Fort Benning

U.S. Army Fort Benning and The Maneuver Center of Excellence


Newcomers Site

Newcomers

Welcome


Congratulations on your assignment to Fort Benning!

We are home to the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, which includes the U.S. Army Infantry and Armor Schools. As such, we boast some of the military's most prestigious and rigorous leadership and functional schools and courses, while supporting a population of almost 70,000 Soldiers and civilians, annually. Not only are there endless opportunities at Fort Benning for professional growth, but it's also a great place to bring your family.


Reporting to the installation

Depending on when you arrive, all Soldiers and service members on assignment (permanent party PCS) orders should report during either:

  • Duty Hours: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays and training holidays), to the Installation Replacement Operations Center in Ridgway Hall, Building 35, Room 23.
  • After duty hours: Report to the post Staff Duty NCOIC or OIC in McGinnis-Wickam Hall, Building 4.

Forms required for in-processing include:

  • PCS orders to Fort Benning
  • DA-31 leave forms with signatures from your losing unit

For more information, call (706)545-4577, (706)545-5686 or (706)545-5687.


Newcomers Orientation

Army Community Service’s Newcomers Orientation is at 9 a.m. every Wednesday in Building 7, located at 7117 Baltzell Avenue. Spouses are welcome and encouraged to attend. The orientation offers resources, programs, activities and organizations at Fort Benning and in the local communities that help you and your family enjoy life in the Chattahoochee Valley.

For more information, call (706)545-4043 or (706)545-0403.


Relocation Readiness

Moving is a natural part of life for Soldiers and their Families. Army Community Readiness’ Relocation Readiness Program offers a comprehensive Family support system designed to help you and your Family make a smooth transition, whether arriving or departing the installation. Services include:

  • Newcomers Orientation
  • Free Benning Bus Tour
  • Relocation Counseling
  • Lending Closet
  • Multicultural Services
  • Citizen Support Group
  • Overseas Briefings
  • Sponsorship Training

For more information, call (706)545-0403, (706)545-4485 or DSN (312)835-4043.


Housing

Living on post has advantages and is currently in high demand. Due to high occupancy and ongoing renovations, Soldiers and Families arriving at Fort Benning should expect extended wait times of up to six months. To set expectations, door-to-door moves are highly unlikely. Click here to see current wait times and post housing fast facts.

Fort Benning participates in the Residential Communities Initiative program conducted by the Department of Army.

The Army has chosen a private sector management and development partner, Clark Realty Capital and Michaels Management Services (Villages of Benning) to serve as property managers of Fort Benning’s 11 family housing communities. They also perform the renovation and remediation of existing historical housing.


Fort Benning Housing Division

Fort Benning’s Housing Division is a branch of the Directorate of Public Works and provides oversight of the Villages of Benning while also advocating for Soldiers and their Families in housing matters.

The life, health and safety of our residents is our top priority. This means we strive every day to improve the quality of life for both you and your families by investing our time to address any and all concerns.

On-post residents who are experiencing concerns or issues that Villages of Benning is unable to address, can contact the Emergency Housing Hotline at (706)626-2002. A housing advocate is available 24/7.

For more information the Fort Benning Housing Division, call (706)545-3803, (706)545-3009 or (706)545-8119.


Villages of Benning

The Villages of Benning, a privately owned housing company, is responsible for leasing and the property management of the roughly 4,000 houses on post.

Arriving Soldiers and their Families desiring to live on the installation are encouraged to contact the Villages of Benning upon immediate notification of assignment to Fort Benning.

For more information about the Villages of Benning, call (706)685-3939.


Fort Benning schools

If you are moving to Fort Benning, you can be assured the Department of Defense Education Activity does its part in strengthening Fort Benning through excellence in education. Fort Benning Schools focus on building futures in a supportive community of learners, offering a quality education to dependents of military members from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Sponsors of students transferring to Fort Benning Schools are required to provide verification of active duty status, and proof of on-post residency before a child may be registered. Preschool, pre-kindergarten, and Kindergarten require a certified birth certificate before registration can be accepted. For additional questions, call (706)545-7276.

Students that do not reside on post and high school students residing on and off the installation (Grades 9-12) attend local county schools:


Neighboring communities

Fort Benning is nestled in the heart of the South, with proximity to many of the country's most well-known destinations like Atlanta, Savannah, Panama City Beach and the Blue Ridge Mountains. We are located in an area commonly known as the "Tri-Community", comprised of Columbus and Fort Benning, Georgia, and Phenix City, Alabama.

For more information on Columbus, Georgia visit:

For more information on Phenix City, Alabama visit: