Aberdeen Proving Ground

Updated: August 31, 2023
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    Located next to Aberdeen in Harford County, Maryland, Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) is the U.S. Army’s oldest active proving ground, established in 1917. Today, it is a testing hub for defense systems, pioneering advanced instrumentation and methodologies. APG is a significant military research and development site, home to 7,500 civilians, 5,000 military personnel, and 11 key commands, including the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, Combat Capabilities Development Command, and Test and Evaluation Command.

    Base Operator:

    6876 Colleran Road
    Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005

    Aberdeen Proving Ground Housing

    APG offers on-post housing through Covias Military Living. There are roughly 1,000 housing options. To coordinate living on-post… call the housing office at 410-306-2002. There are barracks for single or unaccompanied personnel.

    PCS and TDY Lodging

    The Swan Creek Inn at Aberdeen Proving Ground offers temporary lodging for incoming personnel.

    APG collaborates with local hotels for military-friendly rates. Other options for temporary lodging include the IHG Candlewood Suites.

    What is the BAH for Aberdeen Proving Ground?

    The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) at Aberdeen Proving Ground varies depending on rank, years of service and dependency status. Visit the Maryland state BAH page or see the chart below for more information.


    Military Housing Area: MD127

    Grade With Dependents Without Dependents
    E01 $1,998 $1,722
    E02 $1,998 $1,722
    E03 $1,998 $1,722
    E04 $1,998 $1,722
    E05 $2,142 $1,794
    E06 $2,346 $1,860
    E07 $2,469 $1,998
    E08 $2,607 $2,190
    E09 $2,799 $2,238
    W01 $2,364 $1,959
    W02 $2,529 $2,187
    W03 $2,697 $2,244
    W04 $2,844 $2,370
    W05 $3,018 $2,499
    O01E $2,493 $2,136
    O02E $2,670 $2,229
    O03E $2,865 $2,334
    O01 $2,175 $1,845
    O02 $2,343 $2,094
    O03 $2,691 $2,268
    O04 $3,078 $2,472
    O05 $3,351 $2,553
    O06 $3,381 $2,682
    O07 $3,405 $2,724

    For more information, look at BAH rates by state or calculate your exact BAH rate.

    Aberdeen Proving Ground Surrounding Area

    APG, nestled near the Chesapeake Bay, is between three major metropolitan areas. It’s an hour drive from Baltimore, and a two-hour drive from both Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.


    On-post medical services are primarily provided through the KIRK U.S. Army Health Clinic. It is a treatment facility within the Walter Reed Health Care System. The services it offers: Pediatrics, physical therapy, general medicine, optometry, occupational health, and behavioral health. Note: There is no emergency services available on post.


    APG hosts three Child Development Centers (CDCs), two of which provide full day care to infants, toddlers and preschool aged children. One CDC offers school year care for students.

    Special programs are also available, further details of which can be found on the base’s official website.


    Aberdeen Proving Ground doesn’t have on-post. Children on APG North attend Roye-Williams Elementary, Aberdeen Middle, or Aberdeen High School. Those on APG South or Edgewood Area go to Edgewood Elementary, Middle, or High School. Cecil County Public Schools, north of Harford County, are also nearby.

    For details, call the CYS School Liaison at 410-278-2857.

    Written by Veteran.com Team