Military Installations in NM
New Mexico is a state with a lot of undeveloped, rural area. Many military bases in New Mexico are located in remote parts of the state so that this land can be used for training and test ranges. Of course, this means that many military members must live in these remote areas.
Unfortunately, the school system in New Mexico has some of the lowest ranked schools in the country. While it is possible to find good school in urban areas such as Albuquerque.
Health Care System
Health care services are very limited, and many military members have reported struggling to find specialists around bases located in rural areas. While Tricare will reimburse members to travel to these specialists, wait times can last three months or more.
Job opportunities at many rural bases are limited to basic retail, some healthcare, and positions offered on base. Most areas are dedicated to agriculture with very little manufacturing or high-tech industry. Fortunately, the cost of living in the state is relatively low.
Because of its proximity to many farms, groceries are relatively cheap. Housing is comparable with the rest of the nation, but several bases with rapid growth over the past several years have very high rental prices.