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Location:  Home to the 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood is the largest active duty armored post in the United States Armed Services. Fort Hood rests in the beautiful 'hill and lake' country of Central Texas between Killeen and Copperas Cove and is approximately 60 miles north of the capital city of Austin. Fort Hood homepage.

Cost of Living: Lower than the average for all major U.S. cities.

Base Operator: 254-287-1110.


  • 33,042 active duty military
  • 284,811 retirees, survivors and family members
  • 13,427 civilians and contractors

Area Population: Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood Metro Area: 389,151

Child Care: Seven Child Development Centers on Fort Hood, offer childcare for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age.  Programs include full day care, hourly care, part day preschool program, and Before & After School care for children in pre-K. Family Child Care includes over 40 Army certified military spouses in their homes and can provide care for children 4 weeks to 12 years of age.  Two Child Development Homes on Fort Hood provide emergency overnight and weekend care, temporary full-day slots for single Soldier and dual military couples waiting for a center-based care slot, care for children diagnosed with special needs, and hourly care on a space available basis when the hourly care facility is booked.  Call 254-287-8029 /254-288-7155.

Schools:  There are eight independent school districts surrounding Fort Hood:  Belton, Cooperas Cove, Florence, Gatesville, Killeen, Lampasas, Salado, and Temple. There are seven elementary schools and two middle schools on post, which operate under the Killeen Independent School District. Copperas Cove Independent School District (CCISD) is a public school district serving approximately 7400 students in Copperas Cove and surrounding areas.

Youth Services:  Four youth centers on Fort Hood offer a variety of social, recreation and sports programs. Call 254-287-8029 / 254-288-7155.

Army Community Service: ACS 254-287-4227

Housing: Privatized housing consists of 13 villages with over 6,700 units of military housing. On post housing ranges from single houses to eight-plexes and has two to five bedrooms. There are 6,125 units for enlisted personnel and 593 units for officers. Wait times for all military personnel vary from 0 to 30 days. Call 254-287-4212 or visit the Family Housing website for Fort Hood Family Housing, and for Liberty Village Fort Hood.  Killeen Independent School District is the second largest employer in the Killeen area, second only to Fort Hood. Recent job growth is Positive. Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood Metro Area jobs have Increased by 3.10 percent. Unemployment Rate 6.3%. Median Household Income $40,194.

Employment:  Some civilian positions available at Fort Hood include Medical Clerk, Sales Store Checker, Dental Assistant, Licensed Vocational Nurse, Nursing Assistant, Registered Nurse and Child Care worker. Many are temporary. For employment opportunities on Fort Hood visit the cpol website. Click on the employment tab. This will give you information on employment with Federal Civilian Service and NAF. The unemployment rate in Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood Metro Area is 6.1%. The median household income is $43,311.

Post Services: 

  • MWR Facilities  Recreation at Fort Hood includes arts and crafts, bowling, library, auto hobby, golf, gym, tennis, swimming, outdoor activities, camping, fishing, and stables.
  • Commissaries: 2 large size commissaries - 254-287-6648
  • Exchange System: 2 large exchanges w/food courts, 2 mini malls w/food, six Troop Store, nine Shoppettes, Class Six, Mega Food Court and seven food locations.
  • Banking facilities on post: Pentagon Federal Credit Union and Fort Hood National Bank 

Medical Services: Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, 128-bed hospital, seven clinics. Serves soldiers, family members, and retirees supported by Fort Hood. To receive health care at Darnall and its clinics, family members must be enrolled in TRICARE Prime. Appointments 254-288-8888 or 800-305-6421; benefits/Tricare 800-406-2832.

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Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

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