The DoD should close down a majority of their on-base lodging. The true costs of operating these facilities are not included in the price charged to members staying there. The going rate is roughly $40 on base which is half of the off-base rate for many military areas. Originally many of the on-base lodging facilities where established because of the remote location of military bases. Now that cities have grown around military bases there are many economical hotels for members to stay in. Each base should look at the operating costs of their lodging facility, including long term maintenance and construction costs to determine if base lodging actually saves money. Not only does on-base lodging actually cost the government more, the facilities 9 times out of 10 do not meet the industry average for lodging facilities.
Idea No. 4568