Newly released images from a government investigation have revealed the squalid conditions of the country’s military barracks.
Images of overflowing sewage flowing through bathrooms, moldy ceilings and pest infected bedrooms show the poor quality housing for the serving military despite an annual Pentagon budget of $831 billion.
The shocking report, titled ‘Poor Living Conditions Undermine Quality of Life and Readiness’ was released after an investigation conducted by the non-partisan Government Accountability Office.
The 118-page report, which was published Monday by the GAO, concluded that military leaders at the Pentagon have not been able to provide proper oversight over the problem and have mostly left the issues up to each individual service to fix.
Investigators from the GAO visited 12 unnamed military installations to compile the report and spoke with service members in discussion groups to gain their perspective. Many service members complained of dirty water that was seemingly unsafe to drink in their barracks buildings. Others complained of broken air conditioning and heating systems, forcing many members to purchase individual air conditioning units for their sweltering rooms or turn to unsafe space heaters to provide warmth in the colder months. Another issue noted by investigators was that some buildings lacked secure windows and doors that have in some cases led to squatters occupying the rooms.
In one extreme case, officials at one installation told GAO investigators that “service members are responsible for cleaning biological waste that may remain in a barracks room after a suicide.”
The investigation, conducted over 10 military bases in California, Colorado, Texas, and D.C, also revealed broken windows, busted A.C. units, black mold.
Investigators concluded that the Pentagon simply does not know where its money is being spent.
And if these conditions weren’t bad enough, there are often squatters sharing the barracks with enlisted members.
During one of the visits, investigators were told that, while attempts to remove squatters from one room had been made, they’d continually failed. One of the squatters was a discharged member of the armed forces, the report stated.
In another facility, security was so poor that “ex-spouse broke in and physically assaulted a service member in the barracks.”
Earlier this year, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth admitted in Congressional testimony that she wouldn’t want her children living in some of the military’s barracks, according to the Daily Mail.
Who would, quite frankly? The United States is supposed to be the greatest fighting force on earth and yet, we can’t keep our servicemembers in accommodations that are safe and sanitary. This GAO report should be a wake-up call for all of us: Those who serve America deserve better.
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