Normally there is a room or bay for us to sleep in for Drill Weekends as traveling back home would be an undue burden upon our finances and vehicles as well as potentially dangerous committing to that drive multiple times. For our last Drill there was not a place available for us to sleep and we had to inconvenience other Soldiers and their families by taking up space in their homes.
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SPC (Join to see) , many units have what is called Lodging in Kind or LIK. This is a privilege and not a right per se as it’s availability is up to unit funding and command discretion. Independent Duty Travel or IDT is another option that is available while there is funding. However, at the end of the day, the army expects the soldier to be aware of the commitment of travel and what it entails. Check back through your enlistment docs - there should be a piece of paper that is an acknowledgement of being outside of normal commuting distance if your home of record is more than (“X”) miles away.
Wow! I am glad I switched to the Air Force years ago. When I was in the Air Guard, anyone over 75 miles away was put up in a hotel. Regardless of rank we each got our own rooms. My previous Air Force Reserve unit has a 50 mile radius. In my current unit, all of us live out of state except for one member. So the unit puts all of us in billeting (Air Force Inn). But I am assigned to a active duty unit, so we have housing on base.
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