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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
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.
a. Give complete
of mail drop (trainees post their own mail).
c. Mail delivery
(daily except Sat, Sun, & holidays).
d. Have privates
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 privates 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.
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
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:
c. Quiet; respect for other people.
d. Lights out;
if need to get up, use a flashlight.
e. Buddy teams.
for equipment /weapons, CIF issue (never leave weapon in wall locker).
b. Never leave
c. Secure wall
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 --
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.
with serious medical problems are identified.
c. Explain procedures:
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.
Phases I, II and III, sick calls will walk back from the Triage or return
by shuttle when complete.
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).
(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.
and clinic phones, snack bars, vending machines off-limits.
- punishable under Article 115, UCMJ.
j. There will
be natural soreness after PT, its 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.
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 sergeants in brief. Civilian bags must be locked or inventoried,
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
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;
dont waste food; no loud talking; don't argue with servers/cooks; complaints
go to drill sergeants; absolutely NO food removed.
- 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
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
21. AWOL, punishable under Article 86, UCMJ.
a. Seek assistance
b. Go nowhere
22. Cadre-Trainee Relationship:
b. Obey instructions.
d. No gifts/money
for any reason.
e. Use chain
23. Evaluations, New Start if not up to standards. (Do
not mention ELS to trainee).
24. Laundry Service available; same cost to privates
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
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
on post passes are authorized for all other privates; their recall time
27. Operation Appreciation:
on Saturday at the end of the third or fourth week.
b. A religious
but encourage privates to attend. Cost
d. Held to give
the privates a break.
e. Explain 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."
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.
up privates at 46th AG:
any privates have a profile. Do not
accept privates with a limiting physical profile.
PT cards, if available.
to barracks and begin privateization. Drill sergeants will refrain from using profanity
directed at privates, IAW TRADOC 350-1.
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.
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.
which privates did not receive eyeglasses or dog tags and did not open a
checking account. Submit a list of deficiencies to the Training
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.
teams" IAW 2-46 Bn SOP (C-2-1).
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.
Sergeants will scan "Smart Cards" to ensure trainees received funds.
trainees were not issued handkerchiefs, they will purchase and USE them. Check
what they were issued to prevent unnecessary purchases.
will purchase red lens flashlights with batteries for PT and field use.
will NOT purchase barracks cleaning supplies.
and mark cold weather / hot weather injury-prone trainees.
if there are any vegetarian, Muslim or Jewish trainees and their dietary
if any trainees have religious needs not met by Cavalry Chapel services.
and phone use IAW Company SOP, Annex B, Appendix 1.
will write letters home and enclose provided "cheat sheet".
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.
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.