Welcome to Fort Benning the Home of the Best Soldiers, Leaders and Families in the Army! As you and your family are preparing to relocate, please search the links to the left and you should find all the information needed to make this the best move of your career. If you have any questions, please submit them through the FAQ page and we'll quickly provide you with an answer. Finally, please let us know how we are doing simply by clicking on an "ICE" comment link throughout this site. Again, welcome to the Fort Benning family!
Fort Benning is located in an area commonly known as the "Tri-Community", comprised of Columbus, Fort Benning, Georgia, and Phenix City, Alabama. Columbus, known as Georgia's third-largest city, is a growing community of 250,000. Besides being the home of the Best Army Installation in the World, Fort Benning, Columbus is the corporate headquarters of many leading companies such as AFLAC Insurance. Average family income is $36,405. The stunning Florida gulf shores and picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains are only a few hours drive from Fort Benning. The base operator's phone number is 706-545-2011 or DSN 312-835-2011.
Effective Jan. 1, 2015, those who attempt to enter Fort Benning without a federal government-issued identification card (Military ID, Military Dependent ID, Common Access Card or Automated Installation Entry Card) or a visitor's pass will be subject to a background check before being allowed to enter the installation unescorted.
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Welcome from Garrison Command
Welcome to Fort Benning the Home of the Best Soldiers, Leaders and Families in the Army! As you and your family are preparing to relocate, please search the links to the left and you should find all the information needed to make this the best move of your career. If you have any questions, please submit them to: email@example.com and we'll quickly provide you with an answer. Finally, please let us know how we are doing simply by clicking on an "ICE" comment link throughout this site. Again, welcome to the Fort Benning family!
In-Processing Soldiers/Service Members
New Soldiers/Service Members in transit to Fort Benning, Georgia on Permanent Party PCS orders report to the Installation Replacement Operations Center in Ridgway Hall (BLDG 35), Room 239 located on the second floor, during duty hours (0600-1600 M-F excluding weekends, holidays, and training holidays) for accountability purposes and to start in-processing the installation. After duty hours, Soldiers/Service Members must report to the post Staff Duty NCOIC or OIC at McGinnis-Wickam Hall, 1 Karker Street, BLDG. 4. Soldiers/Service Members SHOULD NOT report to their units prior to signing into the Installation Replacement Operations Center unless for barracks housing for single Soldiers.
Soldiers/Service Members reporting for in-processing must have a copy of your PCS Orders assigning them to Fort Benning and a copy of all applicable DA-31 Leave Forms complete with signatures for departure from losing units.
If you have any questions prior to reporting, please call during normal duty hours. 706-545-4577 or 706-545-5686 or 706-545-5687.
The Fort Benning In-Processing and Replacement Operations focuses on the installation in-processing requirements and individual Soldier readiness verification. AG Military Personnel Division (MPD) organizes the various installation agencies needed to welcome permanent party Soldiers and their Families to Fort Benning.
During the first full day of in-processing, all Soldiers/Service Members are required to attend a 4 hour session (0800-1200) that involves briefings given by AG MPD, DENTAC, MEDPROS, TRICARE, CID, On and Off-Housing, and Finance. Upon completion of these sessions, Soldiers/Service Members receive an in-processing schedule designed for each individual Soldier’s requirement for Fort Benning. Soldiers/Service Members will then proceed to complete other in-processing requirements identified on their in-processing schedule. Overall, it takes on average of 5 - 10 duty days based on your requirements. Other in-processing requirements will be conducted at the unit of assignment (i.e., Central Issue Facility, Security Clearance, etc.).
Mandatory Agencies include: DENTAC, MEDPROS, ON-POST HOUSING, OFF-POST HOUSING, FINANCE, Army Community Service, NEWCOMERS ORIENTATION, SPONSORSHIP, FINANCIAL READINESS TRAINING (1ST TERM SOLDIERS ON 1ST PCS), Resiliency and AG MPD.
