Recruit from Wisconsin found dead in Fort Jackson barracks

A basic combat training soldier has been found dead in his barracks at a South Carolina base.

Officials at Fort Jackson in Columbia said that the 29-year-old recruit from Wisconsin was found on Saturday morning.

The exact cause of death is under investigation. Officials said that it was not related to COVID-19 or to an active field training exercise.

Other soldiers have died at Fort Jackson this year. Pvt. Connor McGurran, a 19-year-old Army National Guard soldier from Minnesota, was found unresponsive at a Fort Jackson field location in January and later died. A 29-year-old Army National Guardsman from Connecticut died in March after suffering a medical emergency during a “non-strenuous activity.”