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United States Army
27401 Los Altos
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Once you arrive and begin in-processing you will need to see the BN SFA for assistance in updating your DEERS account and enrollment into Health Net Federal Services the west region TRICARE contractor, 1-844-866-WEST (9378). You may reach the SFA at 949-367-1858. Soldiers are assigned to an MTF if they live AND work within a 50 mile radius. Those outside the 50 mile radius will select a civilian PCM from the TRICARE Prime Provider Network.
The TRICARE Dental contractor is United Concordia. TRICARE Prime Remote Soldiers must call or request appointments online for a appointment with a United Concordia network Dentist. Dependents who are enrolled and paying premiums for dental coverage will also be able to choose from a number of dentists that are in the United Concordia dental provider plan. They can schedule their own appointments for routine care. Any specialized treatment for soldiers or dependents must be pre-authorized by United Concordia.
Due to a shortage of Education funds in California, school transportation is not available in some areas. Many of the areas that still provide transportation charge up to $400 per school year, per student.
The U.S. Army Recruiting Command and its Soldiers, Families, Civilians and Contractors are the Army’s trusted ambassadors to the American people. We “Provide the Strength” from the 1,400-plus recruiting stations nationwide and overseas.
Recruiting is one of the most critical jobs in the Army and it’s an extremely important mission. USAREC is a geographically dispersed unit, located throughout the 48 continental states, Hawaii, Alaska, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Europe, Guam, Saipan, Japan and Korea.
Due to the geographical dispersal of the units within USAREC, Soldiers and Families may find themselves living many miles from a military installation. For some, transitioning into a civilian community can be difficult.
USAREC stands proud knowing we have Soldiers and Families like you who are up for a challenge. Ensuring the quality of life for our Soldiers, Families, Civilians and Contractors is as important as the annual mission. Taking care of each other only makes us stronger. As a team – with Soldiers, Families, Civilians and Contractors hand in hand – we will strive daily to achieve success. We pledge to give you all we have to ensure your time in USAREC is nothing short of rewarding.
The Southern California Recruiting Battalion recruits quality soldiers for the Regular Army and Army Reserve throughout Southern California in order to sustain and grow an expeditionary Army while the nation is at war.
The U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion Southern California is headquartered in Mission Viejo, California. The Officers, Soldiers, and Civilians who are the soul of the battalion are dedicated to providing qualified young men and women for service in the Active Army and Army Reserve.
Santa Ana Recruiting Main Station was the official name from 1972, deriving its name from the city of Santa Ana, its initial location. The unit was formed during an expansion of the recruiting command to 60 RMSs with the institution of the All-Volunteer Army in 1972. It was re-designated Santa Ana District Recruiting Command on 1 May 1974. The headquarters moved from Santa Ana to Laguna Niguel in December 1976. As part of a USAREC-wide realignment designed to move USAREC closer to the mainstream Army, region and district recruiting commands became brigades and battalions respectively, and on 1 October 1983, the name changed to U.S. Army Santa Ana Recruiting Battalion.
In November 1989, the battalion headquarters moved to its present location in Mission Viejo. The battalion changed its name in October 1995 to its current designation, the U.S. Army Southern California Recruiting Battalion.
Today, the battalion is comprised of seven recruiting companies, 34 centers, and two Forward Engagement Center covering more than 37,000 square miles of Southern California terrain.
The battalion’s area of responsibility runs from the International Border with Mexico at the south to the San Bernardino Mountains in the north, including the National Training Center. The western border is the Pacific Ocean and the eastern demarcation lines are shared with the state’s Nevada and Arizona borders.
Recruiters are the heart of the Southern California Recruiting Battalion. Through their efforts, the Army continues to maintain its fighting strength by receiving bright, well-motivated men and women who join the Army to train and serve our great nation.
The Battalion headquarters is located in the City of Mission Viejo, California at 27401 Los Altos, Suite 330, At the intersection of Crown Valley Parkway and Los Altos. Interstate 5 runs north and south of the battalion. The headquarters is located on Third floor of the Mission Heritage Center.
The Southern California Recruiting Battalion is located in the lovely city of Mission Viejo. The headquarters (HQ) is located approximately 40 miles south of the city of Los Angeles, 80 miles north of the city of San Diego, 10 miles east of the Pacific Ocean and is mostly central to all 6 of our Company Command Groups (CCGs).
Although one of the most beautiful spots in the United States, it does cost a lot to live here. We want you to be prepared and to understand you will pay more for every necessity from food, clothing and housing to childcare and family recreation. Even though the Army BHA rates are significantly higher here than in some other parts of the country, they do not wholly compensate for the extremely high cost of living you will find here.
Our Command Climate is one of great leadership, caring and respect. Making sure Soldiers, Families and Civilians are taken care of is one of the highest priorities here. The Battalion Command Group is actively involved in and supports the Family Readiness Groups (FRGs) and we extend a sincere invitation for you to become involved too.
The territory of the So Cal Shark battalion includes the counties of Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Imperial.
To view the Southern California BN phone directory including companies and stations please click here.
FT IRWIN; CAMP PENDLETON; LOS ANGELES AFB; NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO
MILITARY CLOTHING SALES
FT LEWIS, WA
HRC ST. LOUIS, MO
HOUSEHOLD GOODS SUPPORT
ACS & FAMILY SUPPORT
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BN HQ; FT IRWIN
MEDICAL TREATMENT FACILITY
FT IRWIN; 6TH RCTG BDE
ARMY EMERGENCY RELIEF
FAMILY ADVOCACY SERVICES
6TH RCTG BDE
SPOUSE EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BN HQ; FT IRWIN; CAMP PENDLETON; LOS ANGELES AFB; NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO
If we can do anything to assist you in your transition, please contact your assigned Sponsor, BN S-1 at 949-367-1155 or the BN Soldier and Family Assistance Program Manager at 949-367-1858.