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Installation Overview


Fort Hood occupies 335 square miles of Bell and Coryell Counties, 60 miles north of Austin and 50 miles south of Waco. Seven surrounding cities with a regional population of 335,000 are partnered with and provide substantial quality of life support to Fort Hood. The installation‟s principal cantonment area and the adjacent West Fort Hood are bisected by US Highway 190, a four lane controlled access road that flows directly into US Interstate Highway 35, the main North-South route through Texas and Mid-America. The base operator's phone number is 254-287-1110.


Fort Hood was named for the famous Confederate General John Bell Hood, an outstanding leader who gained recognition during the Civil War as the commander of Hood's Texas Brigade. The original site was selected in 1941, and construction of South Camp Hood began in 1942. Camp Hood was designated as Fort Hood, a permanent installation, in 1951. Today Fort Hood is the largest active duty armored post in the United States, and is the only post in the United States that is capable of supporting two full armored divisions. For more information, go to the Fort Hood homepage.


Fort Hood exists to train its assigned units, as a mobilization station for Army Reserve and National Guard units and as a strategic power projection platform. The installation serves a wide variety of tenant organizations and ensures the highest quality of life support for a diverse community of over 297,000 soldiers, family members and retirees.

Population Served

The demographic composition of Fort Hood differs significantly from surrounding communities. The total service area population exceeds 200,000, with over 6,000 Exceptional Family Members. Fort Hood has a relatively young population, the largest age group being the 25 to 34 year group. Additionally, the post has very few people over 55 years old (as most have retired by that time). The ethnic mix of the military is usually more diverse than a typical Texas city, and Fort Hood follows this pattern with 48% White, 26% African-Americans, 19 % Hispanics, 3 % Asians, and 4% various other races.

Population served


Active Duty (Officer)


Active Duty (Enlisted)


Family Members - On Post


Family Members - Off Post


Retirees, Survivors & Family Members


Civilian/NAF/Other Employees


Base Transportation

The Soldier's Shuttle Service is fully operational now and is open to Soldiers, Family members, DoD Employees, retirees and visitors to the installation. Stops are located in close vicinity to GYMS, DFACs, and Chapels in the billet area.

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 5:30 - 10:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 3:30 - 10:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 5:30 - 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday and Training Holidays: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday and Federal Holidays: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.


Upon receipt of assignment orders to Fort Hood; contact the Copeland Soldier Service center at 254-287-3832 for information about obtaining a sponsor. Soldiers with pin point assignment can request sponsorship by mailing their gaining unit a DA Form 5434 (Sponsorship Program Counseling Information Sheet). Soldiers desiring a pin-point assignment can contact Strength Management at 254-287-5793 or DSN 312-737-5793.

While enroute it is recommended that soldiers place a hold on mail until they inprocess their gaining unit.

Temporary Lodging

Soldiers PCSing to Fort Hood can call IHG Army Hotels at (254) 532-5157 or 1-877-711-8326 for reservations, or visit the IHG Army Hotels website. All facilities are non-smoking. Pet rooms are available at an extra charge. Pet vaccination records must be provided at check in. If space is not available the Soldier will be issued a statement of non availability authorizing them to stay off post. This statement of non-availability must be obtained from the lodging office prior to going to an off post hotel.

Relocation Assistance

Army Community Service Relocation Readiness Program, 254-287-4471 offers a variety of relocation assistance services and resources to eliminate the stress associated with relocating. Soldiers processing into Fort Hood attend a Newcomer's brief as part of their in processing through 21st Replacement Detachment. The Lending Closet has basic household items available for Soldiers and families arriving or leaving Fort Hood while their household goods are in transit. Please bring a copy of assignment orders and an ID Card.

Other programs offered include a Welcome CD, Lending Closet, Settling-In Information, Financial Assistance, Parenting/Stress Management, Foreign-Born Spouse, Army Family Team Building, Exceptional Family Member, Employment Referral, Child and Youth Services, School Liaison, and Volunteer Referral.

Critical Installation Information

Base Entry -- Effective immediately, in accordance with DOD Directives, Fort Hood and the Directorate of Emergency Services will no longer conduct vehicle registration operations at the Fort Hood Welcome Center. DOD Identification card holders (Soldiers, Registered Family Members, Retirees and DOD Civilians) will no longer need to possess DOD Decals on their vehicles in order to gain access to the installation. DOD ID card holders (no change) will be allowed to proceed directly to Installation Access Points and present their DOD ID cards to security personnel.

Seat Belts -- Seat belts are required at all times while driving on post. Infant car seats are required as well. Minimum amount of liability insurance is required.

Parking -- Parking of motor vehicles is authorized only in those areas/spaces designated for parking. Speed Limits -- Speed limit on Fort Hood is 30 mph unless otherwise posted.

Associated Links

Military OneSource
Provides access to 24/7 counseling, information and referral for service families, and if relocating, search for Culture Grams that can provide useful information about your new duty location.

Defense Travel Management Office /Per Diem
Per Diem official website with information on allowances, travel regulations and lodging websites.

DS Logon (formerly DEERS)
TRICARE beneficiaries can electronically link to their medical records, pay and human resource systems and other websites.

Defense Finance and Accounting Service
The authoritative source for pay issues.

DoD Schools
Provides complete information on all Department of Defense Schools run by DoDEA.

Military K-12 Partnership
Provides comprehensive information for all students.

DoD Commissaries
The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment.

The CIA World Factbook
Provides information on locations overseas.

OSD Reserve Affairs
Provides benefits and services designed to enhance and maintain the quality of life for noncommissioned and petty officers.

Army OneSource
Comprehensive information on all Army Community Services and QOL support.

Army Home Page
Information and resources for Army soldiers and families worldwide.

United States Army Recruiting Command Soldier and Family Assistance Programs
Public web site for all Army recruiting command needs.

U.S. Army Cadet Command -- Official QOL Web Site
Provides information and links to all Army Cadet Command quality of life issues.

Army Installation Management Command
Link is helpful in order to gain information about local and Army-wide initiatives.

Army Reserves
Information on the Army Reserve as a career.

Military ID Card/CAC -- Locator
Find all military ID card and CAC facilities worldwide.

Department of Defense-sponsored website for kids impacted by the deployment of parents and caregivers.

Military State Policy Source
Seeks to engage and educate state policymakers, not-for-profit associations, concerned business interests, and other state leaders about the needs of military members and their families.

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