HOR is not totally meaningless if your still enlisted in the Mil. For one, I do not have to pay my state ofactual residenceincome taxes while I'm a resident there. And I do live off base.
Secondly, With Oregon law, AD does not have to pay Oregon income tax while stationed outside of Oregon. You either get a full refund back, or simply file exempt. My legal residence will never be challenged so long as I'm AD. I can still get my CHL, in both states. Not that I even need one(GFL) in Ga.
Also I have my registration fees partially waved down there since I'm not a legal resident, I still need to get that fixed and put some Oregon plates on the stang like my pick-up though.There are more benefits/problems.
I'm not a civilian, but I'm pretty sure I've been living in the "real world" since I'm Air Force. Work stateside usually is a 9-5 job and I leavebase every afternoon. I get the point you were making, that I simply need to be aware of the laws so I don't get caught up in anythin that'll cost me, and apprieciate it. But I highly disagree that one's HOR is meaningless.