Fort Bragg, North Carolina: Everything You Need to Know
From Schools to Housing, Fort Bragg Offers Many Facilities for Soldiers
Fort Bragg was founded in 1918 when the federal government designated 127,000 acres of desolate sand, hills, and pine trees as a U.S. Army installation. The area’s adequate water resources, rail facilities, and Carolina climate perfectly suited Army needs, and Camp Bragg became a field artillery site on Aug. 21. It was named in honor of Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg, a former artillery officer and North Carolinian.
In February 1922, Congress decided that all artillery sites east of the Mississippi River would become permanent Army posts. The camp was redesignated as Fort Bragg on September 30 of that year.
The Army assigned the 82d Airborne Division to Fort Bragg in 1946 upon its return from World War II in Europe. In 1951, the Army reactivated XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, which became known as the "home of the airborne." Today, Fort Bragg and neighboring Pope Air Force Base form one of the largest military complexes in the world.
Fort Bragg’s mission is to provide the nation with a strategic crisis response force manned and trained to deploy rapidly by air, sea, and land anywhere in the world. Fort Bragg is the largest Army base by population, and it houses the XVIII Airborne Corps and the 82nd Airborne Division, as well as the U.S. Army Special Operations Command and the U.S. Army Parachute Team (the Golden Knights). Fort Bragg units include the 1st Corps Support Command, 44th Medical Command, XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery, 18th Aviation Brigade, 35th Signal Brigade, and more.
Where Is Fort Bragg Located?
The installation, which covers 251 square miles, is so large it reaches into four counties: Cumberland, Hoke, Harnett, and Moore. State Highway 210 runs along the eastern edge of the base, and Highway 295 borders the southern edge of the base.
It is situated on the northwestern edge of the Fayetteville metropolitan area, which has a population of just under 400,000. Areas west and north of Fort Bragg are mostly unpopulated wilderness.
Population/Major Units Assigned
Fort Bragg serves a population of 57,000 military personnel, 11,000 civilian employees, and 23,000 family members.
Major Units Assigned
Due to the influx of active duty troops who must reside in base lodging, Fort Bragg will only accept reservations for visitors seven days in advance for short-term stays of four days or less. They will gladly assist you in finding off-base lodging.
Soldiers processing in and out of Fort Bragg on PCS (permanent change of station) orders have priority. Based on occupancy projections, space-available travelers may make reservations up to 30 days in advance. Pets are not permitted in any facilities.
The Airborne Inn is the official lodging office on Fort Bragg. If guests decide to stay at Landmark or off post, they will only be reimbursed up to the on-base official rate.
The Airborne Inn has three guest houses: Delmont House, Leal House (the only lodging with pet rooms), and Normandy House. There are three transient lodges: Moon Hall, Hardy Hall, and Forrestal Hall. The only DVQ (Distinguished Visitors Quarters) is the Sink Guest House. All offer color TV, voice mail, high-speed Internet, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, common-use kitchen, and more. For more information, call the 24-hour front desk at 910-396-7700.
Incoming PCS personnel may occupy guest house facilities up to 30 days without loss of BAQ (basic allowance for quarters).
Landmark is a commercial hotel on post and not a government facility. Statements of non-availability will only be issued if official on-post lodging is not available. Official travelers must attempt to gain on-post official lodging first before a statement will be issued. If space is not available, a statement will be issued.
All military families who would like to move on post are required to apply for housing and go on a waiting list if there is no immediate availability. They can submit an application through the Picerne Military Housing Welcome Center located on the 6th floor of the Soldier Support Center.
All incoming families must apply for on-post housing within 30 days of signing into the installation in order to obtain credit on the housing waiting list for leave, TDY (temporary duty yonder), restricted tour, and other situations.
You are eligible for Privatized Family Housing at Fort Bragg if you are an active duty service member with accompanying family members assigned to an installation within 35 miles of Fort Bragg. For new move-ins, military members must have a minimum of six months remaining on their current duty assignment on the date of occupancy.
There are more than 4,700 homes under Picerne Military Housing's ownership and management on-post. There are two-, three-, and four-bedroom multi-family buildings, duplexes, and single homes in nine communities located on Fort Bragg. Fort Bragg also has 250 sets of two- and four-bedroom leased houses in Hoke County. Leased housing is offered to soldiers in ranks private through sergeant major.
Normally, there is a waiting period for each category of housing. The housing assignments are determined by grade category and bedroom requirements.
For single units, there are 15,928 spaces available in 112 permanent party barracks, and eight student barracks with 1,302 spaces. Barracks are divided into nine housing areas comprised of different styles consisting of one-, two-, three-, and four-soldier rooms. All single soldiers (PVT-SSG) are required to reside in the barracks if space is available.
The Fort Bragg schools consist of one junior high school, one middle school, and six elementary schools, plus an elementary school on Pope AFB. They have a total enrollment of 4,600 students in preschool through ninth grade. Students must live on the military installation (Fort Bragg or Pope AFB), or have five months or less to obtain on-post housing. Pupils in grades tenth through twelfth whose parents reside at Fort Bragg or Pope AFB will be assigned to E.E. Smith High School (Cumberland County School).
The following information is required for registration at Fort Bragg schools: birth certificate, immunization records, proof of residence on Fort Bragg, Social Security number, report card (for the beginning of the year if student was promoted), current standardized test scores, and special program paperwork (academically gifted, English language, etc.).
Child Development Services provides developmental child care under three different methods: center-based, home-based (Family Child Care), and alternative childcare options through supplemental programs and services. Child care provisions can be made for children four weeks of age to 12 years for full-day, part-day, hourly, extended, long term, and special needs care.
- Location: Gruber Road
- Type: Full-day
- Location: Knox Street
- Type: Full-day
- Location: Second Street
- Type: Full-day
- Location: Sicily Drive
- Type: Part-day preschool, hourly
Family Child Care (FCC) is a part of Child and Youth Services. There are more than 135 homes in the Fort Bragg community and the surrounding area that offer developmental and age-appropriate child care in a home setting by certified providers, on- and off-post, who like and respect children. Long-term, before and after school, special needs, extended, overnight, and hourly care is provided.
School Age Services (SAS) offers care before and after school. Each of these options entitles program participants to full-day care services during out-of-school periods, excluding federal holidays, during the school year. Additionally, schools operate separate SAS camps during winter and spring breaks for those patrons who normally do not require daily before and after school care. During the summer months, SAS operates a full-day camp option for 10 weeks or half-day sessions for eight weeks.
Womack Army Medical Center, which opened on March 9, 2000, is one of the Army’s most technologically advanced health care facilities. The center is named for Private First Class Bryant Homer Womack, a North Carolina native who was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for “conspicuous gallantry” on March 12, 1952, near Sokso-ri, Korea, after he died while tending to wounded soldiers under heavy enemy fire.
To make a primary care appointment during the duty day, patients should call their assigned clinic’s appointment line. Patients must book routine, wellness, and acute appointments through Primary Care Clinic Appointment Lines.
Joel Health and Dental Clinic serves soldiers and family members assigned to the 1st Sustainment Command, 18th Aviation Brigade, 44th Medical Brigade, 229th Aviation Regiment, the U.S. Army Parachute Team, active duty soldiers of 18th Personnel Support Battalion, and retirees enrolled in TRICARE Prime.
The Robinson Health Clinic (RHC) provides primary care to soldiers and family members of the 82nd Airborne Division.