You may have heard that the Marine Corps is “renting” out the barracks on bases now (kinda begins to show you how small your Marine Corps is now after massive cuts by this administration). Nonmilitary can live on base only after an extensive background check. However, unless you like chow hall food, motivating chants being yelled at zero dark thirty and every Marine looking at you like an alien because you don’t have a high & tight haircut, you might want to reconsider packing up for a bit. Check out the below – Time for a C-Gar
Marines who are preparing for a permanent change of station to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, might be trolling Craigslist for housing.
Well, this listing might have everything you’re looking for — or perhaps everything you’re hoping to escape.
On July 20, a Craigslist user posted a one-bedroom rental that would be available in two weeks. The “lovely” 225 square foot space is located in a “gated community with 24-hour private security,” the advertisement states. Rent is $1,000 per month, and can be conveniently paid “on the 1st or split between the 1st and 15th with automatic withdrawal.”
There are not only free laundry facilities and gym memberships, but also running trails with “motivation specialists” to “encourage” runners.
There’s a courtesy wake-up service “at or around 0530″ and lawn care is provided biweekly. And while there is no kitchen in the living space, an additional $250 per month will provide the new renter with a “reasonable amount of food” at nearby facilities.
Despite the amenities, the housing does come with a number of restrictions, the poster warns.
“No resident may affix anything to the walls with the use of nails, screws, tape, or (apparently) railroad spikes,” the ad states. Although it’s not immediately clear how it was determined that railroad spikes should not be used to affix items to the walls.
Alcohol is also limited to one six-pack. There can be no overnight visitors and arguing with the “security service or wake up service” is not advised.
You can check out the complete ad here.
Available in two weeks!
This lovely 1br/1ba room is located in a gated community with 24-hour private security. There are free laundry facilities and all utilities are provided at no additional cost. Weekly cleaning of room required and inspected. Courtesy wake up service at or around 0530. Shopping close by. Free gym membership to all gyms within the gated community. Discount movie theater five minutes from the room. Lawn care provided bi-weekly. Semi-functional business center/library upstairs. Off-street parking available, but tough to find a spot on weekdays. Less than 15 minutes from Onslow Beach. Active community with running trails and "motivation specialists" to "encourage" you along your way. No kitchen available in room, but at the low price of an additional $250/month, a reasonable amount of food is available at nearby facilities. Extremely short commute to work!!! Rent can be paid on the 1st or split between the 1st and 15th with automatic withdrawal.
No resident may affix anything to the walls with the use of nails, screws, tape, or (apparently) railroad spikes. Alcohol is limited to one six-pack. No pets. No drugs. No overnight visitors. No arguing with the security service or wake up service. No smoking indoors, but designated smoking area is available.
Those who assumed only a “terminal lance” would have the gall to list his barracks room on Craigslist might be surprised to learn who was really behind the stunt.
A staff sergeant hoping to carry out a career in the Corps was behind the entertaining Craigslist advertisement. He said he has a “penchant for shaking things up when it comes to having to conform to the Marine Corps way.”
The Battle Rattle post about his ad was viewed nearly 380,000 times. He described a 225 square-foot barracks room as a lovely space in a gated community with wake-up calls and “motivation specialists.” The staff sergeant said he has since received a lot of fan mail.
“I have received hundreds of encouragement and congratulatory emails in response to the ad, and most of them wished me luck with dealing with my first sergeant, sergeant major, or insinuating I may well be on my way to private,” he told Marine Corps Times.
For those reasons, it’s probably no surprise that he asked that his identity not be revealed.
The staff NCO said he posted the ad as a challenge of sorts. He wants to ensure Marines aren’t afraid of questioning the status quo — but only if they do it in a professional way that doesn’t cost them their careers.
“Our Corps is built on the concept that we are innovators who look for new ways to operate (e.g., amphibious landings) and that we will formulate ways to do them well,” he said. “Innovation involves forcing oneself to operate outside the box, a thing the Marine Corps as an institution typically frowns upon.”
Instead, the staff sergeant said he would like to encourage Marines who enjoyed his post to think about their limitations and push past them.
“[That will] help make our Corps into the next generation of military professionals,” he said. “This is how we grow and improve.”
He said he wanted to be clear: That doesn’t mean he’s out to slander the way the Corps functions. But wants to challenge it in a positive way.
“If you are an infantryman, a supply clerk, an intelligence officer, or a [military policeman], ask yourself often, ‘Why do we do things this way? Is there a way the process can be improved?’ ” he said. “If you have an idea, it doesn’t matter if you are a private or a general, you could be the one to help revolutionize our Corps.”
The staff sergeant said too often Marines are concerned they’re going to get in trouble if they question anything. But they should not be afraid to remain silent about everything going on around them out of fear of their superiors, he said.
“In today’s Marine Corps, I find there is a lack of moxie where it has historically abound,” he said. “This new garrison Marine Corps keeps Marines on pins and needles for fear of having their careers ruined by some adverse paperwork.”