Fort Jackson welcomes visitors to learn about Army training on Feb. 13



FORT JACKSON - Fort Jackson commander Brig. Gen. Milford H. Beagle Jr. invites visitors to an up-close tour of Fort Jackson, basic training and its soldiers on Feb. 13.

Fort Jackson will host a five-hour "Come Meet Your Army" tour to give visitors an opportunity to see how Army basic combat training soldiers train. During the tour, visitors will watch a graduation ceremony, observe trainees negotiate Army confidence training, visit a barracks, eat lunch with soldiers and get answers to questions about Army basic training, Fort Jackson and the Army in general.

The tour is open to people ages 13 or older, but youth 13-16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Guests should be prepared for indoor and outdoor activities which may include squatting, kneeling, lying on the floor and walking on uneven terrain. Long pants and close-toed comfortable shoes are recommended. Space is limited, and reservations are required by noon on Feb. 11.

The tour begins at 9:15 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Lunch cost is $5.65 per person, and the facility only accepts cash. Please plan to arrive at Gate 4 no later than 9 a.m. and bring a valid identification card for access to Fort Jackson. Plan to have cold weather clothing available since some of the day will be spent outside. To register or find more information, visit or call Fort Jackson Community Relations at (803) 751-1474.