Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper, greets Paratroopers during his visit to Fort Bragg, N.C., Mar. 1, 2019. Esper was able to see the readiness of our Paratroopers as he was escorted through the Expert Infantry Badge lanes where leaders demonstrated their knowledge on weapons and tactical decision making. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Gin-Sophie De Bellotte)

One of the nation's top Army leaders and one of North Carolina's congressional senators said Friday there is no reason why military families on Fort Bragg should have to live with housing concerns like lead paint, cockroaches and ants.

"I'd said the problems are unconscionable. There's no reason our soldiers and their families should live in the conditions they've lived in," said Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper at a news conference that followed a town hall meeting.

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Editor’s Note: This article by Hope Hodge Seck originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

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Service members and their families are exposed to health and safety hazards at base housing worldwide that could be alleviated by inspections and better maintenance, the Defense Department’s Inspector General said in a recent report.

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AP Photo/ Tamir Kalifa

Rents start at $995 a month. The schools are good. And the neighborhood is safe — after all, it’s on one of the largest U.S. military installations in the world.

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Frequent relocation is one of the realities of military life. While some families choose to live on base housing, others prefer the freedom to use their housing allowance to find a home off-post. When you change stations, it’s very important to watch out for scammers off base who may be looking to prey on unwitting service members who are trying to relocate quickly.

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Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew Allen

There are more than 35 Marine Corps bases across the world, though a majority of them are stateside. While some are located in exciting places, others are not so great. A number of Marine Corps bases have been deemed awful for reasons ranging from bad management, to insufferable weather, to a lack of activities. Task & Purpose polled more than 1,000 readers to determine which installations are least liked across all the services.

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