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Fort Jackson

 Fort Jackson Army Base in Columbia, SC South Carolina Military Bases

 

Fort Jackson is a general training camp located in Columbia, South Carolina. It is run by the US Army and is among the most important bases spread throughout the country. Its name comes after the 7-th president of the United States of America – Andrew Jackson, who also led some of the armies. Although it may not be seen as a very popular base, Fort Jackson deals with more than 60% of the women joining the army. At the same time, it controls over 50% of the BCT (Basic Combat Training) load of the army. With these percentages, the fort can brag about 36000 regular soldiers going out every year, not to mention about the 8000 professional troops. Other than that, it is a huge post, covering 52000 acres. It has over 100 training ranges, as well as about 1160 buildings. Besides, it hosts 3500 active troops and 12000 civilians as their families. However, only 33% of these people live inside the fort. The others had to find off site housing opportunities. With all these numbers, why is this fort considered to be less important that others? Well, mostly because it doesn’t support multiple objectives and its equipments are not among the most advanced ones in the world. But, with so many troops ready to fight every year, it is definitely one of the most ferocious US military bases.

History

Fort Jackson had a constant flow throughout the history. It never impressed the world with any notable events and news-worth happenings. It only concentrated on its purpose – training troops – and this is exactly what it did. It was built in 1917 as Camp Jackson, when the United States of America were joining World War I. Soon after the war ended, it was deactivated in 1921 and completely abandoned by 1922. The beginning of World War II gave this fort a little attention and the authorities decided to bring it back to life. Although it performed well during the war, it was shut down again after it ended. The outbreak of the Korean War saw a third return of the fort. That war finally made the authorities reevaluate the future of the camp. From that moment on, it was never shut down again. This isn’t quite good news, since it also didn’t benefit from any notable improvements or upgrades. These days, it is the largest training “unit” of the US Army.

Units

Aside from the BCT schools, Fort Jackson also hosts the main center and school of Credibility Assessment, the Soldier Support Institute and the center for Army Chaplaincy. It is the home of thousands of civilians working here too, not to mention about the services provided to more than 45000 retired troops.

Housing

While trying to get a home in Fort Jackson, things will be very harsh. You need to apply for one and the process may take months or more than a year. The place is overcrowded and two thirds of the workers are located off site.

Fort Jackson

 

Location

Located in Columbus near the state capitol, Fort Jackson is the largest and most active Initial Entry training Center in the U.S. Army. Fort Jackson trains 50 percent of the Army’s Basic Combat Training load and 60 percent of the women entering the Army each year. The base operator’s phone number is 803-751-7511 or DSN 312-734-7511.

 

History

Named after Major General Andrew Jackson or “Old Hickory,” the seventh president of the United States, Fort Jackson had its beginnings in 1917, as a new Army Training Center to answer America’s need for trained fighting men in World War I. Fort Jackson has always served as the Army’s pioneer in the training environment.

 

Mission

Fort Jackson is the largest and most active Initial Entry training Center in the U.S. Army, training 34 percent of all Soldiers and 69 percent of the women entering the Army each year. Providing the Army with trained, disciplined, motivated and physically fit warriors who espouse the Army’s core values and are focused on teamwork is the post’s primary mission. That means training in excess of 45,000 basic training and advanced individual training Soldiers every year. In addition, Fort Jackson has become a significant site of professional development for the Soldier Support Institute (SSI) including the U.S. Army Adjutant General School, Finance School, Recruiting and Retention School, the Institute’s Noncommissioned Officers Academy, and the Training Support Battalion. Also, the Army Chaplain School and the Department of Defense Polygraph Institute make their homes at Fort Jackson. Fort Jackson is also home to one of the Army’s Drill Sergeant Schools.

 

Population Served

In addition to the 45,000 or more Soldiers in basic and advanced individual training who pass through Fort Jackson every year, permanently assigned Soldiers total more than 3,600 with their more than 10,000 family members. Approximately 14,000 Soldiers attend courses at the SSI and other schools each year. Fort Jackson employs almost 5,200 civilians and provides services for more than 115,000 retirees and family members.

