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United States Army
Zama-shi, Kanagawa Ken Japan 228-8920
When planning for a move with the military, you might consider moving into government housing. Government housing is owned and maintained by the Department of Defense and is typically on the installation. Eligibility and availability for this type of housing may vary by service member, family size and installation. Learn more about the different options, benefits and discounts that may be available to you through government housing.
Unaccompanied Personnel Housing is assigned based on rank, and includes barracks, senior enlisted quarters and bachelor officers quarters.
Personnel in the rank of E6 and below must report to their military unit for assignment under the Army Barracks Management Program. Personnel in the ranks of E7 and above will report to the Housing Office for assignment to available bachelor officers or bachelor enlisted quarters.
Personnel on deferred travel, delayed dependent travel or geographical bachelors are required to reside in UPH facilities. UPH for senior enlisted personnel and officers range in size from 340-460 square feet (studio to suite) with a private bedroom, a bath and a kitchen.
Do not hesitate to call the Unaccompanied Personnel Housing Section at DSN 263-3890 or commercial 011-81-46-407-3890.
Ninety-day loaner furniture is provided to incoming personnel and consists of furniture to accommodate the living room, bedrooms and dining room. For personnel on limited or restricted Joint Travel Regulations, furniture can be provided for the duration of their tour; however, due to the limited supply of government furniture, some items may not be available for long-term issue. Appliances (stove, refrigerator, washer and dryer) are provided for the duration of your tour.
Once your household goods have arrived, coordination should be made with the Housing Office to arrange for the pickup of government loaner items and to identify items needed for the duration of your tour. Personnel are entitled to one pickup of loaner furniture during their tour. Upon departure, personnel can request loaner furniture upon receipt of permanent change of station orders or prior to their household goods being shipped.
We highly encourage all family housing occupants to bring their favorite furniture within their authorized weight allowance. Living room, kitchen table and chairs, and especially their bedroom furniture (queen-size/full-size/twin beds) for master, dependents and guest rooms. All family quarters have a small storage space available. Additional storage may be obtained from the Camp Zama Community Recreation Division, Outdoor Recreation Facility at a cost to you.
No king-size beds, German shrunks or oversized furniture are authorized to be shipped; they may not fit into government housing or the majority of off-base housing. If oversized items are shipped, the sponsor will incur all costs associated with finding and securing storage. Larger housing quarters will not be assigned to accommodate your furniture. A variety of floor plans are available to assist you in planning your shipment to the Camp Zama installations.
Army Community Service has a Lending Closet. They do not have linens, but do have kitchenware (dishes, pots and pans, ironing board, can opener, utensils, etc.) available for loan until your household goods and/or unaccompanied baggage arrive. We highly recommend you ship your linens, towels, television, DVD player, VCR, microwave and other small kitchen appliances in your unaccompanied (express) baggage.
All unaccompanied personnel quarters are furnished with government-provided furniture and appliances (bed, desk, chair, night stand, chest of drawers, freezer and refrigerator, stove, etc.). Washers and dryers are provided in communal laundry rooms. You should not ship your own furniture, except for small items. Even if your shipment weighs less than what you are authorized to ship, your furniture may be too large for the quarters. Before shipping any furniture, contact the Housing Office in order to get the proper room dimensions for the government quarters that may be available to you. Upon receipt of your household goods and unaccompanied baggage, excess government furniture can be removed upon request. The shared storage spaces are limited to small items such as small boxes and luggage. There are no commercial or government temporary or permanent storage facilities available.
Do not hesitate to call the Family Housing Management Branch at DSN 263-3527 or commercial011-81-46-407-3527 or the Unaccompanied Personnel Housing Section at DSN 263-3890 or commercial 011-81-46-407-3890.
The family housing assets were built by the Government of Japan and consist of three- and four-bedroom townhouses located at Camp Zama or in the Sagamihara Family Housing Area. Personnel assigned/attached to U.S. Army Garrison-Japan may be assigned housing in either of these two housing locations.
Government quarters are mandatory for all accompanied and unaccompanied military personnel, regardless of rank. Department of Defense civilians, with accompanying family members, will have the option to be assigned to military family housing or reside in off-base housing. Unaccompanied civilians must reside in off-post housing. The Housing Office offers a full array of services to assist with locating and securing adequate off-base housing. Do not secure off-base housing prior to arrival; all off-post housing must be approved by the Housing Office to ensure its meets DOD suitability standards.
