Ft. Jackson Reveals Secrets to Media
FT. JACKSON, S.C. (WOLO) -- Fort Jackson is revealing some of its secrets to ABC Columbia in a first of its kind event. It's an inside look that made a lasting impression.
Greeted by drill sergeants, yelling and screaming at us as we entered the building, members of local media were allowed an inside look at the education and training soldiers receive at Fort Jackson. Once inside, Brigadier General Bryan Roberts, led by the three T's--Tradition, Training and Transformation, laid out a glimpse of what soldiers experience coming in on any given day at Fort Jackson. Fifty-thousand brand new ones are made each year and 67,000 soldiers total are trained annually.
"We put them in these conditions to make them think, qualify to shoot, move, communicate and provide first aid at point of impact wherever that casualty might be," said Lt. Cpl. Kevin Brill.
The conversation quickly turned to women now being allowed to serve in active combat, on the front lines.
"I feel good about it," said General Roberts. "The Army and the other services are headed in the right direction and it will be a very positive change.
Commander Sergeant Major Kevin Benson agrees. "We take a product called a U.S. citizen and we make them a soldier to fight for our country all over the world and we have to provide the best product we can."
Private First Class Rebecca White, who graduates soon from Basic Combat Training, says she's ready to be on the front line if she has to.
"As you go through, you're not sure if you're glad to be there, but once you get through certain tough parts and look back on it, you realize all you've learned and gone through and how you grow from it."
Speaking of growing, the economic impact of Fort Jackson is approximately $2.6 billion annually in the Midlands.
That is something for any soldier to write home about.
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