Key findings

  • Tens of thousands of children attend schools on military installations that are falling apart from age and neglect, and fail to meet Defense Department standards.
  • Over 10 years, school conditions on bases have worsened while parents endured an average three deployments, each lasting 15 to 18 months.
  • Three in four schools run by the Pentagon are either beyond repair or would require extensive renovation to meet minimum standards. (See the full list here)
  • The military’s own assessment puts 39 percent of the schools it operates in the worst category, “failing,” and 37 percent in “poor” physical shape.
  • An iWatch News analysis, echoing other studies, shows a slight adverse effect on test scores from long, frequent deployments.
  • Only one-eighth of nearly $4 billion needed to repair or replace the military's schools is approved — enough for 10. Local districts need another $1 billion.