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What is the best way to find military lodging?

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The best way to find military lodging is to call Military OneSource and ask a consultant about options available in the area, and then call the military lodge directly to book a room. Military lodges are hosted by all four major military branches, and as of 2014, there is no reliable way to perform an integrated search of all of them.

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Travelers should be aware that the type of trip they are taking can impact their military lodging options. A soldier traveling with a family on permanent-change-of-station orders gets different rates and room availability than a retiree going on vacation. Sometimes rooms are available for the PCS traveler but not for the vacationer, and vice versa. The Department of Defense lodging website can be helpful, but it often has limited information and does not cover all military lodging. To ensure there are rooms available, the traveler should call the lodge directly.

The MWR tickets and travel office also helps military travelers book rooms at military lodges. These include not only base-sponsored lodges but also resorts and recreational facilities, such as beach cabins and Shades of Green at Walt Disney World. Not only do these lodgings rent at sliding-scale prices that are usually lower than local hotels, they are also often located in quiet, beautiful spots insulated from hectic tourist areas. Military recreational hotels often have excellent discounts during off-peak seasons as well.

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