Fort Benning Army Base
198th Infantry Brigade, 199th Infantry Brigade, 194th Armored Brigade, 16th Cavalry Brigade, Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade, Henry Caro Non-commissioned Officer Academy, 14th Combat Support Hospital, 44th Medical Brigade, Task Force 1-28, 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 75th Ranger Regiment, Army Marksmanship Unit, 283d MCOE Band, 17th Air Support Operations Squadron, USAF Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), United States Army Armor School, United States Army Infantry School, Martin Army Community Hospital
Fort Benning is a United States Army Base that spans 182,000 acres and is located near Columbus, Georgia. It is in the top five largest and busiest installations in the country as more than half of all people who decide to serve in the armed forces will receive training here.
It is home to the Maneuver Center of Excellence which provides classes and training programs including: Basic Combat Training, Infantry and Armor One Station Unit Training, U.S. Army Ranger School, Airborne School, Sniper School, Pathfinder, Reconnaissance and Surveillance Course School, Combatives School, and Officer Candidate School.
Most of the base is undeveloped and reserved for military training. There is an average of 20,000 troops training in the field on a daily basis.
New Soldiers/Service Members to Fort Benning, Georgia need to report to Ridgway Hall (Bldg 35) Room 239, Ridgway Loop, during duty hours (0600-1600 M-F, excluding weekends, holidays and training holidays) for accountability purposes and to start in-processing with their units. After duty hours, Soldiers/Service Members need to report to the post Staff Duty NCOIC or OIC at McGinnis-Wickam Hall, 1 Karker Street, Bldg. 4. From there the unit will be contacted and Standard Operating Procedures will follow.
Staff Duty NCO (During Duty Hours) for Bldg. 35 is 706-545-3608/4577.
In-Processing procedures overall takes on average of 5-10 days and during the first full day of in processing, all Soldiers attend a 4 hour session that involves briefings given by AG MPD, DENTAC, MEDRPROS, TRICARE, HOUSING, and FINANCE. Upon completion of these sessions, Soldiers proceed to complete other in processing requirements identified on their “tailored” checklist.
Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport is located 106 miles north of Fort Benning.
Directions from Hartsfield International Airport:
- Get on I-85 South toward Montgomery then merge onto I-85 South/Columbus/Montgomery.
- Take exit 21 to merge onto I-85 South towards Columbus and continue to follow on I-85 South.
- Fort Benning is directly at the end of I-185 South.
The Fort Benning Shuttle Bus operates Monday thru Saturday except on Federal Holidays. The Shuttle Bus stops at established Bus stops only. These stops are well marked and conveniently located throughout Fort Benning. For more information on times and locations please call 706-544-4516.
Fort Benning has 107,627 active duty, support reserve, retirees, family members, civilian employees, DOD and contract employees.