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Compatible Use

Historically, military installations were located in remote areas, due largely to the availability of land and for security purposes. Over time, however, installations drew both people and businesses closer to take advantage of civilian job opportunities the installation offered and to provide the goods and services to support the installation’s operations. The increased number of people and businesses, in some cases, has impacted the military’s ability to effectively train and accomplish the military mission.

Through the Compatible Use Program, OEA works collaboratively with communities as well as the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps to ensure civilian regions can grow in healthy, necessary ways while protecting the military’s mission nationwide. We provide technical and financial assistance directly to state or local governments to undertake planning programs that meet the growth needs of the community, as well as those of the military mission. This program addresses present and future civilian development activity, while protecting the sustainability of the military training and readiness missions.

Its purpose is to protect and preserve military readiness and defense capabilities while supporting continued community growth and economic development, and enhance civilian and military communication and collaboration.


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