If you have a 10% or higher VA disability rating you do not pay the funding fee on your loan. This will save you thousands of dollars on your loan. Combined with the advantage of not having to pay PMI, VA rates are typically lower than conventional/commercial loans, still historically low interest rates, zero $ down, etc. Now is a great time to buy your "not forever" house in domicile and use it as investment property when you move on to your forever job.
Disclaimer: Not a licensed financial advisor
I recommend buying something you can possibly convert and rent out as a crash pad or in case of a base closure use as a traditional long term rental. One great thing to consider is you just have to establish it as a primary residence to qualify for a VA loan. This means if you buy a building with 4 units and use one it qualifies for a VA loan. The same for a townhouse with 2 units. My advisor and lender has numerous military members do this when they are stationed in Alaska.
Here it is. Anyone know if this passed the Senate?