 

Base Transportation

Currently, there is no base transportation on this installation. However, taxicabs are authorized to transport Soldiers and Family Members on and off post.

 

Sponsorship

To benefit from the Fort Jackson Sponsorship Program it is essential that Soldiers formally request sponsorship by completing DA Form 5434 immediately upon receiving notification that they are being assigned to Fort Jackson. The DA Form 5434 must be filled out completely and emailed to the email address listed in the Relocation Assistance Program contact (listed in the Contacts section).  The DA Form 5434 is the “trigger” that sets motion all the support mechanisms that the Total Army Sponsorship Program can muster to help relocating personnel.

 

Sponsor a Spouse: Army Community Services Outreach Program will sponsor newcomer spouses. This sponsorship program answers the spouse’s questions and assist in settling-in at Fort Jackson. A sponsor can be assigned to assist spouses, if interested. To request a sponsor, send an email to the email address listed in the Relocation Assistance Program contact.

 

There is a Youth Sponsorship Program on Fort Jackson. Youth Sponsorship is a way to match up relocating military youth with youth already living in Columbia. Sponsors will answer their questions, send them information, give them a tour once they arrive, and assist them in making new friends.  No one knows a place better from a military youth’s perspective than one already living here. To request a youth sponsor, send an email to the email address listed in the Relocation Assistance Program contact.

 

Youth Sponsorship is a way to match up relocating military youth with youth already living at the Great Place. Sponsors will answer their questions, send them information, give them a tour once they arrive, and assist them in making new friends. No one knows a place better from a military youth’s perspective than one already living here. To find out more about Youth Sponsorship, go to the Youth Sponsorship section of Youth Services or call 803-751-3053.

 

Sponsorship for Civilians is the responsibility of the gaining supervisor.

 

Fort Jackson Post Office does not give P.O. Boxes in advance because of the high demand. Prior to departing, you should request your local post office place a “hold” on your mail. Once arriving Fort Jackson, you may obtain a P.O. Box at the post office.

 

Temporary Quarters

 

Fort Jackson Lodging offers a variety of temporary accommodations and amenities to service members, family members with military identification, retirees, DOD civilians on official orders, and family members of graduating service members.

 

Relocation Assistance

The Army Community Service Relocation Readiness Program is housed at 5450 Strom Thurmond Blvd., in the Strom Thurmond Building, Room 120, a few blocks from Gate #2 off I-77 Exit #12. The Relocation Readiness Program staff will do their best to help make your move to Columbia a smooth one. 803-751-1124/5256 312-734-1124/5256.

 

Critical Installation Information

It is no longer permissible to use cell phones while driving a car on post. To obtain a post vehicle decal go to the Vehicle Registration Office, 4394 Strom Thurmond Blvd., just inside Gate 2. Gate 2 is located off Forest Drive, Fort Jackson off I-77, Exit #12. Ensure that you bring a valid and current drivers license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. For more information call the Vehicle Registration Office at 803-751-5887 or DSN 312-734-5887.

 

Fort Jackson Post Office does not give P.O. Boxes in advance because of the high demand. Prior to departing, you should request your local post office place a “hold” on your mail. Once arriving Fort Jackson, you may obtain a P.O. Box at the post office.

 

Contact Information

Adult Education Centers

Education Center/Army Learning Center

4600 Strom Thurmond Boulevard

Fort Jackson, SC 29207

Phone 803-751-5341

Phone (DSN) 312-734-5341

Fax 803-751-6849

Fax (DSN) 312-734-6849

 

Barracks/Single Service Member Housing

Barracks-Single Soldier Complex Housing

2447 Bragg Street

Fort Jackson, SC 29207

Phone 803-751-1636

Phone (DSN) 312-734-1636

Fax 803-751-2584

Fax (DSN) 312-734-2584

 

Beneficiary Counseling Assistance Coordinators

Health Benefits Advisor

4500 Stuart Street

Fort Jackson, SC 29207

Phone 803-751-2778 / 803-751-2425 / 803-751-2123

Phone (DSN) 312-734-2778/2425/2123

Fax 803-751-2324

Fax (DSN) 312-734-2425