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United States Army
Fort Polk, LA 71459-5342
Our cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means Leesville is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means Leesville, Louisiana is more expensive.
Leesville, LA cost of living is 76.3
Vernon Parish, LA cost of living is 76.7
DeRidder, LA cost of living is 79.0
Beauregard Parish, LA cost of living is 80.4
Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code, however, you will need to dial 94 before the 7 digit number. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.
JRTC and Fort Polk train Brigade Combat Teams (BCT) and Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFAB) to conduct large scale operations on a decisive action battlefield against a near-peer threat with multi-domain capabilities. Fort Polk enables FORSCOM units to increase readiness and support globally deployable missions while facilitating a high Quality of Life for Soldiers and Army Families.
JRTC and the Combat Training Center platform continues to evolve in order to challenge Soldiers, Leaders, and IBCTs in the most realistic, demanding, rigorous battlefield environment. Focused on large scale combat operations; JRTC will develop the expanded Peason Ridge Training Area to facilitate Multi-Domain Operations (MDO). The North Fort Polk ADP transforms with the construction of the new JRTC Operations Center; a new Rotational Unit Billeting Area (RUBA); and enhancements to the pre-positioned fleet - focusing North Fort Polk on JRTC rotations - transitioning to an "all things tactical" foundation.
The South Fort Polk ADP dramatically transforms the platform where the majority of our Soldiers, Units, and Army Families are stationed, work, and live. The movement of the Operations Group to the new Joint Operations Center (JOC) at North Fort allows the Fort Polk Soldier Support District to efficiently realign brigade and battalion unit footprints to build Soldier and Unit Readiness - we are focused on "all things Soldier, all things Unit, all things Readiness." As one of the four (4) Quality of Life installations in the Army, JRTC and Fort Polk pursues multiple initiatives within: Education, Housing, Health, Health Care, Child Care, Spouse Employment, and MWR - enhancing the Soldier and Family Quality of Life at Fort Polk to equal the world-class readiness and training achieved ay JRTC.
Fort Polk history
Fort Polk was established on January 10, 1941. Thousands of Soldiers learned the basics of combat here during the World War II Louisiana Maneuvers. Forty-eight of the Army’s 91 divisions of WWII trained at Camp Polk. Generals such as Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley and Marshall learned many lessons during the maneuvers that were critical to their success in defeating the axis powers.
The post closed in 1946 and re-opened during the Korean War, closing again in 1954. It re-opened for Operation Sagebrush in 1955, the largest Army Maneuver since 1941, as Fort Polk, but closed again in 1959. Fort Polk re-opened permanently in 1961, and was designated as an Army infantry training center in 1962. During the Vietnam War, Fort Polk was the Army’s largest infantry training center, and became renowned as “Tiger Land” due to its realistic Vietnamese-style training villages. Fort Polk trained more than 1 million Soldiers for the Vietnam War.
th Infantry Division (Mechanized) replaced the infantry training center in 1975, as the Army’s mission switched from light infantry to mechanized warfare. The 5th ID Soldiers formed the nucleus of the task force sent to Panama for Operation Just Cause in 1989-90. As the Army’s mission again changed from using heavy mechanized to lighter formations, the 5th ID inactivated in 1992, and the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment took its place. The 2nd ACR deployed to the Balkans and Iraq during its tenure at Fort Polk.
On March 12, 1993, Fort Polk officially became the home of the Joint Readiness Training Center, which relocated from Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.
Since 9-11, Fort Polk Soldiers of have been called to serve around the world, deploying to Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, Inherent Resolve and more, in missions that embraced medical, military police, engineer and other support roles in addition to combat missions.
Fort Polk is a unique and one of a kind installation that continues to support the nation’s most critical missions. The installation is also home to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, the 519th Military Police Battalion, the 5th Aviation Battalion, and the 46th Engineer Battalion and the Joint Readiness Training Center Operations Group. Ops Group provides rigorous, realistic and relevant training for Soldiers deploying to combat areas and prepares units for future operations throughout the world. Installation, medical and dental commands also support the installation,
Throughout its history, Fort Polk has answered the nation’s call to train Soldiers for missions throughout the world and will continue to uphold the legacy of missions accomplished and lives saved.
Vernon Parish: 45,413 (2022)
Beauregard Parish: 37,881 (2022)
Fort Polk is located in Vernon Parish in West-Central Louisiana, better known as "The Crossroads", about 60 miles from Alexandria, 66 miles from Lake Charles, 121 miles from Shreveport, 146 miles from Baton Rouge, 224 miles from New Orleans, and 183 miles from Houston. Closer to our front gate is the nearby town of Leesville, located in Vernon Parish, DeRidder, LA, is approximately 15 miles south of Leesville and is located in Beauregard Parish. Louisiana is the only State that has Parishes not Counties. Fort Polk is approximately 3 miles east of U.S. Highway 171 and approximately 3 miles south of Highway 28.
Alexandria International Airport is located within England Industrial Airpark, off of La Hwy 28, on Frank Andrews Blvd. and is the nearest available airport.
If you are on orders for Fort Polk and plan on flying to the area, book your flight to the Alexandria International Airport in Alexandria, Louisiana. There you will find a Fort Polk welcome desk.
If driving to Fort Polk from the Alexandria International Airport turn right leaving the airport terminal parking lot. Drive down Frank Andrews Blvd. and turn right onto Vandenburg Drive. Drive 2.2 miles and turn right onto LA Hwy. 28 West. Drive 45.5 miles at the traffic circle take the 2nd exit onto US 171 South. Proceed 8 miles and turn left onto Fort Polk Entrance Road. Continue to Fort Polk Access Control Point #1 where you will need to provide a VALID PHOTO ID for individuals over the age of 16 (Driver’s license, state issued ID, Passport, etc.) and reason for entrance. If operating a motor vehicle the following additional information may be required; Vehicle Registration, Driver’s License and Proof of Insurance.
For more information on access control contact: Visitors Center, 337-531-4978; DSN 312-863-4978.
Entering Post from U.S. Highway 171
Enter through the Main Gate (Louisiana Ave) to the fourth (4th) red light (Mississippi Ave); turn left on Mississippi Ave, go all the way to the end of the street and take a left. Bldg. 250, will be on your right.
Entering Post from U.S. Highway 28
Gate ACP 6 is only open Mon – Fri from 0500 to 2100: closed Saturday, Sunday and Federal Holidays
Turn left off of Hwy 28 onto Chaffee Road (approximately 2 miles to the Chaffee Road Checkpoint). Chaffee Road takes you through North Fort to South Fort. At South Fort, Chaffee Road turns into Alabama Avenue (One Way Street), turn right onto 3rd street and the Consolidated in and out Processing, Building 250 will be slightly down the road on your right.
After Duty Hours
Report to the Warriors Keep, Bldg. 240 (337) 531-6947. Enter through the Main Check Point, Gate 1, on Louisiana Avenue, through 2 Red lights, 3rd red light take a left. Turn right onto 3rd street, go past the hospital on you right. Building 240 is behind the in and out processing center Bldg. 250 on your left at the top of the hill.
Reservations for the Holiday Inn Express in Magnolia &Cypress can be made by calling 337-531-9000; or call TOLL FREE: 1-877-711-8326. Receipts for temporary lodging must be provided to the Finance Office for reimbursement. All incoming Service members MUST report to building 250 or Warrior Keep, Bldg. 240 for sign in purposes.
Taxi services are available on post. Information concerning fees may be obtained by calling 337-531-6246. Information may also be obtained by visiting Consolidated In and Out Processing, Bldg. 250 on 3rd Street.
Uber is also available in the Leesville and Fort Polk area.