Hello everyone! I’ve recently PCS’d to Fort Shafter, HI. I am a single soldier with no dependents. I have been assigned a barracks room on Schofield Barracks ~17 miles away. I’m currently relying on carpooling and Uber, as I don’t have a POV here. Ive expressed that it is costly for me to pay for Uber’s to travel 35 mins both ways to Fort Shafter. I am told to wait a few months and hopefully space will present itself. Is there anything I can do?
Posted 3 mo ago
This is unheard of as a single soldier without dependents and transportation is to be assigned a barracks room closet to the organization. If the barracks are full, then the best option would be for the CSM or 1SG to move out a soldier who has a POV to offset the transportation situation. This however puts the financial strain on the soldier who is in place to pay for gas that they currently do not have to pay for. It’s a lose lose situation. The best way forward would be for the BC to authorize BAH for the soldier who has a POV to offset cost and move the SPC in the barracks. Once barracks space opens up, rescind the BAH, and move the other soldier back in. Just ensure that the lease is a six month lease for the soldier collecting BAH and all should work out. I was stationed at Schofield and my wife was at Shafter with our housing at HMR. It was a tough drive for her every morning, about 12 miles, but if you know anything about Hawaii, you know that everyone lives outside of downtown and all flood H2 highway to get downtown in the morning. An hour to go 10 miles is the norm if you miss the window for morning rush. Also, don’t buy a moped or motorcycle as it will get stolen before you are done with PT. It’s sad but very true. Also it is unsafe to drive on the H1, H2, or H3 with either of those as everyone drives like they are auditioning for Fast and Furious in the early mornings so safety would be of great concern.
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