Living in a van and having a TS/SCI

I know this is odd, but I’m trying to flesh out the idea of living in a van while having a TS/SCI for the military. Living in a van alone is not illegal in any way. BUT parking your van in spots your not allowed, making messes, dumping garbage where you’re not allowed, etc are all illegal. There’s plenty illegal things that some people who live in vans do.

I would live in a van AFTER I get my initial clearance. I could see the living situation causing a delay in renewing my clearance later down the line.

I know a couple other people who are in the military, live in a van, and are able to save all their housing allowance money because of it. As for why I want to, it allows better flexibility, exponentially more money saved, and the base I’ll be living at has horrid housing around it.

Parking, most Walmart’s allow parking as long as you avoid making a mess.

ID, states are required to make reasonable accommodations to allow you to have an identity/drivers license. Using a friend/relative address.

Mail, local P.O. Box.

Does anyone know of situations like this or can anyone foretell any problems I may have down the line?

Is your van down by the river?


This is a new one on me but I don’t see a real problem. You have a responsibility to keep your employer informed of your address.

At the least, you can establish an address with a friend or family member and not stay at that home. Are you sure that the van and the Walmart parking lot are better than the housing around your base?

How has van life affected your TS?

Well, he HAD his TS…now he just

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