Location: Located near Watertown, NY, in Jefferson County, Fort Drum is situated in one of the most unique and beautiful areas of the United States. Fort Drum is approximately 30 miles from Canada, with the Great Lakes to our west and the Adirondack Mountains to our east. Fort Drum is home to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 10th Mountain Division; two Brigade Combat Teams; and about 40 tenant organizations. The surrounding communities are very supportive of our military Service members and Families. Fort Drum homepage.
Cost of Living: Watertown, NY cost of living is 3.1% higher than the U.S. average. High utility costs in the winter increase the cost of living during the winter season. New York has some of the highest property taxes in the nation.
BRAC Status: Fort Drum ls is not impacted by BRAC at this time.
Base Operator: 315-772-6011 or DSN 312-772-6011
- 19,605 Active duty
- 19,810 Family members
- 4,739 Civilians
Area Population: Watertown, NY: 27,823; Jefferson County: 119,504
Child Development Centers: Four Child Development Centers and one Child Development Center Annex on post. Programs for children 6 weeks to Kindergarten include hourly, full and part day care as well as before and after school care. Phone: 315-772-8675. Child, Youth, and School Services (CYSS) website.
Family Child Care providers located within military housing are available.
Youth Services: One 18,000 square feet Youth Center on post. Offers a variety of leisure, developmental and sports programs for middle school and high school students. Phone: 315-772-6719. Child, Youth, and School Services (CYSS) website.
Army Community Service: ACS 315-772-6557
Housing: Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes, LLC, a partnership between the U.S. Army and Lend Lease, provides quality privatized on post communities for families stationed in the North Country.
Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes (FDMCH) maintains 3,772 homes on post varying from 2 - 5 bedrooms. Each home comes equipped with garage & automatic opener, private outdoor space, ample storage and washer & dryer hookups. Your rental rate covers utilities, weekly trash & recycling pick up, 24-hour emergency maintenance response, the assistance of a dedicated property management staff and an exclusive invitation to take advantage of all Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes' amenities and events.
We encourage every applicant to start the advanced application process in order to have the most time to plan their on-post move. Contact us today at 315.955.6644 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply, view photos and floor plans at www.fortdrummch.com.
The overall housing market in the local Fort Drum area changes with deployments and re-deployments greatly affecting occupancy rates. Contact FDMCH at (315)955-6644 or Army Community Housing (ACH) at (315)772-9397 or DSN (315)772-9397 for assistance with your off post housing search.
Employment: There are a number of job opportunities available, but competition for jobs is high. Contact the ACS Employment Readiness Program at 315-772-9611 and Visit the New York State Department of Labor website for additional employment information. Unemployment rate is 6.4%. Median household income $43,080.
- MWR Facilities: Recreation at Fort Drum includes bowling, library, autocraft, theater, gym, tennis, swimming, outdoor activities, camping, and fishing.
- Commissaries - 1 large size commissary, 315-772-6581
- Exchange System - 1 exchange, a mall and 4 shoppettes, 315-773-0061
- AmeriCU Federal Credit Union and KeyBank, N.A. on post.
Medical Services: Three medical facilities on post. Appointment line 315-772-2778 or DSN 312-772-2778. Part of the TRICARE North Region
- Guthrie Ambulatory Health Care Clinic -- treats Soldiers, retirees and family members
- Connor Troop Medical Clinic (CTMC) -- treats all division/garrison Soldiers. Family members and retirees are not seen at this clinic.
- Soldier Readiness Clinic (SRC) -- conducts medical in-processing, medical readiness for Deployment/Redeployment of active duty Soldiers, Post-Deployment Health Re-Assessment (PDHRA), Mobilization/Demobilization of Reserve and National Guard, and individual medical readiness. No family members or retirees are seen at this clinic.
Special Installation Messages:
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. 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.
Residents of privatized or Government controlled/leased housing are limited to a total of two dogs or cats per household. Breeds (including mixed breeds) deemed “aggressive or potentially aggressive” are not permitted unless the dog is a certified military working dog that is being boarded by its handler/trainer. The following breeds are deemed aggressive or potentially aggressive are not permitted on Fort Drum: Pit Bulls (American Stafford Bull Terriers and English Stafford Bull Terriers), Rottweilers, Doberman Pinchers, Chows, and wolf hybrids and any other dog that demonstrates a propensity for dominance or aggressive behavior. Dominant and aggressive behavior includes but is not limited to unprovoked barking, growling, or snarling at people approaching the animal; aggressively running along fence lines when people are present; biting or scratching people, escaping confinement of restriction to chase people.
Hands Free Driving
It is illegal to drive and talk on a handheld device both on Fort Drum and in New York State. Use of a hands free device is permitted. Texting and driving is illegal and absolutely not tolerated.
Winters at Fort Drum are quite cold and snowfall can begin as early as October and extend through April at times. If arriving during the winter months, be sure to bring warm, heavy clothing with you including winter jackets, snow boots, thick gloves or mittens, hats, an ice scraper and snow removal brush or be prepared to purchase these items immediately upon arrival.