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Location: Guam is a tropical island and is the largest and southernmost island in the Marianas Archipelago, which consists of Guam, Rota, Tinian, Saipan and ten other smaller islands. Guam is about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to the Philippines and is across the International Dateline from mainland United States. The mission of Naval Base Guam is to support the forces of the US Pacific Fleet, the warfighters based on Naval Base Guam, the warfighters serviced and supplied by Naval Base Guam, the commands which provide support to the warfighters, and the families of those stationed at Naval Base Guam. Visit the NBG homepage for more information.

BRAC Status: Naval Base Guam (NBG), along with Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB), falls under Joint Region Marianas (JRM). If you are stationed at Naval Computer and Telecommunication Station (NCTS) or at Helicopter Squadron - 25 (HSC-25) please review AAFB's military installation page as many of their services are located closer to those installations.

Cost of Living: Because most items must be flown or shipped in, the cost of living off base is quite high. Guam has a hidden tax that is included in the price of items or services.

Base Operator: 671-355-1110, or DSN 315-355-1110

Population: 12,000 military members and their families.

Area Population: Guam's population is about 159,000 (2010 Census).

Child Care:  Child and Youth Programs provide Child Development and recreational services for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Naval Base Guam Child Development Center, Naval Hospital Child Development Center, along with Child Development Homes provides full and part day care for children 6 weeks to Kindergarten. For more information call the Child and Youth Programs at 671-564-1844, 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed on weekends and holidays.

Schools: Active duty military and eligible civilian personnel may choose to enroll their children in Department of Department of Defense Education Activity(DoDEA)-Pacific Guam District Schools 671-344-9160/9578. You may choose to enroll your children in the Guam public schools, private schools, or a home school program, but you will be responsible for paying any potential costs that may be incurred for attendance or registration.


  • The majority of military service members' children attend the 4 DoDEA-Pacific Guam Schools serving approximately 2400 students in grades PreK thru 12th grades.
  • Guam Department of Education(GDOE) is a single unified public school district serving over 30,000 K-12th grade students enrolled in 39 schools. For more information, contact 671-475-0462/57.
  • Guam has approximately 25 private schools affiliated with religious denominations.
  • For home school support and information, parents may contact the Guam Home School Association or Guam Homeschool Resource Center.
  • For more information about schools on Guam visit the Navy School Liaison website.


Youth Services:  Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) offers many different youth sports programs (ex. swimming, soccer, basketball, and much more).  Guam offers the perfect climate for many year round outdoor sports. There are two Youth and Teen Centers located on Naval Base Guam:

  • School-Age Care Monday – Friday,  6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., closed on weekends and holidays, 671-339-6130
  • Youth and Teen Center Monday - Thursday: 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Friday: 3:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Closed on weekends and holidays, 339-6410/11

Fleet and Family Support Center: FFSC Guam, 671-333-2056, DSN 315-333-9822, Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Housing: Service members have the option of living in government housing or out in the community. If you choose to live in government quarters, you will be put on a waiting list. The wait time may be from 2 to 60 days. There are also many private rental community listings for new arrivals (family or bachelor). Visit the Naval Base Guam Housing Office website, or call 671-333-2081/82 for more information and availability.

Employment: Prospects are good for employment in the following areas: administrative, healthcare, teaching, and hospitality. Unemployment rate on Guam is 5.5% and the median household income is $53,400.

Base Services: 

Medical Services:  U.S. Naval Hospital Guam, 671-344-9340. NBG Branch Medical Clinic, 339-7118.  NBG Branch Dental Clinic 671-339-3175. U.S. Naval Hospital, Guam is an inpatient and outpatient facility currently operating with 42 beds.

Special Message from this Installation: 

Guam is situated in a prime tropical cyclone formation area of the western Pacific and cyclones can and do occur. Typhoons can occur throughout the year but are more likely during June through December. Homes are built to be typhoon resistant and can handle the weather. Although recovery is sometimes long and difficult, Guam and its people are practiced in storm recovery and deal well with the situation. But in order to increase your comfort during recovery, it is recommended that you bring a generator, as generators on the island are costly and hard to find when needed.

Joint Region Marianas’ policy states that all naval personnel operating a motorcycle must attend a Motorcycle Safety Course prior to issuance of a base decal. Guam does not have a helmet law, but Joint Region Marianas’ policy states that all naval personnel stationed on Guam will wear a helmet when operating or riding a motorcycle. Guam's roads are not well lit or marked and roads tend to become very slippery when it rains. Drive with caution.

Within 30 days of arriving, family members with a valid driver's license from one of the 50 United States or a United States territory must obtain a Guam driver's license.

The following are required to apply for a Guam Driver's License:


  • Valid stateside or territory driver's license
  • Valid ID (Passport, Military ID, Green Card, Guam ID, Stateside ID, Firearm's ID, Naturalization Certificate)
  • U.S. Social Security Card or Social Security Certification from the Social Security Office
  • Driver's License Application Form
  • Pass Vision Test (No Written or Road test is required)


The Military Spouse Residency Relief Act (MSRRA) does not exempt dependents from having to adhere to this rule. The dependent having all these documents will surrender their valid license (which will be returned with a hole punched at the expiration year); complete the driver's license application form, have their picture taken, and pay a fee of $25.00 for a valid Guam driver's license. This license is valid for three years. (A $45.00 fee may be paid for a five-year license).

For those who are not staying in Guam for over a year but longer than 30 days, there is the option of an extension that will allow one to keep their out-of-state license longer, for a fee of $25.00 which will have to be submitted and paid for at the Guam Revenue and Taxation office in Barrigada.

Call the Department of Motor Vehicles Driver's License Branch at 671-635-1761/2 or 671-635-7651. Also, you can visit the website and download the application.

Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.


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