Welcome to our Battalion
The battalion headquarters first opened in Milwaukee on July 1, 1974. At that time it was known as the Milwaukee District Recruiting Command (DRC) located on the East Side of town at 2266 N. Prospect Avenue. The DRC provided command and control for seven companies and 47 recruiting stations covering more than 43,000 square miles in Wisconsin and two-thirds of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. One hundred and twenty-eight recruiters had the task of recruiting from a market of nearly 120 thousand people.
Since 1974, the battalion remained in Milwaukee as a recruiting headquarters. In 1983 it relocated to the Henry Ruess Federal Plaza in downtown Milwaukee. In 1993, the battalion was inactivated as a result of the military's downsizing efforts. The Minneapolis Recruiting Battalion took over Milwaukee's territory.
After a year and a half absence from Milwaukee, the battalion reopened in March of 1995 as a result of an increase in the Army's recruiting mission and a need for more localized recruiter support. Then, after more than ten years in downtown Milwaukee, the battalion moved to new offices in 2006 on the northwest side of Milwaukee to be closer to the newly constructed MEPS building. In April of 2017 the battalion moved to its current location.
Today, the headquarters supports four Wisconsin-based companies located in Milwaukee, Madison, Appleton and Fort McCoy, one Michigan-based company in Iron Mountain, and one Illinois-based company located in Loves Park. The headquarters supports 39 recruiting facilities and more than 160 recruiters. It covers an area of 79,708 square miles with 607 high schools and 85 colleges. The battalion headquarters employs 16 civilians and 10 Soldiers. The Milwaukee Recruiting Battalion motto is "Wolfpack, Standards - No Compromise".
Milwaukee Battalion recruiters enlist men and women into the Army and Army Reserve. They prospect for enlistees in area high schools, colleges, job fairs, state and county fairs, and the general population throughout Wisconsin, Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and northwest Illinois.