This is a recurring issue throughout units I have served in. The command can not force a Soldier to sleep in the barracks. Essentially, any Soldier assigned a barracks room is still required to stand inspections, be on any duty roster for the barracks, i.e. CQ, Fire Guard, cleaning, etc., and participate in any short notice GI Parties that may be called if the command determines the barracks are not up standards. Basically, any duties a Soldier who does sleep and actually reside in the barracks are required to do, a Soldier who is assigned a room and chooses to sleep elsewhere, is still required to perform the same duties. Also, a single Soldier who has an assigned room in the barracks and chooses to live off base does so without receiving BAH or BAS.
Restricting a Soldier’s movement
Forcing a Soldier to have a bed check and sleep in the barracks is essentially imposing restriction. Restriction can only be imposed by a commander. Restriction can only be imposed as part of UCMJ action. The commander can not arbitrarily impose restriction because a Soldier sleeps off base, even though they have an assigned room in the barracks. If the command would require all barracks personnel to be in their rooms at 2300 for example, they are restricting the Soldiers’ movement without just cause.