Welcome to Fort Hood

Like the State of Texas, Fort Hood is big and boasts of being the largest active duty armored post in the United States Armed Forces. Fort Hood is nicknamed the Great Place because of the quality of life the post and area offer Soldiers and their Families. These qualities are important, especially with home-basing initiatives, frequent deployments and Family stability and support.

Soldiers assigned to Fort Hood can expect to have one of the highest quality of life standards in the Army. New housing, quality medical care, thriving communities, recreation and schools combine to ensure that Fort Hood is the Great Place.

There is a weekly installation orientation for newly arrived Soldiers and Family Members that will cover all of what is available to those stationed here. This free event takes place every Thursday; the doors open at 8:30 a.m., with the event beginning at 9 a.m. at the Lone Star Conference Center. In addition, Soldiers and Family Members who attend will receive a free boxed lunch and have access to free childcare on-site.


Fort Hood covers a total of 340-square miles and supports multiple units, a corps headquarters and a robust mobilization mission. Fort Hood also meets the training and support requirements for many smaller units and organizations, thus maintaining a vital defense force for the United States of America.

This installation rests in the beautiful 'hill and lake' country of Central Texas between Killeen and Copperas Cove and is approximately 60 miles north of the capital city of Austin, 50 miles south of Waco, 160 miles south of Dallas, and 150 miles north of San Antonio.

For everyone who enjoys the outdoors, the Great Place is the ideal location, because of warm winters and hot summers. The nearby lakes, Belton and Stillhouse, offer year-round outdoor recreation activities.

Fort Hood also captures the attention of the entertainment industry and is the frequent host of celebrities and entertainers. 

The Fort Hood experience is only limited by the individual. So, make the most of your time here!

weekly Installation Orientation for Soldiers and Family Members new to fort hood

Fort Hood is a community made up of those who serve and have served. Soldiers, Families, Retirees, and Civilians all play a role in providing services, programs, and facilities that enhance Readiness. Fort Hood is a Great Place to live, learn, and grow as individuals and as part of a great team.

Learn about key community programs and services available to you!

This free event takes place every Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Lone Star Conference Center, Building 5764, located at 24th Street and Wainwright Drive (just off Tank Destroyer Blvd adjacent to Frank Mayborn Gate/ACP 2). 

This event includes the III Armored Corps Commanding General Remarks, the Garrison Commander Remarks, Agency Booths. Soldiers and Family Members who attend will receive a free boxed lunch and have access to free childcare on-site

Service members may obtain more information by calling the Processing Control Station at 254-368-1768 or visiting Building 16008 on 42nd Street.

Child care is offered onsite from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations are appreciated a week in advance, in the event we need adjust staffing and snack, but not necessary.  We will accept children as walk-ins. Please contact 254-287-7273 for more information.




Army Community Service is an empowered team that provides comprehensive, coordinated, and responsive advocacy and prevention, information and referral, outreach, financial, employment, Soldier and Family readiness, exceptional Family Member and relocation assistance services that support the readiness and well-being of Soldiers and their Families, Civilian Employees, and Retirees.

Army Continuing Education Services

The Education Services office creates a customer focused learning environment that integrates current education, training and transition programs to provide broad learning opportunities, facilitate access to services and enhance the visibility of all installation student programs.


The Fort Hood Army Fisher House provides temporary lodging for families of active duty, military retirees and Veterans undergoing treatment at medical facilities in the area.

Army Housing Office

Housing information for Soldiers, families and civilians of Fort Hood.


Child and Youth Services (CYS) provides programs and services for children of eligible military and civilian families. Within CYS you will find something to meet your children’s needs, including:

  • Full, part time or hourly child care
  • Before/after school care
  • Camps
  • Programs for your middle school and teen youth
  • Instructional classes
  • Workforce preparation opportunities
  • Sports and fitness activities 

Civilian Personnel Advisory Center

The Civilian Personnel Advisory Center is made up of a team of human resources professionals dedicated to supporting and empowering service members, civilian employees , families and veterans worldwide in an era of persistent conflict. The Civilian Personnel Advisory Center recruits, retains and sustains a high quality volunteer force through innovative and effective enterprise solutions and ensures human resources readiness of the Total Army across the full spectrum of operations.

