Fort Leonard Wood

Updated: June 5, 2023
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    Fort Leonard Wood trains soldiers in a variety of disciplines, operating the U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School, U.S. Army Engineer School, and U.S. Army Military Police School.

    Located in Pulaski County, Missouri, the Fort has been operating for more than 75 years. The nearest airport, Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport, is approximately three miles from the base for an easy trip to the post.

    Find information about Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri including the main commercial and DSN numbers for the base, information on basic services, base transportation, lodging for TDY and PSCing personnel, and inprocessing.

    Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri Mission & Units

    The fort is home to the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, plus the previously mentioned Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School, Army Engineer School, and U.S. Army Military Police School. Fort Leonard Wood trains and educates nearly 90 thousand troops a year.

    Fort Leonard Wood is also where non-combat arms troops will receive Basic Combat Training, plust Advanced Individual Training (AIT) for Motor Transport Operators and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear specialists. Advanced training for security forces also happens at Fort Leonard Wood.

    Important units at the fort include:

    • 1-48th Infantry Battalion
    • 169th Engineer Battalion
    • 2-10th Infantry Battalion
    • 3-10th Infantry Battalion
    • 35th Engineer Battalion
    • 399th Army Band
    • 43d Adjutant General Battalion
    • 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade
    • 554th Engineer Battalion
    • 58th Transportation Battalion
    • 5th Engineer Battalion
    • 701st Military Police Battalion
    • 787th Military Police Battalion
    • 795th Military Police Battalion
    • 84th Chemical Battalion
    • Air Force Detachment 7
    • Chemical Defense Training Facility
    • Civilian Personnel Advisory Center
    • Directorate of Combat Development
    • Directorate of Common Leader Training
    • Directorate of Contracting
    • Directorate of Information Management
    • Directorate of Logistics
    • Directorate of Plans, Training and Mobilization
    • Directorate of Training Development
    • Marine Corps Detachment
    • Navy Detachment
    • Staff Judge Advocate
    • Support Battle Lab
    • Training Support Battalion

    What Kind of Military Base is Fort Leonard Wood?

    Having been in operation for over 75 years, Fort Leonard Wood is a United States Army base located in Missouri with a core focus on training and education. Soldiers specializing in a variety of sectors come to Fort Leonard Wood to receive target training in areas such as engineering, military police, and chemical warfare defense, among other disciplines. 

    During World War II, Fort Leonard Wood was built specifically as a training site for infantry and engineer units. Following the war, the base carried on its roots as an education and training facility and continues to host pivotal programs such as the U.S. Army’s Maneuver Support Center of Excellence (MSCoE). 

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    Fort Leonard Wood Housing: Where Should I Live if Stationed at Fort Leonard Wood?

    For single military members, barracks are available for housing on Fort Leonard Wood, with some unaccompanied personnel being required to live off-base. Single-family homes, duplexes, and apartments are also on-base options for military members and their families.

    Both barracks and family housing come with community amenities, contributing to a positive living experience on-base. 

    Whether you choose to live off-site or you are required to, off-base military members can choose to either rent or purchase a home in the surrounding area. Contacting the Housing Office is your best option to discover off-base housing opportunities and to begin the process of obtaining Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). 

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    Fort Leonard Wood Family Housing

    Fort Leonard Wood is renowned for having distinct family housing communities, each with its own individual personality and character. These communities include single-family homes, apartments, and duplexes ranging from two bedrooms to four bedrooms.

    Walking trails, a splash park, playgrounds, and basketball courts are just a few on-base amenities available to families.

    Those living off-base can choose between renting or purchasing a home. The local real estate market offers a variety of housing options to fit a range of budgets.

    Military members living off-base should consider commute time, school districts, and local amenities when choosing an area to live in the Fort Leonard Wood surrounding areas. 

    What is the BAH for Fort Leonard Wood?

    You can always check for current BAH rates for your pay grade for the Fort Leonard Wood Area. You’ll find that members at a pay grade of E04 with dependents can look forward to receiving around $1146.00 each month. Those without dependents of the same pay grade are presently receiving around $930.00 per month. 

