- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) - People who want to visit Fort Jackson but don’t have Defense Department identification now must be escorted at all times or go through an FBI criminal background check.

Officials at the Army’s largest training base say the policy is being worked out to comply with Army regulations.

In the past, visitors were asked to show a driver’s license to visit the site’s water park, museums, golf courses and miles of walking or biking trails.

It wasn’t immediately clear how the new policy will affect the thousands of family members who attend basic training graduations for the more than 45,000 soldiers trained at the post annually.

Fort Jackson spokesman Pat Jones apologized in a statement, saying the policy was still being worked out. He is asking for patience from the public.

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