Camp San Luis Obispo Army Base
40th Infantry Division
10 Sonoma Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Camp San Luis Obispo is a United States Army instillation located in San Luis Obispo County on the Central Coast of California and spans across 15,433 acres. State Route 1 passes through Camp about halfway between the cities of Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. At one time, Camp San Luis Obispo served as an Infantry Division Camp and Cantonment Area for the US Army during the second World War. Today, it’s still maintained and includes a heliport, warehouse complex, workshops, maintenance facilities, administrative buildings, chapels, two service clubs, two theaters, laundry and post exchange. The history of Camp San Luis Obispo is closely tied to Camp Merriam and the Baywood Park Training Area. While most of the training facilities in California have been closed or greatly minimized, Camp San Luis Obispo continues to be a high quality training camp with field and garrison facilities. The camp continues to provide operational, logistical support and training to all kinds of civilian and military agencies at the local, state and federal areas.
There are over 3,500 Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, military family members, DoD personnel, and retirees stationed at Camp San Luis Obispo.
All units must check-in with Post Operations, Bldg. 738, before proceeding to Post Logistics or Range Control.
Post Operations will give the unit representative a CSLO Form 353 (In/Out Processing Clearance Record). This form must be presented to Post Logistics and/or Range Control before assistance will be given.
The CSLO Form 353 must be cleared and signed off by Post Logistics and/or Range Control prior to clearing Post Operations.
Post Operations Phone: (805) 594-6510
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 California school, a child must be at least 5 years old by September 1st. 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 http://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.
Promote, preserve and protect the health of all San Luis Obispo County residents through disease surveillance, health education, direct services, and health policy development.
Base Operator (805) 594-6413
Chaplain (805) 594-6408
EFMP Family Support 1-800-449-9662
Housing Services Office (805) 594-6500
In-Processing (805) 594-6510
On-base housing is available for those who are training or stationed at Camp San Luis Obispo. Billeting is also available and can be reached at 805-594-6500. Eligibility for billeting access includes all active duty, active guard and reserve personnel, dependents, retired service members, state and DoD government employees.
5 miles from Base
Primarily made up of medium sized to large single-family homes and small apartment buildings. This is a remote neighborhood with a low population density.
9 miles from Base
This is a Southern California type neighborhood located at the south end of San Luis Obispo. The area is family friendly with parks, hiking trails, and a nearby lake.
The climate of San Luis Obispo is generally that of an oceanic (Mediterranean) type. Within the foothills of the site, the summers are warmer and dryer while the winters become cooler and wetter. The sun shines about 60 percent of the time in the winter and 80 percent in the summer. Rainfall averages 16 inches a year. The average winter temperature is 48° F with average daily minimums of 34° F. In summer, the average is 70° F, with the average daily maximum being 91° F.
The cost of living in San Luis Obispo, CA is 12% higher than the California average and 55% higher than the rest of the country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in San Luis Obispo, CA are 6% lower than the average for California and 3% higher than the rest of the country.
San Luis Obispo is a city in California’s Central Coast region located midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Pacific Ocean is about 11 miles west of San Luis Obispo and to the east lie the Santa Lucia Mountains.
San Luis Obispo is a seismically active area and there are a number of nearby faults, including the San Andreas Fault. The Nine Sisters are a string of hills that partially run through San Luis Obispo. They are geologically noteworthy for being volcanic plugs. Six of the nine peaks are open to the public for recreation.
Vendors selling produce, flowers and food take over Higuera Street for the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market. The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art focuses on work by contemporary California artists and has art classes for all ages, and hosts art talks, films and other events.
The first Thursday of every month is The Bike Happening (also known as Bike Nite) in San Luis Obispo. People gather after the farmers’ market at the Mission Plaza with their bikes. The bikers then go around on multiple circuits on the main streets of downtown. Each Bike Happening has a theme and a large portion of the crowd is in some costume adherent to the theme.