Army opening new school for drill sergeants

      FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) -- The Army is celebrating the opening of its new school for drill sergeants by honoring those who pushed decades ago to train the famous, order-barking military teachers.

      The school is opening at Fort Jackson, the Army's largest training installation, outside Columbia.

      In 2005, the Pentagon ordered the Army to consolidate all its schools for the senior-level sergeants at Fort Jackson in a cost-saving move.

      The drill sergeant program was started in 1964, when senior Army leaders decided to set up a course for those who instruct its new military recruits.

      The current head of the school, Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa King, took over as the school's first female commandant in 2009.

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