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8/11/2014 at 6:44:13 PM GMT
Support our Fort!

A petition drive to rally community support for Fort Jackson. (sign the petition)

The possibility of deep budget cuts could force the U.S. Army to cut 3,100 military and civilian jobs by the end of the decade. The proposed cuts would eliminate more than 40% of Fort Jackson’s current workforce of 7,000 troops and civilian employees.

The chamber said the job losses would equate to:

  • An immediate $189 million impact on income for the Midlands.
  • A population loss of 7,733 soldiers, employees, spouses and dependents.
  • A reduction of $286 million in sales, including sales tax receipts of $3.3 million.
  • A reduction in Impact Aid program funding to Richland County public schools with the loss of approximately 3,000 dependent children of school age.
  • Also, the loss of thousands of visitors who attend basic combat training graduation, which is held 42 times during the year.

Fort Jackson is the Army’s largest training center where half of the soldiers who enter the Army receive basic training. It also trains 60% of the women who serve in the Army.

Local officials estimate the post has a $2.6 billion annual economic impact on the Midlands.

The Army said the potential cuts are a worst-case scenario and a final decision on Fort Jackson’s fate has yet to be made.

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