Pets

Dogs coming to Okinawa are subject to very strict control by the Government of Japan.  The quarantine process is a minimum of 6 months (180 days) and it is recommended you begin the process immediately.  A dog can serve the quarantine prior to arrival, but only if very strict conditions are met.  See the USA Vet Page for more information: click here for more information.

A dog can serve the quarantine duration on a military installation if the owner is assigned to military family housing and the pet will be restricted to an on-post family housing unit.  Since 1 in 3 families will be living off-post, please consider the risk associated with bringing a pet to the island before the quarantine process is completed.  Pets are not considered a factor when family housing assignments are made and you could be housed in the local community where quarantined animals are not allowed.  The expense of kenneling a pet on-post for the quarantine period can be EXTREMELY high. (minimum $25 per day)

Military Family Housing restricts the type and number of domesticated animals in each housing unit.  Department of Defense Policy prohibits the following breeds of dog in Military Family Housing: pit bulls, rottweilers, doberman pinschers and wolf hybrids, as well as any mix with these breed types. The pit bull category is expanded to include breeds such as the American Bull Terrier. This policy has no waiver authority. Additionally, the DoD has issued new guidance in 2017 on the classification of "emotional support animals" and does NOT consider a class of service animal under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The full policy regarding pets in Okinawa Military Family Housing can be accessed here.  

The quick rule is: two pets of any combination of cats or unrestricted breed dogs per family housing unit. Fostered pets are included in this number.

Housing Policies

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Military Family Housing on Okinawa is managed by the USAF as a Joint Service Program.  This means the family housing process is centralized for all accompanied Marines, Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen regardless of which base/camp/installation of assignment.  The program is organized around a central office located at Kadena Air Base with satellite offices located at Camps Kinser, Courtney and Foster.  Additionally, current availability of Military Family Housing is significantly reduced due to the Okinawa Housing Revitalization Program which is a 10 year, $710 million  effort to improve the condition of nearly 5,000 homes across the island.  Between now and 2024, 33% of Military Families will live in the local community.  After the program, 25% of Military Families will live in the local community.

 

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revitilization program

Beginning in 2014, senior leaders across the island became concerned about the condition of Military Family Housing on Okinawa.  For years leading up to this date, a reduced amount of investment had been made in Military Family Housing on Okinawa pending the move of major military units from Okinawa to Guam.  When the moves did not occur as scheduled, a reinvestment program was needed.  This reinvestment is called the “Okinawa Housing Revitalization Program.”  It is a 7 year; $500M program which is added to previous investments of near $200M in 2014 – 2016.  The entire program from 2014 – 2024 will revitalize over 5,000 units and costs approx. $710M.

 During the revitalization program, family housing will reach a low availability of about 5,000 units from 2017 until 2019 at which time a significant number of homes are returned to the inventory.  By 2024, the island will have 6,928 units in very good condition.  The program focuses on major efforts such as replacement of water, sewer, and power systems, upgrade of fire suppression systems, installation of in-home HVAC units and hot water heaters, and some cosmetic updating of kitchens and bathrooms.  Efforts are different in each neighborhood and are based upon the specific needs of individual areas.

 It is possible that families assigned to Military Family Housing will need to relocate due to construction efforts.  Every effort is made to give families a year notice before reaching the “must move” date.  Neighborhoods within one year of construction efforts will see few new personnel assigned to those areas.  If you are in a neighborhood that will see construction within a year, you will be notified. Impacted personnel are invited to informational relocation briefings and service assistance is provided when a move is required.

arrival on island

It is suggested you report to the Department of Defense Family Housing Office located on Kadena Air Base within three days of your arrival to Okinawa.  You or your sponsor can make an appointment by calling DSN 634-0582.  Otherwise walk-ins are welcome during business hours: 0800 - 1530 hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and 0800 - 1200 hours on Wednesdays.  Please bring: a copy of your orders, confirmed travel documents for all members listed in the orders, DD Form 1746 - application for assignment to housing, and AF Form 4422 - sex offender disclosure form with you. These documents are needed to place you on the waiting list.

You and your family will attend an orientation housing briefing that provides information for both on and off-post residency.  Following this briefing, you will be scheduled to meet with an assignment counselor who will advise the current availability of on-post housing in your grade (rank) and entitlement (bedrooms).  If no homes are available on-post, you are then cleared to pursue off-post housing.

