My husband and I will be moving to Fort Bragg soon. We just got married and he just finished his training, so Fort Bragg will be our first station. He keeps hearing that if you’re under E-5, we have to live on post? He really doesn’t mind living on post, but I’m thinking living off post would be nicer and I could actually make it a home.  He hasn’t made an effort to clarify the issue and I can’t find any information where I am at and it doesn’t seem right. Can you help me out?

Newlywed Housing Debate

Dear Newlywed,

For information on housing on post, check out www.braggpicerne.com. It has all sorts of information about relocating to Fort Bragg, what to expect, what the houses look like; browse to your heart’s content. You can also sign up to find a home here on Fort Bragg as well. If you decide to live off post, I suggest you start looking for realtors in the Fayetteville area now. They can start the process before you arrive and help you narrow down houses you’d like to check out once you are here. If you’re looking for an apartment, you can do all that by Googling “apartments in Fayetteville, N.C.” and you’re golden.

As for your debate about whether to live on post or off … well, there are pros and cons to both. You need to sit down with your husband and figure out what you want to do. Sure, on post housing has rules and regulations you must follow, but so do rentals and housing developments off post. Picerne’s website at http://www.braggpicerne.com/relocating/on-post-living-advantages also gives you a list of the benefits of living on post.

I personally live off post. Why? Well, I wanted to own my house. I wanted to make the decisions of what do with my house and how I wanted it to look. I also like not being on post because once the uniform is off, I feel like a civilian once again.

The downfalls? Well, I have to pay my mortgage (which is more than my basic housing allowance), my utilities, cable, the works. My housing fee doesn’t come straight out of my paycheck as it would if I lived on post. I also am responsible for any damage or repair work that is needed — I don’t have a 24-hour maintenance team.

I have to mow my own lawn, don’t have a pool or activity center and I have to commute through the busy gates in the morning. But to me, my pros outweighed the cons.

You have to decide what is best for you and your Family. But the thing to know is, you can live wherever you like. So, good luck and welcome!

(Editor’s note: Sharilyn Wells really doesn’t know much about anything, but she’ll definitely share her opinion with you whenever needed. To get a ‘straight up’ opinion to your countless issues, email paraglidebragg@gmail.com)