Fort Polk Army Base
Joint Readiness Training Center, 10th Mountain Division, 115th Combat Support Hospital,
162nd Infantry Brigade, 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade
Bldg. 5903 Louisiana Ave, Fort Polk, LA 71459
Fort Polk is a United States Army Base in beautiful west-central Louisiana and is the home of the Joint Readiness Training Center. Fort Polk’s mission is to provide installation support for power projection, combat readiness and mission execution for all tenant units as well as JRTC rotational units. It is the only training center in the Army which both trains and deploys units for combat missions.
Fort Polk is the second largest employer in the state of Louisiana and has a huge economic impact on the entire state. The Army is situated on 198,000 acres. The Department of the Army actually owns 100,000 acres with the remaining acreage belonging to the United States Forest Service and part of the Kisatchie National Forest. The land that the post is on is both of historical and archeological value.
It was named in honor of the Right Reverend Leonidas Polk, the first Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Louisiana, and a distinguished Confederate general in the American Civil War.
Soldiers of Fort Polk have been called to serve around the world. They have fought in operations Just Cause, Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, Noble Eagle and Iraqi Freedom.
9,000 active duty, Guard, Reserve, family members, civilians, DoD members, and retirees
Fort Polk is an Army post located in Vernon Parish in Louisiana seven miles from Leesville, Louisiana. The city of Leesville is situated between Shreveport and Lake Charles. It is 63 miles to Lake Charles, Louisiana and 50 miles to Alexandria where the nearest municipal airport is located.
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 Louisiana school, a child must be at least 4 years and 7 months old before the start 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.
Baton Rouge Human Development Sources 225-389-3141
Helps families live safe, healthy and successful lives. It fulfills this mission by providing children, youth, families and adults care, services and treatment to thrive in their homes and communities.
Louisiana Child & Family Services 281-795-0642
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.
Vernon Parish Animal Shelter 337-392-9613
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
Vernon Parish Health Department 337-238-6410
Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office 337-238-1311
Base Operator (337) 531-2911
Chaplain (337) 531-1725
Dental Headquarters (337) 531-3729
EFMP Family Support (337) 531-7258
Housing Services Office (337) 537-5060
ID/CAC Card Processing (337) 531-1839
Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
On-base housing is privatized and managed by Picerne Military Housing. There are six neighborhoods with 2-5 bedroom homes and they are available for all ranks. Call 337-537-5000 for more information.
Residential Community Initiative (RCI) Office also manages two and three bedroom Jr. NCO Housing. The RCI office also manages a limited number of two-bedroom homes for Senior Bachelors in the grades E7-E9, Warrant Officers, and Officers. Contact the RCI office at 337-531-6000 for information.
Billy Goat Hill
6.1 miles from base
Billy Goat Hill is a small, rural community in Leesville, Louisiana. It is made up of many medium to small sized homes.
26 miles from base
Evans/Burr Ferry is a small community in Leesville, Louisiana. It is made up of medium to small sized homes and has many wide open spaces.
In Leesville, the summers are long, hot, and oppressive and the winters are short and cold. It is wet and partly cloudy year round and over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 42°F to 93°F and is rarely below 29°F or above 98°F.
The hot season is from May 25 to September 23, with an average daily high temperature above 86°F. The cool season is from November 27 to February 22, with an average daily high temperature below 66°F.
The best times of year for warm-weather activities are from early April to late May and from mid September to late October.
Compared to the state average of Louisiana the cost of living index in Leesville, LA is 85, which is 8% lower than the average in Louisiana and compared to the national average it is 15% lower.
If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Leesville, LA goods and services come in at equal to the average in Louisiana and are 3% lower than compared to the nationwide average.
Located in the piney woods of west central Louisiana, Vernon Parish offers lots of outdoor opportunities for nature lovers and sportsmen. Make sure to check out Kisatchie National Forest with its 600,000 acres spread across seven parishes in Louisiana.
If it is history that you are interested in, don’t worry there are museums and several sites on the National Register of Historic Places that make up the “Legend Country” historic sites where you can learn about the past In Louisiana all the way back to the Civil War.
If you’re interested in artistic entertainment, there’s no shortage of art exhibits, musical performances and annual festivals. There is plenty of shopping with the vast boutiques and flee markets as well.
For more information on Vernon Parish, check out the Vernon Parish Tourism Commission website at http://www.vernonparish.org