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A military base is a facility, camp, reservation, or installation that shelters military equipment and personnel, and facilitates training and operations.

Depending on the context, the term 'military base' may refer to any establishment (usually permanent) that houses armed forces, or even paramilitary forces; or the term may refer solely to an establishment which is used only by an army (or possibly other land fighting related forces, such as marines) to the exclusion of a base used by either an air force or a navy. This is consistent with the different meanings of the word 'military'.

A military base may also contain large concentrations of military supplies in order to support military logistics. These are restricted to the general public, and usually only authorized personnel may enter them (be it military personnel or their relatives, and authorized civilian personnel). Military bases usually provide housing, training and operations facilities, and dining halls; as well as churches, gyms, and other type of recreational facilities (such as sport courts, schools, parks, etc).

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