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Army Assignments In Florida

Installation Overview

Mission: The U.S. Army Recruiting Command and its Soldiers, Families, Civilians and Contractors are the Army’s trusted ambassadors to the American people. We “Provide the Strength” from the 1,400-plus recruiting stations nationwide and overseas.

Recruiting is one of the most critical jobs in the Army and it’s an extremely important mission. USAREC is a geographically dispersed unit, located throughout the 48 continental states, Hawaii, Alaska, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Europe, Guam, Saipan, Japan and Korea.

Due to the geographical dispersal of the units within USAREC, Soldiers and Families may find themselves living many miles from a military installation. For some, transitioning into a civilian community can be difficult.

USAREC stands proud knowing we have Soldiers and Families like you who are up for a challenge. Ensuring the quality of life for our Soldiers, Families, Civilians and Contractors is as important as the annual mission. Taking care of each other only makes us stronger. As a team – with Soldiers, Families, Civilians and Contractors hand in hand – we will strive daily to achieve success. We pledge to give you all we have to ensure your time in USAREC is nothing short of rewarding.

Location

Miami Recruiting Battalion consists of 5 companies and 1 detachment located through-out South Florida and Puerto Rico. The battalion headquarters is located in Doral, FL between downtown Miami and the Florida Everglades. There are two international airports; Miami International Airport and Ft Lauderdale/ Hollywood international Airport. It is also the home port for many cruise lines. 

Miami has a lot to offer the entire family with great family attractions like the Miami MetroZoo, Miami Seaquarium, Lion Country Safari, Jungle Island, and the Everglades National Park. It is also home to Miami Dolphins football and Miami Heat basketball, flavorful multi-ethnic cuisine and a diverse multi-cultural population. There are no Army bases in Florida but Miami is home to the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). Minimal services are available at SOUTHCOM, Homestead JRB, and the Miami Coast Guard Station. Patrick AFB is within driving distance of our northern company, Jupiter.

Puerto Rico is one of the most beautiful island destinations in the world. It is best known for its beautiful beaches, natural rainforests and old world charm. It is a favorite stop for many cruise lines and tourism is an integral part of the economy. The San Juan International Airport services the entire island. There are no active Army installations however Fort Buchanan now houses the Army Reserves and offers most needed services and the other side of the island has the Aguadilla Coast Guard Station.

Miami Stateside Services and Location

Service

Installation

CAC Card

USSOUTHCOM, FL / Patrick AFB, FL

Military Clothing Sales

Homestead JRB, FL

Nearest Exchange

Homestead JRB, FL

Finance Records

Redstone Arsenal

Personnel Records

S-1

Household Goods Support

Miami Coast Guard Station, FL

ACS and Family Support

SFAPM

Medical Treatment Facility

SOUTHCOM, FL / Patrick  AFB, FL 

Legal Assistance

SOUTHCOM, FL

Army Emergency Relief

SFAPM  /  SOUTHCOM, FL

Family Advocacy Services

SFAPM  /  SOUTHCOM, FL

Puerto Rico Services and Location

Service

Installation

CAC Card

Ft Buchanan, PR

Military Clothing Sales

Ft Buchanan, PR

Nearest Exchange

Ft Buchanan

Finance Records

Ft Buchanan

Personnel Records

FT MCPHERSON, GA

Household Goods Support

Ft Buchanan, PR

ACS and Family Support

SFAPM / FT Buchanan, PR

Medical Treatment Facility

Ft Buchanan

Legal Assistance

Ft Buchanan

Army Emergency Relief

SFAPM / FT Buchanan

Family Advocacy Services

SFAPM / FT Buchanan

History

The U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion, Miami, has contributed toward the achievement of the Army’s manpower and mobilization requirements for more than a quarter of a century. Recruiting in South Florida was formally organized in 1968 under the purview of the Jacksonville Recruiting Main Station, one of 40 within the United States. On 1 July 1972, the Army Recruiting Command reorganized into 64 Recruiting Main Stations, to include one in Miami. 

Re-designated as the Miami District Recruiting Command (DRC) in 1974, Regular Army applicants were recruited from Sarasota on the west coast of Florida, to Fort Pierce on the east coast, and south to Key West. In 1978 USAREC assumed responsibility for recruiting applicants for the U.S. Army Reserve and providing support to local reserve units. The re-designation of DRCs as Recruiting Battalions in October, 1983, established the current title of the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion Miami. In addition to the three original recruiting companies in Miami, Sarasota, and Fort Lauderdale, a fourth company, Tampa, was transferred to the Battalion from Jacksonville in April of 1986. Also in 1986, the Battalion’s mission expanded to include recruiting for the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps. In January 1988, the Miami Battalion increased its recruiting stations to strength of 39, covering every zip code in south Florida. 

In April, 1989, Palm Beach Company was authorized comprising recruiting stations drawn from Fort Lauderdale and Sarasota Companies. The Tampa and Sarasota Companies, along with some of the Jacksonville Battalion, separated to become the new Tampa Recruiting Battalion in October 1991. San Juan became a company under the Miami Battalion at that time. Palm Beach Company was renamed to Jupiter Company in the spring of 1992. Aguadilla Company was activated in December of 1995. In September of 1999, Miami Company split into Dade North and Dade South Companies.      

The Battalion presently consists of five companies: Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Jupiter, San Juan, and Aguadilla. Its recruiting boundaries extend from Vero Beach to the Keys, and includes Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For a complete listing of Miami Battalion companies and stations, click here.

