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Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion Commander
Lt. Col. Thomas R. Geisinger
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Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion Command Sergeant Major
Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Cooper

Welcome to the Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion

Mission Statement

The Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion recruits and enlists America’s best volunteers to build the Nation’s Army by developing professional Soldiers and adaptive leaders capable of performing in a complex operating environment, while taking care of Soldiers, Civilians, and their Family members.



Vision Statement:

The Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion is a committed team of proud professionals collectively ensuring the future of our Army and our Nation by recruiting the most qualified  and diverse volunteers. This is done while operating in a complex environment by a dispersed force requiring the exercise of disciplined initiative at the lowest levels to apply the proper tactics, techniques, and procedures to penetrate, seize, and exploit the objective. We will set the conditions for the success of our team in this environment through training and accountability, expanding our Army’s image and relationships with our local communities, and continuing to inspire those who seek to join and serve with us.


Mailing Address:

ATTN: (Office & Name)
United States Army
Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion
Bldg 54 M. Avenue  Suite 11
New Cumberland, PA 17070

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If you are interested in joining the Army, call 1-800-USA-ARMY,
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Welcome to the Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion

     Welcome to the United States Army Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion.  The “Cold Steel” battalion is a proud organization dedicated to supporting the important mission of recruiting for “America’s Army.”  Your assignment as a recruiter in the great state of Pennsylvania will be an extremely challenging and rewarding experience for you, both professionally and personally.

       In order to assist you in settling into your new duty assignment with us, a Soldier from your individual recruiting station will be appointed as your sponsor.   You will be receiving a welcome letter in the near future, which will provide you with information about your duty assignment and the local community.  Please contact the S-1 section at 717-614-2198 to confirm the location of your recruiting station.

      We are personally interested in ensuring you have a smooth transition into your new duty assignment.  If you don't hear from your sponsor within the next few weeks, please contact the Commander , the Command Sergeant Major, or the Soldier & Family Assistance Program Manager, by writing to United States Army Recruiting Battalion-Harrisburg, Bldg. 54, M Ave, Suite 11, New Cumberland PA., 17070 or by calling  (717) 614-2203.

           We look forward to your arrival.  Once again, we wish you a most sincere welcome to the “Cold Steel" battalion.

Our Battalion


From The Commander

The CSM and I welcome you to the Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion. The Battalion is headquartered at the Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Susquehanna in New Cumberland, PA.

Assigned to the battalion are 14 officers, 173 enlisted members, and 22 civilians. It is one of eight battalions that make up the 1st. Recruiting Brigade located at Fort Meade, MD. We oversee the recruiting mission of 52 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties.

The Battalion is divided into seven companies with 31 Army Recruiting Centers. The seven companies are located in Carlisle, Clarion, Greensburg, Harrisburg,  Lehigh Valley, State College, and Pittsburgh.

Along with our centers there are two Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) which are located in Mechanicsburg and Pittsburgh. We also fill the requirements for the  Army Reserve Command.

 About Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is rich in history and tradition.  This is the birthplace of our country, where our independence was declared, our Constitution framed, and the Union preserved at Gettysburg.  With over 335 historic sites, it is easy to see why we say, "America starts here."  Water is also one of Pennsylvania’s main assets.  We rank first in the nation with over 45,000 miles of rivers and streams.  There are also more than 76 natural lakes and more than 2,300 man-made ponds and lakes.  All of this gives unlimited opportunities to canoe, swim, boat, sail, cruise or shoot the rapids while white water rafting.  Fifty-eight percent of the state is covered in forest, which provides great opportunities for hunters, hikers, back-packers, campers, rock climbers, fisherman, river-runners and boaters.  While here, make sure to take advantage of Pennsylvania's beautiful natural resources.    

Battalion History

With the introduction of the all-volunteer Army, the Harrisburg District Recruiting Command was established on July 1, 1972. The new district assumed the mission of 17 recruiting stations from the Pittsburgh District Recruiting Command, and in September 1972 an additional 12 recruiting stations were transferred from the Philadelphia District Recruiting Command.  The district, now responsible for the Army's  recruiting mission in Central Pennsylvania, soon earned the distinctive title as the "Blue Ribbon" District Recruiting Command.

Two more Regular Army recruiting stations were added to the District Recruiting Command in February of 1977 with the transfer of the Altoona and Bedford stations.  The scope of the District Recruiting Command's responsibilities increased again when, in June 1978, the Harrisburg District recruiting Command assumed the recruiting mission for the Army Reserve.  In 1982, the Harrisburg District was re-designated as the United States Army Recruiting Battalion-Harrisburg.      

Today, we oversee the recruiting mission of 52 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties.  The Battalion is divided into seven companies with 21 Army recruiting centers.

Joseph Alu, a student at Central York High School in York, Pennsylvania, practices applying a tourniquet on fellow student Evangelia Barakos during
Army recruiter partners with high schools to provide medical training, discuss opportunities
By Sarah Zaler, Harrisburg U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion Public Affairs Specialist | Feb. 2, 2023
Normally if you hear, “is anyone here a medic?” it’s because someone needs medical attention. That wasn’t the case, though, when Rick Guinan visited an Army recruiting office one summer day and asked that very question.

Students attending the Company Executive Officer Course work on a classroom assignment at U.S. Army Recruiting Command’s Recruiting and Retention College.
New company XO course graduates first students
By Jason Schaap | Dec. 1, 2020
A new way for getting the X's and O's to the new XOs has begun. The U.S. Army Recruiting Command’s Recruiting and Retention College here sent its first Company Executive Officer Course graduates back to the recruiting field in November, with the next batch of XO students slated for early December.

Warrant Officer Candidate Shanee Bowman stands with two of her classmates from the Warrant Officer Candidate School Class 20-09.
Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion soldier takes new career step as a warrant officer
By Sarah Zaler | May 8, 2020
Before her assignment with the Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, Staff Sgt. Shanee Bowman never gave much consideration to becoming a warrant officer.

USAREC Recruiting Bell
USAREC providing assistance for Soldiers with deferred orders
By USAREC Public Affairs | Nov. 15, 2018
U.S. Army Recruiting Command’s personnel office is actively working to assist recruiters adversely impacted by a recent temporary deferment of orders.

Contact Us


U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion - Harrisburg
Bldg 54 M. Avenue Suite 11
New Cumberland, PA 17070

Battalion Headquarters

Command Group


RA Operations









Soldier and Family Assistance



Greensburg: 724-838-1901

Carlisle: 717-317-5456

Harrisburg: 717-317-5934

Clarion: 814-227-1270

Pittsburgh: 412-264-4430

State College: 814-238-8216

Lehigh Valley: 610-861-7419