There’s no way of knowing your soldier’s mailing Fort Jackson address until after they’ve arrived on base and received it themselves. In most cases, the address, and instructions for addressing mail to soldiers on the S.C. base will come in the mail.
In some cases, soldiers are able to relay address information to their families on the telephone during that prescripted phone call home when they’re given a minute or so to tell their families that they’re safe.
If your soldier knows what unit they've been assigned to, and they're able to tell you, you can look at the following list of units and address information.
In the best scenario, soldiers that are stuck in reception for a few days are sometimes allowed to keep their cell phones, and are able to give their parents their new address on the base before they’re even picked up by their units. That’s the best!
Whether or not you have the address, Write… Write… WRITE!
As soon as you've dried your eyes (the first time) from seeing your solider off on their journey to basic training at Fort Jackson, begin writing letters. Even if you don’t yet have an address to mail them to, start writing. Write at least one letter every single day. They’re going to need them during those first few weeks at training. They’re grueling days. They’ll need you to keep them focused on the very near future. Remind them that on Sunday they get some time to themselves, get them focusing on Sundays. There are church services, and free time on Sundays.
If they focus just on graduation, it seems like many of them feel like they just cannot make it that far. Graduation is WEEKS away, and their tired, worn out, and lonely.
When you do finally get that first letter from them, or a call with an address, or however you get it, once you have that Fort Jackson address in your hand, if I can give you a small piece of advice, run, don’t walk to the post office, and get those letters in the mail.
Before you do that however, it’s a good idea to visit vista print, or any other site online where you can order labels and stamps and things like that, and get some labels made. Keep some for yourself, and send a few sheets to your solider too.
Address labels are a cheap easy method to get that tricky address onto those envelopes without messing it up J. Even more importantly, your soldier can use them too! So you can send him/her some labels with their address on them, and some with yours. We happened to get some free for making a donation to a charity, so my own soldier girl left for BCT with some very lovely froggy style mailing labels for home.
By the way, if you’re good at using Avery products, and you can make your own labels, by all means, do that instead if it saves you cash!
How long does it take mail to get to and from Fort Jackson?
It can seem like it takes just plain forever to get mail to your solider or from your soldier while they’re at Fort Jackson. Here’s a quote from the base about the time it takes to distribute mail.
Please remember this [Fort Jackson] is a large base and it will take time to get mail to your soldiers. Don't be alarmed if others seem to get more mail more frequently then you. These soldiers train hard, long hours, and most probably have showers and sleep on their mind at the end of the day. Just remember each soldier adjusts and handles this new change differently, so it will vary over how much mail you get. All I can recommend is no matter what write, write, write, the soldiers live for mail more than anything else!
Also please understand that while frustrating there is a 4 step process that gets not only our battalions mail to us but all the BCT battalion on base which is roughly 13,000 pieces of mail. From start to finish of the mail process from the post office, to the brigade, to the battalions, and then to the companies to pass out to the platoons this is anywhere from a 3-5 day process. As the weeks go on mail will start to flow in a more fluid manner. Also DSs do not and cannot hold the soldiers mail it is a Federal Offense, so please do not think this is the case when it takes a while for your mail to make it to you soldier.
Federal holidays will also of course interrupt and delay mail service, including Christmas, Thanksgiving, Veterans Day, and any other day that the post office is closed.
Here’s a little excerpt from the Fort Leonard Wood Facebook Page:
Your soldier probably doesn't realize this delay, so be sure to fill them in so they don’t feel abandoned!
Addressing Letters to Ft. Jackson Soldiers in Basic Training
Letters are addressed like this:
PVT Doe, Jane R.
(PLT#) PLT (Company) Co X/XXth INF REGT
XXXX Jackson Blvd
Fort Jackson, SC 29207-6100
Fort Jackson Zip Code
The zip code at Fort Jackson is 29207-6100. That’s the same for every solider in basic training.
So to send mail to a Ft. Jackson soldier you’ll need:
- Your soldiers platoon, usually 1, 2 or 3.
- The company that soldier’s in company; this is usually just a letter, like A Co or B. Co.
Your soldier’s battalion. This will look like a fraction and be one of the below:
- Just the fraction is used on the envelope, so 2/13th INF REGT in example
- Now you just need the actual address on Jackson Blvd, the state, and Zip, and you’re all set to mail a letter!
What if I don't Get my Soldiers Address?
After you've waited two weeks, if you still haven't heard from your SIT (Soldier in Training) and received their new mailing address at Fort Jackson, there's a number you can call.
Fort Jackson Installation Operations Center
You will need:
Soldiers Social Security Number
Full Name of Soldier
The Installation Operations Center will provide you with your soldiers battalion and regiment, which you can use to find the Facebook page of that group, and drill your way down to a mailing address for your soldier. If you still need help, comment on this page, and we'll direct you to a world full of helpfulness :).
Letters from Students and other Community Members
I’m kind of crazy when it comes to making sure my kiddo’s have mail. I carry a notebook with me, everywhere I go. I also carry in my folder, envelopes, and stationary some fancy stamps, and a couple pretty pens. This way if I see friends of my kids, or people who might not normally sit down and pen a letter; I can offer them a chance to write a quick note to my solider.
Teachers may also offer their classrooms services as temporary pen pals!