USAREC, Indianapolis Battalion is a U.S. Army recruiting battalion located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Like many Army recruiting operations, USAREC Indianapolis Battalion is geographically separated from military bases (the headquarters is in a civilian office building in Indianapolis) and those who work for the battalion may not necessarily be stationed in Indianapolis even though the operation is headquartered there.
Find information about USAREC, Indianapolis Battalion including the main commercial and DSN numbers for the base, information on basic services, base transportation, lodging for TDY and PCSing personnel, and inprocessing.
Mission & Units
The mission of the battalion is to conduct daily recruiting operations for active duty Army and the Army Reserve. A great number of those who work for the battalion do it far from headquarters as the battalion’s “footprint” includes four regions within the state of Indiana plus three regions in Illinois. There are seven companies and 35 recruiting stations within this area of responsibility including:
- 5H Indianapolis Recruiting Battalion HQs
- 5H1 Evansville Recruiting Company
- 5H2 Fort Wayne Recruiting Company
- 5H3 Fairview Heights Recruiting Company
- 5H4 Springfield Recruiting Company
- 5H5 Metro North Recruiting Company
- 5H8 Metro South Recruiting Company
- 5H9 Central Illinois Recruiting Company
Main Address and Phone Number
U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion – Indianapolis
9152 Kent Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46216
Important USAREC Indianapolis Battalion Contact Numbers
- Virtual Recruiting Station (317) 549-1793
- Battalion Headquarters 317-549-2769
- Executive Officer 317-549-2769
- A&PA 317-549-0338
- Recruiter Trainer 317-549-1782
- Soldier & Family Assistance 317-549-1780
- IMO 317-549-4974/568-1475
- Education Specialist 317-549-1914
- Facilities 317-549-0188
- S-1 317-549-1923/1944/547-4924
- S-2 317-549-1700
- S-4 317-546-2037
- S-6 317-547-4974 or 317-608-4411
Indianapolis is located in a good spot to explore the Midwest. A few hours away you’ll find Chicago, Cleveland, and other major cities. But Indianapolis itself is full of big-league sports (the city is home to Lucas Oil Stadium, where the Indianapolis Colts play and baseball lovers will want to visit Victory Field.
There are plenty of things to see if you want family-friendly outings including the Indianapolis Zoo, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. Those who love indie culture, coffee houses, and record shops do well to visit the Broad Ripple district, which has been described as having a “free-spirited vibe, with laid-back cafes, global eateries, lively brewpubs” and clubs.
Inprocessing and Check-In
All inbound PCSing troops are directed to check in with Battalion S-1 Section. Call them at 317-549-4924. All soldiers must report to their unit before in-processing. The following must be hand-carried to your first appointments:
- Orders to U.S. Army Recruiting Command Indianapolis
- Original leave form
- Do-it-yourself move forms where applicable
- DD Form 2278
- DD Form 1351-2
- Checklist expense form
- Weight tickets
- Gas receipts
- Contract (if rented U-Haul truck or equipment)
- Privately-owned vehicle registration (if POV was used to move equipment)
If you have orders to the battalion, contact your TRICARE rep as soon as possible as you likely will have limited access to military medical care while working for the battalion. There is no military heath care option at the battalion HQ since it is geographically separate from a military base.
Families PCSing to the battalion are directed to contact Soldier & Family Assistance (317-549-1780) to discuss childcare options as no Child Development Center options may be available depending on where the servicemember physically serves within the area of operations between Indiana and Illinois.
Inbound troops PCSing to USAREC Indianapolis Battalion are directed to track and manage their household goods shipments using the Defense Personal Property System at Move.mil. Be advised that your sponsor may encourage you to perform a Do-It-Yourself Move (aka DITY move) to the area–be sure to ask your sponsor what is required to be reimbursed for PCS expenses depending on what options are open to you at PCSing time.
Dependent And Retiree ID Card Renewal, Replacement, New Issue
It’s best to contact your sponsor to see what current guidance is for replacing ID cards, adding dependents to DEERS, etc. Be sure to check before you PCS from your losing base as you may need to do certain updates prior to departure as services may not be available in your physical duty location.
School selection will depend greatly on where the service member lives within the state–remember that PCSing troops don’t necessarily serve at headquarters or within the Indianapolis area. There are multiple zones in Indiana and Illinois that you may serve in; contact your sponsor, and be sure to call the battalion Education Specialist at 317-549-1914 for more information on school choice issues.
All PCSing troops are directed to, as soon as orders to the battalion are received, contact the Leased Housing Point of Contact at 317-608-4409 for information on local housing providers. There is no military housing available at the battalion and likely no on-base quarters option for those serving in one of the Illinois or Indiana recruiting zones served by the battalion.
PCS and TDY Lodging
There are no temporary lodging facilities in the area of the battalion. In most cases you may be directed to use civilian lodging options instead. Discuss this issue with your sponsor ahead of your departure.
New arrivals will likely travel to the battalion (assuming they are not involved in a DITY move) via Indianapolis International Airport which is roughly 10 miles from the city. Contact your sponsor to discuss transportation arrangements; the usual ride sharing and commercial taxi services are available depending on time of arrival, demand, and other variables.
Vehicle Registration And Driver’s License
Indiana law allows some military drivers to keep using their license for ninety days after discharge or post-deployment “regardless of the expiration date of the license”. Drivers are urged to print out a Military Extension Letter, which Indiana state law says must be carried at all times while driving under such conditions. Indiana state law requires minimum insurance and safety equipment for all drivers.
For military spouses and dependents who have an Indiana driver’s license that expires while the sponsor is on active duty, “you are exempt from the knowledge and driving skills examination requirements” without worrying about the expiration date as long as the application occurs within 90 days of discharge from the military. Proof of the sponsor’s discharge may be required.