And what makes you the landlord, Donald? I’m no military brat nor military person, but don’t military families already rent homes? Apologies in advance for the mistake.
No, Donald, the REAL “house rules” should include wrapping you tightly in duct tape and sticking you in a dark closet so that you don’t get in everyone else’s faces with your idiocy.
Married enlisted housing usually has a several month waiting list and when we were in you always contacted whoever had been assigned to help with your move at your new base as soon as you got notified you had orders for a Permanent Change of Station, so that they could get you on the list ahead of your move. Officer housing is in even shorter supply, with much of it dedicated to junior officers and families and the senior commanders.
I’ll lay you odds that as a Major, Joe and family are living on the economy and probably have bought a housel. Currently as a Major, giving him the benefit of being on a fast track and being over 6 years in service but under 8, his base pay is $5,774.70 a month. Add to that his BAS (basic allowance for subsistence) of $242.60 a month, his Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (that’s new since I got out so I’m not sure exactly what that is for) of not more than $1100, his basic housing allowance of $1,394.10 a month and the extra he gets in his housing allowance if they are living in an area with high rents and mortgages.
Unless he’s in an MOS that has a quick rotation schedule for it’s mid-grade officers, then they should be there long enough to get some equity in a house and you definitely can get mortgages cheaper than renting in the current housing market. I still think they would have been ahead to have kept Donald at the military school. But of course it wouldn’t be the same comic would it :).