Posted on Dec 22, 2019
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I was born and raised in San Antonio so I know the Texas area well. I would like to know about the aviation side of Fort Hood specifically. I heard a lot of good but I also heard some bad about Hood.
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I was stationed at hood over a couple years.
Depending on the unit you go to there are some great barracks, and some not so great ones. Most are decent, just as good or slightly better than the average post.

The post has a ton of mwr and single soldier opportunities if you are interested in that.

For the most part, you can get or do anything you want in or immediately around hood.

Lots of options. The only real downsides I experienced at Hood as an enlisted soldier was the bad side of killeen, and unit issues.
No real complaints about the post itself though.
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I wont be in the barracks because I'm married but that is some good insight thanks!
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SPC (Join to see) You'll find a lot of options as far as off post housing for solid prices too. Homes are pretty affordable out there.
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MAJ Byron O.
MAJ Byron O.
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SPC (Join to see) - Avoid Killeen north of 190.
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SPC Andrea Rodriguez
SPC Andrea Rodriguez
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Hood itself wasn't bad, but be careful where you decide to live. I know all cities/ towns have bad areas, just be careful. We lived in a nicer area of Harker Heights and our home was broken into in broad daylight with plenty of people home ( most were military).. I am from East TX so I was able to go home often. Plus side, you have lots to do outside of Killeen. I'm no longer AD but hubby is in Aviation and we will possibly be going back there in the future. Good luck!
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Hood was my first duty station, and the one I was at the longest. I started out in the barracks, but during the surge back in 2005, I lived off post. Copperas cove has some good places to live as long as you focus on deep into the western side. We lived near the Wal mart initially and the crime was really bad. We ended up in a gated community just off Ft Hood street in Killeen. It was a nice community surrounded by a horrible community, but we liked it there. Recommend if you live off post, look at Harker Heights and Nolanville. Yes there are some nice places in Killeen, but they can be tricky to find if you aren’t familiar with the community. Pros: the post has everything, big mall like complex, every Soldier service you need, etc. You are easy driving distance from Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston. You can hit the beaches at Galveston if you drive a bit further. No shortage of good weekend getaways. Cons: the variance is very high in terms of good unit climates and bad ones. Hood is not the place you want to be with a bad unit climate. Big post = lots of bureaucracy which will require you to have to get unit help to navigate it. If your unit isn’t helpful, this can be frustrating. But of all the places I’ve been stationed in 17 years of service, Hood was by far my favorite. I’ve always requested to go back, but the Army has had other ideas.
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I was there with 3rd ACR avim troop from 2007-2010, it’s a huge base with plenty of gym’s and dining hall so there is no excuse for being out of shape or hungry. I liked the track at Hood stadium and the mile long around it made it easy for runners, but all this doesn’t mean anything if your stuck in a unit with bad leadership. Good luck
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