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Jackson is located in South Carolina, near the state capitol
of Columbia. A metropolitan region with a population over
400,000, Columbia offers a diversity of experiences and
attractions. Columbia displays its patriotism proudly and is
glad to be the home of Fort Jackson, the largest and most
active Initial Entry Training Center in the U.S. Army. The
Fort Jackson/Columbia area is a moderate cost-of-living area.
The base operator's phone number is 803-751-7511 or DSN
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 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. The post's primary mission is providing the Army with
trained, disciplined, motivated and physically fit warriors
who espouse the Army's core values and are focused on
teamwork. 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
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 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
Currently, there is no base transportation on this
For questions about unit of assignment and assignment of
sponsors, please contact the Adjutant General Division at
803-751-5579, DSN 312-734-5579.
Temporary Lodging is arranged through the Fort Jackson Welcome
Center, open 24 hours, 7 days a week. The Welcome Center is
located at 4934 Strom Thurmond Blvd., just inside Gate 2. Gate
2 is located off Forest Drive/Ft. Jackson off I-77, Exit #12.
The Welcome Center can be reached toll-free at 1-800-276-6984
or 803-782-9802. Arrangements for on post temporary lodging,
as well as referral for off post temporary lodging can be
gained from this facility.
The Army Community Service Relocation Readiness program is
housed in the Strom Thurmond Building, in Room 120, a few
blocks from Gate #2 off I-77 Exit #12. Information on Fort
Jackson and the surrounding Columbia/midlands region can be
obtained by stopping in, or by calling 803-751-4868, DSN
312-734-4868. Lending Closet services are available for
permanently assigned Soldiers and family members.
Critical Installation Information
It is no longer permissible to use cell phones while driving a
car on post.
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