Yuma and the Army have a long history together. Since the 1800s, the Army was stationed here to protect travelers in the West. It was also a supply post, to outfit other posts in the Southwest.
Yuma continued its history in providing warfare testing in both World War I and II. Even today, visitors can see abandoned trails and campsites of this part of American history.
It was closed shortly after WWII and in the late 1960s was revitalized as a training and test area for the military.
There is only one unit that is assigned to Yuma Proving Ground. The Headquarters Support Group. Medical personnel are attached to a base in California and the free fall training is attached to Fort Bragg, NC. All other jobs report to government agencies or civilian sector. Other military units do visit here for training and testing purposes.
The base offers an exchange, commissary, library, playground, gyms, post office, skating rink, pools, restaurants and a bowling alley. Yuma is a town that embraces its mix of settlers. The downtown area is historic and has plenty of independent stores and restaurants. Yuma also offers many outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, canoeing and hunting. Travel south of the border to Mexico in a short drive or cross over to California. Both offer plenty of sightseeing and festivities.
Yuma Proving Ground has one elementary school on post for grades K-5. Children attend Middle School and High School in the town of Yuma. There is bus service for those who attend school off post. The base has a medical clinic on post for military and families who live on post. Emergencies and other services are seen at the Yuma Regional Medical Center in town.
Housing is limited on this base and restricted to those on orders. It is highly advisable to apply for on-post housing as soon as possible. Housing is run by Desert Oasis Communities and offers two neighborhoods. Ironwood community is for E1-E6, Colorado community is for E7-9 and officers. All housing includes utilities, maintenance, lawn care, gyms, pools and playgrounds. Housing fees are the same as the BAH.