ROTC Cadets attending the Leader’s Training Course see only a small part of the day-to-day life at Fort Knox, an Army post in the midst of transformation.
For the better part of seven decades, the post served as the home of armor and cavalry for the U.S. Army.
That era comes to an end officially in September 2010, when the Armor School completed its move to Fort Benning, Ga. Taking its place, and leadership of the post, is the U.S. Army Cadet Command, which oversees the recruiting and commissioning of the majority of Army officers through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.
The post is much more than barracks, training areas and repurposed ranges.
Fort Knox is a community designed to meet the unique needs of its residents, including single and married Soldiers.
It is the sixth-largest urban area in Kentucky.
Fort Knox is a working city comprising more than 2,370 buildings totaling 12.8 million square feet. Of those, 1,277 buildings are family housing. Many of those family housing buildings are multi-unit. There are 2,711 family housing units on the post. Quarters for married Soldiers range from the spacious residence of the post’s commanding general to townhouses and duplexes.
A married second lieutenant is eligible for housing on post. They would be assigned a two- or three-bedroom unit, depending on the size of his or her family. A single lieutenant is eligible for efficiency-style apartments. When quarters on post are unavailable, Soldiers eligible for housing are given quarters allowance to help offset the cost of housing in surrounding civilian communities.
There are 250 miles of roadways, 46 bridges and eight dams on the post, which has a total surface area of 170 square miles.
Fort Knox also has its own school system for approximately 4,000 children from kindergarten through high school. The post’s eight schools, including elementary, middle and high schools, are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and offer a variety of programs, including special education for disabled and talented and gifted students.
Health care is essential to any community, and Fort Knox is no exception. The post is a leader in the community in providing care for both active and retirees.
Recreational activities are also available for Soldiers and their families. Swimming pools, bowling centers, golf courses, gymnasiums and fitness centers are just a few ways to pass the time.
Although the tank once served as a powerful symbol of Fort Knox, many people associate the post with gold. The U.S. Bullion Depository, or gold vault, is here and is operated by the U.S. Treasury Department. Clearly visible from U.S. 31W, the white building is strictly off-limits.