The U.S. Army 5th Medical Recruiting Battalion (MRB) is headquartered on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The battalion, known as Titans, has three medical recruiting companies located in San Antonio, Kansas City, and Houston.
Each company is responsible for at least four medical recruiting stations, giving the battalion a footprint spanning more than 720,000 square-miles across a 10-state area, including the Southcentral Chaplain Recruiting Station in Grand Prairie, Texas. Medical recruiting stations are located in San Antonio, Lubbock, Houston, and Dallas, Texas; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Wichita and Kansas City, Kan.; St. Louis, Mo.; Des Moines, Iowa; Omaha, Neb.; Peoria, Ill.; Little Rock, Ark.; and New Orleans, and Shreveport, La.
The 5th MRB’s military personnel are a mix of Army Medical Department (AMEDD) and Army Chaplain Corps officers, noncommissioned officers, Department of the Army civilians, and contractors who perform a variety of critical duties in support of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) medical and chaplain recruiting mission as part of the U.S. Army Medical Recruiting Brigade (Highlanders), headquartered at Fort Knox, Ky.
Originally designated as the 5th AMEDD Recruiting Detachment, the unit was activated on October 1, 1995, merging officer procurement assets and Office of the Surgeon General with USAREC’s nurse recruiting assets. The detachment was comprised of seven health care recruiting teams (HCRT’s), encompassing 10 states and approximately 706,988 square-miles. Though designated a “detachment,” the unit was considered one of the nine battalions that comprised the 5th Recruiting Brigade.
The detachment headquarters was located on Fort Sam Houston, Texas, with HCRT’s in San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas, Texas; Kansas City, Kan.; St Louis, Mo.; New Orleans, La., and Del City, Okla. Three of the HCRT’s - Kansas City, St. Louis and Del City - oversaw satellite AMEDD recruiting stations located in Omaha, Neb.; Coralville, Iowa; and Little Rock, Ark.
On January 7, 2005, USAREC re-designated AMEDD detachments as provisional battalions. The 5th MRB became one of six battalion-size organizations under the Medical Recruiting Brigade.
As the 5th AMEDD Recruiting Detachment, the battalion was honored as the “Top AMEDD Recruiting Detachment” in USAREC for 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, and 2003. As the 5th MRB, the battalion was also selected as the “Top Medical Recruiting Battalion” in the Medical Recruiting Brigade for 2005, 2006, 2011, and 2012. To date, the highest honor bestowed on the 5th MRB was recognition as the “Top Recruiting Battalion” in USAREC for 2012.