Congratulations on your assignment to Fort Benning
Fort Benning lies across the Alabama–Georgia border next to Columbus, Georgia and supports more than 120,000 active-duty military, family members, reserve component soldiers, retirees and civilian employees on a daily basis. Fort Benning is the home of the Maneuver Center of Excellence, Armor and Infantry schools, along with U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Forces Command and Training and Dotrine Command units.
As a installation, 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. Again, welcome and we look forward to you joining ONE FORCE, ONE FIGHT.
Before the Move
The DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE relocates more families than any other organization in the United States. At that scale, the process can sometimes feel overwhelming - but you have choices regarding how you move. Be sure to check out DoD's MOVE.MIL, a one-stop-shop to assist during your move.
Another amazing resource is MILITARY ONESOURCE - they have representatives available 24/7 to answer those late night questions about your upcoming move. Also, do not hesitate to reach out to the FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER at your current installation for help.
In general, your moving process will start with the job/travel orders you receive from your service. In your orders, information describing your rank, the duration of your job/training, and your assigned location will determine if your entire dependent family can come, what you are allowed to bring, and how those items will arrive to your new location. If you have any questions, your LOCAL PERSONAL PROPERTY OFFICE is the place to go for help deciphering your orders as they pertain to moving.
Did You Know?
- Permanent Change of Station (PCS) is when you are assigned to a location for 20+ weeks, regardless of whether your assignment pertains to training or a new job. In these circumstances, you should be allowed a full household move should you choose to take it.
- Temporary Duty (TDY) is when you are temporarily assigned to a new location, for an extended period of time (over 31 days), but generally less than 20 weeks. For TDY, it is common that only a small subset of your household belongings will be able to travel with you to your new location.
To initiate Fort Benning's Sponsorship Program, all incoming Soldiers PCSing to Fort Benning will need to use ARMY CAREER TRACKER'S TOTAL ARMY SPONSORSHIP to request a sponsor and initiate a DA FORM 5434 (Sponsorship Program Counseling and Information Sheet).
The process of requesting a sponsor with a DA Form 5434 is mandatory for all Soldiers in the paygrades of E1-O6. The TASP program helps Soldiers integrate and transition to their new units. It also ensures Soldiers are assigned sponsors prior to reporting to their new duty station. Obtaining a sponsor reduces the stress of reporting to a new unit, enhancing resiliency and improving readiness among Soldiers and family members.
Soldiers will be notified by HUMAN RESOURCES COMMAND, or HRC, about their assignment instructions and PCS orders to Fort Benning. They will receive their Sponsor Notification and Welcome letter, as well as notification to complete DA Form 5434, Sections 1, 2, 4 and 5.
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 will be automatically sent to the gaining installation for further processing.
Did You Know?
You can request a sponsor by:
- Using your CAC to register & create a DS Log on, User ID and password at Army Career Tracker.
- Next, complete the online Army Career Tracker Total Army Sponsorship Program's sponsor request form (DA 5434).
- Then, hit save and the DA 5434 will automatically be forwarded to your projected gaining installation for assignment of a sponsor.
*If you are unable to open the ACT TASP DA5434 contact your current brigade/battalion ACT TASP coordinators for assistance.
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. To reach MCoE Staff Duty, call 706-545-2218.
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. See below for details for reporting and signing into the installation.
When will I get my orders assigning me to my new unit?
After completing in-processing to the installation, you will receive your orders.
Where do I sign in from PCS leave?
Installation Replacement Operations is located in Ridgway Hall (building 35), 35 Ridgway Loop, near Fort Benning Community Club. It is open 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed on weekends, training and federal holidays. To learn more, call the Replacement Center at 706-545-4577 or 706-545-3608.
After hours, on weekends, and holidays report to McGinnis-Wickam Hall (building 4). To reach the MCoE staff duty, call 706-545-2218.
How do I get to the Replacement Center?
