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April 16, 2013
By Mark Brighton

The guest military lodging at North Carolina's Fort Bragg will soon see a drastic improvement. The installation is going to receive approximately $80 million worth of upgrades to guest homes over the next eight years, a plan that's indicative of the growing effort on behalf of the armed forces to privatize its building process, reports the Fayetteville Observer.

Officials say the plan is to hand over control of the guest lodging to InterContinental Hotel Group, which already operates similar housing options on several other bases. The process is expected to begin on May 1, and several other military installations may follow suit. The improvements will be reflected in a wide variety of areas ranging from replacing furniture and bedding to significant renovations. The entire process will likely be completed in 2018, the newspaper reports.

The privatization of guest lodging at military bases has been going on for several years, and the hope is that the new renovations will increase guest satisfaction when they're visiting their loved ones on base. Some of the other installations to receive a similar treatment include Fort Belvoir, Fort Knox and Fort Campbell, according to the Army's official website.