US Army Cadet Command Headquarters is hosted at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The Command is located inside the Fort Knox installation which is located roughly 35 miles south of Louisville, KY. US Army Cadet Command partners with college campuses to establish and/or maintain ROTC programs.
The command also partners with high schools to operate Junior ROTC units. US Army Cadet Command at Fort Knox oversees the 1st Cadet Command 1st Brigade and 7th Brigade.
Find information about US Army Cadet Command Headquarters at Fort Knox, Kentucky including the main commercial and DSN numbers for the base, information on basic services, base transportation, lodging for TDY and PCSing personnel, and inprocessing.
The Cadet Command HQ is responsible for the overall mission of US Army Cadet Command which includes 1st Cadet Command Brigade and 7th Cadet Command Brigade. The Command HQ is the reporting authority for these efforts which includes an area of responsibility in areas such as:
US Army Cadet Command Headquarters, as it is hosted by Fort Knox, is part of a much larger military community there which includes:
- 113th Army Band, Accessions Command
- 19th Engineers
- 280th Military Police Detachment (CID), 3d MP Group
- 2nd Squadron 16th Cavalry Regiment
- 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division
- 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)
- 4th Brigade, 85th Division (TS)
- 703rd Ordnance Company (EOD)
- 8th/229th Aviation
- Directorate of Emergency Services Military Police Operations
- Fort Knox Weather Operations
- U.S. Army Recruiting Command
- US Army 3rd Recruiting Brigade
- US Army Accessions Support Brigade
- US Army Cadet Command
- US Army Human Resources Command
- USA 3rd Recruiting Brigade
In 1918, Fort Knox got started as Camp Knox. In the early days this area was reserved for a semi-permanent training center intended to be used by the 5th Corps Area for Reserve Officers. National Guard uses were also a part of the plan.
In 1931 the mission expanded to include training for mechanized cavalry troops and eventually (in 1932) became a permanent Army garrison, which is when it received its Fort Knox designation. During World War Two, the fort acted as an important Prisoner Of War facility for Axis prisoners including Italian and German prisoners.
In 1940, Fort Knox became the host of the Armored Force School and the Armored Force Replacement Center–this mission would run all the way up to 2010 when the Armor School was relocated to Fort Benning, Georgia.
That relocation was directed by the 2005 Base Realignment And Closure Commission. Come 2017, Fort Knox would welcome the 1st Theater Sustainment Command in 2017.
In contemporary times, the Fort Knox mission includes playing a “central role in recruiting, training and supporting the warfighter” according to official sources.
Main Address And Phone Numbers
328 3rd Avenue
Fort Knox, KY 40121
Fort Knox General Contact Numbers
- Emergency – 911
- Hospital Main – (502) 624-9333
- ID Card Section – (502) 624-1667
- Temporary Lodging – (502) 943-1000
- Housing Services Office – (502) 624-5824
- Medical Appointments – (800) 493-9602
- Dental Clinic Hospital – (502) 624-9670
- Post Operator – (502) 624-1000
- Suicide Prevention Hotline – (800) 273-8255
- Barracks – (502) 943-1000
- Welcome Center – (502) 624-7018
- Civilian Personnel Office – (502) 624-3429
- Deployment and Mobilization – (502) 624-6291
- Information and Referral – (502) 624-6291
- Legal Services and JAG – (502) 624-2771
- Education Center – (502) 624-4136
- Child and Youth Services – Central Registration – (502) 624-6703
- Child and Youth Services (CYS) – (502) 624-6700
- Commissary And Shoppette
- Family Advocacy Program – (502) 624-6291
- Education and Developmental Intervention Services – (502) 624-9552
- Army Community Service – (502) 624-6291
- New Parent Support Program – (502) 624-6291
- In/Out Proc. / Defense Financing and Accounting – (502) 624-4397
- Travel Pay / Defense Financing and Accounting – (502) 624-8546
- Family Housing Office – (502) 799-6508
- Off Post Housing Referral – (502) 799-6508
- Transient Billeting (OQ,VOQ,VEQ,DVQ) – (502) 943-1000
- IHG Army Hotels – (502) 943-1000
- ID/CAC Card Section – (502) 624-1818
- Legal Assistance – (502) 624-2771
- Victim Advocate Services – (502) 624-6291
- Central Office/Domestic Dependent Elem. and Secondary Schools – (502) 624-2345
- CYS Central Registration Office – (502) 624-6703
- School Age Services – (502) 624-6903
- School Liaison Services – (502) 624-2305
- Household Goods and Transportation – (502) 624-3927
- Welcome/Visitors Center – (502) 624-7018
Fort Knox Surrounding Area
Those PCSing to Fort Knox should know about outdoor attractions including Sears Island, plus Swan Lake State Partk with biking and hiking trails. Those who love shopping will want to visit the Searsport Antique Mall, and the Elizabethtown Peddlers Mall.
On the installation itself, don’t forget to visit the General George Patton Museum–its a hard attraction to miss as it features an outdoor static display of an Army tank on display outside the facility.
Nearby Louisville, Kentucky is a short drive away; this city’s local brewing culture, distilleries, and bourbon distillery gift shop opportunities for enthusiasts of Kentucky bourbon. This city is home to the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory.
