Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center
177th Armored Brigade, (CATB) First Army, 154th Regiment Regional Training Institute, Youth Challenge Academy
Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center is a United States military post located in portions of Perry and Forrest Counties, in south Mississippi. The North Gate is located at the southern boundary of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on United States Highway 49. It is the largest state-owned training site in the nation. During wartime, the camp’s mission is to serve as a major independent mobilization station of the United States Army Forces Command (FORSCOM). Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center is the largest reserve component training site, covering 136,000 acres, allowing up to battalion-level maneuver training, Gunnery Table 8-12, field artillery firing points and a wide range of support facilities. This is the Annual Training location for National Guard and Reserve units located in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. However, units from across the country use its assets to support a variety of missions. The 2nd Battalion, 114th Field Artillery conducts its gunnery training and has the bulk of its combat equipment stored in the Mobilization and Annual Training Equipment Site (MATES) located there.
The training center was established during World War I and it has served almost continuously since then as a training site, not only for the Reserve Components of the Army, but also for the Active Components of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. The training site consists of a mix of State, Department of Defense, and U.S. Forest Service lands in the DeSoto National Forest.
Camp Shelby serves as a training site for National Guardsmen and Reservists from throughout the country hosting as many as 100,000 personnel annually.
There are over 2,000 Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, military families, civilians, and retirees assigned to Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center.
TRICARE Information and News
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FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a Mississippi school, a child must be at least 4 years old by July 1st. Districts must offer prekindergarten to all children who are age 4 before July 1. Kindergarten entrance age is 5 on or before September 1 for 5-year-old kindergarten, or age 4 on or before September 1 for 4-year-old kindergarten. Children must attend in districts that offer kindergarten. 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.
Mississippi Department of Human Services (601) 359-4500
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Mississippi Department of Health (601) 576-7400
Mississippi Humane Society (601) 596-2206
Mississippi Highway Patrol (601) 582-3529
Base Operator (601) 313-6187
Billeting (601) 558-2540
Housing Services Office (601) 558 2500
Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273 – 8255
In Hattiesburg, the summers are long, hot, and oppressive; the winters are short and cold; and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 40°F to 92°F and is rarely below 26°F or above 97°F.
The hot season lasts for 4.1 months, from May 21 to September 24, with an average daily high temperature above 85°F. The hottest day of the year is August 11, with an average high of 92°F and low of 73°F. The cool season lasts for 2.8 months, from November 30 to February 23, with an average daily high temperature below 66°F. The coldest day of the year is January 17, with an average low of 40°F and high of 60°F.
The wetter season lasts 2.9 months, from May 31 to August 28, with a greater than 37% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 55% on July 26. The drier season lasts 9.1 months, from August 28 to May 31. The smallest chance of a wet day is 20% on October 8.
The average cost of living in Hattiesburg, MS is 2% lower than the average of Mississippi and 20% lower than our nation’s average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city’s goods. In the case of Hattiesburg, MS, the price of goods and services are 6% lower than the average of Mississippi as well as 17% lower than the nation’s average.
The Camp Shelby community includes Hattiesburg, Mississippi, (Hub City) a medium-sized city in Forrest and Lamar Counties. In the heart of downtown Hattiesburg is the Historic Train Depot, which helped the town get it’s Hub City name. Enjoy one of the many events hosted at the Historic Saenger Theater, an Art Deco Movie Theater that opened in 1929. In the Midtown District you’ll find restaurants, shops, and the Hattiesburg Zoo. The zoo has over 200 different species and a fun splash pad for the kids to enjoy. In West Hattiesburg there are beautiful parks to enjoy, shopping centers and restaurants.
Some other points of interest in the Camp Shelby community include Turtle Creek Mall, New Pointe Shopping Center, Optimist Park, Jackson Road Station at Longleaf Park, Lucky Rabbit, and Southern Prohibition Brewery.