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.

  • Cost of living for city and state to which you are relocating and how it compares with the cost of living where you presently reside.
  • Crime statistics
  • Profiles for types of schools
  • Location of churches, synagogues and mosques
  • Historical weather conditions
  • Vehicle registration policies and procedures

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Finding your way to Fort Hamilton

Fort Hamilton is located on the Southwest tip of Brooklyn at the base of the Verranzano-Narrows Bridge.

From Brooklyn via New Jersey
From South Jersey – Take the New Jersey Turnpike North to Exit 13 (Elizabeth).  Stay to the left and take the Gothels Bridge to Staten Island, New York.  After paying the toll, stay on Route 278E towards the Verranzano-Narrows Bridge.  Take the  Verranzano-Narrows Bridge and stay to the right, exit at the first exit 92nd street.  Turn left at the traffic light and go the second traffic light, which is Fort Hamilton Parkway (FHP).  Turn left onto FHP.  Follow to the main gate, which will be on your left at 101st street.

From New Jersey
Take the New Jersey Turnpike South to Exit 13 and follow the directions as above.

Entering Brooklyn via Public Transportation
By Subway.  Take the R Train to its last stop in Brooklyn at 95th street.  Walk seven blocks to Fort Hamilton Parkway and 101st street, or take a taxi/car service.

By Bus
The New York City Transit Metro Bus System is extensive, with the bus stops within the installation.  For more information on bus and subway transportation, please call (718) 333-1234.

Welcome Packet

New York City Recruiting Battalion 


Welcome to the New York City Recruiting Battalion. We look forward to meeting you and your family and expect you to be a significant part of our team. Prior to arriving to the NYC Recruiting Battalion you should receive a Welcome Packet. If you do not receive one or have further questions please contact the Battalion S-1 at 718-630-4629.

In-Processing Checklist

Reporting Guidelines

  • Army Recruiter Course (ARC)
    Upon notification from Recruiting School (ARC) that you have been selected for assignment to NYC Recruiting Battalion, S-1 supervisor will contact you via e-mail. For further assistance, please call (718) 630-4391.

    Next, your sponsor will contact you to help facilitate your move to our battalion. Once signed in, the recruiting in-processing will begin by arriving you in the system for our area. This is an automated process.

  • Reporting
    You are required to report to battalion headquarters, located in Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn under the Verrazano Bridge. Address: Bldg 212 General Lee Avenue, Fort Hamilton, NY  11252

    Walk-in hours are 0900-1500. Closed daily for lunch 11:30-1300hrs. Report for duty in Army Combat Uniform (ACU). Your sponsor will coordinate meeting you in S-1 to assist with in-processing.

    Permissive TDY is authorized for the first 10 days after signing in as long as you did not previously take it in conjunction with your PCS leave. After these 10 days, soldiers will be required to start their recruiting duties.

  • Pay Entitlements
    BAH is a combination of BAQ and VHA. It differs depending on your assignment area. The intent of this allowance is to provide Soldier a housing allowance comparable to their counterparts (of comparable salary and dependency status).

    SDAP is effective on the date of in-processing and takes approximately 60 days to activate.

    TLE is authorized for up to 10 days. You must fill out a TLE worksheet and submit it along with a copy of your hotel receipts. Temporary housing may be available. Contact your sponsor for assistance.

    Family Separation Pay is authorized for your time at the ARC. Fill out DD Form 1561. You cannot file this entitlement until your travel claim has been returned to finance.

    NOTE: Failure to do so will greatly affect the time it takes to receive your authorized pay entitlements, listed above.


 Reporting Essentials

You must bring the following items with you at the time you in process:

  • PCS orders and any amendments to these orders
  • Original DA 31 (leave form)
  • Finance packet to include advance travel receipts (manila folder) 
  • MOS orders (provided by the Army Recruiter School)
  • Army Recruiter Course (ARC) graduation certificate
  • Vehicle registration (if you have two vehicles)
  • Information necessary to update DD 93 and SGLI
  • Military 201 file: 2A, 2-1, promotion packet (if applicable)
  • Last NCOER
  • Military ID card
  • Civilian and military drivers license
  • Reenlistment card
  • Quarters termination sheet if you lived in government quarters
  • OIF's if you have reintegration certification please bring with you
  • MEDPROS Update

It is extremely important you have all the above required documents at the time of your in-processing. This is a large battalion. You may have a long drive back to your pinpoint assignment if you forget any of these documents. In-processing must be completed on the day you arrive at the battalion.

Family Services

Welcome to NYC Recruiting Battalion!

The following information is designed to provide general information about New York City Recruiting Battalion and your new area of assignment.

Whether you live on-base or off-base, Fort Hamilton military community is considered a remote site. It is very important that you become familiar with battalion organization the programs designed to help you and your family. This handbook is the first step in an ongoing process to keep you informed.

Most families easily adapt well on or off-base and find it to be a unique metropolitan experience. We encourage your involvement in school and church activities, as well as other civilian community organizations. The Northeast has a wealth of historic, cultural, and entertainment opportunities for your enjoyment.

At the same time, it’s important that your family participate in recruiting company and station events as often as possible to keep in touch with other soldiers and military families.

I am the Soldier and Family Assistance Program Manager. When you have questions, concerns, or suggestions please contact me at: or (718) 630-4372.

US Army Recruiting Battalion NYC
Soldier & Family Assistance Program Manager
BLDG 212 General Lee Avenue
Fort Hamilton, NY 11252

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