If you served in the United States military and don’t want to miss the camaraderie of fellow service members in your retirement years, you’re in luck: many retirement communities cater to members of the U.S. Uniformed Services.

Types of Communities

Military retirement communities come in two types: federal and private. There is one federal military retirement community agency, the Armed Forces Retirement Home, which has two campuses: one in Gulfport, Mississippi, and one in Washington, D.C.

Other retirement communities operate independently, offering different housing options and services. Some allow only former U.S. Unformed Service members in their independent living communities, while assisted living and continuing care services are open to the public. Others admit the public but have large military populations.


Eligibility varies for each private community. Those with requirements may include: