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Fort Jackson Army Base

Chaplain Center and School, Soldier Support Institute, Drill Sergeant School, U.S. Army Basic Training Center of Excellence
9810 Lee Road, Fort Jackson, SC 29207

Fort Jackson

Fort Jackson Army Base is located in the city of Columbia, South Carolina. This installation is named for Andrew Jackson, a United States Army General and seventh President of the United States of America (1829–1837). Fort Jackson spans across more than 52,000 acres of land, including 100 ranges and field training sites and more than 1,000 buildings.


Fort Jackson Army Base 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 is 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, and the Institute’s Non-commissioned Officers Academy.

Arriving at Fort Jackson Army Base
The closest airport is Columbia Metropolitan Airport located 18 miles from base.


Temporary Lodging can be arranged through the IHG Army Hotel Fort Jackson, open 24 hours, 7 days a week. The hotel is located at the intersection of Marion Ave and Benning Road.


All permanent party Soldiers are to report to Room 200, 5450 Strom Thurmond Boulevard, during the hours of operation of 0730-1700, Monday thru Friday. (NOTE: The in-processing office is closed on Federal holidays.) All incoming permanent party Soldiers that report after normal duty hours are to report to the IHG Army Hotel/Welcome Center, located at 7550 Benning Road to sign in to Fort Jackson. Upon checking-in, Soldiers will be provided with the schedule for their One-Stop-In-Processing and Post Newcomer Orientation.


Incoming Department of Army Civilians should report to the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) located at 5450 Strom Thurmond Blvd, Room 229, on date provided by CPAC.

Army Community Service (ACS) is located at 5450 Strom Thurmond Blvd., Room 120 and can help you and your family get settled in. Please call ACS for more information at 803-751-5256.


All Soldiers must be in uniform to in-process. The duty uniform at Fort Jackson, SC is ACU’s. Be sure that you have enough uniforms with you to begin duty after in-processing.

Base Population
There are over 135,100 Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, Training Soldiers, military families, DoD personnel, students, civilians, and retirees assigned to Fort Jackson.