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Fast Facts

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 Post Locator: 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. To request child care, go to  Please note that you must still register your child with Child & Youth Services prior to placement. 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: Residing in on-base housing is voluntary, not mandatory, except for personnel assigned to key and mission essential positions, designated by the Installation Commander. On-post housing consists of a total 12 housing villages containing single housing and townhomes, with two to five bedrooms. Soldiers with a Family housing requirement may apply for on-post housing. Soldiers desiring to apply for on-post housing must do so within 30 days of their arrival at Fort Hood to receive a proper back date to establish eligibility date. If application is made after the initial 30 days, the eligibility date will be the date of the application. All renters are welcome to apply by visiting the website or by visiting the Fort Hood Family Housing (FHFH) Leasing Office at Copeland Center, Building 18010 T.J. Mills BLVD Ste. B 209, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Liberty Village, one of the 12 villages on Fort Hood, offers two bedroom, single family homes opened to the ranks of PVT-SSG. To apply for a home at Liberty Village, visit the Copeland Center; visit their website or call (254) 526-3788. Service members are provided with homes based on their rank, bedroom requirement and community chosen.  Service members are responsible for keeping the Leasing Office informed of changes in eligibility status, unit, duty, and contact phone numbers.

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 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: 1 large exchange the Clear Creek Main Store, Bldg 4250 Clear Creek Blvd phone: 254-532-7200, HR Office: 254-532-9514 with food court, 2 mini malls w/food, six Troop Store, nine Shoppettes, Class Six, Mega Food Court and over 21 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.

Special Installation Messages:

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 post locator can be reached at commercial (254) 287-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

For 24/7 Fort Hood unit contact information, call the Field Officer of the Day (FOD) at (254) 287-2591 or duty cell at (254) 206-1157. For 24/7 Fort Hood services information, call the Installation Operations Center (IOC) at (254) 287-2520.

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