Soldiers/Service Members that are granted Permissive TDY by your losing unit for house hunting purposes are required to see the Housing Services Office located in BDLG 35, Room 385 at the start of your PTDY period to be validated. If you do not request PTDY from your losing unit, then you must wait until you complete the entire Installation In-Processing procedure before being granted PTDY by your gaining unit.
If you are arriving on Fort Benning to attend training or schools, in processing of Students and Trainees is coordinated by the Commander operating the course of instruction that the Soldier/Service Member is attending.
To initiate the Fort Benning Sponsorship Program it is essential that Soldiers complete the DA Form 5434 (Sponsorship Program Counseling and Information Sheet) during their reassignment processing at their last duty station. The DA Form 5434 advises the command of any special needs and support mechanisms that the Total Army Sponsorship Program must muster to help the Soldier and his family. The completed DA Form 5434 should be sent to: Chief, Personnel Operations Branch, Military Personnel Division, ATTN: IMSE-BEN-HRM-M, Enlisted Strength Management Section, Fort Benning, GA 31905. All military personnel are required to sign-in at Installation Replacement Operations, Building 35 - Ridgeway Hall, 35 Ridgway Loop. If you have any questions, please call In-processing 706-545-4577
Request a sponsor: Fill out this form, DA5434, then save it to your computer as "LASTNAME_DA5434" and Click here to email.
The Newcomers Orientation will help you feel right at home. Here you will learn about resources, programs, activities and organizations on Fort Benning and in the local communities that will help you and your family enjoy life in the Chattahoochee Valley. The orientation is held every Wednesday at 9am at the Benning Club (Supper Club), Bldg 129, Pearman St., on Main Post. Spouses are welcome and encouraged to attend. Refreshments provided. (view on Google Maps). Click here for more information
Relocation Readiness Program
Moving is part of life for Soldiers and their families. The Relocation Readiness Program offers a comprehensive support system to help you and your family make permanent change of station moves as smoothly as possible. The mission of RRP is to minimize the stress of relocation by offering skills and resources to Soldiers and families that will simplify the moving process throughout their military career.
Hours & Contact Information
The Personal Property Shipment Office is a division of the Directorate of Logistics. The website includes necessary property and moving forms, programs, points of contact and other important things to know to ensure a successful move. (view on Google Maps)
The PPSO is located at 6650 Meloy Drive, Bldg 6, Rm 105, and can be reached at (706) 545-4900. Office Hours are 0800-1630 M-F.
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ACS Relocation Readiness Program
Moving is a natural part of life for Soldiers and their Families. The Relocation Readiness Program (RRP) offers a comprehensive personal and family support system designed to help you and your Family make any Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move as smoothly as possible. The mission of RRP is to minimize the stressors of relocation by offering skills and resources to Soldiers and Families that simplify the moving process. We envision quality relocation support for Soldiers and their Families throughout the military career lifecycle. Click here to go to the ACS Relocation website for more information.
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Click here to Take charge of your PCS move. Plan My Move provides you with access to information about your entitlements and benefits, to points of contact, checklists, planning tools, and information on education and employment. Plan My Move will put you and your family in charge of a smooth relocation to your new duty assignment. Fill in the following information about your move, click "Get Moving" and we will get started
The Lending Closet has basic household items available for Soldiers and families while their household goods are in transit. Items include basic kitchen equipment, high chairs, car seats, pack-n-plays, sleeping mats, microwaves, ironing boards, irons and alarm clocks. You may borrow for up to 30 days when you present your orders to Fort Benning, an ID card and a unit POC.
Newcomers Orientation: Every Wednesday at 9am
Newcomers Orientation is held at The Benning Club (Supper Club) Bldg 129, Pearman St . Spouses are welcome and encouraged to attend. Here you will learn about resources, programs, activities and organizations on Fort Benning and in the local communities that will help you and your family enjoy life in the Chattahoochee Valley. Refreshments provided.
