Requesting A Sponsor

The Total Army Sponsorship Program
Fort Jackson, South Carolina
Requesting A Sponsor
IAW AR 600-8-8, the Total Army Sponsorship Program shall be executed to the fullest extent possible making it mandatory for Soldiers in the rank of Private (E-1) thru Colonel (O-6) and for civilians in grades GS-15 and below to participate in the Total Army Sponsorship Program. Family members who transition without their sponsor (e.g., deployments, extended training, etc.) will also be offered sponsorship.

To benefit from the Fort Jackson Total Army Sponsorship Program it is essential that Soldiers formally request sponsorship by completing DA Form 5434 (Sponsorship Program Counseling and Information Sheet) immediately upon receiving notification that they are being assigned to Fort Jackson. The DA Form 5434 must be filled out completely and emailed to The DA Form 5434 is the “trigger” that sets in motion all the support mechanisms that the Total Army Sponsorship Program can muster to help relocating personnel. If you have additional questions about the Total Army Sponsorship Program, email


On behalf of the Commanding General, Maj. Gen. John P. “Pete” Johnson and the Post Command Sergeant Major, CSM Lamont Christian, we would like to welcome you to Fort Jackson and Columbia, South Carolina. Fort Jackson is located in the state capitol of South Carolina. Columbia is a metropolitan region with a population of over 400,000 and offers a diversity of experiences and attractions. Columbia displays its patriotism proudly and is glad to be the home of Fort Jackson, the largest and most active Initial Entry Training Center in the U.S. Army. The Fort Jackson/Columbia area is a moderate cost-of-living area.

Sponsor a Spouse:

Army Community Services Outreach Program will sponsor newcomer spouses. This sponsorship program answers the spouse’s questions and assist in settling-in at Fort Jackson. A sponsor can be assigned to assist spouses, if interested. To request a sponsor, email

Youth Sponsorship Program:

There is a Youth Sponsorship Program on Fort Jackson. Youth Sponsorship is a way to match up relocating military youth with youth already living in Columbia. Sponsors will answer their questions, send them information, give them a tour once they arrive, and assist them in making new friends. No one knows a place better from a military youth’s perspective than one already living here. To request a youth sponsor, email

If you are Drill Sergeant/Platoon Sergeant/Drill Sergeant Candidate, click here (go to Strength Management webpage).