Cantonment Area Road conditions: Amber as of 3/15/2018 9:46 AM Reporting Status: Normal
Training Area Road conditions: Amber as of 3/19/2018 3:53 PM Frost bite temperature: 5 as of 3/19/2018 03:06 AM

In Processing - Reception

In Processing - Reception

Mission Statement
Perform 24-hour direct support Reception Operations for the 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum, by providing Reception and In-processing functions for incoming Soldiers and Families.  Ensure all Soldiers are In-Processed IAW AR 600-8-101.  Liaison with Divisional Units, Non-Divisional Tenant Units, and Directorates on Fort Drum to facilitate the 9 day In-Processing requirement, thus providing the gaining Unit with a Soldier that is prepared for training and/or deployment as needed.


In-Processing Information
Reception Activity

Dear Soldier and Family Members:
Welcome to Fort Drum, New York, home of the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) and the beautiful North Country. Your tour of duty here will be filled with adventure and challenges. Our staff will ensure your in-processing is as expeditious as possible.

All Soldiers arriving to Fort Drum are assigned to a Brigade in accordance with their orders. For "Non-Divisional"; Soldiers or Soldiers whose orders state, "Reception Transient";, they will be given a final assignment immediately upon arrival to Fort Drum. It is Fort Drum's goal to have the Soldier signed in and sponsored by their unit within two hours or arrival. Our expanded in-processing consists of installation orientation, installation activity in-processing, TA-50 issue, and deployment readiness screening. Our staff will assist you resolving any problems that may arise during your in-processing.

If we can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us

For the Welcome Desk or In-Processing, call (315) 772-0423/2564 or 1-800-661-7158

For the In-Processing 1SG, call (315) 772-2071

Once again, welcome to Fort Drum.




General In-Processing Information

Clark Hall and the Reception Activity is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including holidays and training days.

All in-processing soldiers must sign-in at the Clark Hall Building P10720, Mt. Belvedere Blvd. A copy of DA Form 31(Leave), assignment orders and/or amendments, health and dental records, and Military Personnel Record Jacket (if applicable) must be in your possession. Be prepared to fill out information sheets pertaining to DD Form 93 and SGLI updates and medical pre-screening forms, to expedite your in-processing at Ft. Drum.

If your arrival is at the Syracuse, New York airport or Watertown Airport, it is your responsibility to coordinate and complete your travel to Fort Drum. Ensure that you save all your receipts so that you can make an appropriate travel claim when you in-process the installation. Below is listed some general information that may assist you in your travel decisions.

Syracuse Airport Transportation Procedures

Watertown Airport Bus Station Transportation Procedures


 Permissive Temporary Duty (PTDY) for House Hunting

Soldiers must report to the Fort Drum on-post Housing Services Office (HSO) prior to starting house hunting. The Fort Drum HSO is located in Clark Hall, Room A2-54. The HSO will sign the approved leave form indicating the dates that the PTDY began.  Failure to report to the HSO and obtaining their signature on the approved leave form will result in the Soldier being charged for normal leave during the entire time period. (AR 600-8-10)

Note: The Housing Services Office and Mountain Community Homes are two different organizations.  Leave forms must be signed by the HSO, not MCH. 

  For agency specific information for In-Processing,  please visit below links.

Fort Drum Child, Youth and School Services

Fort Drum Army Community Services

 Fort Drum Finance Office



Don't Drink and Drive

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI) are common occurrences in the North Country and will not be tolerated. The legal age in New York to consume alcohol is 21, in Canada is 19. If you are under 21, do not drink alcohol in Canada and attempt to return to the United States. You will be apprehended at the border.

Driving in Canada

Soldiers and/or family members have been stopped by Canadian Police and asked to provide proof of automobile insurance. Canadian Police may legally require proof of automobile insurance written in French as well as English. If you fail to show proof of insurance, your automobile may be impounded and you may be required to pay as much as $1,000 to have your vehicle release.

You can avoid the risk of having your car impounded by purchasing a Canadian rider through your automobile insurance carrier. A Canadian rider is merely proof of insurance card written in French and on the reverse side written in English. Most insurance carriers provide a Canadian rider for free or at minimal cost.

Weather in the North Country

The weather in northern New York can be very extreme in the winter months. The temperature can drop to 30 degrees below zero. Always be prepared to wear a jacket, gloves, insulated boots, and headgear during the winter season. You can contact the local highway patrol at (315) 782-2112 for current road conditions or visit one of your local websites that provide weather updates.