Welcome to Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion
Welcome to the United States Army Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion. The “Cold Steel” battalion is a proud organization dedicated to supporting the important mission of recruiting for “America’s Army.”
With over 200 community based professionals located in communities throughout Pennsylvania who share the same concerns as do all responsible citizens regarding the future of America’s youth. In particular, we want to help students stay in schools, remain drug-free, be physically fit, and realize their potential to become productive citizens.
The purpose of this site is to familiarize the public with the Army’s recruiting mission, enlistment incentives and the educational programs, opportunities and resources available at no cost to the community and students. This will assist with understanding what each of us can bring to the fight so we can capitalize on one another’s strengths to enhance the mission and do what is best for our Army.
With integrity and selfless service, the Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion provides strength to the Army, cares for the assigned Soldiers, civilians, and families and develops community support for the military.
Harrisburg Battalion is committed to deliver excellence from recruiting with integrity and providing quality service members as the strength of our all-volunteer Army. We strive to consistently achieve mission and inspire Americans to proudly serve within the profession of arms in support of their Nation.
With the introduction of the all-volunteer Army, the Harrisburg District Recruiting Command was established on July 1, 1972. The new district assumed the mission of 17 recruiting stations from the Pittsburgh District Recruiting Command, and in September 1972 an additional 12 recruiting stations were transferred from the Philadelphia District Recruiting Command. The district, now responsible for the Army’s recruiting mission in Central Pennsylvania, soon earned the distinctive title as the “Blue Ribbon” District Recruiting Command.
Two more Regular Army recruiting stations were added to the District Recruiting Command in February of 1977 with the transfer of the Altoona and Bedford stations. The scope of the District Recruiting Command’s responsibilities increased again when, in June 1978, the Harrisburg District recruiting Command assumed the recruiting mission for the Army reserve. In 1982, the Harrisburg District was re-designated as the United States Army Recruiting Battalion-Harrisburg.
Today we oversee the recruiting mission of 52 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. The Battalion is divided into seven companies with 29 Regular Army recruiting stations.
Assigned to the battalion are 12 officers, 216 enlisted members, and 23 civilians. The U.S. Army Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion is headquartered at the Defense Distribution Region East , New Cumberland, Pa. The battalion is one of the eight battalions that make- up the 1st Recruiting Brigade located at Fort Meade, Maryland. The Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion oversees the recruiting mission of 29 Regular Army Stations. The battalion is divided into seven companies covering 52 of 67 counties in Pennsylvania. The seven company headquarters are located in Carlisle, Harrisburg, Bethlehem, State College, Pittsburgh, Clarion and Greensburg. Along with the 29 recruiting stations there are two Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) located in Mechanicsburg and Pittsburgh.