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Old 12-24-2009, 12:53 PM
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My family and I are on orders to Ft Riley this summer and I was wondering if someone could tell me about the on-post housing. Is it single family housing and is it new or old and not so nice. Is it better to consider going off post? Senior enlisted housing is the catagory.

We are also looking for as much information as possible on the area, I am from Missouri so its the local area we are trying to get information on. We have a daughter that will be in 8th grade.
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Old 12-25-2009, 02:35 PM
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I would be Surprised if on-post living ISN'T better then any where you have a choice of living around the base. You really don't want your daughter going to Junk-city (Junction City) schools or living there. That Town is ****ing nasty. I know there is a little town right by the base called Ogdan. I really don't know much about it but I've heard most of the people that do live off base live there.
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Old 12-27-2009, 12:46 PM
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I currently live on Fort Riley and the house's on post vary from being nice to bad. My husband is a e6 in the Army and we live in old housing which was built in the 1950s. Its a split level 3 bedroom house, its okay. If your husband is a e7 or higher the housing is a little nicer but I think those houses were built around the 1970s but they have been updated and look really nice on the inside. Since you only have 1 child you will more then likely get a 3 bedroom house. I forgot the name of the neighborhoods but the housing is really nice. They are town houses but they have been updated with carpet in every room, and a updated kitchen. We do have a middle school on our Army base but we don't have a high school. There is a bus that comes from Junction City which is the neighboring town and they bus the high school kids from Fort Riley to Junction City HS (high school). You can also choose to drive your child to Manhattan HS or anyother HS you choose.

Also there is new housing across from the commisary and they have senior NCOs as well as other ranks. Those houses are really nice. The chances of you getting a single family home is unlikely, since I would say 95% of the housing on Fort Riley is townhouses. Also when you get offered housing you can try to request a certain neighborhood, this works for some but for others they don't get to choose but it doesnt hurt to try. You can also ask to see the house that they have given you on post and you can turn it down if you want. But if you do choose to turn the house down that they offer you it will bump you to the bottom of the list and you will have to wait a while before they offer you housing again.

the housing off post is nice in certain areas but I think the BAH they offer does not cover enough of the housing expense. I think its a better deal to live on post. Also some military families choose to live in Manhattan which has a lot more things to do I think its about a 5-20 mins drive depending on where you live in Manhattan. Kansas gets some getting used to but weve been her 5 years and have grown to like it but were so ready to get stationed somewhere else
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Old 01-04-2010, 02:43 PM
Location: Kansas
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You could consider the Christian schools as that might be a worthwhile option to consider.
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