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Relocation Information

Arriving Soldiers

While PCS travel always has many surprises, knowing more about the area and the people you'll be working with can really help. This site is designed to help you familiarize yourself with your new community and enable you to contact your commander and 1st Sergeant.

Find out everything you need before you move...

Call the Army OneSource toll free at (800) 464-8107 24x7 for your free relocation report compliments of US Army Recruiting for soldiers assigned to recruiting duty.

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  • Historical weather conditions
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Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion Welcome Packet

Welcome to the Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion. We look forward to meeting you and your family and expect you to be a significant part of our team, "Cold Steel". Prior to arriving to the Harrisburg Battalion you should receive a Welcome Packet. If you do not receive a one or have further questions please contact the Battalion Soldier and Family Assistance Manager at (717) 614-2203.

In-Processing Checklist


Welcome to the Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion, we are located at the Defense Distribution Region East, New Cumberland, PA.  The battalion is one of the eight battalions that make- up the 1st Recruiting Brigade located at Fort Meade, Maryland.  As a newly assigned Soldier, you will soon become a proud member of the Steel Battalion.

The following information will give you a brief overview of the sponsorship, in-processing, and administrative requirements. 


While you are attending the Army Recruiting Course (ARC), you will be assigned a sponsor.  Your sponsor will contact you and send a welcome packet with information about your new area of operation to help facilitate your move to the battalion.  It is very important that you contact the battalion S1 if you do not receive the information in a timely manner. 


When you first arrive at the battalion, please report to the S1 section to begin in-processing.  You must in-process in UNIFORM.  

Administrative requirements

It is vital that you have the following information/items at the time of in-processing:


  • PCS orders and any amendments
  • Copy of termination of Government Quarters (if applicable)
  • MOS orders
  • ARC graduation certificate 
  • Military ID card
  • Original DA-31 (leave form)
  • Promotion packet
  • Copy of last NCOER / OER
  • SDAP Orders (AGR)
  • Previous awards
  • Addresses for your life insurance beneficiaries ( DD Form 93/ SGLV)
  • Finance documents to include advance travel receipts ( FSA/TLE/TLA/Advance Pay/DITY: receipts/ vehicle(s) registration and insurance card) 
  • Any reenlistment paperwork you may have
  • Term of oath
  • Quarters Termination Orders if you lived in Gov’t Quarters  
  • OIF's if you have reintegration certification please bring with you
  • MEDPROS Update
  • DD 1561 Request for Family Separation Allowance


  1. Go to
  2. Login with your AKO
  3. Click on Courses (upper right corner)
  4. Under Course Catalogs select Safety and Composite Risk Management (CRM) Courses
  5. Find Composite Risk Management Basic Course, enroll, go through the course and take the exam.

* Please ensure your security clearance is current.  See your S2.


  • Production records (if applicable)
  • RIP/Incentive awards (if applicable)


  • DA 348/Driving record check
  • Civilian and military drivers license
  • Vehicle registration (if you have two vehicles)
  • Accident Avoidance Course Certificate  (within the last four years)
         1.  Go to Combat Readiness Center website
         2.  Click on Training (on left)
         3.  Click on Combat Readiness University (CRU)
         4.  Click here to log in to CR University
         5.  Log in to AKO
         6.  Then click on Accident Avoidance Course


  • PT card (if necessary BF worksheet)
  • Profile
  • DA Form 1059 from NCOES courses taken  


  • CAC Pin number
  • Blank check (routing number)
  • Citigroup Card  known as Gov’t travel card


  • Complete the following courses on the following website
          - DOD Information Assurance Awareness Training Certificate
          - DOD Information Assurance Awareness Exam Certificate

* Bring everything else you received when you cleared your last duty station.

If you have all the above information/items, your in-processing and transition into the Cold Steel Battalion will be smooth. 

Once again, welcome to the Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion.  Your points of contact while you are in your transition phase will be your new Recruiting Station Commander, 1SG or S1.

Battalion Headquarter's address is:

54 M Avenue, Suite 11
New Cumberland, PA 17070