Fort Leonard Wood Army Base
United States Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School, United States Army Engineer School, United States Army Military Police School, United States Army Transportation Corps, 5th Engineer Battalion
Replacement Avenue, Building 486, Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473-8935
Fort Leonard Wood is a U.S. Army training installation located in the Ozark Mountains in Pulaski County and spans across 61,000 acres. Fort Leonard Wood is home of the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center, where all chemical, engineer and military police soldiers, plus many marines, airmen, sailors, coast guardsmen and international students from allied nations receive training. The post is also the home of the 3rd Chemical Brigade, where thousands of new recruits receive their basic training every year.
The fort is in Pulaski County, which has a population of 53,221. Bordering the installation to the north are the towns of Waynesville and St. Robert. The post is 2 miles south of Interstate 44. St. Louis is a two-hour drive to the east along Interstate 44 and Springfield, Missouri, is a little more than an hour’s drive to the west.
There are 96,148 Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, DOD civilians, military family members, and retirees assigned to Fort Leonard.
The closest airport is Lambert International Airport located 149.6 miles from base.
An on-post shuttle service, available to military in uniform, during duty hours, is provided.
If driving, the most direct route is by Interstate 44, which runs from St. Louis to Oklahoma City. About halfway between the cities of Lebanon and Rolla are the St. Robert, Waynesville and Fort Leonard Wood exits, with signs marking the route to the post. Take exit 161 for the easiest route to Fort Leonard Wood.
- Active Army personnel report to Central In/Out Processing Office, Building 470, Room 2102, during duty hours, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.. During non-duty hours, single soldiers report to Charge of Quarters in 1st Brigade, Building 844, Phone: 573-596-0225. Soldiers arriving with family members should report to Post Lodging Office in Building 470.
- Marine Corps personnel report to Building 842 during both duty hours and non-duty hours.
- Navy personnel report to Building 838 during both duty hours and non duty-hours.
- Air force personnel report to Building 1703A between 7:30 am until 4:30 pm. After duty hours, Non-Prior Service Students report to CQ, Building 1729, and TDY personnel report to Post Lodging, Building 470.
- AIT students inprocess at Building 470, Room 2102 during duty hours.
- Basic Trainees report to the Reception Station at Grant Hall, Building 2100.
The Lodging Office is located in Bldg 470 and is open 24 hours a day. Reservations can be made in advance by calling 573-596-0999 or toll free 1-800-677-8356.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a Missouri school, a child must be at least 5 years old on or before August 1st of the school year. Check with the school for other requirements.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition.
Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program.
Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.
There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Missouri Department of Social Services (573) 751-3221
The Department of Social Services is responsible for coordinating programs to provide public assistance to children and their parents, access to health care, child support enforcement assistance and to provide specialized assistance to troubled youth. While many programs give needed financial assistance and services, other units work toward reducing financial dependency of the citizens on government.
Human Resources Center (573) 751-4244
(HRC) guides the overall human resources management system for 7,355 budgeted employees within the department. The center is responsible for ensuring compliance with merit system rules and coordinating activities in the areas of personnel law, labor relations, recruitment, selection, classification, compensation and training. HRC is also responsible for union negotiations, resolution administration, administering the employee grievance system, all aspects of equal employment opportunities, and provision of equal services and benefits to all DSS clients.
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (573) 751-6400
Missouri Humane Society (314) 647-8800
Missouri State Police (573) 751-3313
Base Operator (573) 596-0131
Chaplain (573) 596-2127
Civilian Personnel Office (573) 596-0927
Dental Headquarters (573) 596-0364
EFMP Family Support (573) 596-0212
Family Advocacy Program (573) 596-0212
Family Child Care (573) 596-0185
Housing Services Office (573) 329-3105
ID/CAC Card Processing (573) 596-0744
Information and Referral (573) 596-0212
Legal Services and JAG (573) 596-0629
Medical Appointments (866) 299-4234
NAF Human Resources Officer (573) 596-2700
Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
On-base housing at Fort Leonard Wood is privatized and run by Balfour Beatty Communities and is available for all ranks. The options include 2,300 homes in 4 neighborhoods with 2, 3, and 4 bedrooms. Call the Housing Office at (573) 329-3105 for more information.
6.4 miles from base
Hickory Valley is a safe, family friendly and pet friendly subdivision near base. The neighborhood has sidewalks and a small lake.
8.4 miles from base
The Summit is a quiet, family friendly neighborhood with newer homes and easy access to everything. There neighborhood has a playground and green space.
In Fort Leonard Wood, the summers are hot, muggy, and wet; the winters are very cold; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 26°F to 89°F and is rarely below 9°F or above 98°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from June 1 to September 15, with an average daily high temperature above 80°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 89°F and low of 69°F. The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 27 to February 26, with an average daily high temperature below 52°F. The coldest day of the year is January 22, with an average low of 26°F and high of 44°F.
The wetter season lasts 5.8 months, from March 18 to September 12, with a greater than 29% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 42% on May 27. The drier season lasts 6.2 months, from September 12 to March 18. The smallest chance of a wet day is 16% on January 13.
The overall cost of living in Fort Leonard Wood, MO is 17% higher than the Missouri average and 6% higher than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Fort Leonard Wood, MO are 2% higher than the Missouri average and 5% lower than the national average.
Fort Leonard Wood is a gateway to the Missouri Ozarks, a sportsman’s paradise offering any camper, hiker, float-tripper, four-wheel-drive enthusiast, canoeist, dirt biker or horseback rider could find the leisure time to do. For fishermen, the rivers and streams flowing through and near the post are crystal clear, providing an ideal home for small-mouth and large-mouth bass, goggle eye (rock bass), bluegill, catfish, stocked trout and more. Hunters will find the woods thick with deer, rabbit, squirrel, quail and wild turkey. Cave lovers will be happy to hear that Missouri is often called the Cave State. There are several caves on the Fort Leonard Wood installation, and new caves are discovered statewide each year. Some of the larger caves are commercially operated and provide guided tours, while many more are open for all levels of spelunking. In addition to outdoor sports, museums, Civil War battlefields, historic homes and buildings, shopping and antiques, concerts, big league sports, plays and ballets are all within driving distance of Fort Leonard Wood.
Some points of interest include Waynesville Splash Park, Meramac Caverns, Boiling Spring Campground, Downtown Waynesville, and Cedar Ridge Trails.