Do You Prefer to Live On or Off Post?

I was talking last week with a friend who is torn between living on post, and living off post. Her husband really enjoys driving off post and leaving work behind him for the evening. She, too likes having a buffer zone between work and home life. But at the same time, she loves the security and safety of being on post because of the children. She also feels it's good for the kids, especially during a deployment, to be around peers who understand what her children are going through.

From what I understand, housing privatization has also thrown a monkey wrench into the mix for some military families. And judging from the 102 comments you left when we first broached the subject, there are strong feelings about this subject.

Do you prefer being on or off post/base, and why? What factors tip the balance for you?

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