar buildings unless such rooms or areas are provided with kitchens or cooking facilities. Microwave ovens may be authorized in BEQ/BOQ facilities or areas without kitchens provided the electrical power supply is adequate
Can I have a portable heating or cooling device i.e.… a/c or space heater in my room?
IAW AR 420-1 and XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg Regulation 420-1; Fort Bragg Fire Prevention Program.
Chapter 7 Hazards 7-1. Heaters e. Portable Electric Heaters. (3) The operation of portable heating and cooling devices is prohibited where the intent is to circumvent heating and cooling standards.
Do I have to maintain a barracks room if I choose to move off post and pay rent out of pocket?
The unit must provide a barracks space to each Soldier that is not receiving another entitlement in this case BAH. The room is the entitlement and therefore has to be maintained as such. It is also advised that the Soldier check with the Chain of Command to determine if the un28it permits Soldiers to reside off post while not receiving BAH.
Can I get BAH if I move out of the barracks?
A Certificate of Non-availability can only be obtained if you meet the requirements referenced in AR 420-1, Chapter 3 and/or within this document; only after it is approved would you be entitled to BAH. See your Brigade Barracks Management Team or the Housing Services Office located in Soldier Support Center, Bldg 4-2843 Sixth Floor for a CNA Packet. NOTE: There are no CNA’s being issued for a lack of space. The CNA must be for an exception to policy which has been address in the beginning of this document.
Where is the closest dining facility?
Contact your unit chain of command for specific dining hours and the closest dining facility
Someone broke into my room; what do I do?
You should first contact the Military Police, your unit, and then the Unit Barracks Management in the event of a break in.