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U.S.

ARMY

DRILL SERGEANT SCHOOL

FORT LEONARD WOOD

STUDENT GUIDE
Prepared by:
FLW Drill Sergeant School
Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473

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September 2007

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

SUBJECT PAGE

Welcome Letter...................................................................................................................................... ......3


History…………..................................................................................................................... ......................4
Drill Sergeant Creed….......................................................................................................................... .......5
Soldiers Creed……….......................................................................................................... ........................5
Course Overview................................................................................................................... ......................6
Arrival Information................................................................................................................................... .....7
Housing and Billeting.................................................................................................................. .................7
In-processing.......................................................................................................................... .....................7
Improved Physical Fitness Uniform (IPFU).................................................................................... ..............8
Formation…….................................................................................................................. ...........................8
Inspections................................................................................................................................................ ...8
Sick Call Procedures................................................................................................................................... .8
Leaves and Passes...................................................................................................................................... 9
Finance/Student Pay................................................................................................................................... .9
Military Courtesy....................................................................................................................... .................10
Banking Facilities............................................................................................................................ ...........10
Dining Facility................................................................................................................. ...........................10
Prohibited Items....................................................................................................................... ..................11
Privately Owned Vehicles (POV)......................................................................................................... .......11
On/Off-Post Transportation....................................................................................................... .................12
Physical Security-Crime Prevention..................................................................................................... ......12
Study Hall…..................................................................................................................................... ..........12
Off-Limits Areas................................................................................................................. ........................12
Graduation ................................................................................................................................. ...............12
Alcohol Policy................................................................................................................. ...........................13
Equal Opportunity/Sexual Harassment......................................................................................... .............13
Smoking ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….....13
Key Telephone Numbers/Building Locations......................................................................................... .....13
ANNEX A Clothing Requirement..................................................................................................... ......14-15
ANNEX B Observation Report System................................................................................... ..............16-19

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DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
MANEUVER SUPPORT CENTER NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER ACADEMY FORT
LEONARD WOOD, MISSOURI 65473-8929

REPLY TO
ATTENTION OF

MEMORANDUM FOR Drill Sergeant Candidates

SUBJECT: Welcome Letter

1. On behalf of the Maneuver Support Center Noncommissioned Officer Academy and Drill Sergeant
School, I congratulate you on your selection to attend the Drill Sergeant School Course (DSSC).

2. The opportunity to be trained and serve, as a Drill Sergeant is an honor afforded to only the very best
Noncommissioned Officers in our Army. Your selection to attend DSSC should serve as a testament
to your past performance and your potential to serve as a mentor and trainer for Initial Entry Training
Soldiers.

3. The DSSC will be very challenging, therefore you must come prepared to stay focused and apply
yourself toward meeting the course requirements. Time management and self-discipline will be the
foundation of your success here at the Drill Sergeant School. You will be trained and mentored by the
most professional and experienced Drill Sergeant Leaders in the Drill Sergeant Program. You will be
treated as Noncommissioned Officers as we role model for you and enforce Army standards
throughout the course. You will at all times adhere to the Army Values and be held to the very highest
personal and professional standards expected of all Noncommissioned Officers.

4. Upon completion of the DSSC you will find Drill Sergeant Duty to be one of the most rewarding
experiences of any Noncommissioned Officer’s career.

5. If you have any questions regarding the DSSC you may contact us at DSN: 676-7409/7408 COMM:
573-596-0131 Ext. 3-7409/7408 or write to the following address:

COMMANDANT
MANSCEN NCOA/DSS
ATTN: ATZT-NCO-DS
Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri 65473

6. Again, I extend to you our congratulations and wish you absolute success during the course.

1SG, USA
DSS Course Chief

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HISTORY OF THE DRILL SERGEANT