If you enjoy live performances, try Bourbon Hall–a local go-to destination for live entertainment in Louisville, and the Kentucky Derby Museum will interest fans of equestrian culture and horse racing in general.
Fort Knox Inprocessing and Check-In
It’s best to contact the gaining command support staff for instructions on checking in as a member of the Cadet Command. Talk to your sponsor to learn what procedures unique to the Cadet Command may be required upon arrival.
Most of those PCSing to Fort Knox will be directed to report to White Hall, Building 1384 during normal duty hours before reporting to the Cadet Command Headquarters. New arrivals on TDY orders or on temporary duty will report to Army Housing Services located in building 1383 during normal duty hours.
If you don’t arrive during normal duty hours, check in at the DES building 298. Call (502) 624-6847 for additional information. Ask your sponsor for current information on uniform of the day for inprocessing and other issues.
Fort Knox Services
Depending on the nature of your duty with the Cadet Command, you may be able to use TRICARE and/or the Fort Knox-located Ireland Army Health Clinic. This clinic does not feature all services, but the following services are available:
- Alcohol & Drug
- Allergy Clinic
- Ambulance Service
- Anger Management
- Behavioral Health
- Child and Family Behavioral Health
- Dental Clinic
- Environmental Health
- Exceptional Family Member Program
- Hearing Conservation
Call for more information: 502-624-9333; make appointments or discuss Tricare issues at 800-493-9602.
If you are serving at the Headquarters, Child Development Center (CDC) care is provided on Fort Knox for children between the ages of six weeks and five years old. These CDCs offer full-day care, part-day, and hourly care. A waiting list may be required and part-time or hourly care may need special planning depending on demand, mission requirements, etc. Call 502-624-6700, DSN 312-464-6700 for more information or to sign up for waiting lists.
Parents also have the option to choose on-post Family Child Care (FCC) which is offered through private, credentialed providers who live in Fort Knox family housing. Call (502) 624-1818 for more information and waiting list details. Those who must serve in a geographically separate location as a member of Cadet Command Headquarters should discuss their options with the gaining command or the sponsor.
All incoming personnel are directed to track and manage their household goods shipments via the Defense Personal Property System. Call the Fort Knox Inbound TMO Section if you need help or more information; call them at (502) 624-3927
Dependent and Retiree ID Card Renewal, Replacement, New Issue
All appointments for dependent, retiree, and military member ID card services must be accomplished via the RAPIDS system. Schedule a separate appointment for each person requiring service.
Walk-ins are not permitted. Sponsors are required to accompany their dependents for ID card services UNLESS the dependent furnishes an unexpired valid General or Special Power of Attorney, or a valid DD Form 1172-2.
Fort Knox Schools
Those who work for Army Cadet Command Headquarters and who are physically serving in the area and living on post will send their school age children to the Fort Knox Community School district includes two elementary schools, a middle school and one high school:
- Van Voorhis Elementary School (including pre-K)
- Kingsolver School (including pre-K)
- Scott Middle School
- Fort Knox High School
The Fort Knox Community Schools system is a part of the Kentucky District of the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools. Those who reside off-post will get school assignments based on location. Area school districts include:
- Hardin County Schools
- Meade County Schools
- Elizabethtown Independent Schools
New student registration at these schools may include the following requirements:
- Birth certificates
- Shot records
- Social Security Numbers
- Copy of the child’s physical exams
- Proof of address
- Copy of orders
- Custody or guardian papers filed through the court, where applicable
Call Fort Knox School Support Services at 502-624-2305 for help with any school-related issues on-post or off-post.
Fort Knox Housing
Family housing for those stationed in the Fort Knox area is privatized and operated by Knox Hills LLC. All soldiers are directed to visit the Fort Knox Housing Services Office in Building 1383 at 41 West Chaffee Avenue BEFORE entering into any legally binding agreement for off-post housing.
Unaccompanied service members assigned to Fort Knox and serving in that location (as opposed to serving in a different part of the area of responsibility of the command, which is common for those working in recruiting and cadet command capacities) in the grades of E-1 through E-5 are provided on-post housing in the barracks. Unaccompanied soldiers will report to their units first; they are assigned quarters afterward.
Fort Knox PCS and TDY Lodging
Temporary lodging at Fort Knox is operated by IHG Army Hotels, 406 N Knox Street, call for reservations: (502) 943-1000. Due to high demand for TLF advance reservations are strongly encouraged.
Fort Knox Transportation
There is no public transportation on post at Fort Knox. New arrivals can take a taxi from the airport to Fort Knox as there is no airport shuttle service available, or make arrangements with your sponsor.
Fort Knox Vehicle Registration And Driver’s License
Newcomers won’t need to apply for a base decal to operate a POV at Fort Knox; however, privately owned vehicles are registered on post at Building 298–call (502) 624-2111 for assistance.
All drivers and passengers are subject to 100% ID checks entering and/or leaving post. Kentucky state law requires all drivers, military or not, to register in the state within a state-defined deadline after moving. PCSing troops should also expect to be required to carry an in-state drivers’ license. Ask your sponsor about deadlines for applying for the state driver’s license upon arrival.