USAREC, 3rd Medical Recruiting Battalion, Kentucky is, like most Army recruiting battalions, described as a “geographically-dispersed” operation with Army medical recruiters working in large coverage area within the state and far beyond.
Many who PCS to the battalion wind up serving many miles from a military base in order to find the “best and brightest” to serve. The battalion is headquartered at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Find information about USAREC, 3rd Medical Recruiting Battalion, Kentucky including the main commercial and DSN numbers for the base, information on basic services, base transportation, lodging for TDY and PSCing personnel, and inprocessing.
The primary mission of USAREC, 3rd Medical Recruiting Battalion, Kentucky is medical recruiting operations. This battalion has a vast area of operation–there are three Medical Recruiting Companies and 15 recruiting centers over 470,000 square miles in the states of Illinois, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.
Main Address And Phone Numbers
USAREC 3rd Medical Recruiting Battalion
328 Third Avenue, Bldg 1468
411 Eisenhower Avenue
Fort Knox, KY 40121
Important 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 – (180) 049-39602
- 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
The Fort Knox area features Swan Lake State Park and Sears Island for biking and hiking, and there are lots of attractions for those who love antiques–check out Searsport Antique Mall, don’t miss the Elizabethtown Peddlers Mall.
The area is also good for World War Two history buffs; the General George Patton Museum is located on base and Fort Knox itself is known to history lovers in the area due to its status as a Civil War state historic site. Louisville, Kentucky is a very short drive away and there are plenty of distilleries and gift shop opportunities for enthusiasts of Kentucky bourbon and associated culture.
Louisville is the site of the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, and fans of live music should head to Bourbon Hall. Kentucky Derby Museum will interest fans of horse racing and Americana in general. Two and a half hours away, Nashville has much to offer fans of live music, Nashville Hot Chicken, and country music culture.
Inprocessing and Check-In
All PCSing or TDY soldiers are directed to “report to the duty location specified in your orders”. You’ll need to coordinate your arrival with your sponsor–if you have not been assigned one, contact your gaining unit and request one. Certain details of your duty at the battalion including where you physically serve within the massive geographic area this battalion is responsible for may be provided during inprocessing or shortly after. Due to the unique nature of medical recruiting, you may need to wait until talking with your sponsor before you can be sure of next steps for housing, child care, etc. Contact your sponsor as soon as you can.
Those assigned to the battalion may serve anywhere in the area of responsibility and that means you may not physically serve near a military base.
That’s why you will need to contact your TRICARE rep as soon as you have orders AND an idea of where you may be assigned. If you cannot get that information until you have inprocessed, contact TRICARE to discuss care options between your losing base and gaining base as well as next steps for coverage once you arrive.
Those who have duty at the physical Fort Knox location are served by the Ireland Army Health Clinic, formerly known as Ireland Army Community Hospital. The health clinic features scaled-down services compared with the following clinics 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.
Those PCSing to the battalion are encouraged to explore their childcare options via the Military OneSource Child Care Programs page. Those who serve at the headquarters at Fort Knox are served by the Child Development Center (CDC), for children between the ages of six weeks and five years old.
There are two CDC facilities on-post offering full-day care, part-day, and hourly care. A waiting list applies; part-time and hourly care may or may not be available or require 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.
Members of the 3rd Medical Recruiting Battalion are directed to track and manage their household goods shipments to Fort Knox 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 made using the RAPIDS system. Schedule a separate appointment for each person requiring service and be advised that only scheduled appointments will be serviced.
Sponsors are expected to accompany their dependents for ID card services. There are exceptions for those using a valid General or Special Power of Attorney or a valid DD Form 1172-2.
School choices will depend greatly on the geographic area PCSing medical recruiters and other personnel serve in. You should coordinate with the Fort Knox School Liaison office for advice and more information. Call Fort Knox School Support Services at 502-624-2305.
Those PCSing to the area who serve at Fort Knox can enroll their school-age children Fort Knox Community Schools district (there are opportunities for on-post education):
- Scott Middle School
- Fort Knox High School
- Van Voorhis Elementary School
- Kingsolver School
Families living off-base in the Fort Knox area will send their children to schools based on home address. Be advised, out-of-district attendance may not be possible. Area schools include:
- Meade County Schools
- Hardin County Schools
- Elizabethtown Ind. Schools
New student registration at these schools may include the following requirements:
- Birth certificates
- Shot records
- Proof of address
- Copy of orders
- Custody or guardian papers filed through the court, where applicable
- Social Security Numbers
- Copy of the child’s physical exams
Family housing at Fort Knox is privatized and operated by Knox Hills LLC featuring single-family and duplex homes ranging in size from two to five bedrooms. You must make an appointment with the Fort Knox Housing Services Office BEFORE entering into any legally binding agreement for off-post housing.
All new arrivals to Fort Knox, including members of the 1st Brigade, will have an opportunity to sign up for family housing, unaccompanied housing, or temporary lodging as part of Fort Knox in-processing procedures. It is not required to in-process before visiting the housing office on post, but you must sign in.
Unaccompanied service members E-1 through E-5 are usually assigned on-post housing in the barracks. Report to the Soldier Housing Office for a room assignment.
PCS and TDY Lodging
IHG Army Hotels provides TDY and temporary lodging for PCSing troops at Fort Knox. Call for reservations at (502) 943-1000). Due to demand, it is best to make reservations as far in advance as possible. Pet-friendly facilities may be limited or unavailable–call in advance to learn what the requirements and availability may be at your time of arrival.
The usual ride sharing, taxi service, and shuttles may be available from the airport to Fort Knox depending on time of day, demand, and other factors. New arrivals should ask for information at the airport USO before departing for the installation.
Discuss your arrival with your sponsor–the closest airport to Fort Knox is Louisville International Airport (SDF) and is more than two hours from the installation.
Vehicle Registration And Driver’s License
No base decal or sticker is required to enter Fort Knox but all inbound and outbound traffic is subject to 100% ID checks. Register your privately owned vehicle on post at Building 298, Gold Vault Road, (502) 624-2111 unless otherwise directed.
All vehicles operating on Fort Knox must comply with Kentucky state law requirements including minimum insurance coverages, seat belt use, etc. Kentucky state law requires all drivers to register in the state. You may also be required to get a state driver’s license within a certain time frame after arrival.