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United States Army
9810 Lee Road
Fort Jackson, SC 29207
Here, you’ll find contact information for key programs and services and contacts at this installation.
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Fort Jackson is the U.S. Army's main production center for Basic Combat Training. The installation trains roughly 50 percent of all Soldiers and more than 60 percent of 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 12,000 additional advanced 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 Noncommissioned Officers Academy. Also, the Army Chaplain School and the National Center for Credibility Assessment make their homes at Fort Jackson. Fort Jackson is also home to the Army's Drill Sergeant School.
Visitors Access - What You Need to Know
If you are visiting Fort Jackson
All personnel requesting access to Fort Jackson must be able to show a valid reason for entry, present a valid state or federally issued photo ID (driver's license if driving), current vehicle registration and proof of insurance (if operating a vehicle); no exception.
To ensure that Fort Jackson is in compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, all visitors will be vetted prior to entering the installation. While this is a DoD-wide initiative, we are doing all we can to streamline the process for accessing Fort Jackson.
Visitors who do not have a government-issued identification card, will be subject to a background check in order to get an access pass, before being allowed to enter the installation. Those who show a common access card (CAC card), Military ID, Military Dependent ID, or DBIDs Card won't be affected.
All personnel in your vehicle, who are 18 or older, will need a background check. Along with the pass, all visitors must present a valid picture identification card. Valid ID includes a Driver's license, State ID, DD Form 1173 (Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card), DD Form 2 series or a passport issued by an authoritative agency (state/federal). Personnel under the age of 18 will not have a background check, and may enter the installation when escorted by a valid pass holder.
Military CAC or ID Holders:
If you are traveling in the same vehicle as a military sponsor (Military ID or Common Access Card holder), you do not need a visitors' pass or background check to enter the installation, provided your visit is escorted by the sponsor. DBIDs cardholders are NOT sponsors. If you are an DBIDS Cardholder, visitors in your vehicle will need to vetted on to the installation by having a background check.
Visitor Control Center (VCC):
Hours of Operation: Monday - Sunday, 0500 - 2000 (5:00 a.m. - 8:00 -.m.)
Location: Bldg. 4297, just inside the main gate (gate 2), exit 12 (off Interstate I-77)
Call (803) 751-1392/5483/5464 for additional information.
It is no longer permissible to use cell phones while driving a car on post.
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. Although, personal mailboxes may be obtained in advanced by calling UPS (located at the PX) (803) 227-2692.
Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.
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