After you get to your first permanent duty assignment, most commands will allow you to move out of the dormitories/barracks and move off-base, if you want.However, the rent (and utilities, etc.) will have to come out of your base pay.Back then, living in the barracks/dormitories meant that you (depending on base and service branch), would have to share your room (about the size of a large bedroom in a family home), with one, two, or even three roommates.
Many young troops decided to trade new car payments to live off base with relative privacy instead.
Add this to the ancient custom of first sergeants and other NCOs (and petty officers), busting into your room whenever they dang well felt like it for an inspection, convinced many a young military member that off-base was the place to be, even if they had to pay for it. Other than training bases (such as basic training and job training), and deployment locations, such as Iraq and Afghanistan (where you're not allowed to move off-base anyway), all of the services (except the Marine Corps) are striving to give all junior enlisted members a room to themselves (Note: The Marine Corps goal is to give all junior enlisted Marines a room with just one roommate, and all NCOs a room to themselves). Today, all Air Force junior enlisted enjoy a single room at most bases, and the Army is just a little behind the Air Force.
The Navy can pretty much guarantee a single room for junior enlisted assigned to shore duty, and they are working hard to give rooms to junior enlisted assigned to ships (when the ship is in port).
They're not quite there yet, but they are working hard on it.
Amongst them, in 1867, the Edinburgh and Leith Flint Glass Company was established.
Alexander Dixson Jenkinson took over the business upon the death of his father in 1880.The Caithness Glass arm of the business was purchased by Dartington Crystal and is still trading with paperweights still being hand crafted in Scotland.If you are single and of relatively low enlisted rank, the choice is pretty simple.You won't receive a housing allowance, nor, in such cases, will you receive a food allowance (you will still get free meals, in the chow hall, however).When I was a young troop, the choice wasn't as easy.Glass container manufacturing can be traced back for at least 400 years.