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Inprocessing Briefing

This briefing will be held by the Platoon Sergeant and be given to all members of the platoon on the day of their arrival, before they go to sleep.  It contains various information meant to inform, instruct, motivate, train, and warn a new private regarding life in Basic Training.  It should be given in a relaxed atmosphere inside the barracks to put the private in the right frame of mind.  Use the pre-printed DA 4856 to record this initial briefing.


1.  Introduce platoon cadre; familiarize privates with chain of command up to brigade level.


2.  Cadre responsibilities:  training, counseling, and ensuring military standards are met.


3.  Mail:


                a.  Give complete address.


                b.  Location of mail drop (trainees post their own mail).


                c.  Mail delivery (daily except Sat, Sun, & holidays).


                d.  Have privates write home.


                e.  Warn against drugs sent through mail.


                f.  Never send cash through mail.  If money is being mailed, use a money order or check addressed to the intended person.  Western Union is on post.


                g.  If there is an emergency at home and the private’s presence is required, the family MUST go through the local Red Cross to release him from training.


                h.  Family Day, IET Family Dinner and graduation.


4.  Training:


                a.  Phase I - week 1-4;  mostly classroom:  D&C, first aid, customs and courtesies, NBC; BRM; TOTAL CONTROL


                b.  Phase II - week 5-6; lessening of control as earned; BRM


                c. Phase III - week 7-9; tactical;  EOCT, APFT


5.  Daily Routine:


                a.  Wake up - not before 0500 hours


                b.  Describe normal daily activities, explain Personal Time (showers, letters, etc.)


                c.  Polish boots at night and prepare uniform for next day


                d.  Lights out - 2200 hours (only fire guard out of bed)


                e.  Bed check will be conducted by CQ.  All privates will "break sheets" at night and make bunks every morning.  No socks will be worn while sleeping.  Fire guards and CQ runners in proper uniform.


6.  Individual Responsibilities:


                a.  Be in proper uniform.  Clean BDUs with strings removed.  Rotate boots daily; mark boots with a painted dot on the boot spine.  Uniform maintenance.  Replace lost items.  T-shirt and underwear MUST be worn.  Shave daily.  Proper haircut.  Jewelry only religious, wedding ring or watches.  Must have ID card, ID tags, black ball-point pen, smart book, smart card and notebook at all times.


                b.  Bunk made daily per SOP with footgear on display.


                c.  Secured wall locker clean and set up per SOP.


                d.  Training:  pay attention; if help is needed, ask.


                e.  Teamwork:  cooperate with and help peers; correct peers if discrepancy is noted.  If in a leadership position, take charge.  If not, do what you are told.


                f.  Fire Drill: a walk through will occur with all platoon members present prior to their first night's sleep.


                g.  What to do about suicide gestures/intentions/attempts.


7.  Daily Inspections :  Barracks, personnel.


8.  Living Together:


                a.  Ethnic/religious/racial jokes/remarks.


                b.  Fighting or horseplay.


                c.  Quiet;  respect for other people.


                d.  Lights out; if need to get up, use a flashlight.


                e.  Buddy teams.


9.  Security:


                a.  Responsibility/accountability for equipment /weapons, CIF issue (never leave weapon in wall locker).


                b.  Never leave wallet/valuables out.


                c.  Secure wall locker.


                d.  Top drawer of 3-drawer chest is an inspectable area per battalion policy but must be always locked;  keep money orders/travelers checks/valuable items/credit cards in it; privates are issued stored value card and must memorize PIN number.


                e.  Thefts -- report immediately.


                f.   Privates now receive casual pay on "smart cards"; drill sergeant has card reader.  Privates must secure cards and PIN number.


                g.  Secure high value items in company safe and get a receipt.


