Any visitors to Fort Jackson who do not have Defense Department identification must now either undergo a criminal background check or be escorted around the base at all times, post officials announced Wednesday.
A spokesman for the Army basic training installation outside Columbia said the new policy is meant to bring Fort Jackson in line with Army regulations.
In the past, visitors to Fort Jackson were asked to show a driver’s license, but otherwise had the ability to visit the site’s water park, museums, golf courses and miles of walking or biking trails on their own.
The release did not give specifics on how the policy would affect family members who attend basic training graduation ceremonies at the post.
“We apologize for the delay as we process the surge of requests within our limited resources,” Fort Jackson spokesman Pat Jones said in a statement. “Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.”
To obtain credentials for non-escorted access, the Physical Security Office is required to run a background check through the FBI National Crime Database. Once favorably vetted, a person will be issued credentials that allows them access to Fort Jackson. Individuals must keep these credentials with them at all times. Military sponsors of contractors can also visit the security office to make it easier for those contractors who work on the base.