Military and civilian personnel must in-process to the Housing Office in Building 671 within two working days of their arrival in Japan. In-processing will include preparation of a housing application,DD Form 1746.
To be placed on the family housing waiting list, military personnel must bring copy of their DA Form 31 (Request and Authority for Leave) or DA Form 137-2 (Installation Clearance Form), to verify the date they departed their last permanent duty station. Other services military personnel must provide similar documentation. No advance applications are accepted. Eligible DOD civilians must provide a copy of their travel orders and a Verification of Employment Form to be placed on the waiting list. They will be placed on the waiting list the date they in-process at the Housing Office. A full array of housing services are provided to assist DOD civilians with locating and securing off-base housing.
The waiting period for assignment to family housing fluctuates based on housing availability in a particular rank/grade category and command-sponsored family composition. Eligible family members must be listed on orders.
The criteria for determining bedroom entitlement are based on the number of command-sponsored dependents and family composition, as identified on the permanent change of station/travel orders. Requests for larger family quarters due to an excess of household goods is not authorized.
Military personnel with deferred dependent travel will be assigned to unaccompanied housing. Assignment to a family housing unit will be made only if dependents are scheduled to arrive within 30 days of the housing assignment. DOD civilians with delayed dependents cannot be assigned to family housing unless dependents are arriving within 30 days of the housing assignment.
Housing will be offered based on the first available unit in a particular rank/grade and bedroom category. Personnel cannot pick a particular unit or area for housing assignment. When possible/available, an offer of two housing units will be made. Note that this can result in housing being offered in the same building or same area. Adequate government quarters cannot be turned down for personal reasons. You will have 24 hours to accept or decline any units offered. If an adequate housing unit is offered and is declined, the personnel will be placed on the bottom of the waiting list with a new eligibility date (the date quarters were declined). At that point, all monetary allowances (i.e., Temporary Lodging Allowance or Temporary Quarters Sustainment Allowance) will be stopped.
For floor plan and pictures of Camp Zama Housing, go to the Army Housing Online User Services website.
It is recognized that many of our housing occupants desire to have pets. With the privilege of owning a pet, however, comes the responsibility not only to protect and properly care for the pet, but also to preserve and protect the safety and welfare of the community. It is the policy of this command that private property rights are subordinate to public rights to be safe and free from nuisances.
Personnel arriving or departing who own pets may kennel them in the Camp Zama Kennel on a space-available basis at their own expense or utilize off-post facilities. Contact the Camp Zama Kennel atDSN 263-5915 or commercial 011-81-3117-63-5915 for reservations.
Contact the Housing Management Division at DSN 263-3527/4843 or commercial011-81-46-407-3527/4843 or email email@example.com for additional information.
No pets are authorized in Unaccompanied Personnel Housing facilities. This policy is necessitated by the close proximity between common use areas and individuals’ quarters that are usually found in UPH, and which generates annoyances such as pet odors and noise, possible flea and tick infestation of common use areas and furniture, urine damage to area room carpeting and uncollected pet droppings.
Non-human primates, other feral reptiles, exotic and wild animals, to include but limited to, monkeys, apes, snakes, pigs, are not authorized in military family housing. Please contact the Housing Office if you plan to ship or acquire any pet other than a dog or cat.
Caged privately-owned animals, or POA, such as gerbils, guinea pigs, fish and some birds are authorized in military family housing. They must remain caged or in the confines of assigned quarters. Please contact the Housing Office for more specific information regarding your POA.
Two pets (dog, cat, ferrets or any combination) are authorized in military family housing and they must be registered with Veterinary Health Services. Pets are not allowed in family housing tower units. Be advised that all efforts will be made to accommodate families who “bring” pets; however, being offered a non-pet housing unit will not constitute a valid reason for declining or refusing a housing offer.
Reference U.S. Army Garrison-Japan Regulation 40-650, Medical Services (Housing and Control of Pets), and the USAG-J Family Housing Handbook.
If you are traveling in the winter, do not bring your spring clothes; ship them. You will be staying in temporary housing and your storage space will be limited.
If you are a single and/or are an unaccompanied person, bring items sufficient for your bachelor officers quarters studio or suite space. Your space, although comfortable, is very limited.
Almost everyone accumulates additional items during any overseas tour. Shipping light from the United States will give you room to ship accumulated treasures home without incurring excess charges.