10.  Sick Call:


                a.  Platoon sergeant collects all sick call and appointment slips at first call.


                b.  Personnel with serious medical problems are identified.


                c.  Explain procedures:


                                (1)  Private goes to PT and all sick calls move to the front of the line to eat first in the company.  As soon as sick calls are done eating, they will wait outside or during inclement weather to the CQ desk to wait walk over to the Regimental Triage Clinic (corner of Bacher St. and Eisenhower Ave.) with their sick call slips.  Duty platoon will annotate sick call time in on sick call status board with complaint.  Bring rain gear if weather is bad.  Privates who need more attentiona will be sent from the Triage to Nelson Clinic then the hospital by shuttle.


                                (2)  During Phases I, II and III, sick calls will walk back from the Triage or return by shuttle when complete.


                                (3)  Report back to CQ when complete with sick call results, medication, and any follow up appointment information.  Upon return to training, report to Reporting NCO.


                d.  Check for Triage and Clinic hours (different on holidays).


                e.  Emergency (as required):  Call for an ambulance or transport the the hospital ER.  Notify CQ if platoon sergeant is gone.  Prepare incident report and submit to the battalion S-3 within one duty day.


                f.  Duty uniform will be worn.


                g.  Avoid missing mandatory training.  May be ineligible for awards because of missed training or may be necessary to Newstart or recycle.  Extended profiles -- could result in Newstart because of missed training.  Privates with serious profiles over 14 days long will go to the FTU until they are ready to train.


                h.  Hospital and clinic phones, snack bars, vending machines off-limits.


                i.  Malingering - punishable under Article 115, UCMJ.


                j.  There will be natural soreness after PT, it’s not a medical injury.


11.  Medicines:  Serious prescription medicines kept by platoon sergeant; basic load handed out for day at 0500.


12.  PX:  Privates will visit at least once weekly during Phase I to buy necessities; platoon sergeant discretion thereafter.


13.  Phones: at least once weekly during Phase I.


                a.  Other uses on case-by-case basis.


                b.  Orderly room phone for official business only;  relatives may contact by unit phone for emergencies only.


                c.  Relatives should contact local Red Cross for emergencies.


14.  Explain turn-in of personal clothing to include radios, knives, sun glasses, all unauthorized items.  NO civilian clothing during basic training.  All civilian clothing will be turned in prior to a private's first night of sleep.  Health and Welfare Inspection (shakedown) will be part of the platoon sergeant’s in brief.  Civilian bags must be locked or inventoried, then secured.


15.  No food of any kind in barracks.  Only reading material authorized is smart book, Bible, or Sunday newspaper (during Sunday mornings, if permitted).  Contraband is punishable under Article 91 and 92, UCMJ.


16.  No gambling, alcohol;  no drugs other than medically issued ones.


17.  Pass/Leave Policy:


                a.  No leave except emergency leave; must be contacted by Red Cross.


                b.  Passes will not be issued during Basic Training except on a case-by-case basis.


                c.  No visitors except during Family Day.


18.  Unit Orientation:


                a.  Mess Hall -- pull-ups, use proper entrance, route and exit; parade rest in chow line;  feed by PLT; eat and move out; should not require more than 15 minutes per platoon; don’t waste food; no loud talking; don't argue with servers/cooks; complaints go to drill sergeants; absolutely NO food removed.


                b.  Barracks - no visitation:  stay out of other platoon areas unless sent by drill sergeant.


                c.  Orderly Room - stay out unless sent or called for or for sick call.


                d.  Dayroom - used at discretion of drill sergeant.


                e.  Platoon area - describe platoon areas giving location of police call, bulletin boards, etc.  NO field gear cleaned in washer or dryer.


19.  Details:


                a.  KP:  Everyone should get to do it once.


                b.  Fireguard:  Uniform is PT (summer complete) with socks & soft shoe.


                c.  CQ runner:  Uniform is BDU complete.


20.  Squad Leader/Platoon guide:  How they are selected and their authority (no punitive authority).


21.  AWOL, punishable under Article 86, UCMJ.


                a.  Seek assistance with problems.


                b.  Go nowhere without permission.


                c.  Consequences of AWOL.


22.  Cadre-Trainee Relationship:


                a.  Respect, courtesy.


                b.  Obey instructions.


                c.  Counseling.


                d.  No gifts/money for any reason.


                e.  Use chain of command.


