PWTM: Fort Jackson, SC

Army Wife Network’s
Post With the Most
Fort Jackson, SC

Each month here at Army Wife Network, we do a segment that highlights an Army installation. We do this so we can provide you with as much information about a post as possible. We also call on you, our loyal AWN fans, to help us compile this information and give us a personal look at what life is like at each post. Look for these spouse’s personal comments in red below.

This month we are taking a look at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Fort Jackson is the largest Initial Entry Training Center (Basic Training) in the Army. Here is what you need to know about Fort Jackson!


Major Units/What Post is “known for” (i.e. basic training, AIT, MP Headquarters etc):

Fort Jackson is home to the following units:

U.S. Army Training Center (Basic Training and AIT)
ACO Academy
Soldier Support Institute
Army Chaplain School
Department of Defense Polygraph Institute
Vehicle Wheel Mechanic School

Name of Surrounding Cities:

Forest Acres, SC
Dentsville, SC
St. Andrews, SC
Cayce, SC
Eastmont, SC
Horrell Hill, SC

Closest MAJOR City:

Columbia, SC
Charleston, SC – Approx. 2 hours
Charlotte, NC – Approx. 90 minutes

Names of Area Colleges:

Midlands Technical College
University of South Carolina
Claflin University
Coker College
Webster University
Allen University
Benedict College


“HOT! Really hot during the summer, very mild winter, we didn’t even really have a winter last year just an extended fall. Mostly sunny when it does rain it is welcomed, although there have been a few times that it rained for days non-stop but those are rare and for the most part we usually need rain. Fort Jackson housing has all residents on permanent drought conditions meaning we can only use water outside recreationally on odd or even days depending on your house number.”
Military Spouse, Leah Allen

“We have all Four seasons: Fall is normally warm, Springs are nice and sunny, Summers are hot Winters are mildly cool.”
Military Spouse, Natalia Acosta

Time Difference: Eastern Time Zone


Post Website:


Historical Facts/Landmarks on post:

U.S. Army Basic Combat Training Museum:


Housing on Fort Jackson is run by Balfour Beatty Communities.

“Overall I would say that while the houses are nice, the management is unorganized…”
Military Spouse, Leah Allen

Major realty/rental companies in the area:

Lake Wateree
Coldwell Banker
Donna Arvay Realty

Adult Education:


School Liaison Officer:


Richland 2 School District –


C.C. Pinckney Elementary School (On-Post) –
Pierce Terrace Elementary School (On-Post) –


Dent Middle School –

High School

Richland Northeast High School –

Youth Services:

Army Community Service (ACS) –



On-Post Library: Thomas Lee Hall Library –

MWR Website:

Hospital: Moncrief Army Community Hospital –

Spouses Clubs: We were unable to find any information on a Fort Jackson Spouses Club.
There seemed to be one but their site is no longer up and we could not find any recent information on one.

Chaplain & Religious Services/Organizations:

Fort Jackson Installation Chaplain –
Memorial Chapel –
Main Post Chapel –
Anderson Chapel –
Bayonet Chapel –
Daniel Circle Chapel –
Magruder Chapel –
McCrady Chapel (SCARNG) –



Buffalo Wild Wings
Red Lobster
California Dreaming
Blue Fin
Melting Pot
Blue Marlin
Lizard Thicket
Mellow Mushroom

Best place to get your hair/nails done:

Oh Salon
Urban Nirvana
Shear Expectations
Kings Nails


Sandhills Shopping Center
Tanger Outlets
Columbiana Mall
Concorde Mills – Charlotte, NC

Hidden Gems:

Zoo (In Columbia, SC)
Botanical Garden at the Zoo
State Park Sesquicentennial
Lake Murray

Must Do:

The Beach (Approx. 2 ½ to 3 hours away)
Charleston, SC
Myrtle Beach
Hiking in the surrounding state parks
Market Street in Charleston
Hilton Head
EdVenture Museum (Kid friendly)
State Museum

“Weston Lake recreation center is on post and has very nice camping facilities and nice areas for large get-togethers. The lake also has a swimming area that is open in the summer and the water and beach are clean, they have lifeguards and the restrooms are clean as well. They also have cheap boat rentals.”
Military Spouse, Leah Allen


Fort Jackson FMWR FaceBook Page –


“Fort Jackson is a close knit base. The city of Columbia has variety of things to do, tons of great places to visit
and eat anytime of the week with family and friends.”
Military Spouse, Natalia Acosta


Army Wife Network would like to thank the following spouses for their help in creating this Post with the Most segment:

Leah Allen             Natalia Acosta                  Kathy Jo Henson

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About Janet McIntosh

Janet has a passion for service and supporting military families. A military spouse herself, Janet knows a life in the military is full of ups and downs, but she also knows that there can be many rewards. She is eager to share her immense knowledge and experience with other military spouses. Janet has been affiliated with the military for seventeen years, having served as an active duty Soldier in the United States Army for two and a half years before leaving active duty to serve another six years in the Army Reserves / National Guard. Janet is very active in her military community. She has volunteered with several Family Readiness Groups (FRG) and installation spouse clubs. Janet has also volunteered as an ACS Army Family Team Building instructor and an Army Family Action Plan Facilitator. Janet also currently works for Blue Star Families as their Books on Bases Program Manager. Originally from Miami, FL, Janet continues to work as an advocate and voice for military families. She is married to SSG McIntosh, and has two beautiful children, Aiden & Alina. Janet holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Western Governors University.

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