10 USC 2856: Military unaccompanied housing: standards
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10 USC 2856: Military unaccompanied housing: standards Text contains those laws in effect on June 15, 2024
From Title 10-ARMED FORCESSubtitle A-General Military LawPART IV-SERVICE, SUPPLY, AND PROPERTYCHAPTER 169-MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND MILITARY FAMILY HOUSINGSUBCHAPTER III-ADMINISTRATION OF MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND MILITARY FAMILY HOUSING

§2856. Military unaccompanied housing: standards

(a) Local Comparability in Floor Areas.-In the construction, acquisition, and improvement of covered military unaccompanied housing, the Secretary concerned shall ensure that the floor areas of such housing in a particular locality (as designated by the Secretary concerned for purposes of this section) do not exceed the floor areas of similar housing in the private sector in that locality, except for purposes of meeting minimum area requirements under subsection (b)(1)(A),.1

(b) Floor Space and Number of Members Allowed.-In the design and configuration of covered military unaccompanied housing, the Secretary of Defense shall establish uniform design standards that-

(1) provide a minimum area of floor space, not including bathrooms or closets, per individual occupying a unit of covered military unaccompanied housing;

(2) ensure that not more than two individuals may occupy such a unit; and

(3) provide definitions and measures that specify-

(A) criteria of design;

(B) quality of construction material to be used; and

(C) levels of maintenance to be required.


(c) Covered Military Unaccompanied Housing.-For purposes of this section, section 2856a, and section 2856b, the term "covered military unaccompanied housing" means Government-owned military housing intended to be occupied by members of the armed forces serving a tour of duty unaccompanied by dependents.

(Added Pub. L. 97–214, §2(a), July 12, 1982, 96 Stat. 166 ; amended Pub. L. 101–510, div. A, title XIII, §1301(19), Nov. 5, 1990, 104 Stat. 1668 ; Pub. L. 109–364, div. B, title XXVIII, §2807(a)(1), Oct. 17, 2006, 120 Stat. 2468 ; Pub. L. 118–31, div. B, title XXVIII, §2831(a)(1), Dec. 22, 2023, 137 Stat. 753 .)


Editorial Notes

Amendments

2023-Pub. L. 118–31, §2831(a)(1)(B)–(D), designated existing provisions as subsec. (a) and inserted heading, inserted "covered" before "military unaccompanied housing" and ", except for purposes of meeting minimum area requirements under subsection (b)(1)(A)," before period at end, and added subsecs. (b) and (c).

Pub. L. 118–31, §2831(a)(1)(A), substituted "standards" for "local comparability of floor areas" in section catchline.

2006-Pub. L. 109–364 amended section catchline and text generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: "The Secretary of Defense shall prescribe regulations establishing the maximum allowable net square feet per occupant for new permanent barracks construction. Such regulations shall be uniform for the armed forces under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of a military department."

1990-Pub. L. 101–510 struck out "(a)" before "The Secretary of Defense" and struck out subsec. (b) which read as follows: "Before taking effect, any regulations under this section, and any modifications to such regulations, shall be submitted to the appropriate committees of Congress. Such regulations (including any modifications to such regulations) may not then take effect until 21 days after being received by such committees."


Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries

Effective Date

For effective date and applicability of section, see section 12(a) of Pub. L. 97–214, set out as a note under section 2801 of this title.

Uniform Design Standards

Pub. L. 118–31, div. B, title XXVIII, §2831(b), (c), Dec. 22, 2023, 137 Stat. 753 , 754, provided that:

"(b) Completion and Issuance of Uniform Design Standards.-Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act [Dec. 22, 2023], the Secretary of Defense shall-

"(1) ensure that the uniform design standards required under section 2856(b)(1) of title 10, United States Code, as added by subsection (a)(1)(D), are completed, issued, and submitted to the congressional defense committees [Committees on Armed Services and Appropriations of the Senate and the House of Representatives]; or

"(2) submit to the congressional defense committees a report-

"(A) explaining in detail why such standards are not completed and issued;

"(B) indicating when such standards are expected to be completed and issued; and

"(C) specifying the names of the personnel responsible for the failure to complete and issue such standards.

"(c) Compliance With Uniform Design Standards.-

"(1) In general.-Not later than two years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of each military department shall ensure that all covered military unaccompanied housing located on a military installation under the jurisdiction of such Secretary complies with the uniform standards established under section 2856(b)(1) of title 10, United States Code, as added by subsection (a)(1)(D).

"(2) No waiver.-The requirement under paragraph (1) may not be waived.

"(3) Covered military unaccompanied housing defined.-In this subsection, the term 'covered military unaccompanied housing' has the meaning given in section 2856 of title 10, United States Code (as amended by subsection (a))."

1 So in original.