Fort Benning Relocation Information
Welcome to Fort Benning!
Fort Benning is one of the Army’s biggest installations, but it’s more commonly known for the affectionate tagline, “Home of the Infantry,” as the base houses the United States Army Infantry Center and School.
There’s also a good chance that if a service member is stationed at Fort Benning they’ll attend Basic Training, Airborne School, or have been assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment. Each tenant has a strong presence at “Benning.”
Fort Benning, Columbus, Georgia, and Phenix City, Alabama, are known as the “Tri-Community.” Fort Benning straddles the Georgia and Alabama border. The Chattahoochee River divides Alabama and Georgia and significantly influences the Fort Benning lifestyle. Local and military families alike enjoying white water rafting, kayaking, and zip lining over the river. Due to Fort Benning’s Central-Georgia location, the Panhandle region of Florida and Jacksonville, Florida, are popular destinations because of the military affiliated installations in the region and as vacation destinations.
Limited duty tours coupled with the short time spent at school programs such as basic training and Airborne school bring service members in and out on a regular basis.
Photo by U.S. Army
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fort Benning
1) What is Fort Benning known for?
Founded in 1918, Fort Benning is known for being the home of the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, which includes the U.S. Army Infantry and Armor Schools.
2) Is Fort Benning the largest Army post?
Fort Benning is one of the largest Army bases in the world, and one of the largest U.S. Army bases. This large Army post hosts over 70,000 Soldiers and civilians and covers over 284 square miles.
3) What units are stationed at Fort Benning?
Major units at Fort Benning include the 194th Armored Brigade, the 316th Cavalry Brigade, the 198th Infantry Brigade, and the 199th Infantry Brigade.
4) What are the nearest cities to Fort Benning?
Atlanta and Savannah in Georgia, Montgomery, Alabama, and Panama City Beach in Florida are all within a few hours’ drive of Fort Benning.
5) What is the zip code for Fort Benning?
The zip code for Fort Benning is 31905. Other nearby zip codes include 31901, 31903, 31906, 31907, and 36856.
6) What is the BAH for Fort Benning?
BAH for Fort Benning ranges from $1,392 for E-1 to $1,794 for E-9 with dependents, and from $1,506 for O-1 to $1,998 for O-7 with dependents. See housing section for more info.
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Base Location and Information
Military Bases Near Fort Benning
Fort Benning is just south of Columbus, GA on U.S. Highway 27. The post covers nearly 182,000 acres of land, with 93% of the area in Georgia and 7% in Alabama. The Chattahoochee river divides Fort Benning between these two states. The cities of Phenix City, Fort Mitchell, Salem, and Smith's Station all lie on the Alabama side of the post, while Columbus, Fortson, and Cusseta are on the Georgia side.
Getting Around Fort Benning. Maps via Fort Benning MWR
Because of Fort Benning’s Central-Georgia location, the Panhandle region of Florida and Jacksonville, Florida, are popular destinations because of the military affiliated installations in the region and as vacation destinations.
The Chattahoochee River significantly influences the Fort Benning lifestyle. Local and military families alike enjoying white water rafting, kayaking, and zip lining over the river.
Some of Fort Benning’s military base neighbors include: Robins AFB, MCLB Albany, Dobbins ARB, Fort Gillem, and Moody AFB, which are located in Georgia, but are a hefty commute away. The closest installations, MCLB Albany and Robins AFB, clock in at about a two-hour drive from Fort Benning. Dobbins AFB is slightly further, but also nearly two hours away in Atlanta.
If you’re new to The South, you’ll get a heaping dose of just what Southern culture is all about near Fort Benning. Small town charm mixed with a strong military vibe equals a unique result. Don’t worry; this hybrid culture is easy to get used to, particularly if you jump into the food and culture scene! Friendly locals are a commonality, but so is the transient nature of the area’s military families.
Downtown Columbus, Georgia
Incoming families find that Fort Benning offers plenty to do, especially outside. Favorites are the Chattahoochee River Walk and outdoor markets on the weekends. Festivals are popular during most of the year and honor everything from heritage to innovation. For a small city, Columbus boasts a strong culture scene including an opera house and amphitheatre.
