Camp Swift Army Base
136th Combat Arms Training Regiment, Texas National Guard Training Center of Excellence
1705 Highway 95 N, Bastrop, Texas
Camp Swift is a military installation in Bastrop, Texas, just east of Austin, and spans across 12 square miles. The installation resides mainly in the Oak Woods part of Bastrop County and includes some of the prairies in the natural surrounding areas.
Bastrop, Texas is apart of the Greater Metropolitan area of Austin. The camp has consistently been used as a storage and training facility and is comprised of buildings ranging from warehouses to recreational spaces to artillery ranges, barracks and storage tank structures.
There are 6,282 Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, military families, DoD personnel, civilians, and retirees assigned to Camp Swift.
The closest airport is Austin-Bergstrom International Airport located 31.5 miles from base.
Directions from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
- Head southwest on Presidential Blvd
- Slight right toward Hotel Dr
- Turn right onto Hotel Dr
- Turn right onto Spirit of Texas Dr
- Turn right toward E State Hwy 71 Service Rd
- Slight right onto E State Hwy 71 Service Rd
- Use the right lane to take the ramp onto TX-71 E
- Merge onto TX-71 E
- Keep left to continue on TX-71 E/Bastrop Fwy and Continue to follow TX-71 E
- Keep right and use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto TX-95 N/Jackson St. Continue to follow TX-95 N
- Turn right onto Lba Dr
- Turn left onto Cool Water Dr
- Turn right onto Indian Oak Dr
- Turn left onto Green Valley Dr
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 Texas school, a child must be at least 5 years old by September 1st. Check with the school for other requirements.
Because of student mobility, Texas has adopted curriculum standards that are to be used in all the state’s public schools. The current standards, which outline what students are to learn in each course or grade, are called Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The standards are adopted by the State Board of Education, after extensive input from educators and other stakeholders. For more information click here.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current servicemembers 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.
Child Care Aware:
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.
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (512) 438-4800
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.
Texas Department of Health and Human Services (512) 776-2150
The Texas Health and Human Services Department provides information, referral, support and assistance to residents at risk of or experiencing economic hardships, neglect, abuse, juvenile crime, or incapacities related to aging or disabling conditions.
Austin Humane Society (512) 646-7387
Texas State Troopers (512) 424-2000
Base Operator (512) 321-4122
On-base housing is not available at Camp Swift.
7.5 miles from Base
Bastrop is a small town with many housing options to choose from.
24 miles from Base
Manor is a small town with many newer homes.
In Austin, the summers are hot and oppressive and the winters are short, cold, and windy. It is partly cloudy year round and over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 43°F to 97°F and is rarely below 30°F or above 102°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from June 3 to September 19, with an average daily high temperature above 90°F. The hottest day of the year is August 6, with an average high of 97°F and low of 75°F. The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 26 to February 22, with an average daily high temperature below 68°F. The coldest day of the year is January 6, with an average low of 43°F and high of 61°F.
The wetter season lasts 4.6 months, from April 29 to September 15, with a greater than 24% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 35% on May 27. The drier season lasts 7.4 months, from September 15 to April 29. The smallest chance of a wet day is 14% on January 1.
The average cost of living in Austin, TX is 18% higher than the average of Texas and 7% higher 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 Austin, TX, the price of goods and services are 8% higher than the average of Texas as well as 1% higher than the nation’s average.
Bastrop, Texas is apart of the Greater Austin Metropolitan area. Centered in the heart of Texas, Austin, Texas has transformed from a booming college town to one of the largest, most vibrant cities in the U.S. Austin was even ranked as the number one best place to live on U.S. News’ Best Places to Live in the USA list. In downtown Austin, you’ll find a vibrant business district, delicious restaurants, artistic communities and tons of apartments and condos to choose from. One of the area’s favorite spots running through the heart of the city is Lady Bird Lake, which offers canoes, paddle boats and over 10 miles of endless activities, trails and views. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a foodie or someone who appreciates a stroll, you’ll love being able to call downtown Austin home.
Some points of interest include Bastrop State Park, Historic Main Street Bastrop, Fisherman’s Park, Barton Springs Pool, Mount Bonnell, Circuit of the Americas, Zilker Metropolitan Park, Esther’s Follies, and Rainey Street.