U.S. Army Recruiting Command, New York City Battalion is responsible for Army recruiting operations in The Big Apple plus other New York regions including Long Island, and Westchester County. Located on Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, the Battalion is made up of some six companies, 34 stations, and more than 300 troops and civilians.
Find information about U.S. Army Recruiting Command, New York City 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
USAREC New York City Battalion is all about recruiting. Compared to some recruiting commands, the footprint of this Battalion is smaller, but still impressive. The Battalion ships out some 2,000 new soldiers a year to the Active Duty Army and approximately 600 soldiers per year to the Army Reserve.
The Battalion, headquartered at Fort Hamilton, is responsible for more than 1700 square miles in the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island. Important units include:
- 1G1Brooklyn South Company
- 1G2 Brooklyn North Company
- 1G4 Suffolk Company
- 1G5 Bronx Company
- 1G6 Queens Company
- 1G7 Nassau Company
Main Address And Phone Numbers
US Army Recruiting Battalion – New York City
212 General Lee Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11252-7000
Important Fort Hamilton Contact Numbers
- Emergency – 911
- Relocation Readiness Program – (718) 630-4462
- Survivor Outreach Services – (718) 630-4467
- Army Volunteer Corps – (718) 630-4498
- ID and CAC Card Processing – (718) 630-4557
- Army Community Service – (718) 630-4754
- Employment Readiness – (718) 630-4756
- Morale, Welfare and Recreation – (718) 630-4758
- Visitor Control Center – (718) 630-4848
- Suicide Prevention Hotline – (800) 273-8255
- National Sexual Assault Hotline – (800) 656-4673
- Civilian Personnel Advisory Center – (718) 630-4809
- Operator – (718) 630-4101
- New York Military Entrance Processing Station – (718) 630-4870
- Child Development Center (CDC) – (718) 630-4079
- School Age Services – (718) 630-4518
- Federal Credit Union – (718) 492-0600
- Consumer Affairs and Financial Planning – (718) 630-4471
- Financial Readiness Program – (718) 630-4498
- Legal Office – (718) 630-4743
- Victim Advocacy Program – (718) 630-4754
- Financial Management Office – (718) 630-4778
- TRICARE – (877) 874-2273
- Brooklyn Veterans Hospital – (718) 836-6600
- Holiday Inn Express (IGH) – (718) 439-2340
- Balfour Beatty Communities – (718) 630-4697
- Barracks and Single Service Member Housing – (718) 630-4785
New York City is one of the major cultural centers in the United States. You’ll discover an incredible diverse range of music, theater, and more at sites including Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, and Broadway.
New York City is famous for its artistic culture–the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Solomon Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art (“The Met”) and too many others to name wait for all who venture into the city. This location is perfect for extensive East Coast travel-you can catch a bus or train to Washington D.C. or Baltimore, fly to Boston, or take the Long Island Railroad to see the Hamptons and Long Island in general.
History buffs will love the area for its’ connection to the earliest parts of colonial America, the Revolutionary War, and the American war on terrorism. New York food culture is also legendary from street carts and late night vendors to the allure of the Japanese restaurants, Italian district, and New York’s wildly popular Chinatown in Manhattan.
Inprocessing and Check-In
The “S-1” is responsible for contacting soldiers with PCS orders to the Battalion. An information sheet is emailed to Soldiers for completion and then returned to S1. A sponsor should be assigned to each PCSing soldier–if you do not get a sponsor assignment, contact your gaining command.
Your inprocessing instructions will be given to you by the sponsor or gaining command, but in general new arrivals to Fort Hamilton are directed to check in with the gaining command before taking any other action. They must also report to the Fort Hamilton Visitor Center for any further inprocessing requirements. Military personnel assigned to the Fort Hamilton Garrison are ordered to report to the Military Personnel Office during regular duty hours.
Contact a TRICARE representative to discuss in-network healthcare coverage options in New York. The on-post Ainsworth Army Health Clinic closed its’ doors in 2015 and at press time TRICARE may be the best option for military members and families.
Those physically serving at the Battalion on Fort Hamilton can use the Child Development Center (CDC) which offers care for children from six weeks of age to five years old. Hourly and full-time daycare options are available; a waiting list may apply depending on time of year, demand, and other variables.
Full day care is available during the school year; fees are based on family income. Waiting lists may apply and you should contact the Fort Hamilton CDC as soon as you have orders to the area. Call (718)630- 4079 for more information.
All incoming personnel are directed to use the Defense Personal Property System at Move.mil to track and manage their household goods shipments. You can also get local information at the Fort Hamilton TMO office at (718) 630-4227.
Dependent And Retiree ID Card Renewal, Replacement, New Issue
ID cards for dependents, retirees, and currently serving military members physically serving at Fort Hamilton are processed by the Fort Hamilton ID Card Section. Call to schedule an appointment: (718) 630-4557 or use the Fort Hamilton RAPIDS system to schedule online.
Walk-in services are NOT available at this office. ID Card services for Battalion members may require two forms of approved, unexpired ID including any of the following:
- Uniformed Services CAC/PIV ID card
- U.S. passport or a U.S. passport card
- Permanent Resident card
- Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551)
- Foreign passport
- Foreign National ID
- Employment Authorization Document that contains a photograph (Form I-766)
- Driver’s License or an ID card issued by the DMV
- U.S. Military dependent’s ID card
The Battalion area features some 30 school districts. School-age children will attend schools based on location though the Fort Hamilton official site states that most on-post families will send their children to District 20 schools. Ask your sponsor about current transfer and enrollment requirements but be prepared to provide shot records, photo IDs, proof of your NYC area address, and more (see below).
Fort Hamilton students may likely attend Districts 20, 21, 15 and 31. Each district may contain as many as 30 schools. Fort Hamilton welcome packets urge some initial research before you commit to a specific school. Zoning laws may affect school choice depending on circumstances.
Some enrollment (high school students) may be handled on a space-available basis rather than on where the student actually lives.
Enrollment documentation is required, including:
- Birth certificate
- Shot records
- Social Security Number
- Physical exam
- Proof of local address
Housing for USAREC NYC Battalion serving in the local area is provided by a partnership with Balfour Beatty. Call them at (718) 630-4697 for information about on-post family housing and referrals for off-post options. Waiting lists apply for on-base housing options..
Unaccompanied service members are directed to contact their sponsor about the availability of on-post unaccompanied housing.
Fort Hamilton PCS and TDY Lodging
The Intercontinental Hotel Group Army Hotel (IHG) accepts advance reservations–contact IHG at 718-439-2340 or 718-630-4892 for reservations or more information. Do not show up at the hotel without reservations as you may be turned away without them.
Those PCSing with pets will pay a non-refundable $75 pet fee for lodging. Do not assume all rooms are pet-friendly. There is a two pet limit and a weight limit of 80 pounds. Servicemembers traveling on official orders have priority.
Fort Hamilton Transportation
There are no on-post shuttle services or transportation options except for a commercial taxi service authorized to operate on the installation. Contact them at 718-680-2500 for on-post service.
Fort Hamilton Vehicle Registration And Driver’s License
Fort Hamilton uses a standalone system for base access and base decals from other installations are not accepted. Contact the Visitor Access Control Center at (718) 630-4848 to get instructions about base access. All drivers are required to comply with all New York State requirements for motor vehicles including emissions standards, registration, minimum insurance, and safety equipment.< center>