U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center

Updated: August 31, 2023
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    Located in Natick, Massachusetts, the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center (NSSC), often referred to as “Natick Labs,” is a Department of Defense (DoD) installation. Its core mission is to bolster America’s military forces by advancing the technology and research of military food, clothing, shelters, airdrop systems, and Soldier support items. Currently, the NSSC team consists of roughly 120 active-duty members, 1,500 federal civil servants, and 200 civilian contractors and serves a community of over 6,000 retirees.

    Base Operator:

    U.S. Army Garrison-Natick 10 General Greene Avenue
    Natick, MA 01760

    What Kind of Base is U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center?

    Unique in its technology and research concentration for soldier support, NSSC is the sole active Army installation east of the Hudson River.

    U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center History

    Founded in 1952 as the Quartermaster Research Facility, NSSC has evolved through various stages, being renamed as the Quartermaster Research and Development Center, Natick Laboratories, and the U.S. Army Natick Development Center, reflecting its ongoing commitment to military research and development.

    U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center Housing

    There is no housing information for U.S. Army NSSC.

    PCS and TDY Lodging

    There are no temporary housing options at NSSC. What is the BAH for U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center?

    The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) at U.S. Army NSSC varies depending on rank, years of service and dependency status. Visit the Massachusetts state BAH page or see the chart below for more information.

    BOSTON, MA BAH Rates

    Military Housing Area: MA120

    Grade With Dependents Without Dependents
    E01 $3,852 $2,892
    E02 $3,852 $2,892
    E03 $3,852 $2,892
    E04 $3,852 $2,892
    E05 $4,188 $3,270
    E06 $4,263 $3,555
    E07 $4,422 $3,870
    E08 $4,599 $4,209
    E09 $4,884 $4,221
    W01 $4,275 $3,738
    W02 $4,497 $4,206
    W03 $4,716 $4,224
    W04 $4,947 $4,293
    W05 $5,223 $4,461
    O01E $4,455 $4,191
    O02E $4,683 $4,215
    O03E $4,986 $4,251
    O01 $4,203 $3,516
    O02 $4,260 $4,077
    O03 $4,707 $4,230
    O04 $5,322 $4,431
    O05 $5,757 $4,533
    O06 $5,805 $4,701
    O07 $5,856 $4,776

    For more information, look at BAH rates by state or calculate your exact BAH rate.

    U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center Surrounding Area

    Positioned roughly 18 miles west of Boston, NSSC sits in the historical suburb of Natick, Massachusetts. The Boston metropolitan area, steeped in history like the Revolutionary War battlefields and home to attractions like the Boston Pops Orchestra, surrounds the base. The nearby Natick Collection, New England’s largest mall, provides numerous shopping and dining choices. The Area’s diverse landscapes, ranging from beaches to mountains and rivers, promise a variety of outdoor activities within a day’s reach.

    Written by Veteran.com Team