Noise generated from military operations and long-term noise exposure on surrounding communities are the most persistent and costly encroachment challenges for DoD. The presence of noise can extend far beyond the fenceline and tends to be more apparent to the public than other visual or environmental factors. As a result, noise generates many complaints from communities and is often the most prominent discussion point and decision-making factor in land use planning surrounding military installations. Noise-related factors are also the most common issue at installations and ranges that request funding through the DoD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program to protect land in the vicinity of installations and ranges from further incompatible development.
Representatives from the DoD Noise Program, DNWG, and the Military Services have developed this primer to communicate with military installations, neighboring communities, and partnering organizations about military noise and the basic noise management activities that DoD uses to engage and inform the public. Through effective communication, education, and cooperation, DoD and the Military Services will continue to manage noise exposure while protecting its mission.