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Old 01-23-2013, 12:54 PM   #1
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Question out of curiosity and self education...why are there military campgrounds and how long have they been around?

Who maintains these properties and why are they only provided for current & retired military personnel only?
Also, why are the benefits of retired military using these campgrounds vs the standard public/private campsites we all tend to camp at?
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:06 PM   #2
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Question out of curiosity and self education...why are there military campgrounds and how long have they been around?

Who maintains these properties and why are they only provided for current & retired military personnel only?
Also, why are the benefits of retired military using these campgrounds vs the standard public/private campsites we all tend to camp at?
I cannot answer all these questions, but most if not all of them don't limit access to them to only current and retired military personnel only. Other goverment employees can use them, but each site may have differenent rules. I am a retired goverment employee and was the guest at the Air Force Academy FAMCAMP on the behalf of another retired GE.
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:47 PM   #3
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I am retired Army and have visited a few of the campgrounds, though never stayed at one. This is our first year with a TT and may stay at some point.

The campgrounds are typically located on the Base (federal) property and some allow civilian access, such as at Ft. McCoy, Wisconsin.

Us active and retired military types usually like to use our benefits from serving our country, such as the Post Exchange or Commissary. So, staying in the campground can save us some $$, though the campgrounds prices are about the same as a local private campground.

The campgrounds are run as a Non-Appropriated Fund activity as part of the Recreation Services Department. I believe this means they are not funded by government sources.

They provide recreational equipment rentals. The equipment; from volleyball to small boats, depending on the location, may be rented by authorized personnel for limited use.

Military Units permanently assigned or on temporary assignment may rent the equipment for unit organized recreational activities for their members. Us military types like to relax too.

Also, I have observed military members on a short-term training deployment (a few weeks), bring their families to stay in their own camper at the campground.

In summary, the campgrounds are nice, though the location (proximity to attractions) and cost will probably not steer most away from a public campground.

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Old 01-23-2013, 02:38 PM   #4
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www.usmilitarycampgrounds.com will explain it better than I could.

They have "been around" as long as there have been military bases; just the facilities have improved (some) since the bases started charging for their use.

They are part of the base "recreational" and morale system and maintained for the sole use of active duty military personnel. However retirees and Government employed civilians can us the facilities on a "space available" basis.
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:15 PM   #5
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Thanks guys...fulfilled my daily requirement of learning something new!
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:58 PM   #6
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U.S. Military Campgrounds and RV Parks will explain it better than I could.

They have "been around" as long as there have been military bases; just the facilities have improved (some) since the bases started charging for their use.

They are part of the base "recreational" and morale system and maintained for the sole use of active duty military personnel. However retirees and Government employed civilians can us the facilities on a "space available" basis.
I agree with Herk, but also 100% VA disable can also use them, I'm at one as I write this. The price depends, but I have never paid over $20.00 a night that I can remember.............
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:20 PM   #7
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I agree with Herk, but also 100% VA disable can also use them, I'm at one as I write this. The price depends, but I have never paid over $20.00 a night that I can remember.............
Ah, but you are military retired. Medical Military Retirement is a "less than 20" retirement from the military.
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:49 AM   #8
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for those of us that are military or x-military, there is a military RV club in the U.S.
SMART Special Military Active Retired Travel Club
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:21 PM   #9
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To the best of my knowledge, the campgrounds have been around for years. In the mid 90's the government decided to not allow service members to bring mobile homes on base and live there as their permanent residence. My sister-in-law (USAF) had to sell their mobile home in down in Mississippi because the government refused to move it when they transferred. In the 70's my dad purchased several trailers and we lived in them, moved them when he moved, and eventually moved into base housing when he was promoted to a rank that gave him (in his opinion) acceptable living quarters. The Marine Corps has done away with mobile homes on base for years. But, they have converted some of the old mobile home parks into campgrounds. The infrastructure is already there, why not? Here at Parris Island, almost every Thursday is family day. Where the recruits get to visit family the day before they graudate. On Fridays, they grad. The RV Park here is full most every Thursday and Friday. It is all about the $$$$. This base is opened up to the public for those days.
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:06 PM   #10
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There is an app CRV-military, that lists all "Famcamps across the country.
Or just search military campgrounds in the App Store. It is very useful.
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