Ft. Leonard Wood: ‘There’s a Lot of Growth Going on Here’
Although it is not considered one of the military’s 25-plus mission growth installations, the population that calls Fort Leonard Wood home clearly is growing, a situation that is not lost on the surrounding community.
The central Missouri installation currently trains almost 90,000 students a year, up from 65,000 in 2005, reported the Springfield News-Leader. The post has an average day-time population of about 34,000.
About one-third of the students are receiving basic training, with the others enrolled in one of Leonard Wood’s many schools, including the engineer, military police, chemical corps, and prime power schools. Several new units or training programs have been added to the installation each year in the recent past, according to the story.
Leonard Wood has an estimated $3 billion annual economic impact on the surrounding region, and likely is responsible for Pulaski County enjoying a 27 percent population rise between 2000 and 2010.