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United States Army
Basic Training Operating Instructions

Control of Soldiers

1.  References:  TRADOC Reg 350-6, 1ATB SOP and 2-46 IN SOP.

 2.  One member of company level leadership (Commander, XO, or 1SG) must be present with unit during all formal training periods [TRADOC 350-6, Chptr 2, para 2-6].

                 a.  One Active Component Drill Sergeant will attend all training as a resource and for evaluation.

                 b.  The duty platoon Active Component Drill Sergeant will be present from wake up until lights out.

 3.  Phase I.

                 a.  New privates arrival into the company till the end of the third week of training or completion of Phase I APFT, Testing, AAR, and Counseling.

                 b.  Total control of privates.  Privates are restricted to the company area, unless under the direct supervision of their drill sergeants.

                 c.  Monday through Saturday, one drill sergeant will wake the privates no earlier than 0500.  Two drill sergeants per platoon will supervise privates at all training and until personal time (which starts at 2100).  One drill sergeant per platoon will supervise privates until lights out (at 2200).  At no time will privates be left unsupervised.

                 d.  Monday through Saturday, one member of company level leadership must be present from 0500 to 2100.

                 e.  Sunday, one drill sergeant per platoon will be present from wake up until lights out.  The duty platoon will provide the CQ, the sick call runner, and the two drill sergeants to march the privates to church and back.  Drill sergeants from the other platoons will assist the duty platoon as required.  Two drill sergeants per platoon will supervise all scheduled training.

                 f.  Sunday.  One member of company level leadership must make a check during personal time on Sunday morning, 0800 to 1300, and be present during all scheduled training.

                 g.  Drill sergeants will supervise privates' entry into the dining facility.  Privates will perform pull-ups prior to entering the dining facility and receive training in line (i.e. general orders, chain of command, rank identification, etc.) or sing mottoes.  Drill sergeants will monitor the chow line to ensure that privates and DFAC personnel are courteous.  Drill sergeants must ensure privates do not waste food or eat an unbalanced diet.  All privates will be allowed to eat in a reasonable time, and the drill sergeants will ensure that there is never a break in the line.

                 h.  Trainee leaders may assist the drill sergeant but they are not allowed to give push ups nor should they be used as instructors, demonstrators or to march formations of troops.

                 i.  Candy, gum, sodas, snacks, tobacco, alcohol, bowling alleys, theaters are off limits.  The commander may make some exceptions to this rule on a case by case basis (except tobacco and alcohol).

                 j.  No visits to the PX are authorized unless directly supervised by a drill sergeant.

                 k.  Privates may only use phones with their drill sergeant’s permission.  Drill sergeants will not deny reasonable phone privileges.

 4.  Phase II

                 a.  Start of the fourth week and continues to the end of the sixth week of training, or starts at the end of Phase I until completion of Phase II APFT, Testing, AAR, and Counseling.

                 b.  Gradual lessening of total control, trainee leadership development.

                 c.  Monday through Saturday, one drill sergeant per platoon will wake the privates no earlier than 0500.  Two drill sergeants per platoon must supervise their privates at all formal training.  One drill sergeant must supervise their platoon until lights out.

                 d.  Monday through Saturday, one member of company level leadership must be present at all scheduled training.  Commander’s time, Drill Sergeant’s time, and reinforcement training when scheduled after 1700 is at the discretion of the commander.  However, one member of company level leadership must check the barracks between the supper meal and lights out each day and one member of the company level leadership must be on call from 1700 through wake up of the following day.  If the company does formal training during Drill Sergeant's Time or Commander's Time, then two drill sergeants per platoon and one of the "Top 3" must be present.

                 e.  Sunday.  The duty platoon will provide the CQ and another drill sergeant to be in the company area from wake up until the end of the evening meal.  One drill sergeant per platoon must visit the platoon once after 1300 to handle any issues (go to the PX, etc.) and may leave after issues are settled.  After the evening meal, control will be maintained by the CQ.  Two drill sergeants per platoon will be present for any scheduled training.  Drill sergeants will still march the privates to and back from church.

                 f.  Sunday.  One member of company level leadership must make a check during personal time on Sunday morning and be present during all scheduled training.  One member of the company level leadership must be on call through wake up of the following day.

                 g.  Paragraphs 3.h.i.j, and k. are still in effect.

 5.  Phase III.

                 a.  Begins at the start of the seventh week and continues to the end of the ninth week of training, or upon completion of Phase II until graduation.

                 b.  Continued lessening of control, increased trainee leadership and self discipline.

                 c.  All control measures are still in effect except that private leaders may march other IET privates to the phones or shoppette, during off duty hours, within the battalion area, with the permission of that platoon’s drill sergeant.

                 d.  Consumption of candy, gum, soda or snacks is at the commander’s discretion.

                 e.  Except for Family Day, no on or off post passes without the Battalion Commander’s authorization.

 6.  Holdovers who have completed graduation criteria are authorized the same privileges as in Phase III and on post passes may be authorized by the Company Commander.

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Note: These Operating Instructions were derived from a set of SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) for a United States Army Infantry Basic Training Battalion. While SOPs might differ somewhat from batallion to batallion, it should give a basic idea of the instructions that Drill Sergeants and basic training staff members operate under.

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