If you are thinking about attending your Soldiers Family Day and/or Graduation start by setting up your travel plans. The professionals at Victory Travel, Fort Jacksons very own Travel Office, are ready to help you plan your visit and answer your questions. They can book your travel and accommodations (both on and off post), click HERE.
Schedules may vary, please contact your Soldier’s battalion to verify Family Day and graduation times and locations.
The day before graduation (typically Wednesday) is designated as “Family Day.” Family Day activities begin at Hilton Field at 9 a.m. The battalion commander meets with family members and friends of graduating Soldiers to discuss the Soldier’s recent experiences and answer questions. Family and friends will also meet the unit’s drill sergeants and observe demonstrations of Soldier skills. More about Family Day HERE.
Most importantly, you will meet – and spend time with – your Soldier.
During the evening of Family Day you can join your Soldier for a buffet dinner at one of the clubs on the post. A general headcount is needed, so please let your Soldier know how many guests will attend. Tickets can be purchased during Family Day activities.
Graduation is the following day at 9 a.m. (Spring/Summer schedule) or 10 a.m. (Fall/Winter schedule) on Hilton Field, unless otherwise indicated. See your Soldier’s unit page for the correct time and location. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place at the Solomon Center and the time schedule may change to accommodate more than one ceremony. More about Graduation Day HERE.
Most companies will post their individual graduation dates on their specific unit site. However, you can get a consolidated graduation date calendar here.
Fort Jackson is located in Columbia, South Carolina. The city is located in the center of the state and is accessible from three major highways – I-20, I-26, and I-77. I-95 and I-85 are a short drive away. Fort Jackson is located at exit #12 off of I-77. The nearest airport is the Columbia Metropolitan Airport located about 25 minutes from Fort Jackson. An option is to fly into Charlotte, North Carolina which is about one and a half hours away.
As soon as you know your soldier’s graduation date, call Fort Jackson’s Victory Travel Office at 1-800-221-3503 for assistance making local hotel reservations. To make arrangements to stay in a cabin at Weston Lake Recreational Area, call (803) 751-5253.
Fort Jackson is located in Columbia, South Carolina. Located in the center of the state, the city is accessible by interstate highways I-20, I-26, and I-77. I-95 and I-85 are also a short drive away. Fort Jackson is located on I-77 South at exit #15 and I-77 North at exit #15A. Tune in to Radio Station 1680AM for Fort Jackson updates. The nearest airport is the Columbia Metropolitan Airport located about 25 minutes from Fort Jackson. Another air travel option is Charlotte, North Carolina which is about one and a half hours away by car.
Before leaving home, make certain your soldier has met all the requirements for graduation and will be granted pass privileges during your visit. Your soldier should provide this information no later than the eighth week of basic training.
Entering the Fort
Operators of vehicles without military decal must show driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance to gate personnel to enter Fort Jackson. Drivers of vehicles with a decal must show military identification card. All adult passengers must show a valid driver’s license or valid state-issued I.D. card.
Fort Jackson is making graduation videos available to Family members! These videos will typically be available for the weekend following each graduation.
You can check to see if your unit’s graduation video is available by loading the video player at the top of each page.
To see a sample video of previous graduations visit Videorama’s Facebook page.
If you would like a copy of the graduation video or videos of your Soldiers BCT experience, you can purchase DVDs through Videorama.
Additional Graduation Information: HERE.