Fort Jackson Sc

Written by Sarah Provost
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Fort Jackson, South Carolina, is the largest and most active Initial Entry Training Center in the United States Army. More than 45,000 soldiers are trained here each year. In addition to basic training, Fort Jackson is also home to several specialized programs such as the U.S. Army Chaplains School, the Drill Sergeants School and the Department of Defense Polygraph Institute.

If you want to be a Chaplain, you must have a master's degree in divinity or a graduate degree in theological studies. You will also need a letter of support from your faith, certifying that you are a member of their clergy (priest, rabbi, minister or imam). You will enter as an officer and serve three years counseling troops and tending to their ecclesiastical needs.

Drill Sergeants Need Training Too

If being a Drill Sergeant suits you better, you'll need to be physically fit, no older than 36 and have a high school diploma or equivalent. Your disciplinary record must be clean. You must have at least four years of continuous service, and you will need a letter of recommendation from your commanding officer stating that you are in good mental health.

Chaplains have one way of getting the truth out of someone, and Drill Sergeants have another. If you attend the Department of Defense Polygraph Institute, you can take the technical route. In 2003, the Polygraph Institute was accredited by the Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award a Certificate of Graduate Study in the Psychophysiological Detection of Deception.


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