Fort Jackson | Carolina Snaps


Did you know Fort Jackson Department of Defense announced they would close in 1949? 

Fort Jackson was established in 1917 and named Camp Jackson after President Andrew Jackson. Andrew Jackson was the seventh President of the United States from 1829 to 1837. 

The Cold War and Korean War halted the closure of the army base. Fort Jackson became one of the first army installations to undergo large-scale desegregation. 

After World War II, Fort Jackson became a replacement training center. By the end of the twentieth century, it had become the army's largest training post for new soldiers. They train 50% of all soldiers and 60% of the woman entering the Army each year. Teresa King, a retired sergeant major, was the first female to make it through the United States army drill sergeant school. She enlisted in the Army in 1980.

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