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Army Training Phase Restrictions
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Buddy system

The buddy system establishes policy for the pairing of IET soldiers in Basic Training/OSUT and AIT into teams for the following reasons:

(1)  Mutual support and assistance.

(2)  Reducing stress.

(3)  Teaching teamwork.

(4)  Development of a sense of responsibility and accountability for fellow soldiers.

(5)  Improving safety during training.

(6)  Reducing the likelihood and opportunity for sexual harassment or misconduct.

Soldiers 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.

(2)  Unit cadre will instruct IET soldiers on the purpose and rules of the buddy system.

(3)  Buddy team changes from the initial pairings should be limited.

(4)  Buddy teams will participate in training, details, charge of quarters (CQ), and other activities together, when feasible.  Feasibility to be determined by the local commander.

(5)  Requirements 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.

(6)  Buddy 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.

(7)  Every 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.

(8)  Male-female 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.

Reclassified/prior-service soldiers

Definition.  Reclassified 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).

Privileges for reclassified and prior-service personnel.

(a)  Reclassified 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.).

(b)  IET 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.

(c)  Although 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.

Treatment of IET soldiers

The following guidance applies when developing specific local supplements or standing operating procedures (SOPs):

(1)  Although 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.

(2)  IET soldiers will be treated with the same fairness, respect, and dignity accorded to all soldiers.

Additionally, these specific policies will be followed:

(1)  Hazing is strictly prohibited.

(a)  Hazing 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.

(b)  This 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.

(c)  Hazing 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 of hazing.

(2)  Substantiated cases will be reported to HQ TRADOC IAW TRADOC Reg 350-12, Trainee Abuse Reporting.

(3)  Wearing of civilian clothes is strictly limited during IET.        

(a)  Soldiers 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).

(b)  Local 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.

(4)  Degrading soldiers by use of vulgar, sexually explicit, obscene, profane, humiliating, racially, sexually or ethnically-slanted language is prohibited.

(5)  Physical 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 corrections.

(6)  Soldiers 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.

(7)  Sexual 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.

(8)  The 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.

(9)  IET 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.

(10)  Abrupt, 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.

(11)  Physical 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 actionsLocal policies placing restriction on the type and number or exercises used in this manner must be approved by HQ TRADOC, ATTN:  ATTG-IT.

(12)  Allegations 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 Reporting.

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