Hours & Contact Information
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For info on housing please visit https://www.housing.army.mil
ID Cards, Vehicle & Weapons Registration
There are two different identification card sections servicing the Fort Benning area. The main ID card section provides services for all permanent party personnel (with the exception of Soldiers with the 3HBCT, 3rd Infantry Division), Soldiers attending Officer Candidate School, Ranger School, Airborne School, Infantry and Armor officer advanced courses, military retiree's, disabled veterans and all Family members. The ID Cards Section is operated by appointments. Walk-in customers will be seen only if space is available. However, appointments always have priority which means walk-in customers could have an extended wait time. It is located in Building 9230, 8150 Marne Road (Next to the Commissary) and it is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The section is closed all federal and training holidays and may close without advance notice to support contingency operations. For more information call (706) 545-4068/9085.
Eligible persons seeking ID cards or DEERS enrollment for their Family Members must present appropriate documentation. Details on specific documentation required for eligibility and issuance of an ID card may be obtained by contacting the appropriate ID card section or click on the link below https://rapids-appointments.dmdc.osd.mil/appointment/
Registering your vehicle
You are no longer required to register your vehicle on Fort Benning
Registering your weapons
The following items are required to register your weapons on Fort Benning:
NOTE: DO NOT bring any weapons into the buildings.
Weapons can be registered at Vehicle Registration Building 217. Hours are Monday - Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm. (view on Google Maps)
Welcome to Fort Benning and the United States Army Medical Department Activity and Martin Army Community Hospital (which opened in 1958) the largest community hospital in the Army. MACH provides care for more than 84, 807 TRICARE-enrolled beneficiaries - approximately 25 inpatients and 2,441 outpatient visits daily in one of nine primary-care clinics both at Fort Benning, North Columbus and at remote locations in Georgia and Florida. Appointment Procedures - Fort Benning MEDDAC has a Central Appointment Line referred to as the CARE Line. The CARE Line is accessible Monday – Friday during the hours 0700 – 1600. After 1600 patients can leave a message for their PCM. All appointments, cancellations, and reschedules are made through the CARE Line. Active Duty soldiers reporting to sick call are not required to have an appointment. Simply report to the assigned TMC at the appropriate time with a signed Sick Call Slip. Sick Call times vary with each clinic. Check for TMC sick call times in the Primary Care portion of this book. All other appointments are made through the CARE Line.
Construction on a new 745,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility began in 2011 and will open in November 2014. The Military Health System (MHS) “World Class” facility is 745,000 square feet which is almost double the size of the current hospital. There are 70 private, 8 ICU, 24 Med-Surg, 24 Behavioral Health and 14 postpartum rooms. The new facility has 5 operating, 1 orthopedic, 2 endoscopy suites and 6 oral surgery rooms. Pharmacy and Radiology services are also enhanced with more windows to serve patients and two internal MRI units.
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Sponsors must ensure that DEERS information for their Families is up-to-date. Active-duty Soldiers will complete TRICARE enrollment during in-processing at Soldiers Plaza. Enrollment forms for Family members are taken at the TRICARE Service Center, Building 9204 on the MACH campus from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. TRICARE information is available by calling 1-800-444-5445. www.tricare.mil.
For appointments, call 706-544-2273 (CARE), or visit www.tricareonline.com
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
Children with medical issues requiring more than basic medical care are mandated to enroll in EFMP. Sponsors need to have a DA Form 5888 completed by the child’s primary care manager (PCM). The EFMP office is next door to the Peds Too Clinic in the hospital’s first-floor clinic wing. For information, call 544-1939.
Pregnant patients are seen in either the Family Medical Home or OB/GYN Clinic once enrolled for care at MACH. Patients may participate in the hospital’s new Centering Pregnancy program - care with a provider and a midwife. For information, call 544-3201.
