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United States Army
Basic Training Operating Instructions

Duty Platoon

1.  Duty platoon, managed by the 1SG, will rotate sequentially throughout the cycle.

2.  The duty platoon is responsible for setting up all training on their day and may task other platoons for assistance and equipment.  The duty platoon must begin coordinating at least three days out.

3.  The duty platoon is also responsible to carry the company guidon that day and will lead the order of march to all training events.  Duty platoon is first in order of chow.

4.  Duty platoon may have to leave early to set up the training site and remain late to police it.

5.  Everything the duty platoon needs to bring for training should be prepared and double-checked the night prior.

6.  The duty platoon also prescribes the uniform for that day.  Cooperation by and communication with other platoons is essential.

7.  Specific training requirements are in Appendix 1 (Duty Platoon Duties Checklist).

Duty Platoon Duties Checklist

  • Maintain Company Reporting Book with Daily Status, Risk Assessment, overlays, etc…
  • Status sheet must be correct.  Update as privates return from sick call, KP, leave for appointments, etc.
  • Risk Assessment must be current and signed before class starts.
  • Have current TSPs, FMs or TMs with the Reporting Book.
  • Carry Company Guidon for the day.
  • Transport sick calls returning from sick call to training site.
  • Set up classroom (put chairs down).
  • Form 129 (range and training area assignment) must be present if applicable.
  • Pick up ice at ice house (if needed). Requires possession of Ice Card (see AC DS) and memorandum.
  • Pick up firewood for training areas (winter months), Thursdays 0800 - 1100.  Memorandum required.
  • Take fire barrels, paper, lighter fluid, and wood to all training areas and ranges (winter months).
  • May be primary instructor for that day's scheduled classes (varies).
  • Take CLP, extra weapons racks with locks, and extra weapons and parts to ranges.
  • Ensure FLA is present for ALL training events, with a QUALIFIED aid person (Combat Lifesaver). Ensure the FLA is prepared with the appropriate items:
    • a. "Sandwich Board" with correct podium strips
    • b. Wet Bulb
    • c. Ice
    • d. Range box with toilet paper, garbage bags, soap and paper towels
    • e. Water -- nine (9) filled 5-gallon cans.  during winter months, take the cans out of the FLA at night to keep them from freezing
    • f. Ammo can with two RED SMOKE grenades
    • g. Aid boxes and Combat Lifesaver Bags
    • h. Aid Bag
    • i.  All paperwork and references
    • j.  PRC-77 with batteries & acessory bag
  • Ensure all platoons have EVERYONE accounted for prior to moving from any training range or area. Check training area for equipment laying around before leaving.
  • Responsible for grounds maintenance around the company area, to include trash pickup, grass cutting, leaf raking, etc.
  • Responsible for Brigade and Battalion cleanup. Detail must report by 1800hrs (unless we are training late).
  • Check range latrines and report their condition to 3-81 (4-xxxx)
  • First in order of march on any movement or roadmarch.
  • On PT days, determine what area to conduct PT (East/West field or company area) in and PT uniform.
  • On Mondays, ensure all platoons dispatch their assigned vehicles with both primary and secondary driver’s signatures:
    • 1st plt.:  E-8 (FLA)
    • 2nd plt.: E-6 (5/4 ton pickup)
    • 3rd plt: GSA ("Big White") and E-10T (Water Buffalo)
    • 4th plt. E-7 (CUCV)
  • Ensure that vehicles have the 2404 and 1970s properly filled out
  • Ensure that Reporting NCO & RSO have proper certification paperwork
  • Number of detail personnel for training and time needed
  • Determine the RSO, Reporting NCO/Aidman, Chow NCO, relief and the concept of operation for range or training site..
  • Ensure that the white truck is "squared away" by DP at the end of the day, (water jugs and vehicles' fuel topped off, etc…)
  • Do a communications check on all radios that will be used the next day

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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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