Army veterans call out obvious flaws in Army’s “new” barracks renovations

By Andy Wolf

The infamous Army post that couldn’t hide the shame by changing its name is once again trending on social media, in relation to the “upgrades” made to the installation’s single enlisted quarters.

The Army joyously announced that they had recently prepared an opening event for barracks #100 at Fort Cavazos, Texas.

“The upcoming opening of Barrack 100 here represents a key milestone, ushering in the need for contemporary furnishings to continuing improving the quality of life for Soldiers,” a statement read.

The “contemporary furnishings,” however, left much to be desired.

From spartan living accommodations and cramped spaces to furniture that would likely not pass muster at a secondary education boarding school, the photos revealed a rather depressing sight that drew much criticism.

“I had more space in the 80s when I was a single soldier and had better furnishings,” one veteran wrote. “Sad, really.”

“No kidding!” another replied. “I had way more space and my own room at Fort Bragg. These are not good living conditions for grown men and women.”

Others pointed out that “good” is relative when you’re in the Army, and that the prison cell-sized barracks room was the Hilton in comparison to some of the neglected, underfurnished and moldy Army living quarters that have become infamous in recent years.

“Looks tight as a prison cell. Even dorm rooms in college look better,” a veteran commented.

“Now show us the part where you just painted over the mold,” one user snarked.

“Now, prospective soldiers can leave home to join the Army and sleep on the [twin-sized] bed they got rid of when they turned 12 all over again!” another chimed in. “Very sad indeed!”

“There’s no water dripping off the walls,” another netizen added. “So it’s an improvement.”

Still, there were many who noticed the “new” furniture wasn’t all that new.

“Isn’t that like 2005 version furniture?” a veteran noticed. “They had that in Alaska.”

Another joined in, realizing the furniture looked familiar.

“Bruh, exactly that stuff was new when we got back from the [Iraq] Surge,” he wrote.

“That is the exact same furniture that the trainees have on Fort Gregg-Adams,” a Soldier pointed out. “It is terrible furniture that peels apart after time. They have had that furniture since ordnance was moved to Gregg-Adams.”

However, nothing could spare the comments from the relentless demands for the installation, formerly known as Fort Hood, to address its biggest problem— crime.

“New furniture, New name, same missing persons,” one woman wrote.

“Still Fort Hood,” another added. “Still the Army’s ‘bad part of town.’”

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  • Andy Wolf

    Andy Wolf is an Appalachian native who spent much of his youth and young adulthood overseas in search of combat, riches, and adventure- accruing decades of experience in military, corporate, first responder, journalistic and advisory roles. He resides in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains with his K9 companion, Kiki.

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