23.  Evaluations, New Start if not up to standards.  (Do not mention ELS to trainee).


24.  Laundry Service available; same cost to privates or cadre.


25.  No use of tobacco, even on pass.


26.  Family Day (see also Annex X to E 2-46 SOP):


                a.  If graduation is on Thursday morning then normally it begins at 0900 on Wednesday.  Family Day will be conducted the day before graduation and be followed by an on-post pass. Privates return at 2100.


                b.  If graduation is on Wednesday, there will be no Family Day.


c.  After skits and demonstrations, the privates will return to the company, change, pick up a sack lunch, and sign out of the platoon for an on post pass.  Uniform for on and off post pass is Class A or B (seasonal).  Privates may not go in clubs except the Fort Knox Leaders Club (Brick Mess), which will have a IET Family Dinner that night.


d.  During the summer months, graduation will be on Victory Field and in the winter months, it will be at Otto Gym.


                e.  Only immediate families may sign out their privates from the drill sergeants for an off post pass immediately following graduation.  Fiancees, girlfriends, friends are NOT authorized to sign for their private -- ONLY immediate family.


                f.  Unescorted on post passes are authorized for all other privates; their recall time is 2100.


27.  Operation Appreciation:


                a.  Conducted on Saturday at the end of the third or fourth week.


                b.  A religious activity.


                c.  Optional but encourage privates to attend.  Cost is $6.00.


                d.  Held to give the privates a break.


                e.  Explain Operation Appreciation procedures.


                e.  Operation Appreciation this cycle is:_________________


28.  Read this to trainees at end of counseling:  "This SOP and all Instructions are punitive in nature.  Violations may result in disciplinary action under the UCMJ."

Inprocessing Briefing


This checklist is provided to assist drill sergeants by providing the most up-to-date guidance (as of 8 Aug 98).  This list is not exhaustive, does not replace the company and battalion SPs and is subject to change.


1.  Pick up privates at 46th AG:

Check if any privates have a profile.  Do not accept privates with a limiting physical profile.

Collect PT cards, if available.

March privates to barracks and begin privateization.  Drill sergeants will refrain from using profanity directed at privates, IAW TRADOC 350-1.


2.  Inprocessing:


Shake down privates and have them place personal items (except high dollar value items) in duffle bag for storage.  Privates lock bags and keep keys or combination.  This will be logged in the Personal Effects Roster using consecutively numbered inventory sheets filled out: "Locked, without key".  Keep the Supply Sergeant in the loop on this.

Privates will maintain enlistment and other important paperwork in their personal drawer.  Ensure privates who have recently married or experienced other changes in status have their records updated by the PAC.

Determine which privates did not receive eyeglasses or dog tags and did not open a checking account.  Submit a list of deficiencies to the Training NCO.

Privates who did not receive military eyeglasses will retain their civilian eyeglasses and contact lenses.  These items will be stored in personal drawer when not in use.

Assign "buddy teams" IAW 2-46 Bn SOP (C-2-1).

Identify and report trainees with a serious English language deficiency to Training NCO.  These trainees will be scheduled for English proficiency testing through the S-3.

Drill Sergeants will scan "Smart Cards" to ensure trainees received funds.

If trainees were not issued handkerchiefs, they will purchase and USE them.  Check what they were issued to prevent unnecessary purchases.

Trainees will purchase red lens flashlights with batteries for PT and field use.

Trainees will NOT purchase barracks cleaning supplies.

Identify and mark cold weather / hot weather injury-prone trainees.

Determine if there are any vegetarian, Muslim or Jewish trainees and their dietary needs.

Determine if any trainees have religious needs not met by Cavalry Chapel services.

PX and phone use IAW Company SOP, Annex B, Appendix 1.

Privates will write letters home and enclose provided "cheat sheet".


3.  Platoon sergeants will ensure a drill sergeant conducts an initial briefing to trainees within 72 hours of their arrival.  A counseling form with the "magic words" is used to record trainee understanding of rules and procedures.

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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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