Army Basic Training Base
THE UNITED STATES ARMY
Basic Training family support page.
This page will answer most questions that arise.
I'm lost what do I
do? My son is there in basic training, and I have not heard a
You soldier will be in contact with you
during his time here. They will let you know when they
graduate, where to go and what to do. First and
foremost, don't worry they are in good hands.
Fort Benning is located by Columbus, Georgia.
leaving home, make certain your soldier has met all the
requirements for graduation and will be granted pass
privileges during your visit. Your soldier should
provide this information no later than the eighth week
of basic training.
Where are your nearest
Atlanta has the
largest airport in Georiga, it is about an hour north of
What Airport do you
When you fly into smaller airports it
would probably connect from a larger airport, and you would
then be paying for that expensive connecting flight. Unless you live
close enough to drive, I recommend Flying into Atlanta,
then renting a car...
I need a room on Fort
Benning! Which Hotels are closest?
The Fort is an Army Base not a City and
doesn't have places like,
Columbus Area Joins
the Main Gate of Fort Benning and is where most people get rooms while
visiting Fort Benning, GA.
Will we get to see
my soldier much at all during graduation?
Graduating soldiers with visiting adult family members
(spouse, parents, grandparents or legal guardians) may,
at their commander's discretion, receive an on-post
pass on Family Day and an off-post pass following
Graduation. It is absolutely vital that your Soldier
return from pass at the specified time. While on pass
soldiers must remain in uniform and are not allowed to
drive, drink any form of alcoholic beverage or use any
tobacco product. Please check your soldier's individual
unit home page for more information.
normally ship to their next training location on
Saturday. This travel is by military provided or
members, spouses, and relatives may transport Soldiers
to their next training destination. There are
restrictions/limits, however. Please contact your
Soldier's company to determine eligibility.
The day before graduation, normally Wednesday, the
battalion commander meets with friends and family
members at their unit to discuss your soldier’s recent
experiences and answer your questions. You will also
meet the drill sergeants that trained your soldier and
observe some demonstrations of soldier skills. Most
importantly, you will meet with your soldier.
That afternoon graduating soldiers with
visiting adult family members (spouse, parents,
grandparents or legal guardians) may receive an on-post
pass on Family Day and following graduation until a time
determined by the chain of command. While on pass
soldiers must remain in uniform and are not allowed to
drive vehicles, drink any form of alcoholic beverages or
use any tobacco products.
Graduation is the following day, usually on Thursday at
Pomeroy Field. The ceremony is at 10:00 a.m. from
October through March and 09:00 a.m. from April through
September. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony
will take place at the Regimental Chapel and the time
schedule may change to accommodate more than one
Day After Graduation
The day after graduation soldiers will usually not be
allowed to go on pass. This day is designated as a
travel day for their follow on Advance Individual
the heavy training demands placed on your soldier, please
make your own transportation and
lodging arrangements. Please note that our
installation strictly enforces all traffic rules and
regulations. Also, please be advised that civilians
are not authorized to utilize any facilities on post, unless
accompanied by a service
any reason there is an emergency at home and you need to
contact your soldier, please call the
through your local chapter, hospital, or law enforcement
agency. The RED
CROSS maintains an efficient 24-hour worldwide notification
sure you have your soldier’s social security number and
address to avoid a delay in service. There is no
charge and most importantly, such notification
gives us the ONLY official confirmation that the
commander needs to grant emergency leave if demanded by
For non-emergency contact, or for further assistance,
call, or e-mail the Company
Commander. On a personal note,
you can eat anywhere on Fort Benning without an Id, but you
will not be able to buy gas, or shop the PX or Commissary.
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