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Kwajalein Island

Kwajalein Island

Kwajalein Island is the southernmost, and the largest, of the islands in the Kwajalein Atoll. Kwajalein is three and a half miles long and a half mile wide. In the islands we enjoy warm, sunny days, palm trees swaying in the trade winds, blue water, and white beaches co-existing with state-of-the-art radars, telemetry and optical tracking systems, communications systems, and instrumentation.

Although isolated, Kwajalein appears similar to many American communities. In addition to it being a Military installation there are some notable differences between our communities and stateside ones. There are no privately owned automobiles. Bicycles and walking are the standard means of personal transportation and traffic is far lighter than in most small towns. As a result, the air-quality is cleaner and nightly star-gazing is far clearer than in the States. There is a notable difference in the cost of living between Kwajalein and stateside cities. The provision of housing and utilities, the fact that the primary mode of transportation is a bicycle and the opportunity to qualify for federal tax exemption are among the biggest factors in the cost of living difference.   Click here to estimate your cost of living differential.

Both families and unaccompanied personnel reside on Kwajalein. As a resident of Kwajalein Atoll, you will have a unique opportunity to become acquainted with the Marshallese people and their culture. Three miles north of Kwajalein Island is the island of Ebeye, home for more than 17,000 Marshallese nationals, many of whom make up a part of the KRS workforce.


There are a variety of housing arrangements for families, couples, and unaccompanied personnel. Your housing assignment will be based on a number of factors, including the status of your contract (accompanied or unaccompanied), number of pre-approved dependent family members, and the availability of living quarters. Accompanied or family quarters are similar to stateside homes. Singles quarters are studio style dwellings, all of which contain fully furnished rooms approximately 400 square feet in area, small kitchenettes, private bathrooms, central air conditioning and access to free laundry facilities.

New-Series Housing 

 C-Series Housing

Dome-Series Housing

 Singles Housing

Family Housing

Singles Housing


  • The Captain Louis S. Zamperini Dining Facility is a cafeteria-style restaurant serving home-style cooking for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) provides dining options which include Subway, Burger King, and Anthony’s Pizza.
  • The Sunrise Bakery and Coffee Shop serve specialty coffee, drinks, and pastries
  • Mobile Kitchen themed dinners are held on the beach for special occassions.


Elementary and High Schools

George Seitz Elementary School serves children kindergarten through the sixth grade. Kwajalein Junior/Senior High School serves students in grades 7 through 12. Both schools are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.

Due to resource limitations, Kwajalein schools cannot provide formal programs or services for students who have more than mild learning disabilities or serious deficits in speech, reading, or language development. Prior approval for entry into the Kwajalein School System is required by the Superintendent of Schools.


Some Kwajalein families choose to home-school their children with approval from the Superintendent. Once a notice of intent has been submitted by the parents and received by the Superintendent, the Kwajalein School System will provide parents with a copy of progress reporting requirements. With permission, home-schooled students may participate at the school in subjects such as music, band, art, physical education, and computers, and they may use library resources.

Adult Education

A limited selection of fully accredited extension courses for undergraduate programs is offered by the University of Maryland. A community/adult education program offers a variety of noncredit courses, distance learning programs, and continuing education unit courses. Many residents are enrolled in on-line learning programs.

Child Development Center

The CDC program is available from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for ages 18 months to 5 years. The program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Youth Services Program

The Youth Services Program offers programming for youth in grades 7 – 12. Registration in the Youth Services Program is free, and allows youth access to the Youth Center. Activities that are available through the Youth Services Program include but are not limited to:

  • Homework Club
  • Torch Club (7th and 8th grade leadership council)
  • Keystone Club (9-12th grade leadership council)
  • Art Center projects
  • Cooking Club projects
  • Teen dances
  • Sports events and challenges
  • Health and Fitness Club presentations and events
  • Technology Lab
  • Literature and writing cctivities
  • Community service projects


Providing health care to the Kwajalein community is the responsibility of the Medical and Dental Services Department. In addition, the Fire Department maintains an ambulance service staffed by qualified emergency medical technicians. Health services at Kwajalein are intended to deal with emergencies and routine care of residents. No provision is made for highly specialized treatment.