In late 1962, the Secretary of the Army directed Stephen Ailes, the Assistant Secretary, to
conduct a survey of recruit training in the Army. This survey was conducted over a long period of time and
included a wide variety of experienced personnel. To insure his report would be valid, Secretary Ailes
made a comprehensive survey, comparing the training techniques of the Marines, Army, Navy, and Air
Force. The final report, as submitted to the Department of the Army, contained five principle findings, with
appropriate recommendations and suggestions for eliminating the problems encountered. The
comparisons of the training centers of the three services with those of the Army demonstrated the attitude
of the noncommissioned officers within the Army training centers was very poor. There were contributing
reasons, including the long working hours, the difficulty of the demanding nature of the work and lack of
free time for family concerns. Much of this was caused by inadequate staffing in the training centers. In
addition, it was determined that the caliber of noncommissioned officers being assigned to the Army
training centers was far below the standards required by the other services. Another problem was the
negative attitude of the trainer which had a demoralizing affect on the trainee and resulted in a mental
block between the recruit, and the trainer, and thus caused a negative impact on the qualified trainer and
the quality of training presented. During the period April - June 1963, Pilot Trainer Courses were
conducted at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, for selected officers and noncommissioned officers to
participate in testing the revised concept of recruit training. Immediately following in July and August, this
new training concept was tested with a training battalion at Fort Jackson and a training company at Ft
Gordon, Georgia. The success of these tests resulted in the adoption of the new concept, to include the
formation of Drill Sergeant Schools throughout CONARC. This was the beginning of the Drill Sergeant
and was the first Drill Sergeant used to train recruits in the entire history of the recruit training programs
throughout the Army. The Fort Leonard Wood Drill Sergeant School began training noncommissioned
officers for Drill Sergeant Duties in September 1964.

CAMPAIGN HAT

A veteran of numerous campaigns in the field, steeped in traditions, and in active service in
various styles from 1850 through 1939, the campaign hat is a most appropriate symbol for a Drill
Sergeant. The campaign hat appeared on the scene again in early 1964. The present style of the
campaign hat evolved from the straw or felt slough "Hardee Hat" of the 1850's through the center crease
designs of the 1880's, to the present day modified "Montana Peak" which was adopted in 1911.

FEMALE DRILL SERGEANT HAT

In late 1971, Headquarters, Continental Army Command (CONARC) received approval from
the Chief of Staff of the Army for permission to include women in the Drill Sergeant Program. In February
1972, six Women’s Army Corps (WAC) noncommissioned officers from Fort McClellan, Alabama, were
enrolled in the Drill Sergeant Program, at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Upon graduation, the women
were authorized to wear the female drill sergeant hat. BG Mildred C. Bailey designed the female drill
sergeant hat. The design was taken from the Australian bush hat. The first female drill sergeant hat was
beige in color. The beige hat was replaced by a dark green female drill sergeant hat, style unchanged.
The green hat was put into use in January 1983. After the green drill sergeant appeared, the beige hat
was slowly phased out of the system. In 1984-85, a proposal was made for females to switch to the drill
sergeant hat worn by male drill sergeants. Female drill sergeants at Training and Doctrine Command
posts opposed this idea. In June 1985, General John A Wickham Jr., Army Chief of Staff, stated that
female drill sergeants will continue to wear the original female drill sergeant hat.

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BADGE

The crest is the symbol of the Army Training Center. Before 1958, it was the regimental crest with a
maroon background. In 1958, it was adopted as the training center's crest and the background was
changed to green. It was designed by the Heraldic Division of the Quartermasters General's Office. The
13 stars represent the thirteen original Colonies. The snake is a symbol of preparedness and is grasping
the scroll on one end with his mouth and the other end with his tail. On the scroll is printed the motto,
"THIS WE'LL DEFEND," one of the many mottos used in colonial days such as "DON'T TREAD ON ME,"
"LIBERTY" and many others which were carried on flags and banners. The armored breast plate is a
symbol of strength and the green background is a vestment worn under the armored breast plate. It is
called a Jupon which represents the Army. The torch is a symbol of liberty that shines over all.

DRILL SERGEANT CREED

I am a Drill Sergeant.

I will assist each individual in their efforts to become a highly motivated, well disciplined, physically and
mentally fit Soldier, capable of defeating any enemy on today’s modern battlefield.

I will instill pride in all I train, Pride in self, in the Army, and in country.

I will insist that each Soldier meets and maintains the Army’s standards of military bearing and courtesy,
consistent with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.

