Modern Living: G.I. Dormitories

"Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, standard barracks, prototype design. Objective: To provide a totally new living environment for the individual soldier of The Modern Volunteer Army." So begins an official Defense Department plan that shows how far Sad Sack has come. With the draft ended, military authorities have made many changes aimed at luring recruits, including pay increases and more relaxed dress codes. The most startling innovation, however, is a new design for Government Issue barracks.

Gone will be the long rows of narrow beds and communal lavatories. In their place, the modern Army envisions three-story townhouse-style buildings with a...

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