In 1941 when Fort Polk begun construction, it was to train soldiers for global warfare. When America was pulled into World War II, Fort Polk was became a huge asset.
It was here where the military began to train differently. Before the American forces used mass infantry force, with the rise of Nazi tankers and maneuvers, it became quickly apparent America’s military needed to change. The famous ‘Louisiana Maneuvers’ happened on this base, involving half a million soldiers. The military devised quick maneuvering and tactics to outwit the Nazi’s technology.
Today, Fort Polk is home to several units including the Joint Readiness Training Center. Units include 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, 115th Combat Support Hospital, 162nd Infantry and 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. The Joint Readiness Training Center is very important part of the Army. It is here where units come to train for warfare. The center sets up realistic surroundings and scenarios that the unit might experience in countries such as Afghanistan or Iraq. Units are assessed during exercises and are instructed in areas of weakness, providing stellar training for deployments.
Fort Polk is located near the city of Leesville. Many residents enjoy shopping and dining there as well as other close by cities. This base is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Plenty of hunting and camping opportunities abound. For families, there are zoos and alligator reserves.
Children attend the local Vernon Parish public schools. There are seven elementary schools, one intermediate school, one junior high and four high schools. Private schools are also offered. There are several medical clinics and residents can choose their PCM. The hospital on post, Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital, services the military as well as the local community. The base also has a commissary and an exchange.
Housing is offered through the private company, Picerne. Picerne offers five different neighborhoods with two, three and four bedrooms. Housing size is determined by rank and family size. All housing includes utilities, lawn service and maintenance. Residents enjoy the neighborhood pools, fitness centers, playground and computer labs.