The Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion has several families enrolled in TRICARE Prime Remote.
It is very important that you inform us in advance if you have an exceptional family member, to ensure you are assigned to an area where required services and education will be available. Contact the Soldier and Family Assistance Program Manager at 717-614-2203 for information.
Our supporting Military Transportation Office provides coordination for incoming household goods and unaccompanied baggage to the battalion area. Contact Transportation at the Carlisle Barracks at 717-245-4381/4382 when you arrive to let them know you’re in and what your immediate plans are. Provide them with a permanent address as soon as possible. Claims for damaged goods can be made through the servicing office but must be initiated within 70 days of arrival.
Cold Steel Battalion prospects, processes, and sustains future soldiers to achieve its precision mission requirements within the DA quality marks and resources allocated while simultaneously expanding both its market and number of partners; executes specified training and Command initiatives though discipline and adhering to standards in accordance with Army Values and Ethos all the while ensuring the quality of life of its Soldiers, Civilians, and Family members.
With the introduction of the All-Volunteer Army, the Harrisburg District Recruiting Command was established on July 1, 1972. During 1972, the new district assumed the mission of 29 recruiting stations from the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia District Recruiting Commands. The district became responsible for the Army’s recruiting mission in central Pennsylvania and soon established itself as a major recruiting command in the northeast region. Due to the high quality of recruits enlisted by the Harrisburg District Recruiting Command, the Governor of Pennsylvania and the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command designated Harrisburg as the “Blue Ribbon” District Recruiting Command.
In February 1977, the Altoona and Bedford Stations were added to the district. The scope of the District’s responsibilities increased again in June 1978 when it assumed the recruiting mission for the Army Reserve.
In 1982, the Harrisburg District was redesignated as the United States Army Recruiting Battalion-Harrisburg.
In 2008, the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion-Harrisburg, as part of the overall transformation of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, assumed responsibility for much of Pittsburgh Battalion after its deactivation.
The battalion is divided into seven companies: Carlisle, State College, Lehigh Valley, Greensburg, Pittsburgh, Clarion, and Harrisburg. The battalion oversees the recruiting mission of 49 Regular Army stations and predominately fills two Army Reserve Commands. It covers 52 of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania or approximately 34,708 square miles. Assigned to the battalion are 13 officers, 255 enlisted members, of which 222 are on-production recruiters, and 19 civilians.
The Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion is headquartered at the Defense Depot Susquehanna, Pennsylvania (formerly New Cumberland Army Depot). It is one of the 8 battalions that cover the 13 states in the Brigade footprint. Pennsylvania is rich in history and tradition. The Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion oversees the recruiting mission of 43 Regular Army Stations and two Army Reserve Commands. The battalion is divided into seven companies covering 52 of 67 counties in Pennsylvania, or approximately 34,708 square miles. The seven company headquarters are located in Greensburg, Carlisle, Harrisburg, Clarion, Pittsburgh, State College and Lehigh Valley. Along with the 31 recruiting stations there are two Military Entrance Processing Stations in our battalion area, located in Pittsburgh and Mechanicsburg, PA. Check out the Harrisburg Battalion homepage.
Pennsylvania is the birthplace of our country, where our independence was declared, our Constitution was framed, and the Union preserved at Gettysburg. With over 335 historic sites, it is easy to see why we say “America starts here". Water is also one of the main attractions of Pennsylvania. We rank first in the nation with over 45,000 miles of rivers, streams, more than 76 natural lakes and over 2,300 man-made ponds and lakes. All of this gives unlimited opportunities to canoe, swim, boat, sail, and cruise or shoot the rapids while white-water rafting. Fifty-eight percent of the state is covered in forest which provides great opportunities for hikers, back-packers, campers, rock climbers, fishermen, river-runners and boaters. Enjoy any of these activities located in over 55 of our state parks.
This guide to Central Pennsylvania is available online. It doesn't cover the whole battalion area but it gets most of it and includes the military installations nearby. Click here to view.
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For a complete list of the Harrisburg Battalion Companies and Recruiting Stations, including phone numbers and websites, click here.