A Unique Military Presence

“With the additions of Army Forces Command and Army Reserve Command, Fort Bragg will host more general officers than any other Army installation in the country outside the Pentagon.” 

Gen. Dan K. McNeill, USA (R)
N.C. Military Foundation Chair
Former Commanding General,
U.S. Army Forces Command

North Carolina is home to the third largest military population in the United States.  Historically the Department of Defense has partnered with the state to host our nation’s premier operational units, research and development organizations and depots. However, after the Base Realignment and Closure process in 2005, these partnerships have grown dramatically.

Due to the additions of U.S. Army Forces Command and U.S. Army Reserve Command, Fort Bragg will be the largest Army installation in the world, and the Marine Corps will host an additional 11,500 Marines. Similar investments can be seen in the Special Operations Commands for both the Army and the Marine Corps.

Significant Military Installations in North Carolina

North Carolina is a growing choice for the defense industry due to the presence of large-scale military installations, high-ranking commands, and the best business climate in the United States (Site Selection Magazine). As the defense industry transitions to support the military in emerging technology areas they will benefit by a proximity to the unique presence in North Carolina of end-users and decision-makers on future military requirements.

Fort Bragg Army Base Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Elizabeth City Air Station Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station Camp LeJeune Marine BaseArmy Research OfficeNC National Guard HeadquartersUSCG Sector North CarolinaUS Army Corps of Engineers

Combined with North Carolina’s core strengths in manufacturing, technology and R&D, its diverse and highly-trained labor force, its close proximity to Washington, D.C., its nationally ranked University and community college system and a much admired quality of life, the elevated presence of high-ranking commands and installations offers unparalleled advantages not just to companies serving our nation’s military and homeland security, but for all segments of the state’s economy.

Economic Impact

A 2013 report conducted by the NC Department of Commerce found that the military accounts for 10% of the state’s economic activity, making it North Carolina’s second largest economic sector. Put into real terms, this means that the sector supports 540,000 jobs in North Carolina, including 340,000 in the private sector, contributing over $30 billion in personal income to the state's residents.

790,000 veterans currently call North Carolina home, including 225,000 who are under 50 years old. This sizeable military cohort strengthens the state's business environment by providing a large and skilled labor pool that innovative NC businesses can draw upon to design and manufacture new generations of revolutionary technologies. It also strengthens our Universities and Community Colleges by bringing the unique experiences of our nation's servicemembers to the classroom. It is no exaggeration to say that a strong military presence has truly become an integral part of the character of the state.