USAREC - United States Army Recruiting Command banner
USRAEC - HomeLinksSite MapPrivacy & SecurityContact Us

1st Recruiting Brigade - Home

New England Recruiting Battalion


Arriving Soldiers

Educators/Future Soldiers

1st Recruiting Brigade Logo

1st Recruiting Brigade banner

New England Recruiting Battalion

Our Companies

        Our Battalion

            In October 1947, this battalion was established as the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Recruiting Main Station, located at Fort Preble, Maine. It consisted of five recruiting stations in Maine and one in Berlin, N.H. From 1950 to 1954 the headquarters was located at Fort Williams, Maine.  
            In 1962, the Main Station was moved to Portland. It expanded to include the Bangor, Maine, and Manchester, N.H., commands. By 1965, there were ten recruiting stations in Maine, seven in N.H. and two in Vt.
            In 1967, the battalion relocated to Concord, N.H. This consolidated the 21 recruiting stations in the three state area under one headquarters. At that time, the stations' area commanders were master sergeants.
            In June 1973, the Nation’s "all volunteer" military was established. Within the Army, new recruiting programs were initiated. These included statewide Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) testing of high school students; closer coordination with school counselors and increasing advertising expenditures.
            In May 1974, the battalion was designated the Concord District Recruiting Command (DRC). It comprised three geographic areas: Area I covered Northern Maine; Area II covered Southern Maine and Area III covered N.H. and half of Vt. A total of 53 field recruiters were assigned to the command.
            In 1976, all counties of Vt. came under the Albany District Recruiting Command and so the battalion lost its presence in that state.
            In 1978, District Commands assumed the Army Reserve mission and additional stations were opened within the Concord DRC’s footprint.
            In Oct. 1983, the Concord DRC was renamed the Concord Recruiting Battalion. At that time there were 30 recruiting stations in Maine and N.H. under the command of the battalion.
            In July 1987, the Concord Recruiting Battalion moved to the Brunswick Naval Air Station (NAS) Annex, Topsham, Maine and was renamed the Brunswick Recruiting Battalion. Assigned to the battalion were Manchester, Bangor and Portland companies, consisting of 27 stations and an Army Nurse Recruiting station.    
            In April, 1991, the battalion assumed responsibility for the inactivated Boston Battalion and assumed responsibility for the Boston, North Shore and Providence recruiting companies.
            In 1995, the battalion was renamed the New England Army Recruiting Battalion.
            In Oct. 2006, the battalion deactivated Portland Company and activated South Shore Company.
            In June 2011, the battalion relocated its headquarters to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, due to the closing of the Naval Air Station—Brunswick.
            Today, the New England Army Recruiting Battalion consists of Maine Company, New Hampshire Company, Boston Company, North Shore Company, Rhode Island Company and South Shore Company.

        USAAC - United States Army Accessions Command

        U.S. Army Cadet Command - Leadership/Excellence Insignia

        USATC Fort Jackson - Victory Starts Here Insignia

        USAREC | Cadet Command | USATC Fort Jackson | AKO Army Knowledge Online
        USAAC Home | USAAC Enterprise Portal | Privacy & Security Notice

        Date Last Modified: Tue Aug 23 11:24:16 EDT 2011

        The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the
        United States Army Recruiting Command (USAREC)
        of this Web site or the information, products or services contained therein.
        For other than authorized activities such as military exchanges and Morale, Welfare and Recreation sites, the
        United States Army Recruiting Command (USAREC)
        does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations.
        Such links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of this DoD Web site.

        Enterprise Portal Login USAREC Home