Nearby locales do attract day trippers and overnight adventure seekers. Touring Atlanta could fill a long weekend and gorgeous white sand beaches in nearby Florida are perfect for spring or winter breaks.
Panama City Beach - Image by Justin Hilton from Pixabay
Base lodging and local hotels for initial lodging needs - see IHG Army Hotels to make reservations/get more information.
IHG Army Hotels
7211 Ingersoll St, Fort Benning, Georgia 31905
Front Desk (706) 689-0067
IHG Army Hotels
Building 1670, 7350 Ingersoll Road, Fort Benning, Georgia 31905
Front Desk (706) 689-0067
McIver Family Suites historic guest lodging
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Fort Benning Housing
Image via the Villages of Benning
Fort Benning Off Post Housing
View Homes for sale and houses for rent near Fort Benning - Fort Benning Homes
The Fort Benning area offers several neighborhoods and areas that current military families enjoy. They tend to be a 20-30 minute drive from Fort Benning, and the commute usually begins or ends with back-ups at the gates.
Shopping amenities including big box stores, nationally known restaurants, and grocery stores. They are plentiful in approximation to the most desired neighborhoods. Home searchers will see mentions of neighborhoods such as Wrenwood, Bradley Park, Midland Springs, and North Columbus.
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Fort Benning BAH Information
The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is a U.S. based allowance determined by geographic duty location, pay grade, and dependency status. It provides uniformed service members compensation based on housing costs in local civilian housing markets when government quarters are not provided. Learn more about your Basic Allowance for Housing.
Fort Benning is near Columbus, GA with many options to buy or rent. Some sample Fort Benning BAH rates for zip code 31905:
- E-1 with dependents: $1,392
- E-1 without dependents: $1,146
- E-9 with dependents: $1,794
- E-9 without dependents: $1,599
- O-1 with dependents: $1,506
- O-1 without dependents: $1,314
- O-7 with dependents: $1,998
- O-7 without dependents: $1,767
Area Weather and Climate
View of the Chattahoochee River via U.S. Dept. of the Interior
In this part of the country, you’ll find heat and humidity for much of the year. Because of the abundant moisture, mosquitoes are a nuisance or plague, depending on your natural attraction.
You’ll catch a break during winter. It's not uncommon to enjoy sunny and 60 degree days for stretches at a time. Spring is the rainy season, with March brinigng more than its fair share of precipitation. Adventurers enjoy activities each month of the year: water sports in the summer, hiking and biking year-round.
Fall is a favorite, but it takes a while to reach Fort Benning!
Fort Benning Area Schools
Photo via DOD Live
Fort Benning is one of the few remaining CONUS bases that fall under DODEA jurisdiction. Children residing on base attend school on Fort Benning for Pre-K through the 8th grade. After that, they move on to local county schools. There are five elementary schools and one middle school on Fort Benning.
Because the base encompasses counties in both Georgia and Alabama, four school districts are options for high school: Muscogee County Schools, Chattahoochee County Schools, Russell County Schools, and Lee County Schools.
For those looking for private or homeschool education resources, the area has multiple choices including parochial affiliations.
Muscogee County School District. Map via GAHomeTown Locator.
Fort Benning schools on the installation include Dexter Elementary School, Faith Middle School, McBride Elementary School, Stowers Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, E.A. White Elementary School, and Loyd Elementary School.
Muscogee County Schools were awarded a large grant (expiring 2021) to “provide direct services that increase the level of support for military dependent students' social-emotional well-being at ten targeted campuses.” Reach the Fort Benning School Support Officer here.
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Support for Military and Families
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Moving to the Fort Benning area? Here's what military spouse Betsy had to say:
Fort Benning was was a friendly area to live in! So many things to do, as well as great weather.
Due to its size, Fort Benning has many avenues for spouses to engage. Higher education is offered through college campuses on base as well as outside of the gates. Community colleges offer not only degrees, but classes for personal development--or fun!
Job searches are limited by industry, and growth remains slow. Fort Benning and local school districts are two major employers, followed by healthcare and local government. Spouses can spend free time volunteering, as there are always organizations in need, such as the Ronald McDonald House. Civic clubs and spouse organizations round out opportunities beyond work and home life.
Check out some of these groups and resources:
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More Fort Benning Area Info
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