Welcome to Fort Rucker

All active duty, permanent party personnel newly assigned or attached to units, directorates and activities associated with Fort Rucker will attend the ACS Newcomers' Welcome held every third Friday of the month. This is a mandatory program with attendance by Soldiers required no later than two months after arrival. Family members, civilian employees, and contractors are strongly encouraged to attend.

Free childcare is available at the Child Development Center when reservations are made no less than 24 hours prior to the event; call (334) 255-3564 to make reservations. Children must first be registered with Parent Central Registration at (334) 255-9638.

For more information, call the Relocation Readiness Office at (334) 255-3735.

Newcomers Brief

Newly arriving Soldiers must view the Newcomer’s Welcome slides and report completion to their command group. click here to view the slides on the fort rucker dfmwr website. For additional information, please contact Relocation Readiness at (334) 255-3735.


Gate Hours and Access Control Points

Ozark, Enterprise and Daleville Gates are open 24/7. For more information, call (334) 255-0607 or visit our gate access procedures and visitor section.

Handbook for New Military Spouses

From the Handbook: "We hope this handbook will make it easier for you to integrate into the larger Military Family. Life with the military will bring many changes and challenges, but with a smile and a positive attitude it can be the adventure of a lifetime. This handbook covers general information concerning the military as well as information specific to your time here at Fort Rucker, the home of Army Aviation. After arrival at your first military duty location, you and your Soldier should acquaint yourselves with the area and the post/base facilities. You are also encouraged to attend a newcomers’ briefing or orientation."

download the handbook for new military spouses

3Rs Awareness: Recognize, Retreat, Report

Everyone is reminded to be aware of manmade objects discovered while enjoying the various outdoor areas on Fort Rucker. Whenever unexploded ordnance, or UXO, is discovered, the Fort Rucker Range Operations Division coordinates for proper disposal by EOD experts. In the event anyone encounters (RECOGNIZE) suspected UXO on Fort Rucker property, they should back away (RETREAT), note the location, and call range operations at (334) 255-4303 or dial 9-1-1 (REPORT).

Local Area Hazard Training

Whether this is your first time at Fort Rucker, or you’ve had multiple rotations through for training, it is important for you to be aware of hazards in our area of the Wiregrass. This course is required for all personnel newly assigned to Fort Rucker. Here’s what you will learn:

  • 3Rs: Recognize, Retreat Report. The hazards of unexploded ordnance, or UXO, how to recognize them, and how to report UXO if you find them.
  • All Training Areas are restricted access. For your safety, the installation limits running, jogging, biking, swimming and walking to authorized areas.
  • Heat safety. Even during spring, heat can take a toll on the body.
  • The Army Traffic Safety Training Program is applicable to all DoD personnel.
  • Local driving hazards. What to do if you encounter wildlife, when to stop for school busses, installation roadways prone to flooding, etc.
  • Severe weather awareness.

download the brief here.