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Fort Jackson invites public to installation to see how soldiers are trained, graduation


FORT JACKSON, South Carolina — The Army's largest training installation is asking South Carolina residents to come and see how it turns civilians into soldiers.

Maj. Gen. Bradley Becker, the commander at Fort Jackson, is hosting the seven-hour tour on Oct. 23.

Participants are asked to make a reservation by Thursday.

During the tour, visitors will see soldiers train and attend a graduation for a group of soldiers that have completed 10 weeks of basic combat training.

Visitors may also shoot an M16 rifle in a simulator and eat in an Army dining hall.

The tour is open to people ages 13 and older. The tour begins at 7:30 a.m. It is free, but lunch costs $4.65. To register, call Fort Jackson Community Relations at 803-751-1474.

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