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#21 bigjim

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Posted 19 December 2016 - 08:14 PM

It might have changed but I think retired dod was able to use some campgrounds subject to the local command and only behind just about everyone else like active duty, retire military, etc.   I have not checked in years but I seem to recall checking at a couple that said I could stay depending on space available. Now that it can be a pain to get on base someplaces I would only try for the ones off base. There is one by Navy lake at Memphis, Tn. I would try if I couldn't get in the state park nearby or a private park that is nearby.

I got checked by an officer  at Kirtland AFB when I was using the snack bar at the bowling alley.  My card is a Dept. of the Army retired civillian card and that was sufficient for her. I was told the same thing at the auto hobby shop, space A. No problem at the on base shop-ette but of course not the commisary.



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Posted 19 December 2016 - 09:03 PM

Hi, 

 

I was just wondering how many of you use Military Campgrounds?  I am retired/disabled and have my DOD card and we are considering availing ourselves of the many campgrounds on military bases. 

 

What was your experience?  I have been on two investigating their campsites and find them pretty nice.

 

I'd like to hear about your experiences and recommendations. 

My husband is retiring 12/30/16 DOD.  We will look into Military Campgrounds as well.


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Posted 20 December 2016 - 07:23 AM

It might have changed but I think retired dod was able to use some campgrounds subject to the local command and only behind just about everyone else like active duty, retire military, etc.   I have not checked in years but I seem to recall checking at a couple that said I could stay depending on space available. 

 

There is a link on page 1 of this thread that shows what categories are allowed to use DOD MWR facilities.  It will answer all your questions. 


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Posted 20 December 2016 - 12:28 PM

 
IIRC, the only retirees allowed to use DOD Famcamps are military retirees.


Sorry but who can use a base famcamp is decided on the individual base commander policy. We have met many retired DOD using the campgrounds. Always best to check first

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 07:13 PM

Sorry but who can use a base famcamp is decided on the individual base commander policy. We have met many retired DOD using the campgrounds. Always best to check first

 

Actually, you are only partially correct.  Commanders have some discretion who they may ADD to authorized users.  As I stated above, someone graciously posted the link to the Mil FamCamps website that lists the DOD regs and authorized users.  The link is there for all to click and see the results.

 

Some training bases like Parris Island and the USAFA have special consideration for non-dependent family members to use famcamps for graduations only.

 

Here is the link, again.

 

http://www.militaryc.../authorized-use



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Posted 20 December 2016 - 10:17 PM

"Some training bases like Parris Island and the USAFA have special consideration for non-dependent family members to use famcamps for graduations only."

 

Hey, this makes good sense so keep it quiet or it might go away.

 

Jfyi, I earlier  referred to Navy Lake campground at Navy Memphis.  I just heard from the talk in the head that it is supposed to close very soon. I think they said by the end of Jan. 2017. Even though not official I was told by the owner of the park I am in near there the manager of Navy lake CG just came here to find a site since it is closing and he needs a new place to park. That should be pretty good scuttlebutt.



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Posted 01 January 2017 - 08:12 PM

What does everyone do with their firearms when they go on military bases?  I think the Army might be ok if you have them registered but I think the Navy has some draconian rules (not sure, just going by the signs you see when entering the bases).



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Posted 03 January 2017 - 03:05 PM

What does everyone do with their firearms when they go on military bases?  I think the Army might be ok if you have them registered but I think the Navy has some draconian rules (not sure, just going by the signs you see when entering the bases).


It is entirely dependent on the individual base. You need to check when you register or call ahead and ask about the rules.

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 01:21 PM

It is entirely dependent on the individual base. You need to check when you register or call ahead and ask about the rules.

 

Ok, thanks!  Not very convenient but at least maybe doable.



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Posted 04 January 2017 - 05:55 PM

What does everyone do with their firearms when they go on military bases?  I think the Army might be ok if you have them registered but I think the Navy has some draconian rules (not sure, just going by the signs you see when entering the bases).


On the military campground web site it tells If they are allowed or not. If they are not allowed you can leave them with the provost Marshall office. The firearm policy is listed down at the bottom by the weather info if they have on.
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Posted 04 January 2017 - 06:20 PM

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 07:52 PM

Thing are about to change.

 

 

Yeah, a lot of us are wishing for a change.  I'm afraid to get my hopes up too much, though.  The Army resists change like you wouldn't believe.



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Posted 06 January 2017 - 05:23 PM

It is entirely dependent on the individual base. You need to check when you register or call ahead and ask about the rules.

 And I might add that simply whistling on down the road and ignoring whatever the reg might be is not wise. Some bases (and I have witnessed this) use dogs to check out large vehicles including RVs. You get caught at least they turn you around and deny entry, at worst..... you may not want to know. 


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Posted 08 January 2017 - 09:50 PM

 And I might add that simply whistling on down the road and ignoring whatever the reg might be is not wise. Some bases (and I have witnessed this) use dogs to check out large vehicles including RVs. You get caught at least they turn you around and deny entry, at worst..... you may not want to know. 

 

Sometimes they require trailers to enter through the commercial entrance.  They made me do that when I was pulling a UHAUL trailer.  There they scan the vehicle/trailer from the side with some sort of large device.