    Of course, there are many variables that are taken into consideration while determining BAH, so it’s important to check in with the correct authorities for your specific assigned rate. 

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    The Fort Leonard Wood Housing Office: How to Apply for Housing at Fort Leonard Wood

    The Housing Office for Fort Leonard Wood at (573) 329-3105 can be contacted for both on- and off-base inquiries. They can educate you on the process of obtaining on-base housing or provide you with the essential information to apply and determine eligibility for BAH. 

    All military members will go through an eligibility, application, and documentation process, and those selecting on-site housing can expect to be placed on a waitlist.

    Fort Leonard Wood History

    There are actually “two” Fort Leonard Woods in Army history; the same name was used in 1928 to redesignated Camp Meade (originally a temporary site) when it was determined the camp should become a permanent base. Pennsylvania lawmakers challenged this-the fort’s namesake George G. Meade was known as the “hero of Gettysburg”, and being from Pennsylvania, there was a concerted effort by lawmakers there to change the name back.

    The result is that the name “Fort Leonard Wood” was available more than a decade later when Fort Leonard Wood broke ground in 1940. At the time that groundbreaking was for something called the Seventh Corps Area Training Center but in 1941 the War Department designated the installation as Fort Leonard Wood.

    The fort is named after a 40-year veteran who once had Teddy Roosevelt serve as his second-in-command in the Rough Riders. Leonard Wood was the Army Chief of Staff between 1910 and 1914.

    The original idea for the fort was to train infantry, but engineer training soon became part of the mission with the creation of the Engineer Replacement Training Center. During World War Two, Fort Leonard Wood housed Axis prisoners of war. Much later, the fort would benefit from Base Realignment and Closure Commission decisions; in 1984 a large portion of U.S. Army Engineer School operations were consolidated there.

    In 1999 Fort McClellan, Alabama was closed, and Fort Leonard Wood inherited the U.S. Army Chemical Corps and Military Police Corps missions, redesignated as the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center.

    The Fort Leonard Wood official site points to a growing multi-service operation; today it supports both a Marine Corps Detachment and an Air Force Detachment, both said to be the largest operations of their type on an Army post. There is also a Navy Seabee Detachment and Coast Guard troops also train there.

    Fort Leonard Wood Contacts

    Main Address and Phone Numbers

    Fort Leonard Wood
    Replacement Avenue
    Relocation Readiness Rm 118
    Building 486
    Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473-8935

    • 573-596-0212
    • DSN 312-581-0212

    Important Fort Leonard Wood Contact Numbers

    • Emergency – 911
    • Hospital Main – (573) 596-0035
    • ID Card Section – (573) 596-0744
    • Temporary Lodging – (800) 677-8356
    • Housing Office – (573) 329-3105
    • Medical Appointments – (866) 299-4234
    • Post Staff Duty – (573) 563-6126
    • Base Operator – (573) 596-0131
    • Suicide Prevention Hotline – (800) 273-8255
    • Barracks – (573) 596-0413
    • Welcome Center – (573) 596-0590
    • Civilian Personnel Office – (573) 596-0927
    • Deployment and Mobilization – (573) 596-0212
    • Information and Referral – (573) 596-0212
    • Legal Services and JAG – (573) 596-0629
    • Child Development Center – (573) 596-0197
    • Family Child Care (FCC) – (573) 596-0185
    • Family Advocacy Program – (573) 596-0212
    • Family Center – (573) 596-0212
    • School Age Services – (573) 596-0239
    • Child & Youth Services Central Registration Office – (573) 596-0238
    • General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital – (573) 596-0681
    • Roll Dental Clinic – (573) 596-0364
    • Barracks Management – Single Servicemember – (573) 596-0413
    • Balfour Beatty – Residential Communities Initiative – (573) 596-8364
    • Temporary Lodging/Billeting – (573) 596-0999
    • ID Card-Military Facility – (573) 596-0744
    • Education Center – (573) 596-0172
    • School Liaison Officer – (573) 596-0357
    • Household Goods/Transportation Office (inbound) – (573) 596-0932
    • Household Goods/Transportation Office (outbound) – (573) 596-0077
    • Visitor Center – (573) 596-0590

    Fort Leonard Wood Surrounding Area

    The fort is in the central part of Missouri, which gives those assigned to the post access to Missouri resort destinations, biking and hiking trails, and the historic town of Sedalia, which features annual events including the Scott Joplin music festival, the Missouri State Fair, and much more.

