We aren't looking to reinvent the wheel here. What we are looking for is a simple, easy to use and easy to understand concept design. Similar to that used by "Rate My Professor". I would view that site and see how it is set up...we like the concept they have it and we just want to apply it to another area of life that others may not think about.
Our overall goals are as follows:
1. We want a design that any layperson (read: the average military member) can understand and access with minimal hassle. I find that the "flat" style of layout design works exceedingly well in accomplishing this goal. However, due to the unique culture of the military we want to ensure that the website doesn't appear to be too flashy or bright. This is first and foremost a tool for the average military member to be able to see his new command and the culture associated with it. (Night life, Command Culture, Facilities, etc).
2. We want functionality that is similar to any other rating website. We want the user to be able to remain anonymous or have the option to sign up and be able to provide feedback about a particular military base and the units stationed there. The idea is that a member could think, "I'm moving to a new command, let me see what the place will be like, what the area is like and what some of the units who work there are like".
We want to be an aggregate for all the misc information about any particular base. Without or website, if someone wants to learn about their future base they have to go to the MWR website to learn things, go to yelp to learn what restaurants are in the area, and rely on word of mouth for pretty much everything else. How often did you find yourself asking people, "What's good near the base? Are any of the bars good? Whats the command climate like?" By being able to get information and place ratings on each base it answers all those questions.