Fort Leavenworth

Updated: August 23, 2023
Fort Leavenworth
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    Established in 1827, Fort Leavenworth in Leavenworth County is the oldest active U.S. Army post west of the Mississippi. Known as the “Intellectual Center of the Army,” it houses the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) and the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center (CAC). The CAC leads in leader development, collective training, and Army doctrine. Additionally, the base hosts the Military Corrections Complex, the Department of Defense’s only maximum security prison.

    Base Operator:

    600 Thomas Ave, Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027

    Fort Leavenworth History

    Fort Leavenworth was originally a forward base during the U.S. westward expansion and attracted soldiers, settlers, and American Indians alike. It was home to the U.S. 10th Cavalry Regiment, the “Buffalo Soldiers.” Now, it spans 5,600 acres with over 1,000 buildings.


    Fort Leavenworth Housing

    On-post housing, managed by Frontier Heritage Communities, is optional unless designated by the Installation Commander. Military personnel with dependents can apply for housing. Reach out to the Housing Service Office (HSO) at 600 Thomas Avenue for off-post housing assistance. Note: Accepting on-post housing is not justification to break a lease or rental agreement.

    How to Apply For Housing

    Visit the HSO on the 3rd floor of 600 Thomas Avenue upon arrival. The application process requires proof of military service and possibly other documents. Housing varies based on rank and family size.PCS and TDY Lodging

    Temporary Housing

    IHG Army Hotels operates the temporary housing on-post. Temporary housing can be reserved 30 days in advance. Contact: 1-800-854-8677 or 913-684-4091. Pets are welcome with a deposit and daily fees.

    • Pets are allowed in lodging.
    • A non-refundable pet deposit is required, as well as a daily fee after 7 days.
    • Number of nearby kennels.


    What is the BAH for Fort Leavenworth?

    Check to see what the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is in Kansas.



    Military Housing Area: KS102

    Grade With Dependents Without Dependents
    E01 $1,593 $1,278
    E02 $1,593 $1,278
    E03 $1,593 $1,278
    E04 $1,593 $1,278
    E05 $1,641 $1,446
    E06 $2,010 $1,548
    E07 $2,082 $1,596
    E08 $2,157 $1,719
    E09 $2,217 $1,824
    W01 $2,031 $1,593
    W02 $2,115 $1,716
    W03 $2,208 $1,839
    W04 $2,223 $2,025
    W05 $2,244 $2,097
    O01E $2,091 $1,638
    O02E $2,193 $1,800
    O03E $2,226 $2,004
    O01 $1,692 $1,545
    O02 $2,007 $1,626
    O03 $2,205 $1,875
    O04 $2,247 $2,079
    O05 $2,271 $2,121
    O06 $2,286 $2,187
    O07 $2,301 $2,220

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

    Fort Leavenworth Surrounding Area

    Nestled in Leavenworth City, the base is a historical treasure. Explore the Frontier Military Scenic Byway, the city’s recreational spots, or the nearby rivers. Fort Leavenworth is a 30-minute drive to the Kansas City International Airport. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the green spaces and campus setting of the base, as well as the nearby Missouri and Platte rivers.

    Fort Leavenworth Inprocessing and Check-in

    On arrival, have your documents ready. Update your military pay account at the G1 office in Building 119. Medical staff should head to the Medical Company orderly room on the 2nd floor of Munson Army Health Center. U.S. Disciplinary Barracks personnel must check in at Building 429.

    Vehicle Registration

    Register vehicles at 210 Grant Ave, open 24/7. Required documents: ownership proof, insurance, and a valid license. Remember to register promptly to avoid penalties.


    Munson Army Health Center at 550 Pope Ave offers general to specialty care. Priorities are active-duty military, then family and retirees. Some cases may be referred off-base.


    The three main Child Development Centers (CDCs) operate on base:

    • Main CDC: Comprehensive childcare (120 Dickman Ave, Building 62)
    • Osage Center: Childcare and school-age programs (130 Dickman Ave, Building 1098)
    • Santa Fe CDC: Child development and activities (190 Hancock Ave, Building 2400)

    These centers offer a range of care from hourly care, part-day, to full-day programs.


    Residents attend Fort Leavenworth USD 207 up to 9th grade, accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education. Pre-K students must live on base all year. Kindergarten runs full-day at all elementary schools. High school students (grades 10-12) attend Leavenworth High School, with transportation provided.
    For transportation queries, all students beyond walking distance from schools receive bus service. High school students also get bus services to and from Leavenworth High School.

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