What to expect

In agreement with the Government of Japan and United States Forces Japan, there are to be a maximum of 6,928 military family housing units on Okinawa.  The average population of accompanied Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, and Airmen hovers around 8,500.  This means that approximately 25% of all families stationed on Okinawa will live in the local community.  This percentage is currently at 33% due to ongoing family housing construction which has reduced the number of available homes on-post to around 5,000.

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Department of Defense Military Family Housing also provides furniture and appliances to military families.  Persons living in Military Family Housing (on-post) on full JTR (Joint Travel Regulation), will receive access to loaner furniture kits for up to 90 days at the start and 60 days at the end of tours.  Persons living in Military Family Housing (on-post) on reduced JTR, will receive access to loaner furniture for the duration of the assignment.  Persons living in Community Housing (off-post) on full JTR, will receive access to loaner furniture kits for up to 90 days at the start and 60 days at the end of tours. Persons living in Community Housing (off-post) on reduced JTR, will receive access to loaner furniture for the duration of the assignment.  The furniture is good quality and brand name. Available items include: bedroom sets, dining room sets and living room sets. There is no particle board furniture in our inventory! The furniture is of such good quality that we do not throw it away after you use it! We have an entire team that refurbishes the items for reissue.  Please treat it like you purchased it…a taxpayer did, for your benefit. 

All persons in Military Family Housing (on-post) receive stoves, ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators, clothes washers and clothes dryers. Persons living in Community Housing (off-post) have access to stoves, ovens, refrigerators, clothes washers and clothes dryers. The appliances are good quality and brand name.  Please treat them like you purchased them…a taxpayer did, for your benefit.

Please contact your gaining unit for eligibility for these services.

On-Post inventory

Island-wide we have two types of on-post homes: “mandatory assignment” and “offered but not mandatory”.  Mandatory homes have received a high building condition index score and are usually the newest homes across the island.  These homes make up about 86% of currently available homes.  If there are mandatory homes available in your grade (rank) and entitlement (bedrooms), you will be assigned to these homes.  If there are no mandatory homes available, you will then be given the option to accept an “offered but not mandatory” home.  These homes have a good building condition index score, but are showing some signs of age.  These homes are often our most sought after units and it is rare for them to be declined. A large portion of our single-family homes are in this category.  If you choose to decline an “offered but not mandatory” home, you are then referred to live off-post.  The counselor will inform you of your options during in-person meetings at the Department of Defense Military Family Housing Office.

getting on the wait-list

Advanced registration is possible, but your application date is not the date you are added to the wait-list. You are added to the wait list in accordance with AFI 36-6001, Family Housing Management. For nearly all members, advanced application means you are added to the wait list on the day you depart your current duty station UNLESS the military sponsor and family members do not travel together. In general, this advanced registration puts members on the wait-list 24-48 hours before persons who walk into the DoD Housing Office.

To advance register, send a copy of your orders, confirmed travel documents for all members listed in the orders, DD Form 1746 - application for assignment to housing and AF Form 4422 - sex offender disclosure form to kadenahousing.customerservice@us.af.mil. If you have a completed package, you are added to the waiting list on the day of your departure UNLESS the military sponsor and family members do not travel together.

Many families choose to participate in Delayed Dependent Travel. This system allows military sponsors to arrive on Okinawa prior to the family. While this is done for many reasons, please be advised the military member cannot be placed on the family housing waiting list until the family has ticketed travel and is within 30 days of arrival. A family housing unit cannot be assigned without the family being present. Participating in Delayed Dependent Travel may cause the military member to be temporarily assigned to unaccompanied housing.

housing agencies

The Department of Defense Military Family Housing Office also acts as guide for those families who need to find Community Housing.  We have a robust referral program with over 110 housing agencies that will assist you with finding a good match for your family.  It also helps to engage with your sponsor and family readiness program to learn more about life in the local community and the ins and outs of off-post life.  

unaccompanied personnel

Each service component provides unaccompanied housing to their own population.  Unaccompanied personnel should work closely with their unit, sponsor, or family readiness officer to learn more about available on-post and off-post processes.

civilians live off-post

Department of Defense Family Housing is assigned according to a priority system. Since there are not enough homes for all accompanied military families, on-post homes are not currently being offered to Department of Defense Civilians. The exception to this policy is placement on the Key and Essential Personnel List which is centrally controlled by the 18th Wing with input from MCIPAC, USN and USAG-Okinawa.