Military Shipping Containers: MOUT Facilities, Shipping Container Barracks, and More

The military doesn’t sit still. Everything from training structures to base camps need to be ready to pivot, and unfortunately, brick-and-mortar structures don’t reflect this adaptability. On top of it all, traditionally constructed buildings are often costly and time-consuming to complete—the opposite of flexible. So, how can the military keep structures on the move? Let’s talk about military shipping container structures. Here’s what we’ll cover in this blog:

  1. MOUT Facilities
  2. Barracks and Housing
  3. IED Training Lanes
  4. AAR Structures
  5. Storage and Office Space

Modified Military Shipping Containers

Container-based structures can move and scale with military operations. Manufactured to International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) standards, shipping container structures are easy to transport and don’t usually require over-size trucking permits. Shipping containers, also known as conex containers, are remarkably durable and cost-effective temporary structures. Choosing to utilize a container often helps save time when compared to building from the ground up.

Here are some examples of military shipping container structures used today:

1. Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) Facilities

shipping container MOUT

Realistic training facilities are critical for individual, collective, and combined arms training to properly prepare military personnel for deployment overseas. Because they don’t require a foundation, shipping containers can be relocated indefinitely. Modified shipping containers offer the flexibility and convenience needed to replicate realistic structures and entire villages for MOUT training

2. Shipping Container Barracks and Housing

military barrack housing in shipping container

Container-based living units are both portable and durable, helping teams adapt to remote locations and facility changes. Shipping container barracks create compact living spaces that keep personnel feeling safe and comfortable.

3. Counter Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Training Lanes

Before entering active operations, training is essential to ensure military personnel knows what to look for, and IED training lanes make it possible to expose troops to different scenarios in a secure environment.

4. After Action Review (AAR) Structures

Teams can meet to discuss events and trainings in an air-conditioned environment that can relocate as needed. Whiteboards and desks can be added to create a classroom-like environment.

5. Storage and Office Space

20-foot shipping container office

Single, double, and triple-wide military workspaces or storage units are easy for teams to disassemble and relocate as operational needs change. Additionally, combined storage spaces and workspaces can make the most of limited space.

The Benefits of Military Shipping Containers:

  • Weather Resistance. These portable structures are built to be wind- and water-resistant. Modifications can be made to ensure they can support heavy snow loads.
  • Durability. Shipping containers are built with steel, designed to last 25+ years with little maintenance required. 
  • Fast Deployment. When conditions permit, customers can place shipping containers directly on the ground without a concrete slab or in-ground foundation.
  • Easy Set-Up. Plug-and-play electrical and plumbing components are included in many modified shipping containers, significantly simplifying installation.
  • Built-in Mobility. Shipping container units can be transported via ship, rail, or truck—and can be set up and relocated indefinitely without compromising their structural integrity. 

Here at Falcon, we have floor plans that have proven successful for many military branches. Our team has two decades of experience, and we understand how to collaborate with the military and project leaders to ensure the structure is up to the correct specs. If you’d like to talk more in-depth about a military shipping container project, reach us at 877-704-0177 or email us at



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