system establishes policy for the pairing of IET soldiers in Basic
Training/OSUT and AIT into teams for the following reasons:
support and assistance.
of a sense of responsibility and accountability for fellow soldiers.
safety during training.
the likelihood and opportunity for sexual harassment or misconduct.
are introduced to the buddy team system at the reception battalion
and, to the extent possible, the buddy system should be utilized. IET soldiers are
formed into two-person teams upon arrival at the training unit. A buddy
team may consist of three personnel in order to ensure all soldiers
are part of a buddy team. Team members learn to help one another in
all aspects of training. This aids in the development of individual
initiative, responsibility, and dependability. As a minimum, installation
commanders will establish a buddy system in IET following these guidelines:
(1) DSs will
assign buddy teams after the IET soldiers arrive at the platoon but
before formal training begins.
cadre will instruct IET soldiers on the purpose and rules of the
team changes from the initial pairings should be limited.
teams will participate in training, details, charge of quarters (CQ),
and other activities together, when feasible. Feasibility to be determined by the local commander.
for buddy teams to be together outside of training must not violate
the intent of this regulation. Commanders must keep in mind that
in the AIT environment soldiers are
being prepared for life in the force and must be given the opportunity
to display good judgment and personal responsibility. As an example,
soldiers in Phase V (20 plus weeks) will not be required to be with
their buddy after the end of the established duty day.
teams will not be required to attend sick call or personal appointments
together. If pairing is required, commanders may pair other soldiers
of the same sex reporting to sick call.
effort will be made to provide those IET soldiers who have English
as a second language (ESL), or have successfully completed the ESL
program, with a buddy who is fluent in English.
buddy teams are only authorized in AIT/OSUT when there is only one
female in the class. In this situation, the female IET soldier will
be paired with two male soldiers.
and prior-service soldiers are those individuals in the rank of PVT-SFC
who have previously completed IET and are attending skill level 1
training in IET units as a result of reclassification or reenlistment
actions. Reclassified and prior-service soldiers are not considered
to be IET soldiers; however, they will be assigned to AIT units. This
definition does not apply to those soldiers who were reclassified for
failing to complete the requirements for awarding an MOS as part of
the IET process. Reclassified and prior-service soldiers must meet
all course requirements for graduation (e.g., APFT, EOCCT, etc.) and
are subject to IET policies unless otherwise stipulated in this regulation
(e.g., tobacco cessation).
for reclassified and prior-service personnel.
and prior-service soldiers will, to the extent possible, be separated
from the new soldiers in IET (e.g., separate classes where appropriate,
separate formations, etc.).
soldiers will not be billeted with reclassified and prior-service
or permanent-party soldiers. However, commanders may integrate reclassified
and prior-service personnel with IET soldiers during training to
enhance training by taking advantage of their knowledge, experience,
and leadership abilities. If installations cannot meet this provision,
exceptions to policy must be requested from HQ TRADOC, ATTN: ATTG-IT.
reclassified NCOs (Noncommissioned Officers) are subject to IET policies
and procedures, their privileges will be the same as those of permanent
party members of equal rank. They will be treated with the dignity
and respect of their rank. The actual degree of control will be
determined by the unit commanders based on such factors as rank,
training performance, self-discipline, motivation, and conduct.
of IET soldiers
following guidance applies when developing specific local supplements
or standing operating procedures (SOPs):
the term "trainee" may be used to describe a soldier in
an IET status, a soldier is a soldier from day one. Any rite of
passage should be a right to continue in the soldierization process,
not an "entry point" into the Army.
