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Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center

36000 Darnall Loop
Appointments 254-288-8888
Admissions 254-553-8686
Pharmacy 254-288-8800

Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center provides comprehensive health care to military beneficiaries in Central Texas through a system of five primary care clinics on Fort Hood, three in local communities and 22 specialty clinics with the medical center. Behavioral Health services include the Resilience & Restoration Center, Warrior Combat Stress Reset Program, Urgent Care Triage Center, Hospital & Administrative Psychiatry, Adult Outpatient services, Intensive Outpatient Therapy, Adult Inpatient Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Evaluation Services, Department of Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy Services, Traumatic Brain Injury Center and Soldier Medical Readiness Processing.

Dental care is available to active-duty military only. Family members of active-duty personnel are encouraged to use the TRICARE Dental Program. Program information is available by visiting


TRICARE is the health care program for active-duty and retired service members, their families and survivors. TRICARE provides health plans, prescriptions, dental plans and other special health programs to its beneficiaries. TRICARE’s mission is to enhance the Department of Defense and the nation’s security by providing health support for the full range of military operations and sustaining the health of all those entrusted to their care.

TRICARE offers a range of health care plans. TRICARE Prime is the mandatory health care option for active-duty service members. Family members of active-duty service members, retired service members and their families may also use this option. If you use TRICARE Prime, you are assigned a primary care manager at a military or network provider who delivers most of your care. If you need care your PCM cannot provide, you are referred to a specialist. Active-duty service members and their families pay nothing out of pocket for this option; however, there is less freedom to choose your provider. On Jan. 1, 2018, TRICARE Standard and Extra were combined into a new plan, TRICARE Select. Select is a standardized fee-for-service plan available to family members of active-duty service members, retired service members and their families. After you enroll in TRICARE Select, you may schedule an appointment with any TRICARE-authorized provider. Referrals are not required, but you may need prior authorization from your regional contractor for some services. You will pay a copay or cost share based on the type of care and provider you see. Costs for Select vary, but you will pay an annual deductible as well as a percentage of covered services. Non-network providers may charge up to 15 percent more than the TRICARE allowable charge; you are responsible for these extra charges. TRICARE also offers plans for remote and overseas locations, reserve military members, young adults who are no longer covered under regular TRICARE coverage and other scenarios.

TRICARE coverage is completely portable, so it moves with you when you relocate. Follow these simple steps to ensure you have no break in coverage when you move:

  • Do not cancel your TRICARE Prime enrollment option before you move.
  • Update your personal information in DEERS immediately when you arrive at your new location.
  • Select a new primary care manager.

If you are already using TRICARE Select, moving is easy. When you arrive at your new location, update your personal information in DEERS. Then find TRICARE-authorized providers in your new area. Remember, you may have a new regional contractor and claims filing address.

TRICARE’s online tools can help you find and compare plans that you are qualified to use. Beginning in 2019, however, TRICARE will allow you to switch between plans only if you have a “qualifying life event” such as the birth of a baby or a move. For a complete description of the types of coverage programs and regions, visit For more information about recent changes to TRICARE, visit


Housing Management Office
Building 18010, Room B209 254-287-4212

The Fort Hood Housing Management Office is ready to help you transition to your new home and community. Use its resources to become familiar with available housing options and support services. When you arrive at Fort Hood, visit the HMO for valuable information, counseling and guidance before signing any lease or sales contract for housing.

Unaccompanied Housing

Building 49017 254-286-7705

Fort Hood is committed to providing single soldiers with a clean, healthy and safe living area that provides privacy and comfort. Barracks are centrally managed on Fort Hood. Many of the barracks have undergone remodeling to enlarge living space for each soldier. Many new barracks complexes have been recently built.

Fort Hood Family Housing

Building 18010, Room B209 254-220-4799

At Fort Hood, military family housing is privatized. In addition to your option to purchase and rent housing in the local community, you may choose to live in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease agreement with Lendlease Communities, which owns the family housing and is responsible for constructing, maintaining, repairing and managing the community.

For comprehensive information about homes and amenities in the Fort Hood privatized housing community, visit the Fort Hood Family Housing website.


Post Office
332 761st Tank Battalion Ave. 254-287-2728

The full-service post office on post provides window service weekdays. Mail is delivered from the Main Post Office to on-post housing, Monday through Saturday (except holidays). To receive mail for general delivery, use the following address:

General Delivery Mail Section
Fort Hood, TX 76544-5056

You can pick up general delivery mail at Building 4231, the Installation Mail Management Center.


Veterinary Services

Building 4909 254-287-6719

All dogs and cats, 4 months and older, must be registered with the veterinary facility within one week of arrival and annually thereafter. Pit bulls are not permitted on post. All equines entering Fort Hood from stabling off-post must be quarantined for 10 days prior to stabling on-post.

The Fort Hood Veterinary Center offers services for dogs and cats such as vaccines, medicines, spays, neuters and dental care. The center offers microchipping and quarantine services for horses. Due to limited resources, most veterinary emergency cases are best served through a full-service civilian veterinary hospital; see the Military Buyer’s Guide tab to connect with local veterinarians.


Garrison Chaplain’s Office

320 Tank Destroyer Blvd. 254-288-6545

Fort Hood is home to many chapels sprinkled throughout unit areas. There are a variety of worship services available. During unit deployments, some chapels close. Call the Garrison Chaplain’s Office for services, times and chapel locations.


Private vehicles do not have to be registered with Fort Hood, but all vehicles on base must be insured. Regardless of status of home of record, the state requires vehicles to have Texas minimum liability insurance. Texas state traffic laws apply on base; see the Getting To & Around Central Texas chapter on Page 22 for more information. All vehicles entering or leaving base are subject to search.

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