Please visit the Miami Battalion website and you may also visit our Facebook page.

Mission

The Miami Recruiting Battalion conducts daily recruiting operations with integrity in our assigned geographical area to meet Regular Army, Army Reserve, and Special Mission requirements while taking care of soldiers, civilians, and their family members.

Sponsorship

As you receive your assignment to Miami Recruiting Battalion, you will receive a Welcome Letter through your AKO along with a Welcome Packet that contains important information about the battalion. That letter will have the name of your sponsor in it with contact information. If you do not receive the information, contact the Battalion at 305-403-8405/8406 or contact the SFAPM at 305-403-8411.

Relocation Assistance

Your Sponsor will be able to answer many of your questions and the Miami Recruiting Battalion also hosts a bi-monthly Newcomer Orientation. Additional information about the Battalion can be found in “Plan My Move” or by contacting the SFAPM at 305-403-8411.

Critical Installation Information

The cost of living is high in both S. Florida and Puerto Rico. You can expect to pay $1,200 and up for a one bedroom and $1,700 -$2,400 for a 3/4 bedroom. Additional information is available at the U.S. SOUTHCOM website.


Associated Links

Defense Travel Management Office /Per Diem
Per Diem official website with information on allowances, travel regulations and lodging websites.

DS Logon (formerly DEERS)
TRICARE beneficiaries can electronically link to their medical records, pay and human resource systems and other websites.

Defense Finance and Accounting Service
The authoritative source for pay issues.

DoD Schools
Provides complete information on all Department of Defense Schools run by DoDEA.

Military K-12 Partnership
Provides comprehensive information for all students.

DoD Commissaries
The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment.

Stars and Stripes
Current editions for European, Mid East and Pacific newspapers.

The CIA World Factbook
Provides information on locations overseas.

OSD Reserve Affairs
Provides benefits and services designed to enhance and maintain the quality of life for noncommissioned and petty officers.

Army OneSource
Comprehensive information on all Army Community Services and QOL support.

Army Home Page
Information and resources for Army soldiers and families worldwide.

United States Army Recruiting Command Soldier and Family Assistance Programs
Public web site for all Army recruiting command needs.

U.S. Army Cadet Command -- Official QOL Web Site
Provides information and links to all Army Cadet Command quality of life issues.

Army Installation Management Command
Link is helpful in order to gain information about local and Army-wide initiatives.

Army Reserves
Information on the Army Reserve as a career.

Military ID Card/CAC -- Locator
Find all military ID card and CAC facilities worldwide.

MilitaryKidsConnect
Department of Defense-sponsored website for kids impacted by the deployment of parents and caregivers.

USA4 Military Families
Seeks to engage and educate state policymakers, not-for-profit associations, concerned business interests, and other state leaders about the needs of military members and their families.

Fast Facts

Location:  The U.S. Army Garrison-Miami provides quality services and facilities, optimizes resources, sustains the environment and enhances the well-being of the military community supporting the United States Southern Command Headquarters. The U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) and the U.S. Army Garrison-Miami is located in sunny Miami-Dade County, Florida, three miles west of Miami International Airport. The headquarters building is located in the city of Doral. Visit the U.S. Southern Command website and the U.S. Army Garrison-Miami website.

Cost of Living: High compared to the U.S. average

Base Operator: Commercial: 305-437-1000 or DSN: 312-567-1000

Population:  Miami-Dade County: 2,500,625; Broward County: 1,766,476

Area Population:  U.S. Army Garrison-Miami serves all personnel assigned to the command as well as reservists, National Guard, family members, retirees and DoD civilians residing in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area.

Child Care:  The Child Development Center operates a full day program for children 6 weeks through five years. Community based care is also available. We also provide a School Age Center (SAC), co-located at the Child Development Center, offers before and after care as well as Teacher Planning Day, spring, summer and winter break camps. The SAC Program provides drop-off and pick-up services at selected schools. For more information on programs contact Parent Central at 305-437-1141.

Schools: Children attend schools in either Broward or Miami-Dade County. These counties offer magnet schools as well as Charter School programs. For more information, please contact the School Liaison Officer at 305-437-2633.

Youth Services:  Miami does not have an installation youth program. Parent and Outreach Services provide information to assist parents in locating volunteer opportunities in the community. Parent and Outreach Services also provide information on community activities throughout spring, summer and winter breaks. For more information contact Parent Central at 305-437-2633.

Army Community Service: 305-437-2665

Housing: USAG Miami (SOUTHCOM) Housing Services website

Employment: Greater Miami is an entrepreneurial community that includes small ventures, mid-sized companies, Fortune 500 corporations and European, Asian and North and South American multinationals. Unemployment rate is 14.0%. Miami Dade County income median is $52,200.

Post Services:

  • Family and MWR
  • AAFES Shoppette
  • Barbershop
  • Dry Cleaners
  • ATM

Medical Services:  The SOUTHCOM Military Medical Home provides ambulatory primary healthcare services to enrolled active duty service members. The clinic is located at 9301 NW 33rd Street, Doral, FL 33172 in the Garrison Building, Suite A1040. For appointments, medical questions or concerns call the clinic at (305) 437-1148/3559 Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Beginning in March 2015, the Health Clinic will have a new provider who is able to provide care to adult Family Members, on-post retirees and retired Family members. The clinic does not have pediatric capability.

Special Installation Messages:

Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

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