Maneuver Center of Excellence

Building Soldiers, Leaders, and Formations that are SMART, FAST, LETHAL and PRECISE




Camp Benning was established in 1918 to provide Basic Training for World War I units.  In 1920, Congress voted to declare Camp Benning as a permanent military post which, in 1922, was renamed Fort Benning.


Ft Benning owns 127 square miles of land and supports more than 120,000 active-duty military, family members, reserve component soldiers, retirees, and civilian employees on a daily basis.  It is divided into four main sections;  MAIN POST, KELLEY HILL, SAND HILL, and HARMONY CHURCH


Infantry "Basic Training"

Armor (Tanks) "Basic Training"

Sniper School

Airborne School

Ranger School- Phase 1

Basic Officer Leader Course



5 well known general officers have trained here.

Generals; Omar Bradley, Dwight D. Eisenhower, George Marshall, Colin Powell and George Patton.

General George Patton   "was transferred to the Second Armored Division at Fort Benning, Georgia and named Commanding General on April 11, 1941. Also during this time, Patton began giving his famous "Blood and Guts" speeches in an amphitheater he had built to accommodate the entire division."  

According to his dedicated webpage,, he was the commanding general at Ft Benning until the fall of 1942.