Better Barracks for Single Soldiers: An Exploratory Study of Unaccompanied Personnel Housing at Fort Hood, TX.
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This exploratory study takes an ecological perspective in the study of unaccompanied personnel housing (UPH) or barracks environments. It explores the relationship between features, amenities, and characteristics at six levels: room, module, building, complex, cultural landscape, and social realm with indicators of interest to the military (career satisfaction, career intention, overall satisfaction, fitness, and resilience. This study was developed and undertaken in collaboration with Fort Hood’s Directorate of Public Works from 2014 through 2017. This study found that the tension between military and civilian cultures pull at one another in unexpected ways in the barracks. The resulting housing typology struggles to house the professional Soldier at home (when away from conflict). Creating changes that lessen those tensions will help barracks adapt to persistent challenges and make them a more satisfying housing option for soldiers.