IET soldiers will be addressed as "Soldier," "Private" (appropriate
rank), or by last name.
soldiers will be treated with the same fairness, respect, and dignity
accorded to all soldiers.
these specific policies will be followed:
is strictly prohibited.
is defined as any conduct whereby a military member or members,
regardless of rank, causes another military member, regardless
of rank, to suffer or be exposed to any activity which is cruel,
abusive, humiliating, oppressive, demeaning, or harmful. Soliciting
or coercing another to perpetrate any such activity is also considered
hazing. Hazing need not involve physical contact among or between
military members; it can be verbal or psychological in nature. Actual
or implied consent to acts of hazing does not eliminate the culpability
of the perpetrator.
definition can include, but is not limited to, the following: playing
abusive tricks; threatening or offering violence or bodily harm
to another; striking; branding; tattooing; consumption of food,
alcohol, drugs, or any other substance.
does not include command-authorized mission or operational activities;
the requisite training to prepare for such missions or operations;
administrative corrective measures; extra military instruction;
command-authorized physical training; and other similar activities
that are authorized by the chain of command. Hazing is an offense
punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Commanders
and commandants will promptly and thoroughly investigate all reports
cases will be reported to HQ TRADOC IAW TRADOC Reg 350-12, Trainee Abuse Reporting.
of civilian clothes is strictly limited during IET.
will not be allowed to wear civilian clothes at any time until
Phase V of IET. Soldiers will be given the option of storing their
civilian clothes or sending them home. Substitute uniform items
are exempt from this policy (i.e., running shoes and the physical
fitness uniform (PFU) for physical fitness training and the APFT).
SOPs will govern attire for IET soldiers departing
on emergency leave prior to deferred issue. When
time and facilities permit, the soldier will be issued a Class
A uniform before departing on emergency leave.
soldiers by use of vulgar, sexually explicit, obscene, profane,
humiliating, racially, sexually or ethnically-slanted language
contact with soldiers for disciplinary or other reasons is prohibited, except where the safety of
the IET soldier is in question (i.e., heat exhaustion, physical
injury, etc.). Physical contact
when making corrections directly related to training is permitted. Cadre
will not be required to ask the soldier's permission to make necessary
will be given a reasonable time to eat their meals. Depriving
soldiers of meals or restricting meal choices is prohibited as
a form of discipline. Drill sergeants and cadre are not authorized
to select menu items for IET soldiers as a means of diet control
without an approved diet from a medically qualified nutritionist.
harassment, fraternization, or unprofessional association are explicitly
forbidden IAW AR 600-20 and are punishable offenses under the Uniform
Code of Military Justice. Incidents of sexual harassment,
fraternization, or unprofessional association will be reported IAW
TRADOC Reg 350-12, Trainee Abuse Reporting.
stress created within a soldier by performance of a new or dangerous
task is essential for motivation and learning. Stress should be
positive and oriented toward attainable goals. Stress created by
physical or verbal abuse is nonproductive and prohibited. The guiding
principle is that stress should exist between the soldier and the
task to be accomplished, not between the soldier and trainer.
soldiers will be given an opportunity to contribute to approved charities
and welfare campaigns in the same way as other soldiers. IET soldiers
will not be solicited for money to purchase cleaning items, tools,
irons, or any other common use item, nor will they be required to
purchase any issue items.
rude, and discourteous treatment of soldiers by employees who are
performing functions or providing services at a military post is
prohibited. As appropriate, civilians employed at the post will
be instructed that they are to treat soldiers in a courteous and
polite manner. Officers, NCOs, and civilian supervisors will be
especially vigilant and correct or report improper actions and attitudes
of employees toward soldiers.
exercises listed in IAW FM 21-20 may be used for corrective action
for those minor infractions of military behavior which are dealt
with by immediate leadership response. The use of physical exercises
in this manner is an attention getting device and unrelated to remedial
PFT. The soldier's performance must be supervised, and the decision
to use exercise as corrective action must be commensurate with climatic
conditions. The number of repetitions of any exercise must be commensurate
with the soldier's physical conditioning progression. Soldiers occupying
IET soldier leadership positions are prohibited from administering
physical exercise as corrective actions. Local policies
placing restriction on the type and number or exercises used in this
manner must be approved by HQ TRADOC,
of trainee abuse will be reported through the chain of command. Commanders
will ensure allegations are documented and an appropriate investigation
is conducted. Results of investigations of trainee abuse will be
reported quarterly to HQ TRADOC, IAW TRADOC Reg 350-12, Trainee Abuse
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