Hey John I really appreciate the message given here and the effort put into finding that deal. It is undoubtedly a great deal! Unfortunately I don't have the space to house both machines individually at the moment, nor will I have a two car garage in the next 5 years or alternative situation that will allow me to have two machines. Im strongly considering these two machines in the op still, and im not opposed to buying a used combo machine at all in fact if I could find either of these used I'd love that and id love to pay less for them or pass the same with additional tooling. Then again, there is sometimes some benefit to original purchaser product support and warranties even if it is limited. So much of the metal machine tool world is import and I understand the stereotype and hesitation when thinking about buying Chinese stuff, but there definitely is good stuff out there too. It seems alibaba has some decent options and at insanely competing wholesale prices too. Alibaba has backing that guarantees the sellers deliver on specs that they promise, some listings are of course more more low quality, in which case I assume the quality in the machine will reflect and I take that as a red flag. But I've managed to find some pretty impressive higher quality listings as well, with well articulated specs and in standard units of measure (all good signs). Still want to explore the possibility of mounting a mill column to the lathe itselfMost important is that time is your best friend here.
If you have cash in your bank account and are willing to consider used you can get a much better deal than you'll find from Bolton or AliBaba.
Here's one in Tucson.
mill and lathe under power, import brands, but work fine, includes tooling, 2500.00 or possible trade.tucson.craigslist.org
Yes, two separate machines but if it's too much hassle to move them when you get reassigned just sell them and buy what you really want at your next post.
I realize you've thought it through but you made a smart move by coming on here and asking for advice. Many of us have been exactly where you are now and will hate to see you make the same mistakes we did. The desire to have both a lathe and mill is strong and reasonable but once you start working with a lathe you'll realize how much can actually be done by just that one machine. But, you must get one that's capable of doing what you want.
Fixing up tools can be very gratifying but if you spent good money on something new you really shouldn't have to do that. You can find example after example of people on this list who bought new from eBay, or somewhere else and regretted it immediately. Don't be that guy....
If you have a friend that's familiar with machines then go look at some used ones that are under power, you'll learn more in half an hour than in days of looking at internet ads.