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United States Army
Basic Training Operating Instructions

Sick Call

1.  References:  TRADOC REG 350-6

2.  No private will be denied the opportunity to go on sick call.

3.  The private will tell their drill sergeants at first call that they want to go on sick call.

4.  After any early morning training (i.e. PT) the sick call privates will go to the front of the line and eat breakfast first.  Privates too sick to conduct PT will still report to the first formation, then stretch or exercise without causing further injury.

5.  After they finish breakfast these sick calls will report to the CQ desk.  Weather permitting, the privates will have a formation outside for the drill sergeant to get the necessary information to update the sick call board.  If it is raining, privates will bring raingear.  Privates in all phases will march down to the Regimental Triage Clinic (Building 6583).  Minor cases will be seen and returned to duty, marching back to the company.  More serious cases will be referred to Nelson Clinic (Building 5949) or Ireland Army Hospital, and wait for the Brigade Shuttle to pick them up and return them to the battalion area.  Privates may each lunch at the hospital, but are forbidden to use phones or vending machines.

6.  After sick call is complete the private will contact the company.

            a.  In Phase I, a cadre member will pick up the sick call.

            b.  After Phase I, the private will use the shuttle.

7.  Upon return to the company the sick call will report to the Training NCO or the CQ/KP Supervisor.  If a private has not returned from sick call by 1400 hours, the Training NCO should first call the Triage Clinic, then Nelson Clinic, then the Hospital to locate the private.

8.  The private will then join training in progress and report to the Reporting NCO.  The private’s battle buddy should have brought his weapon, if required, out to the training site for him.

9.  The private will tell their drill sergeants of any profile limitations, medication issued, and any follow on appointments.  Sick call slips that return without time punches, stamps or doctor’s signature will be questioned.  The drill sergeant will control serious medication.

10.  If a drill sergeant suspects a malingerer then they will tell the commander, who will discuss the case with the doctor.  The medical personnel will then pay special attention to the private to confirm or deny the suspicions.

11.  Check weekend hours and sick call locations.  Generally, privates are brought to the Emergency Room if they are seriously injured or ill after duty hours and on weekends.  Call for an ambulance, if necessary.

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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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