Depending on the starting point, there are several checkpoints to get onto post. In order to get on post, the installation is operating on a 100% ID check system when entering the gates. The following are various ways to enter post and directions to get to the Replacement Center from that access point:
Interstate 185 South- Access Point
Take I-185 South to the Fort Benning Main Gate. After clearing the access point, continue on that road for approximately 4.5 miles. At the second traffic light, turn right on to South Lumpkin Road. Travels abut 1 1/2 miles Turn left onto Morrison Avenue; Bldg 35 is the large pink colored building on your right. Parking is available on both sides of the building.
280 East (Victory Drive) Lumpkin Road Access Point
On Victory Drive, two miles beyond South Lumpkin Road will be Lumpkin road. There will be signs for Ft Benning as you approach Lumpkin Road. Bear to the right onto Lumpkin Road and continue for three miles. The Infantry Museum will be on the right. Continue to the access point. After you have entered post, continue on that road approximately 1.3 miles. At the top of the hill, stay toward the left. Go across the street and continue straight; Ridgway Hall (building 35) will be directly in front of you. It is the large pink colored building. Parking is available on both sides of the building.
Do I have to be in uniform when I sign in?
No. Upon arrival to the Replacement Center, it is not necessary to be in uniform to sign in, in-processing will start the following morning unless it is a weekend or holiday.
How long does it take to in process into the installation?
On average, in-processing can take anywhere from five to 10 days depending on your needs.
What work centers do I have to attend in order to in process the installation?
The following work centers are required; they must be cleared to in-processing: MEDPROS, , TRICARE, dental, housing (if applicable), finance/travel, financial readiness (if Fort Benning is your first duty station), Installation Newcomers' Orientation, Child and Youth Services (if applicable), sponsorship and resiliency training.
What if I have an emergency while on leave or in transit and need extend my leave?
If you need to extend your leave, contact the ARMY TRAVELERS' ASSISTANCE CENTER at 1-800-582-5552.
Columbus, Georgia is a consolidated city-county located on the west-central border of the U.S. state of Georgia. Located on the Chattahoochee River directly across from Phenix City, Alabama, Columbus is the county seat of Muscogee County, with which it officially merged in 1970. Columbus is the third-largest city in Georgia and the fourth-largest metropolitan area. According to the 2019 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, Columbus has a population of 195,769 residents, with 303,811 in the Columbus metropolitan area. The metro area joins the nearby Alabama cities of Auburn and Opelika to form the Columbus–Auburn–Opelika Combined Statistical Area, which has a 2017 estimated population of 499,128. Columbus lies 100 miles (160 km) southwest of Atlanta. Fort Benning, the U.S. Army's Maneuver Center of Excellence and a major employer, is located south of the city in southern Muscogee and Chattahoochee counties. Columbus is home to museums and tourism sites, including the National Infantry Museum, dedicated to the U.S. Army's Infantry Branch. It has the longest urban whitewater rafting course in the world constructed on the Chattahoochee River. To learn more, check out the links below:
- Columbus Consolidated Government
- Columbus Visitors Bureau
- Explore Georgia
- Muscogee County School District
Harris County, Georgia is a county located in the west-central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia; its western border with the state of Alabama is formed by the Chattahoochee River. As of the 2010 census, the population was 32,024. The county seat is Hamilton.The largest city in the county is Pine Mountain, a resort town that is home to the world-famous Callaway Gardens Resort and Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park (the largest state park in Georgia). Harris County was created on December 14, 1827, and named for Charles Harris, a Georgia judge and attorney. Harris County is part of the Columbus, Georgia-Alabama Metropolitan Statistical Area. To learn more, check out the links below:
Phenix City, Alabama is a city in Lee and Russell counties in the U.S. state of Alabama, and the county seat of Russell County. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 32,822. Phenix City lies immediately west across the Chattahoochee River from the much larger Columbus, Georgia and observes Eastern Time on a de facto basis (in contrast to the rest of Alabama, which observes Central Time) due to Phenix City's strong economic ties to Columbus.
Most of Phenix City is included in the Columbus Metropolitan Statistical Area, but a section is located in Lee County, and is therefore in the Auburn, Alabama Metropolitan Statistical Area. The entire city is part of the Columbus-Auburn-Opelika Combined Statistical Area. In 2007, BusinessWeek named Phenix City the nation's No. 1 Best Affordable Suburb to raise a family.