Recreational opportunities at Kwajalein are plentiful. There are pastimes and hobbies to suit almost everyone. You may find yourself getting involved in recreational activities you might never have considered. 

 Sailing Swim Team Tropical Shadow Sailing Wreck Diver 

·         Sports

  • Play organized sports such as basketball, softball, volleyball, soccer, and inner-tube water polo.
  • Shoot a round of golf at the Holmberg Fairways Golf Course & Country Club.  The course provides nine holes with 18 tees, 2,945 yard par 36, club and locker rental, themed tournaments, driving range, practice putting green, and an air-conditioned bar.
  • Bowl a game at the bowling center and/or compete in a league.
  • Compete in a tournament or play a recreational game of tennis at the outdoor tennis court.
  • Hit the ramps at the skate park.
  • Enjoy free membership to the Ivey Gym Fitness Center available 24 hours a day.

·          Water Sports

  • Enjoy exploring uninhabited tropical islands, sport fishing for Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo, Marlin and Sailfish, scuba diving, water skiing or sailing. The Small Boat Marina rents marine vessels for a nominal fee. Power boats and a boat for water skiing are available. Sailboats such as; Cal 20s, Hobie Cats and Lasers are also available. Kayaks are available for rent for a nominal fee as well. (A Kwajalein/Roi-Namur boat license is required to operate larger boats Boating licensing classes are available for a nominal registration fee.)
  • Join an outrigger canoe team, the surfing club or kite board and windsurf near the perimeter of the island.
  • Explore uninhabited tropical islands and historical sites.
  • Take advantage of swimming opportunities at one of Kwajalein’s two saltwater swimming pools or beautiful beaches.
  • Visit local sea life while reefing, snorkeling in the beautiful tide pools and diving in the ocean surrounding the island.

·         Entertainment

  • Hang out at the recreation center.  The Adult Recreation Center is available to ages 19 and older.   Activities available include pool, air hockey, ping pong tables, video games, shuffleboard, music room, TV room, weekly movies and Wii computer games.  A conference room, computer access, kitchen and BBQ area are also available.
  • See a movie at one of the two theaters.  The Richardson theater is an outdoor theater with free family oriented movies every weekend.   The Yuk Theater is an A-frame theater featuring free PG13, and R rated movies every weekend.
  • Engage in a hobby. The hobby shop provides both woodworking opportunities as well as resources for ceramics and pottery enthusiasts.
  • Catch up on your reading at the Grace Sherwood Library.

Clubs and Information

Kwajalein Yacht Club  Kwajalein Scuba Club  Kwajalein Weather  
  Kwajalein International Sport Fishing  Kwajalein Amateur Radio Club  Roi-Namur Amateur Radio Club  


KRS employs a Roman Catholic priest and a Protestant chaplain.  We have active Catholic and Protestant congregations with Sunday school classes, men’s and women’s Bible study groups, and a Sunday morning nursery staffed by volunteers.  Both groups meet at the Island Memorial Chapel.  Latter-Day Saints, Baptist and Jewish congregations also hold services on Kwajalein.


  • Surfway, the island grocery store stocks a variety of essentials and a limited selection of specialty items.  Fresh produce and dairy products are flown in weekly.
  • AAFES manages two stores on Kwajalein.  The Shoppette is similar to a stateside convenience store and provides a DVD rental service.  The Pxtra carries a limited selection of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes, linens, cosmetics, jewelry, furniture, gift items, luggage, a selection of TVs, DVD and Blu-Ray players, home theater systems, IPOD accessories, and cameras.  Also located at the PXtra are the outdoor living section, sporting goods, house wares, hardware, pet supplies, and toys.
  • Local vendors provide a variety of shopping opportunities for various gifts, clothing, diving and bicycle supplies.
  • The Micronesian Handicraft shop is operated by volunteers from the local women’s club and offers handmade crafts from the islands.
  • Kwajalein and Marshalleses Arts and Crafts fairs are held annually.
  • The Bargain Bazaar thrift store is staffed by island volunteers and provides a selection of used merchandise.

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