80 job cuts planned for Fort Jackson

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Army's largest training installation is losing 80 civilian jobs by September as part of an Army-wide drawdown.

The State reports that the 80 job cuts at Fort Jackson are part of a reduction that marks the end of the war in Iraq and troop reductions in Afghanistan.

Department of Defense officials say they plan to cut 8,700 positions nationwide.

Fort Jackson currently has about 2,500 civilian employees. Officials say they will try to get rid of the permanent positions by transferring personnel to other commands or through early retirement.

An Army spokesman says 12 permanent jobs are also expected to be eliminated at the U.S. Naval Weapons Station near Charleston.

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