DEERS / ID Cards

The Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System is a database of information on uniformed service members (sponsors), U.S.-sponsored foreign military, DoD and uniformed service civilians, other personnel as directed by the DoD, and their family members.

Digital Garrison App

Digital Garrison is a one-stop information source for Army communities.


The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) provides comprehensive support to family members with special needs. EFMP takes an all-inclusive approach to coordinate military and civilian community, educational, medical, housing, and personnel services to help Soldiers and their Families with special needs.


The Army & Air Force Exchange Service remains a team of dedicated people committed to increasing the value of the Exchange benefit while continuing to give back to the military community. We have proudly served America’s armed forces since 1895. Our focus has been on delivering quality goods and services at competitively low prices with superior service. 

Fire and Emergency Services

Fire and Emergency Services is responsible for all fire fighting (structural, aircraft, and wildland), emergency dispatching services, by civilians or military, fire prevention (technical services), hazardous materials (HAZMAT)/ Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-yield Explosives (CBRNE) response, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), emergency medical services (EMS), rescue services, disaster preparedness, and ancillary services.

Fort Hood's Great Big Podcast

Reaching far and wide, Fort Hood's Great Big Podcast seeks to inform and entertain. It peels back the layer that separate the U.S. Army from our civilian family, and sheds a light on what Fort Hood has to offer to it's Soldiers and civilians. 

Freedom of Information (FOIA) and Privacy Act

The Fort Riley Freedom of Information and Privacy Act Office is responsible for the management of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) & Privacy Act (PA) in accordance with 5 USC, and Public Law 106-554. The office staff provides information to military members, Department of Defense civilians, military family members, the American public, Congress and the news media.


Fort Hood policy letters and regulations.


Information on how to get onto Fort Hood, Texas; includes the Visitor Control Center (VCC), proper identification needed and operating hours of the gates.


All incoming Soldiers follow the link above for detailed reporting procedures.

Military Personnel Services Division

The Military Personnel Services Division is involved in all of the activities of sustaining the human dimension needs of Soldiers, retirees, veterans, and their families. Some of these activities include Soldier Readiness Processing (SRP) and Central In/Out-processing, casualty affairs, separations, ID Card and DEERS services, retirement services, and the full spectrum of military personnel office services.

Permanent Change of Station

Whether you're headed to Fort Hood or the time has come for your next duty station, find all the contact information you need for a smooth move here.

Personal Property Processing Office

The Personal Property Processing Office (PPPO) is responsible for the counseling activities associated with outbound shipments and/or storage of personal property for service members/dependents and DOD civilian employees.


Recycling is the process removing items, like cans, newspapers and plastic bottles out of the trash stream and processing them for reuse as new products. Collecting and reusing these items reduces impacts on the environment, and helps sustain Army readiness.

Religious Support Office - Chaplain

The Religious Support Office serves Soldiers and families at six chapels located across post and in every unit offering worship services with your spiritual needs in mind. Whatever your religious background, you can grow and flourish during your assignment here in the heart of America. There are many worship opportunities, representing a wide variety of faiths.

Sexual Harassment / Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP)

Sexual Harassment / Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) enhances Army readiness through the prevention of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and associated retaliatory behaviors while providing comprehensive response capabilities.

Soldier and Family Assistance Center ⚠

Soldier and Family Assistance Center

Suicide Prevention

Training and resources focusing on suicide prevention.

USO Texas

The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. For over 77 years, the USO has been the nation’s leading organization to serve the men and women in the U.S. military, and their families, throughout their time in uniform. From the moment they join, through their assignments and deployments, and as they transition back to their communities, the USO is always by their side.

Volunteer Program ⚠​​​ ​​ ​ ​

We are home to the center of volunteer recruitment, referral, recognition, and advocacy efforts for Fort Hood.


Warrior Restaurant (formerly Dining Facilities - DFCAS) locations, hours, and information.

Weapons Registration

Fort Hood regulation requires Soldiers to register all firearms brought on to the installation with their commanding officer. This includes Soldiers living off post, but who plan on bringing their firearms on post.