Join the Army - for 6 hours

Stephen Colbert @ Fort Jackson

FORT JACKSON (WACH / AP) â?? Uncle Sam always said â??I want you to join the Army,â?? and now the Commanding General of Fort Jackson, Brig. Gen. Bryan T. Roberts is saying â??I want you to stop by the base and take a tour.â??

Roberts is inviting the community to go onto the Fort, which is the Armyâ??s largest training installation, to get an up close and personal look at how soldiers live and train for combat.

The six hour tour, scheduled for February 21 will include a look at how recruits train in the field, where they â??chow down,â?? and will learn to shoot with an M-16 simulator.

Visitors will also have an opportunity to attend a basic training graduation.

The base held a Media Day Wednesday to give reporters an inside look on day to day operations.

Roberts gave reporters facts and a brief history of the base, while ansewring several questions, including the impact of potential defense department cuts.

"The Main Mission here at Fort Jackson will not be hindered by sequestration," said Roberts. "We are taking purdent measures to ensure that we don't overspend our budget. It will not affect our training loas. It won't affect any renovation, or new construction that we have underway right now."

Anyone who is interested in the tour opportunity must make a reservation by February 14 by calling the Fort Jackson Community Relations at 803-751-1474.

(The Associated Press, Tyler Ryan and Zoheb Hassanali contributed to this report.)