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a. Post Situation and
(1) Surrounding Context. Fort Plains is located in a
rural area in the Southern United States. It is more than
one hundred miles from the nearest sizable city, and
several hundred miles from any metropolitan area. The
terrain is flat to hilly, heavily forested, and has many
lakes and streams.
The nearest communities are two small towns approxi-
mately ten miles from the main entrance to the post.
Along the state highway leading to the towns is strip
development including bars, restaurants, fast food opera-
tions, some entertainment, hotel and retail facilities.
These off-post services on the roadside strip, and in the
small-town centers, are quite small compared to the
needs of the large post population.
(2) Post Mission and Population. The major mission
of Fort Plains is to house a mechanized infantry division.
The post population has recently grown rapidly, and the
projected military strength for planning purposes is
25,000. Current military strength is 17,000 and the effec-
tive community population is 47,000. Slightly over half of
the military personnel are married with a total of 21,000
dependent children, almost 13,000 of school age.
Roughly 85% of the military strength are enlisted person-
nel, and 7% are women.
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