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. Accomplishing that mission means training more than 62,000 Soldiers each year.
The post has other missions as well. Fort Jackson is home to the U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute, the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Center and the National Center for Credibility Assessment.
The fort spans more than 52,000 acres, includes more than 73 ranges and field training sites and 1,100 buildings. Facilities that have been completed in recent years include the U.S. Army 81st Regional Support Command, the Army Drill Sergeant School, Family Housing, the Post Museum, Hilton Field, Starship barracks, the Family Life Center, the Master Resilience Course building and the IHG Army Hotel.
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, civilians, retirees and family members make up the Fort Jackson community, which continues to grow in numbers and facilities. An additional 28,000 Soldiers attend courses at the Soldier Support Institute, Chaplain Center and School, and Drill Sergeant School annually. More than 3,500 active-duty Soldiers and their family members are assigned to the installation and make this area their home. Fort Jackson employs 3,500 civilians (Appropriated Fund, Non-appropriated fund and contract workers) and provides services for more than 46,000 retirees.
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 which boasts direct access to three interstate highways, Interstate 20, Interstate 26 and Interstate 77, and indirect access to two additional interstates within 100 miles, Interstate 95 and Interstate 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, contributing $2.6 billion to the local economy. In addition, more than 100,000 family members visit the Midlands area each year to attend basic training graduation activities, patronizing local hotels, restaurants and shopping areas.
Since 1917, when fighting men were needed during World War I, Fort Jackson has had a proud history of training Soldiers for America’s Army. The post’s initial site of 1,200 acres was purchased and donated to the federal government by the citizens of Columbia. This began a tradition of mutual respect and cooperation between the city and Fort Jackson.
The tradition continues today.