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EYB: Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Editor’s note: This post was updated in January 2021.

One of the most challenging aspects of military spouse life is preparing for an upcoming PCS, or if you get the chance, potentially picking a new duty station. There is a lot of information out there, and it can be almost overwhelming.

We here at Mission:Milspouse want to take some of the guesswork out of the need-to-knows about duty stations around the globe. Hence, our Embrace Your Base series. In this particular blog, we will be showcasing information related to Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

Fort Jackson is an Army installation, from which TRADOC operates for Basic Combat Training, located within the city limits of Columbia, South Carolina. It was named for United States Army General and seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson, who was born on the border between North and South Carolina. The installation trains half of all the Army’s Basic Combat Training soldiers.


Fort Jackson is home to the following units:

Surrounding Cities: 

  • Columbia (5 miles)
  • Dentsville (6 miles)
  • Forest Acres (10 miles)
  • Cayce (13 miles)
  • Eastmont (15 miles)
  • Harrell Hill (15 miles)
  • St. Andrews (20 miles)
  • Caye (23 miles)
  • Lexington (27 miles)

Closest MAJOR City: Columbia

Names of Area Colleges:

Weather: Columbia’s forecast is fairly predictable—usually mostly sunny. Summertime highs average in the mid- to low-90s. Nighttime brings light breezes and comfortable temperatures. Annual rainfall totals about 45 inches a year, which can cool down those hot days. Winter weather is very mild with a rare snow sighting, and some winter months can even occasionally reach into the low 70s.

We have all four seasons: fall is normally warm, springs are nice and sunny, summers are hot, and winters are mildly cool. — Natalia A.

Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone


To access the post website, Fort Jackson

Map of the area

Historical Facts/Landmarks: While Fort Jackson encompasses more than 52,000 acres and is the largest and most active initial entry training center in the United States, the post has had its ups and downs. Initially created as Camp Jackson in 1917 during the start of World War I, it was shut down not five years later. Camp Jackson was reactivated during World War II and was slotted to be deactivated again in 1950 at the end of the war, but because of the outbreak of the Korean War, the installation remained active and has been ever since. The 1994 film Renaissance Man, starring Danny DeVito and Mark Wahlberg, filmed the basic training scenes from “Fort McClane” at Fort Jackson.


On-post Housing is managed by Fort Jackson Family Homes.

Major realty/rental companies in the area:


School Liaison Officer

School Districts:

There are a number of school districts within Columbia, South Carolina, and the surrounding areas. Please note that not all districts are listed, but the school liaison website states that majority of off-post students will attend one of the many schools within Richland County School District Two. These include three magnet centers, 20 elementary schools, seven middle schools, five high schools, a charter school, and an adult continuing technology center.

On-Post Schools

Students in grades 7-12 and living on post will attend public schools off post in Richland School District Two.

Off-Post Schools

Private Schools



Health care:

Best place for beauty services:






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Installation Facebook page: Fort Jackson

Military Spouse Groups:

Buy/Sell/Trade Pages:

Religious services:


“Fort Jackson is a close-knit installation. The city of Columbia has a variety of things to do, tons of places to visit, and plenty of places to eat anytime of the week with family and friends.” —Natalia A.


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  1. Penny Garrett

    We are a new business on Fort Jackson and would like to find out how to go about getting our info on your page.
    Patriot’s Pet Grooming in located by the Mini-Mall on Lee Rd. We are veteran owned and operated.
    We are a full service dog grooming facility.
    Hours are: Tuesday-Friday 10am to 6pm
    Saturday: 9am to 5pm
    We are also looking for employees for various positions and would love to extend employment opportunities to military spouses.

    • Sharita Knobloch

      Hi Penny! I’m sending you an email to answer your question more in-depth, time… NOW! Thanks for reaching out and we look forward to chatting more soon. ~SGK


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