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Installation Overview

Location

Fort 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 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. For more information, go the Fort Jackson homepage.

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, the Institute's Noncommissioned Officers Academy, and the Training Support Battalion. Also, the Army Chaplain School and the National Center for Credibility Assessment 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 45,000 family members. Approximately 63,000 Soldiers attend courses at the SSI and other schools each year. Fort Jackson employs almost 4,000 civilians and provides services for more than 90,000 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

You must request a sponsor through the Army Career Tracker (https://actnow.army.mil).

Spouse Sponsorship: Army Community Services Relocation Readiness Program can provide Fort Jackson and Columbia community information upon request. Information can be obtained by calling (803) 751-1124 or sending 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. Although, personal mailboxes may be obtained in advanced by calling UPS (located at the PX) (803) 227-2692.

Temporary Quarters

IHG Army Hotel Fort Jackson 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.
IHG Army Hotel Fort Jackson, Bldg. 7550 Benning Road, provides all guest services including central reservations (877-711-TEAM), hotel registration, and checkout. Open 24 hours, 7 days a week. IHG Army Hotel Fort Jackson may be reached at phone 803-782-9802 and fax 803-751-6261. Reservations are also available on the hotel's website and email ftjacksonreservations@ihg.com

IHG Army Hotel Fort Jackson is located near the intersection of Marion Ave and Benning Road. From Gate 2, continue on Strom Thurmond Blvd and make left turn at the 3rd traffic light, Marion Ave. Stay in the right lane and make a right on Benning Road (at the Soldier Support Institute sign). The hotel is immediately on the right. GPS coordinates 34.019047, -80.927325.

We recommend that you make hotel reservations well in advance of your arrival. If you are on military orders, you are encouraged to make reservations as soon as orders are received. Please note that during the PCS season on post lodging is often fully booked.

Pets are allowed in the IHG Army Hotel - Palmetto Lodge ($75 fee and $7 per night after 6th night). If you need a pet-friendly unit, you should make your reservations as far in advance as possible. Many of the hotels off post do not accept pets so please take this into consideration. If you have a pet, please make sure you contact the hotel at (803) 782-9802, not through their toll-free number.

Special Needs -- Limited special needs units are available. If temporary lodging is not available the reservation clerks can assist you in making recommendations for local hotel/motel reservations. Off-base temporary lodging is plentiful - just make sure that the cost is within your per diem range. 

Relocation Assistance

The Army Community Service Relocation Readiness Program is housed at 9810 Lee Road. The Relocation Readiness Program staff will do their best to help make your move to Columbia a smooth one. We offer newcomers orientations for Soldiers and families, citizenship classes, sponsorship classes, and English as a Second Language and Citizenship and Immigration resources are provided. We also have a lending closet full of household items including pots, pans, dishes, cooking utensils, flatware, mats, tables and chairs. You will need a copy of your orders and, if you are unable to come in, your spouse can pick up the household items with a copy of your orders. More information on Fort Jackson and the surrounding Columbia/midlands region can be obtained by stopping in, or by calling 803-751-1124/5256 312-734-1124/5256.

Lending Closet hours of operation:

  • Mondays: 0730 - 1400
  • Tuesday: 0730 - 1400
  • Wednesday: 0730 - 1400
  • Thursday: 0730 - 1400 (except 1st Thurs)
  • Fridays: 0730 - 1400 By appts. only

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. Although, personal mailboxes may be obtained in advanced by calling UPS (located at the PX) (803) 227-2692.


Associated Links

Military OneSource
Provides access to 24/7 counseling, information and referral for service families, and if relocating, search for Culture Grams that can provide useful information about your new duty location.

Defense Travel Management Office /Per Diem
Per Diem official website with information on allowances, travel regulations and lodging websites.

DS Logon (formerly DEERS)
TRICARE beneficiaries can electronically link to their medical records, pay and human resource systems and other websites.

Defense Finance and Accounting Service
The authoritative source for pay issues.

DoD Schools
Provides complete information on all Department of Defense Schools run by DoDEA.

Military K-12 Partnership
Provides comprehensive information for all students.

DoD Commissaries
The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment.

Stars and Stripes
Current editions for European, Mid East and Pacific newspapers.

The CIA World Factbook
Provides information on locations overseas.

OSD Reserve Affairs
Provides benefits and services designed to enhance and maintain the quality of life for noncommissioned and petty officers.

Army OneSource
Comprehensive information on all Army Community Services and QOL support.

Army Home Page
Information and resources for Army soldiers and families worldwide.

United States Army Recruiting Command Soldier and Family Assistance Programs
Public web site for all Army recruiting command needs.

U.S. Army Cadet Command -- Official QOL Web Site
Provides information and links to all Army Cadet Command quality of life issues.

Army Installation Management Command
Link is helpful in order to gain information about local and Army-wide initiatives.

Army Reserves
Information on the Army Reserve as a career.

Military ID Card/CAC -- Locator
Find all military ID card and CAC facilities worldwide.

MilitaryKidsConnect
Department of Defense-sponsored website for kids impacted by the deployment of parents and caregivers.

USA4 Military Families
Seeks to engage and educate state policymakers, not-for-profit associations, concerned business interests, and other state leaders about the needs of military members and their families.

Explore the links to the left for in-depth information.

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