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Cadre and Families

"Victory Starts Here"

Life of a Drill Sergeant

Hear from drill sergeants and a spouse as they talk candidly about life on the trail and how they and their families deal with the long hours.

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Family is Everything

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Fort Jackson’s active duty Soldiers number around 3,500 with 12,000 family members. Only about one third live on the fort due to a massive renovation and construction project in family housing.

Public Schools

Fort Jackson is home to two elementary schools serving grades pre-kindergarten through 6th grade. They are administered by the Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA). Pierce Terrace Elementary educates Pre K through 1st grade. C.C. Pinckney Elementary educates 2nd through 6th grades.

These schools support children of military personnel living on Fort Jackson. Students in grades 7-12 living on Fort Jackson attend Richland District Two Schools. 7th &8th graders attend Dent Middle School and 9th-12th graders attend Richland Northeast High School. Call the School Liaison Officer for help and information.

Living off Post

Children of military personnel living off post are supported by primarily two school districts: Richland District 1 and Richland District 2. A majority of Fort Jackson military children attend Richland District 2 schools, which consist of 15 Elementary Schools, 6 Middle Schools, and 4 High Schools. RD2 offers 15 magnet programs in various schools.

A number of Fort Jackson military children also attend Richland District 1 Schools, which consist of 30 Elementary Schools, 9 Middle Schools, and 8 High Schools. RD1 also has three charter schools.

Both districts have alternative schools for behavior issues. RD1 offers a tech high school for grades 11-12 which is open to students in other districts as well. The specific school your child attends is based on residency within the school district and these rules are strictly enforced. Call the School Liaison Officer for help and information.

School Liasion Officer

School Support Services provides information and assistance to military families concerning youth education and school issues. The School Liaison Officer develops partnerships to facilitate successful school transitions for military children and youth and collaborates with local schools, installation, and community organizations to foster positive educational experiences. The School Liaison Officer can also assist with questions dealing with transition into Fort Jackson Area school districts and K-12 educational opportunities. The School Liaison Officer can be reached by phone at 803-751-6150 or DSN 312-734-6150; or by mailing address: 3392 Magruder Ave., Ft. Jackson, S.C. 29207.