The National Training Center’s mission is to provide tough, realistic joint and combined arms training for units prior to their deployment overseas. Every month an Army unit, along with support from the Marines, Air Force, and the Navy, come together at the NTC and conduct their final preparation exercise prior to deployment. During their two week intensive training at Fort Irwin, units prepare for their “worst day ever” in combat. Our focus is for units to prepare here to save lives while deployed. During their training at the NTC, units must interact with role players, terrorist cells, insurgents, criminal networks, civilian authorities and military forces.

Visitors can experience firsthand how America’s warriors prepare for deployment. That preparation is done through our villages and culture, the austere environment, terrorists, insurgents, local populace, government officials, and the most technologically advanced and elaborate training facilities in the world.

As a reminder, these are the mandatory requirements for the tour:

(1) Let the PAO office know which location you will arrive at (Times and locations listed on timeline) 

(2) Wear closed toe shoes and bring eye protection (glasses or sunglasses). Individuals who are not wearing closed toe shoes will not be allowed to board the bus.

(3) Please carry a government issued ID (military ID or driver's license for US citizens; passport for non-US citizens).

(4) Bring bottled water.

Lunch will be a Military Meal Ready to Eat, or you may bring a bag lunch. We will eat in the training area.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

March 24th, 2023

June 9th, 2023

August 11th, 2023

September 8th, 2023


Tour Timeline:

9:00 a.m. Person's that lives and work at Fort Irwin will meet at the Heritage Center 

9:15 a.m. Depart from the Heritage Center to Painted Rocks / Photo Op  

9:40 a.m. Depart to NTC HQ 

10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. Overview of NTC operations and training 

11:00 a.m. Depart to Razish 

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Observe Training 

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch (MRE or sack lunch) / weapons & static display

1:30 p.m. - Depart to Heritage Center 

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Heritage Center Tour 

2:30 p.m. Depart to Painted Rocks

Please note that these times are estimates and events may go longer.


COVID -19 Preventive Measures
All interested in scheduled tours please understand that COVID-19 precautions will be practiced on tours. Attendees will need to wear a mask and practice social distancing in accordance to installation policies. Additionally, all scheduled tours are contingent on the installations Health Protection levels and CDC policies in place. With following the HPCON guidance, some tours may be canceled or postponed. Thank you for your understanding.

You will not be allowed to attend this tour if you, at any time, refuse to wear a mask in accordance with CDC guidance to protect yourself and those around you.

You are asked to not attend the box tour if you:

a) Within the past fourteen (14) days, have experienced any symptoms associated with COVID-19, including a fever of 100 degrees or more, cough, shortness of breath, and/or new loss of taste and smell; or

b) Within the past fourteen (14) days have been exposed to a person with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19; or

c) Within the past fourteen (14) days have been exposed to a person who is currently in isolation or quarantine due to suspected exposure to COVID-19; or

d) Have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are not yet cleared as non-contagious by state or local public health authorities.

If you’re interested in experiencing how America’s war fighters train before they deploy, book a tour today and bring your camera!

Warning-During the months of Jun-Sept, the temperatures for the installation will normally reach triple digits. While we are in the training area you will be exposed to the environment. The training area consists of rugged terrain and is not handicap accessible.

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