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.

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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

Chapels
Chapels- Installation Chaplain’s Office (ICO)
5450 Strom Thurmond Boulevard – Room 223
Fort Jackson, SC 29207
Phone 803-751-3121
Phone (DSN) 312-734-3121
Fax 803-751-5758
Fax (DSN) 312-734-5758

Citizenship and Immigration Services
Citizenship and Immigration Services
5450 Strom Thurmond Boulevard
Room 120
Fort Jackson, SC 29207
Phone 803-751-1124/5256
Phone (DSN) 312-734-1124/5256
Fax 803-751-5524
Fax (DSN) 312-734-5524

Civilian Personnel Office
Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC)
5450 Strom Thurmond Boulevard
Room 229
Fort Jackson, SC 29207
Phone 803-751-3219
Phone (DSN) 312-734-3219
Fax 803-751-5012
Fax (DSN) 312-734-5012

Commissary/Shoppette
Commissary
4716 Commissary Way
Fort Jackson, SC 29207
Phone 803-751-5789
Phone (DSN) 312-734-5789
Fax 803-751-3888
Fax (DSN) 312-734-3888

Deployment/Mobilization
Army Community Service – Deployment/Mobilization Program
2179 Sumter Street
Room 12A
Fort Jackson, SC 29207
Phone 803-751-7489
Phone (DSN) 312-734-7489
Fax 803-751-5524
Fax (DSN) 312-734-5524

EFMP – Family Support
EFMP Family Support
5450 Strom Thurmond Blvd
Rm 120
Attn: ACS/EFMP
Fort Jackson, SC 29207
Phone 803-751-5256
Phone (DSN) 312-734-5256
Fax 803-751-5528
Fax (DSN) 312-734-5528

Emergency Relief Services
Army Community Service -Emergency Relief Services-Army Emergency Relief
5450 Strom Thurmond Boulevard
Room 120
Fort Jackson, SC 29207
Phone 803-751-5256
Phone (DSN) 312-734-5256
Fax 803-751-5524
Fax (DSN) 312-734-5524

Exchange(s)
Exchange(s) – Post Exchange (Main)
4110 Moseby Street
Fort Jackson, SC 29207
Phone 803-787-1950 / 803-787-1951
Phone (DSN) 312-734-1950
Fax 803-790-7705
Fax (DSN) 312-734-7705

Family Advocacy Program
Army – Army Community Service – Family Advocacy/Soldier & Family Readiness Program
5450 Strom Thurmond Boulevard
Room 218
Fort Jackson, SC 29207
Phone 803-751-6325
Phone (DSN) 312-734-6325
Fax 803-751-6356
Fax (DSN) 312-734-6356

Finance Office
Finance/Defense Military pay Office (DMPO)
5450 Strom Thurmond Boulevard
Room 129
Fort Jackson, SC 29207
Phone 803-751-4565 / 803-751-6669 (Phone Bank with prompts)
Phone (DSN) 312-734-4565-6669
Fax 803-751-4405
Fax (DSN) 312-734-4405

Hospital/Medical Treatment Facility(s)
Hospital -Moncrief Army Hospital/MEDDAC
4500 Stuart Street
Fort Jackson, SC 29207
Phone 877-273-5584 (toll free) / 803-751-2273/803-751-0471 / 803-751-2160
Phone (DSN) 312-734-2273/2160
Fax 803-751-2321
Fax (DSN) 312-734-2321

ID/CAC Card Processing
ID Card/DEERS enrollment(not active duty SM’s )
5450 Strom Thurmond Boulevard
Room 109
Fort Jackson, SC 29207
Phone 803-751-7731
Phone (DSN) 312-734-7731
Fax 803-751-6554
Fax (DSN) 312-734-6554

Information and Referral Services
Army Community Service – Information & Referral Program
5450 Strom Thurmond Boulevard
Room 120
Fort Jackson, SC 29207
Phone 803-751-4862 / 803-751-5256
Phone (DSN) 312-734-4862
Fax 803-751-5524
Fax (DSN) 312-734-5524

Law Enforcement
Law Enforcement
Directorate of Emergency Services
5499 Jackson Blvd.
Fort Jackson , SC 29207
Phone 803-751-3114/3115
Fax 803-751-3938

Loan Closet
Army Community Service – Loan Closet
5450 Strom Thurmond Boulevard
Room 120
Fort Jackson, SC 29207
Phone 803-751-5256
Phone (DSN) 312-734-5256
Fax 803-751-6292
Fax (DSN) 312-734-6292

Legal Services/JAG
Legal Services/ Staff Judge Advocate (SJA)
2600 Lee Road
Fort Jackson, SC 29207
Phone 803-751-4287 / SJA: 803-751-7657 / Claims: 751-7504/2739
Phone (DSN) 312-734-4287
Fax 803-751-6848
Fax (DSN) 312-734-6848

MWR (Morale Welfare and Recreation)
MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation)
3392 Magruder Avenue
Fort Jackson, SC 29207
Phone 803-751-4215
Phone (DSN) 312-734-4215
Fax 803-751-6292
Fax (DSN) 312-734-6292

Relocation Assistance Program
Army Community Service – Relocation Assistance Program
5450 Strom Thurmond Boulevard
Room 120
Fort Jackson, SC 29207
Phone 803-751-1124/5256
Phone (DSN) 312-734-5256
Fax 803-751-5524
Fax (DSN) 312-734-5524

Temporary Lodging/Billeting
Welcome Center/Lodging
Bldg 7550 Benning Road
Fort Jackson, SC 29207
Phone 800-276-6984 / 803-782-9802
Phone (DSN) 312-734-6297
Fax 803-751-6261

Welcome/Visitors Center
Welcome Center/Lodging
Bldg 7550 Benning Road
Fort Jackson, SC 29207
Phone 800-276-6984 / 803-782-9802
Phone (DSN) 312-734-6297
Fax 803-751-6261