School Screenings, Physicals and Immunizations
Students enrolling in Georgia and Alabama schools for the first time require certain screenings. Georgia requires a Certificate of Immunization (Form 3231 Revised) and a completed Vision, Hearing and Dental Certificate (DHR Form 3300). Alabama requires a Certificate of Immunization (IMM-50). Call 544-2273 for appointments for these enrollment screenings as well as appointments for school and sports physicals.
ACS Employment Readiness Program
The Army knows that employment is one of the most significant issues for military families. The goal of the ACS Employment Readiness Program is to assist families with the challenges associated with the job search, particularly as they are impacted by the Army's mobile lifestyle.
Hours & Contact Information
Address: Building 7
The Employment Readiness Website provides weekly job lists, and helpful resources and programs like career counseling and job coaching.
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ACS Financial Readiness Program
The Financial Readiness Program FRP offers counseling and training for Soldiers and their families and ensures emergency assistance is available when needed. The misson of FRP is to reduce indebtedness, minimize the need for emergency financial assistance and prevent financial difficulties before they arise. Services include classes on money management, credit, financial planning, insurance and consumer issues. We help Soldiers and Army Families live within their means and provide for a brighter financial future.
Hours & Contact Information
Address: Building 7 7117 Baltzell Ave
Defense Military Pay Office (DMPO)
It is our mission to provide timely and accurate military pay services to the Soldiers assigned to and supported by Fort Benning.
Soldiers arriving to Ft Benning are required to attend the Finance Inprocessing briefing at Soldiers Service Center, Bldg 35, on day one of their inprocessing.
At a minimum the following must be submitted:
You must attend a PCS Briefing prior to starting your outprocessing. Every Tuesday there is a finance briefing at 0900 hrs.
Appointments made by AG (central clearance). Bring one copy of orders and DA Form 31 to BLDG 35, Ridgeway Loop.
Be prepared to answer the following questions during the briefing:
Finance In/Out processing - Bldg 35, Ridgeway Loop in Soldiers Service Center
Travel Pay - Bldg 35, Ridgeway Loop in Soldiers Service Center
Customer Service - Bldg 35, Ridgeway Loop in Soldiers Service Center
Our schools belong to the Georgia/Alabama district and are a part of the Department of Defense Domestic Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS). The military command, school board and parents provide wonderful community support to us and we feel fortunate to serve the families of our military sponsors.
If you are living on the installation and have school aged children in pre-k to eighth grade your child/children will attend DoDEA Fort Benning Schools. We have a total of 7 schools (6 elementary and 1 middle) which serve the families living on the Ft. Benning installation. Only residents of Fort Benning are permitted to attend Fort Benning schools. High school students that live on Fort Benning are given school of choice in Muscogee, Chattahoochee and Russell Counties. Families with children living off the installation will attend schools in their assigned community school zone.
The School Support Program is designed to improve the educational environment and academics of K-12 school-age family members whose parents are assigned to Army installations and activities. Our mission is to help parents become informed, confident advocates for their child's education, to help them deal with varying school-to-school academic curriculums, schedules and graduation requirements. We also address issues involving the development of parenting skills, school violence, bullying and home schooling.
The School Support Officer works with Child, Youth, and School Services and the local school community to address educational issues involving military children. It is our mission to "level the playing field" for military children by:
Hours & Contact Information:
School Support Officer
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Army Continuing Education Services
ACES, through its many programs, promotes lifelong learning opportunities and sharpens the competitive edge of the current Army and beyond. ACES is committed to excellence in service, innovation and deployability. In addition, ACES has been providing quality education support for over 50 years to soldiers and their family members.
Army Education Center
Army Learning Center
Basic Skills Education Program (BSEP)
The Fort Benning Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation welcomes you! Family and MWR hosts programs, services, leisure activities and special events designed to enhance the lives of Soldiers, family members and military retirees. Check out their website to find something fun to do on Fort Benning.