Location: Fort Polk & Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) is home to these Major Subordinate Commands (MSC’s). Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) includes the Combat Training Center, Operations Group; Power Projection/Units to include 4th Brigade/ 10th Mountain Division; 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB); 115th Combat Support Hospital (CSH); 5th Aviation Battalion; 162nd Infantry Brigade; and our dedicated, competent MEDDAC and DENTAC professionals. All committed to excellence and trust. Close to our front gate are the towns of Leesville and DeRidder, respectively located in Vernon and Beauregard Parishes. Fort Polk sits about 45 miles from Alexandria and 70 miles from Lake Charles. Fort Polk homepage.
Cost of Living: Vernon Parish's cost of living is 25.39% lower than the U.S. average.
BRAC Status: JRTC & Fort Polk has increased numbers of military as well as civilians and contractors. This increase of Active Soldiers and support personnel is the result of the Grow the Army plan. This has had an effect on employment opportunities as well as housing in the local on/off post communities.
Base Operator: 337-531-2911/1110 or DSN 312-863-2911
Military: 9,984 Rotation: (4,000+) Families: 7,035 (on post); 11,297 (off post) Civilians: 1,962 Contractors: 4,511 Off-post military: 3,861 Guard/Reserve: 23,791 Retirees: 26,393 Retiree Families: 47,507 Area Population: Vernon Parish: 47,380
Child Development Centers: The Fort Polk CDC provides care for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years of age. Programs include full day care, Before and After Kindergarten Care, Part Day Pre-School Program and Hourly Care. Main Office, Bldg.400. Phone: 337-531-1955/1956. FCC offers child care for children ages 4 weeks to 12 years, includes Full day, part day and hourly care, as well as extended care.
Schools: No DoDDS schools in Vernon or Beauregard Parishes. Two elementary schools on post run by Vernon Parish. Children of military families who reside on/off post may attend the South and North Polk Elementary schools, Vernon Elementary, Leesville, Pickering or DeRidder, depending upon where they live. All children in grades 5 - 12, residing both on and off-post, may attend schools in Vernon Parish or Beauregard Parish.
Youth Services: Siegfried Youth Center offers daily activities for youth in grades 6-12. Phone: 337-531-1992.
Army Community Service: ACS 337-531-1941
Housing: Privatized housing managed by Picerne Military Housing. Six neighborhoods, 2-5 bedroom homes, available for all ranks. Picerne Military Housing phone number: 337-537-5000. Residential Community Initiative (RCI) Office also manages two and three bedroom Jr. NCO Housing. The RCI office also manages a limited number of two-bedroom homes for Senior Bachelors in the grades E7-E9, Warrant Officers, and Officers. Contact the RCI office at 337-531-6000 for information about housing options in the Fort Polk area.
Employment: The majority of employment opportunities available to Fort Polk Family members can be found through the Louisiana Department of Labor Career Solutions, under Vernon and Beauregard Parish on the Career Solutions websites. Unemployment rate is 5.2%. Median household income $38,499.
MWR Facilities: Recreation at Fort Polk includes arts and crafts, bowling, library, auto hobby, recreation center, theater, golf, gym, tennis, swimming, outdoor recreation, camping, and fishing. Commissaries - 1 commissary on post; 337-531-2747 Exchange System - 1 exchange, a main mall, 2 mini malls and 5 shoppettes on post; 337-537-1001 Financial Institutions on post: Sabine State Bank, and Barksdale Federal Credit Union Medical Services: Bayne Jones Army Community Hospital, 150-bed hospital. Appointments 337-531-3011.
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.