    The central region includes Missouri wine country, nearby Jefferson City is home to the state’s capitol, and the Lake Of The Ozarks offers plenty of outdoors fun for those who enjoy the water.

    Fort Leonard Wood is roughly two hours away from St. Louis, Missouri, which is home to professional sports including the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Blues professional hockey team; it’s also a premiere destination in the area for concerts, the arts, fine dining, and travel thanks to the major airport in the area, Lambert International Airport. To the south a little over two hours away you can reach the Oklahoma state line, with Tulsa not far from there.

    Fort Leonard Wood Inprocessing and Check-In

    Check-in for soldiers during duty hours is held at the Central In- and Out-processing Office in Dillard Hall. Soldiers arriving after duty hours will report to the Fort Leonard Wood Emergency Operations Center, call 573-563-4045 for directions or more information.

    Navy new arrivals report to the Navy Detachment, after duty hours call Duty Personnel at 573-596-0488.

    New Marine Corps arrivals during normal duty hours report to the Marine Corps Detachment personnel section in Building 1705. Marines who arrive after duty hours report to Building 1770.

    Air Force personnel will report to their gaining unit or school on the first official day of training.

    The gaining unit will specify what paperwork and documentation is required for check-in; those arriving at the Fort TDY for school or duty must follow any instructions given by the school or training facility for arrival, check-in, etc.

    Fort Leonard Wood Services

    Health Care

    Fort Leonard Wood is served by the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital which has a 45-bed inpatient care operation serving the on-base community. Primary care is available, as well as services from the following clinics:

    • Family Practice
    • Internal Medicine
    • Pediatrics
    • Cardiology
    • General Surgery
    • Orthopedics
    • Ophthalmology
    • Optometry
    • Podiatry
    • Obstetrics
    • Gynecology
    • Physical Therapy
    • Occupational therapy
    • Audiology
    • Otolaryngology
    • Psychiatry
    • Psychology
    • Neurology
    • Substance Abuse

    Call the Medical Appointments line to schedule a visit at (866) 299-4234.

    Child Care

    Fort Leonard Wood is served by three Child Development Centers, offering care for children six weeks to five years. Full-time care and part-day care are available. A waiting list may apply, and those with orders to the Fort are encouraged to contact the CDC as soon as the new assignment is known or there are orders cut.

    Fort Leonard Wood has limited Family Child Care (FCC) options for alternative care in private homes on post, but the fort also features a volunteer child care option known as “Volunteer Childcare in the Unit Setting” described as free child care provided by the family members in one military unit on an exchange or barter basis.

    Call the Child Development Center of Fort Leonard Wood at (573) 596-0197 for more information on waiting lists, costs, and requirements.

    Household Goods

    All personnel inbound to Fort Leonard Wood are directed to track and manage their household goods shipments via Move.mil, which is the official site of the Defense Personal Property Management System. You can also contact Fort Leonard Wood Inbound TMO/Household Goods Office for assistance with shipments and more at (573) 596-0932.

    Dependent And Retiree ID Card Replacement, Renewal, New Issue

    Dillard Hall is where DEERS/ID card services are administered, and no walk-ins are permitted. Appointments can be scheduled via the RAPIDS scheduler and valid ID is required for services.

    Military members are required to accompany their dependents at all times unless the family member has a power of attorney authorizing ID services on behalf of the service member. Another option is to present a DD Form 1172-2 “that is generated by a DEERS/ID Cards Facility”; a Common Access Card is required to complete this form online using RAPIDS and must be generated 30 days prior to any appointment where applicable.

