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Fort Jackson is a United States Army Basic Combat Training (BCT) base located in South Carolina. This installation is named for Andrew Jackson, a noted United States Army General and 7th President of the United States. The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... U.S. Army recruits learn about bayonet fighting skills in an infantry Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. ... State nickname: Palmetto State Other U.S. States Capital Columbia Largest city Columbia Governor Mark Sanford Official languages English Area 82,965 km² (40th)  - Land 78,051 km²  - Water 4,915 km² (6%) Population (2000)  - Population {{{2000Pop}}} (26th)  - Density 51. ... A military installation is a facility directly owned and operated by and/or for the military or one of its branches. ... Order: 7th President Vice President: John C. Calhoun (1829-1832) Martin Van Buren (1833-1837) Term of office: March 4, 1829 – March 3, 1837 Preceded by: John Quincy Adams Succeeded by: Martin Van Buren Date of birth: March 15, 1767 Place of birth: Waxhaws area of South Carolina Date of... General is a military rank, in most nations the highest rank, although some nations have the higher rank of Field Marshal. ... Seal of the President of the United States The President of the United States is the head of state of the United States. ...

It has been referred to as Fort "Relaxin'" Jackson due to its supposed ease in comparison to its counterpart, Fort Leonard Wood (a.k.a. Fort Lost-In-The-Woods). Fort Leonard Wood is a United States Army Basic Combat Training (BCT) base located in the Missouri Ozarks. ...

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 warrior Soldiers who espouse the Army’s core values and are focused on teamwork is the post’s primary mission. Accomplishing this mission means training in excess of 45,000 basic training and advanced individual training Soldiers annually.

The post has other missions as well. While some military installations have experienced downsizing and closure in past years, Fort Jackson has added several new schools and training institutions since 1995 including the U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute, the U.S. Army Chaplains Center and School, and the Department of Defense Polygraph Institute.

The fort encompasses more than 52,000 acres of land, including over 50 ranges and field training sites and 1000 buildings. Other expansion and improvement projects have been completed or are in progress. Within the last three years new projects included a Post Exchange complex, an Emergency Services Center and a Naval Reserve Center. A $4.5 million family water park opened in the summer of 2004 and a new barracks complex and central energy plant costing $59 million will open later this year.

Soldiers, civilians, retirees and family members make up the Fort Jackson community that continues to grow in numbers and facilities. An additional 14,000 Soldiers attend courses at the Soldier Support Institute, Chaplain Center and School and Drill Sergeant School annually. Thirty-six hundred active duty Soldiers and their 10,000 family members are assigned to the installation and make this area their home. Fort Jackson employs almost 4,400 civilians and provides services for more than 115,000 retirees and their family members.

Located in the heart of the midlands region of South Carolina, Fort Jackson was incorporated into the city of Columbia in October 1968 and is midway between New York and Miami. Columbia is the only southeastern U.S. city that boasts direct access to three interstate highways, I-20, I-26 and I-77, and indirect access to two additional interstates within 100 miles, I-95 and I-85. Average temperatures in the region range from a high of 92 degrees in July to a low of 34 in January. Annual rainfall averages around 48 inches.

The fort has a significant economic impact on the local area. Annual expenditures by Fort Jackson exceed $716.9 million for salaries, utilities, contracts and other services. In addition, over 100,000 family members visit the Midlands area each year to attend basic training graduation activities, using local hotels, restaurants and shopping areas.

External links

  • Fort Jackson Army Training Center official website.

Further reading

  • Department of Defense. 21st Century U.S. Military: U.S. Army Adjutant General School (AG School) at Fort Jackson, plus Army Background Material CD-ROM. 34019 page Publisher: Progressive Management. February, 2005. ISBN 1422000060
  • Halstead, Fred. GIs speak out against the war: The case of the Ft. Jackson 8. 128 pages. New York: Pathfinder Press. 1970. ASIN B0006C0BA6.
  • Kleckley Clayton B.History, annual supplement : headquarters, United States Army Training Center and Fort Jackson. Office of the Director of Plans and training. ASIN B000101DUK.
  • Shogren, Michael G. An intensive cultural resource management survey, Fort Jackson Military Reservation, Richland County, South Carolina. Report of investigations / Alabama Museum of Natural History, Division of Archaeology. 152 pages. Publisher: University of Alabama, Alabama Museum of Natural History, Division of Archaeology. 1992. ASIN B0006P5YK0.
  • Widmer, Randolph J. Archeological survey of a proposed record fire range, Fort Jackson military reservation, Richland County, South Carolina University of South Carolina, Institute of Archeology and Anthropology Research manuscript series. University of South Carolina. 1976. ASIN: B0006WAH00.

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