About Fort Jackson, SC
Located in the South Carolina capital of Columbia, Fort Jackson is a United States Army base with a proud heritage. Named after former President Andrew Jackson, Fort Jackson was built in 1917 as a response to World War I. The fort briefly shut down after the end of the war, but was reactivated during World War II.
The United States Army relies on Fort Jackson to train nearly 50 percent of all soldiers entering the Army each year. The Initial Training Academy at Fort Jackson, along with the Soldier Support Institute, serve as the primary garrisons at the fort. Fort Jackson is also home to the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School.
Fort Jackson sits on approximately 52,000 acres of land, which includes more than 1,000 individual buildings. The population at the fort consists of nearly 4,000 active duty personnel as well as 2,000 reserve members and nearly 10,000 family members.