    ID requirements for dependents and retirees to get ID cards includes (but may not be limited to) the following:

    • Nonmilitary dependent spouses need two valid forms of ID;
    • Unremarried surviving spouses need two valid forms of ID;
    • Former military spouse need two valid forms of ID;
    • Dependent children under the age of 18 require no ID;
    • Dependent children 21 or older who are students need a letter from an accredited college/university, signed by the school registrar stating full time enrollment and anticipated graduation date. Sponsor must be present when issuing ID card or sign the DD 1172-2 Application for Identification Card/DEERS prior to student visit either with their CAC Card or at the ID Facility;
    • Dependent over age 21 who are Incapacitated need two valid forms of ID plus a current Dependency Determination Medical Sufficiency Letter;
    • Other dependents such as parents, in-laws, etc will need an Approved Dependency Determination (renewed every four years) from Defense Finance Accounting System. Birth and marriage certificates may also be required.

    Fort Leonard Wood Schools

    Those residing on-post are served by Waynesville R-VI Schools. There are 11 schools in this district total with four on-post. About 60 percent of all students in Waynesville schools are military dependents. Off-post, those living in the local area will, depending on their location, be served by one of the following school districts:

    • Crocker R-II School District
    • Dixon R-I School District
    • Laquey R-V School District
    • Lebanon R-III School District
    • Newburg R-II School District
    • Phelps County R-III School District
    • Plato R-V School District
    • St. James R-I School District
    • Waynesville R-VI School District

    Immunization and registration procedures may vary depending on the district and the age of the students registering; it’s best to call the Fort Leonard Wood School Liaison Officer to discuss needs for the specific school district you wish to send have your children registered in. Call (573) 596-0357 for assistance.

    Fort Leonard Wood Housing

    On-post housing is privatized; Balfour Beatty Communities operates on-post military housing for families. There are no permanent party Bachelor Officer Quarters at Fort Leonard Wood. Unaccompanied troops in the ranks ranging from E1 to E3 are given housing in Specker Barracks. Unaccompanied E4s and E5s are also assigned on-post living quarters. All unaccompanied personnel E6 to E9 must reside off post.

    It’s important to note that “unaccompanied” in this case means “unmarried” or “without dependents”. Those who have dependents but did not bring them to Fort Leonard Wood are required to reside off post.

    Fort Leonard Wood PCS and TDY Lodging

    Temporary lodging on post is provided by IHG Army Hotels is located in the Soldier Service Center. Reservations are allowed in advance at 573-596-0999 or toll free 1-800-677-8356. Pets are allowed in eight post lodging facilities on Community Drive but there is a waiting list in most cases.

    PCS season and training school schedules may seriously affect the availability of temporary lodging at Fort Leonard Wood depending on demand, mission requirements, etc. It’s best to call ahead as far in advance as possible for best results. Those PCSing with families can make reservations 60 days in advance.

    Fort Leonard Wood Transportation

    An on-post shuttle system is available during regular duty hours. There are taxis and commercial shuttle services available from area airports as well as ride-sharing services such as Uber, Lyft, etc. depending on demand and local regulations.

    Vehicle Registration And Driver’s License

    There is a 100% ID check policy on Fort Leonard Wood; all drivers are required to carry current ID, all required insurance and safety features as ordained by the State of Missouri, and all drivers should expect random vehicle searches. New arrivals should know the circumstances under which they are required to get a Missouri driver’s license and when that license is not required:

    NOT required to have a Missouri driver license:

    • Members of the Armed Forces with a valid license from the home of record;
    • Full-time students with a valid license from your home state;
    • Operators of farm tractor or implement on a highway for agricultural related purposes.

    REQUIRED to have a Missouri driver license:

    • Those who are Missouri residents and are 16 years of age or older;
    • New residents of Missouri;
    • Out-of-state commercial drivers who have moved to Missouri within the last 30 days.
    Written by Joe Wallace

    Joe Wallace is a 13-year veteran of the United States Air Force and a former reporter for Air Force Television News.