How To Stay on Military Bases Cheap

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Navy Lodge Naples. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

If you are on leave and traveling either in the United States or Outside of the Continental United States (OCONUS), consider making stops at local military bases to save hundreds of dollars throughout your travels and stay in military base Inns and Lodges.  Not only will your stay be less expensive per night, but your safety on a military base, and other amenities offered to military bases (PX, Exchange, Commissary) are available as well on most bases.

Military personnel on leave, military family members, and military retirees are authorized to stay at military billeting units as what is called Priority TWO Space Available.  The military members who have greater priority are those traveling on official business, extended stay training, and those with temporary assigned duty orders (TAD).

Here's how to stay on base at a fraction of the cost of hotels:

Here's How:

  1. Decide which military installation is closest to your destination or travel route.
  2. Make reservations for space-available accommodations by calling one of the following phone numbers or visit the websites links below:
  3. Army: 1-800-GO-ARMY-1
  4. Air Force: 1-888-AF LODGE
  5. Navy: 1-800-NAVY-INN
  6. When you arrive at your lodging destination, you'll need your ID card, and if active duty, your leave orders.

You will see that military base living or visiting (temporary billeting) quarters are comparable to chain hotels and motels.

 Depending upon your location, you may even find beach side, mountain side, or other magnificent views available on military bases around the world.  If traveling along the coast, you will find numerous Navy and Coast Guard bases along with some Marine Corps bases.  Through the middle of the country, you will find more Army and Air Force Bases.

 Also the OCONUS bases of the Navy, Army, and Air Forces Bases are located in some of the most beautiful places in the world. Some of the favorite among military members include Navy:  Key West, Coronado, San Diego, Virginia Beach, Panama City.  Air Force:  Fort Carson Colorado, Air Force Academy, Niagara Falls, Mountain Home.  Army:  Schofield Barracks Hawaii, Grafenwoehr, Germany, Vicenza, Italy. USMC:  Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, MCAS Miramar, San Diego.

Some useful links:

Navy Lodge - Navy Lodges are located around the world at most Naval Bases. Whatever your travel needs, you will find our locations convenient and affordable.  Due to Base restrictions, not all Navy Lodges are able to be "Pet Friendly." If you are traveling with a pet, call the Navy Lodge Reservation Center at (800) 628-9466 to make your reservation.

Navy Gateway Inns and Suites (NGIS) - At select locations NGIS has partnered with commercial hotels offering rates at or below per diem while providing safe and secure lodging that meets DoD Lodging Standards.

Navy military TDY travelers are required to utilize DoD lodging, if available. When DoD lodging is not available, NGIS will accommodate travelers at a commercial hotel partners.

Army Lodging - Army Lodging is available to Active Duty, Retirees, DoD Civilians (GS & NAF) and their sponsored guests. To better understand who is eligible, click the link and learn about the Army Lodges all over the world.

Air Force Inns - With over 27,000 rooms at 89 locations worldwide, the AF Inns is offered to Active Duty, retirees, NAF or DoD civilian employees, and sponsored guests. 

Coast Guard Lodging - Coast Guard Recreational Lodging facilities are open to all authorized MWR patrons.  Active duty military members and their family have first priority. 

Marine Corps Lodging - The Inns of the Corps offer lodging to eligible members as well.  Reservations are accepted for all eligible personnel on an as-received basis for the priority category. Reservations and room assignments are made without regard to rank or grade, or time of reservation


  1. The Marine Corps and the Coast Guard do not have a central reservations system. For those bases, you must call the billeting operation on the base.
  2. You can make space available reservation up to 30 days in advance at Navy lodges. The other services allow reservations up to 24 hours in advance.

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