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Fort Jackson

 South Carolina

The Army's Largest Basic Training Base 


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I'm lost what do I do? My son is there in basic training, and I have not heard a thing.
You soldier will be in contact with you during his time here. They will let you know when they graduate, where to go and what to do. First and foremost, don't worry they are in good hands.
Fort Jackson is located in Columbia, South Carolina. Located in the center of the state, the city is accessible by interstate highways I-20, I-26, and I-77.  I-95 and I-85 are also a short drive away. Fort Jackson is located on I-77 at exit #12.

     Before leaving home, make certain your soldier has met all the requirements for graduation and will be granted pass privileges during your visit. Your soldier should provide this information no later than the eighth week of basic training.


Where are your nearest Airports?
The nearest airport is the Columbia Metropolitan Airport located about 25 minutes from Fort Jackson. Another air travel option is Charlotte, North Carolina which is about one and a half hours away by car.
What Airport do you recommend?
When you fly into smaller airports it would probably connect from a larger airport, and you would then be paying for that connecting flight. Unless you live close enough to drive, I recommend flying into Columbia then Renting a car.
I need a room on Fort Jackson!
The Fort is an Army Base not a City and doesn't have places like,
 Columbia Joins the Main Gate of Fort Jackson and is where most people get rooms while visiting Fort Jackson, SC.
Will we get to see my soldier much at all during graduation?
Graduating soldiers with visiting adult family members (spouse, parents, grandparents or legal guardians) may, at their commander's discretion,  receive an on-post pass on Family Day and an off-post pass following Graduation.  It is absolutely vital that your Soldier return from pass at the specified time. While on pass soldiers must remain in uniform and are not allowed to drive, drink any form of alcoholic beverage or use any tobacco product.  Please check your soldier's individual unit home page for more information. 

Soldiers will normally ship to their next training location on Saturday.  This travel is by military provided or arranged transportation.  Family members, spouses, and relatives may  transport Soldiers to their next training destination.  There are restrictions/limits, however.  Please contact your Soldier's company to determine eligibility.

     Soldiers remaining at Fort Jackson for Advanced Individual Training may receive an overnight pass after in-processing at their new training units. You should check with your Soldier's individual unit for more information.

     The day before graduation (normally Thursday) is designated as "Family Day."  Family Day activities begin at Hilton Field at 9 a.m.  The battalion commander meets  with family members and friends of graduating Soldiers to discuss the Soldier’s recent experiences and answer questions. Family and friends will also meet the unit's drill sergeants and observe demonstrations of Soldier skills.

 Most importantly, you will meet - and spend time with your Soldier.

During the evening of Family Day you can join your Soldier for a buffet dinner at one of the clubs on the post. A general headcount is needed, so please let your Soldier know how many guests will attend. Tickets can be purchased during Family Day activities.

     Graduation is the following day at 9 a.m. (Spring/Summer schedule) or 10 a.m. (Fall/Winter schedule) on Hilton Field, unless otherwise indicated.  See your Soldier's unit page for the correct time and location.   In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place at the Solomon Center and the time schedule may change to accommodate more than one ceremony.

Fort Jackson is located in Columbia, South Carolina. The city is located in the center of the state and is accessible from three major highways – I-20, I-26, and I-77. I-95 and I-85 are a short drive away. Fort Jackson is located at exit #12 off of I-77. The nearest airport is the Columbia Metropolitan Airport located about 25 minutes from Fort Jackson. An option is to fly into Charlotte, North Carolina which is about one and a half hours away.


Due to the heavy training demands placed on your soldier, please make your own transportation and lodging arrangements.    Please note that our installation strictly enforces all traffic rules and regulations.  Also, please be advised that civilians are not authorized to utilize any facilities on post, unless accompanied by a service member.

If for any reason there is an emergency at home and you need to contact your soldier, please call the RED CROSS through your local chapter, hospital, or law enforcement agency.  The RED CROSS maintains an efficient 24-hour worldwide notification service.  Be sure you have your soldier’s social security number and address to avoid a delay in service.  There is no charge and most importantly, such notification gives us the ONLY official confirmation that the commander needs to grant emergency leave if demanded by the situation.   For non-emergency contact, or for further assistance, please write, call, or e-mail the Company Commander. On a personal note, you can eat anywhere on Fort Jackson without an Id, but you will not be able to buy gas, or shop the PX or Commissary.


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