District Of Columbia Military Housing
Washington D.C. is the capital city of the United States, settled between Virginia and Maryland on the north bank of the Potomac River. The city is home to the White House, along with all three divisions of the national government, the Supreme Court as well as the Capitol Building. More than 500,000 people live in Washington, D.C.
Getting an assignment to the state's capital may be a daunting encounter; particularly for people who have not ever been to Washington D.C.
The very first thing a person who has been assigned to Washington, either TDY or PCS, needs to do is get housing assistance. Contacting someone at base or the unit to which you are being stationed is a good start.
Most of the military moving to Washington live in one of Montgomery County, Maryland; Prince Georges County, Maryland; or the suburbs of Northern Virginia, requiring a commute. For public transportation, most bases are not conveniently located with the exclusion of the Pentagon as well as the National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Off base housing is generally satisfactory and, together with the housing allowance, affordable. Some individuals being stationed to the area on PCS orders buy a home and later sell it upon reassignment.
Schools in the DC region are relatively good, but varied. Maryland schools, particularly those in Montgomery County, rank highest in the state, and schools in suburban northern Virginia also rank high nationwide. Charter and private schools in the District of Columbia range from excellent to fair, and some public schools get decent rankings.
Due to its location, there are numerous opportunities for spouse employment with private companies, non-governmental organizations, and government contractors.