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The Charleston region is home to Joint Base Charleston and more than 40 separate military commands representing all branches of the United States Armed Forces.  In total the military payroll has an annual economic impact of $24.1 billion and the military community generates 1 out of every 12 jobs in South Carolina. This translates to 181,847 jobs that are supported (either directly or indirectly) by the military community .

Strengthening the relationship between the community and military, working to support the military and their families and retaining and expanding the military and federal footprint in the region are top priorities of the Chamber.

View the 2017 Military Economic Impact Study

Military Policy Council

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce‚Äôs Military Policy Council was formed in 2001, in preparation for BRAC 2005.  The Council has continued to operate since that time, focusing on retention and expansion efforts.

The Purpose of the Military Policy Council is to develop and implement an overall strategy to expand military and federal facilities and operations in the Charleston region.


  • Develop and implement an overall strategy for base/unit retention.
  • Identify opportunities for expansion of existing facilities and identify possible new missions that could be realigned to Charleston.
  • Develop and implement a communications strategy for communicating key messages about Charleston area installations to federal, state and local officials.
  • Serve as the central point of contact in the region for military retention and expansion activities.
  • Maintain strong relationships with area commanders and personnel at existing military facilities.
  • Raise public awareness of military impact on economy
  • Work through the S.C. Congressional Delegation, South Carolina Military Base Task Force and state and local officials to ensure retention and expansion of area military facilities.

Learn about the South Carolina Military Base Task Force

View Major Military Commands in the Charleston region