Fort Leonard Wood

Army Center of Excellence

During the winter of 1940 America was preparing for her likely entry into World War II. Throughout the Ozarks word quickly spread that the Army would build a training center in Pulaski County, Missouri.

More than 75 years later, Fort Leonard Wood, has matured into a premier Army Center of Excellence.

More than 80,000 military personnel and civilians train at the 63,000-acre installation each year. However, training is not limited to the United States Army. Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, and Marine Corps service members also train at Fort Wood. Military graduations are held on the base multiple times a week throughout the year.

Basic Combat Training

Countless numbers of Army careers have begun at Fort Leonard Wood. Today’s soldier-in-training experiences a ten-week training period. Basic combat training centers around three phases- Hammer, Anvil, & Forge.

Basic Combat Training Graduations

BCT graduation is your soldier’s first milestone of their military career. Their transition from civilian to soldier has been both a challenging and rewarding journey. Honor their achievement by attending their boot camp graduation!

“We all had a wonderful time at Fort Leonard Wood MO. The GRADUATION was AWESOME! You took my baby boy from us and gave us back a MAN!” —Debbie Galowski

This once-in-a-lifetime celebration is best when shared with proud family members and loved ones. Visit the Fort Leonard Wood Graduation Information page to learn more….

Insider Tip: Daily flights are available through Chicago O’Hare, landing at the Waynesville-St Robert Regional Airport. Book your hotel stay by calling your hotel of choice, directly. Just in case you would have to cancel or postpone due to graduation date changes, cancellation policies are much more flexible then if you book through a 3rd party company.

Because Pulaski County is centrally located it is easy to get to from almost anywhere. Pulaski County is also easy on your budget and affordable. Our scenic backdrop is the perfect background for your military graduation memories! The slower Ozarks pace leaves you time to reunite and reconnect with your Warrior.

Home to Heroes

Fort Leonard Wood’s influence in Central Missouri is profound. The neighboring cities of Saint Robert and Waynesville are extremely patriotic. They are also especially welcoming to military families.

“At lunch Buddy had several people came up to him to shake his hand and thank him for his service. Wonderful!” —Robin Trotter

Both communities share a diversity that is often uncommon in small, rural cities in the Ozarks. This diversity is echoed in our faces, food, and spoken languages.  

Many retired military members have chosen Pulaski County for their home. They are drawn to stay by low crime rates, low cost-of-living, central location, scenic beauty, and endless outdoor recreation opportunities.

Most importantly, their reasons for staying also make your family’s military graduation experience even more memorable!

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