Family Day

Fort Leonard Wood Family day

Family day is generally the day before your soldier graduates from basic training at Fort Leonard Wood.   Early that day the Drill Sergeant or his or her First Sergeant will brief families on the Do’s and Don’ts for spending time with soldiers.


Family Day Pass

Getting a pass is a privilege, so if you belong to any facebook groups, or have another outlet where you are able to talk to other families in your situation, you might here both that soldiers are allowed to leave base during Family Day, and that they’re not. That differing information can be really confusing, so let’s break it down.

Some soldiers get it, some don’t. My daughter did get a pass and was able to leave Fort Leonard Wood  on both family day and graduation day. . .  So I can for sure say it’s without a doubt a possibility. There are plenty of soldiers that don’t get pass  as well.

Where can I take my Soldier?

During family day you and your soldier will have more freedom than the soldier has had the entire time that he or she has been on base. If your soldier gets a pass to leave base he or she will in effect be given a virtual leash, and will only be able to go so far.

That distance depends on the company/battalion. In some, or actually most cases, you won’t get to leave base. Some soldiers may actually be able to travel a prespecified distance from base (in miles) usually 10-15 miles from base. On family day soldiers MUST remain in their ACU’s except when they’re swimming, or in their hotel room.

The next day, graduation day, the soldiers will be given a longer leash, and they’ll be dressed in those beautiful dress blues.

If your soldier isn’t given a pass to leave base, the following restaurants and amenities are available on right there on the Ft. Leonard Wood base.

What to do on Family Day at Fort

The next day, graduation day, the soldiers will be given a longer leash, and they’ll be dressed in those beautiful dress blues.

If your soldier isn’t given a pass to leave base, the following restaurants and amenities are available on right there on the Ft. Leonard Wood base.

What to do on Family Day at Fort Leonard Wood


  • Museums
  • Bowling
  • Paintballing
  • Visit the PX
  • Mini Mall ( and they aren’t playing when they say mini)
  • Go Karts (in the warmer seasons)
  • Movies
  • Taco Bell
  • McDonald’s
  • Starbucks
  • Pizza Hut
  • Burger King
  • Churches Chicken
  • Visit your Hotel
  • Go swimming
  • order movies
  • Relax (some SIT’s really appreciate this down time after basic.)
  • Go to the Movies
  • Go out to Eat
  • Auntie Ann’s pretzel shop (Coming soon)

Off Base Family Day Activities

Soldiers will have a pre-specified return time for checking back nearing the end of the. Usually, soldiers will need to return by 17-1900, company dependent of course.

The next morning will be that day your soldier has been eagerly awaiting for months; their graduation from Basic Combat Training. This is the day that your soldier will finally become a soldier, a member of the United States Army.

Basic Training Graduation Day

On graduation day, following the actual ceremony, soldiers will again likely be given the opportunity to leave the base, and spend an entire day with their families. Families should keep in mind that soldiers that aren’t signed out by family aren’t given a pass to leave the base. So if you’ve got room in your car, consider adopting a soldier

Once again, just as they were the day before, soldiers will be able to spend the day with their families until somewhere around 17-1900.

If you’re attending the AIT graduation, soldiers usually board busses immediately following the graduation ceremony to head toward the next phase of their lives.

AIT Graduation

In AIT usually soldiers will board buses immediately to the airport. Families that attend the AIT ceremony (There aren’t usually very many families that do attend AIT graduation as it’s not as exciting or special as basic is) could drive to the airport and spend some time with their soldiers before their flights to their duty stations or for the reserves and National Guard, their flights home take off. Leonard Wood.

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