I will lead by example, never requiring a Soldier to attempt any task I would not do myself.

But First, Last, and always, I am an American Soldier, sworn to defend the constitution of the United
States against all enemies, both foreign and domestic.
I am a Drill Sergeant.

SOLDIERS CREED

I am an American Soldier.

I am a Warrior and a member of a team. I serve the people of the United States and live the Army Values.

I will always place the mission first.

I will never accept defeat.


WARRIOR ETHOS
I will never quit.

I will never leave a fallen comrade.

I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills. I
always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.
I am an expert and I am a professional.

I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close
combat. I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.

I am an American Soldier.

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COURSE OVERVIEW

1. The Drill Sergeant School Course (DSSC) is a functional course providing qualified noncommissioned
officers with specialized training resulting in the awarding of the "X" and “8” skill qualification identifier.
The closed entry and exit course is conducted at three Active Components (AC) and six Reserve
Component (RC) Drill Sergeant Schools (DSS) and consists of 13 major subject areas.

2. Training is based on a 10-hour academic training day, five days a week for nine weeks. Saturdays
and Sundays are purposely left open for retraining and re-testing of selected candidates as needed
and are not used for presenting required academic instruction except in extreme cases. Those
classes having a holiday during the course may use Saturday as a make up day. During mobilization
the training week is 6 days.

3. Drill Sergeant School subjects are sequenced and taught in relation to the 3 phases of Basic Combat
Training (BCT):

PHASE I weeks 1-3

Candidate Goals
− Receive training on TRADOC Regulation 350-6 with changes
− Discipline, attention to detail and maintain professional conduct
− Establish good study habits
− Develop self-confidence
− Adherence to the Army values
− Introduction to Leadership and Army Core Values (ACV) and Warrior Ethos
− Demonstrate understanding of Leadership and Human Relations
− Demonstrate understanding of Gender Integrated Training
− Perform Counseling and Drill and Ceremonies
− Conduct and pass daily inspections (role modeled by DSLs)
− Improve physical fitness, working toward set goals
− Successful completion of all academic requirements of Phase I

PHASE II weeks 4-6

Candidate Goals
− Maintain Phase I accomplishments
− Demonstrate leadership traits, Army values, Warrior Ethos
− Conduct daily inspections (by candidate leaders with close supervision by DSLs)
− Increase leadership development
− Continual adherence to the Army values and Warrior Ethos
− Properly conduct and instruct Drill and Ceremonies
− Continue to demonstrate Human Relations
− Demonstrate proficiency in training of marksmanship fundamentals
− Increase physical ability working toward Phase II goals
− Successful completion of all academic requirements of Phase II
− Demonstrate knowledge on Basic and Advance Rifle Marksmanship

PHASE III weeks 7-9

Candidate Goals
− Maintain Phase I and II accomplishments

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− Sustain progressive fitness program
− Continuation of daily inspections (by candidate leaders with close supervision by DSLs)
− Continue to demonstrate the principles of Gender Integrated Training
− Acquire proficiency on the hand grenade course
− Continual adherence to the Army values and Warrior Ethos
− Acquire proficiency on First Aid Tasks
− Conduct Tactical Training
− Demonstrate knowledge of U.S. Weapons Systems
− Pass final APFT(compliance with Drill Sergeant School Graduation Requirements)
− Receive a GO on tactical leadership evaluation during FTX
− Certify as a Skill Level One Combatives Instructor

ARRIVAL INFORMATION

1. Whether by car, bus or plane, it’s easy to get to Fort Leonard Wood. If driving, the most direct route is
by taking interstate 44 from St. Louis to Oklahoma City. About halfway between the cities of Lebanon
and Rolla is the St. Roberts, Waynesville and Fort Leonard Wood exit marking the route to post.

2. If traveling by air to St. Louis International Airport, car rental and bus transportation are available, and
Trans World Express offers direct flights to post. Information and assistance for military personnel
and their families is available at the United Services Organization (USO) in the airport.

3. Greyhound bus service has a terminal located approximately one half mile outside the main gate to
serve patrons arriving and departing. On post taxis are readily available.

4. There will be a formation for all reporting students adjacent to the Soldier Community Building 3230
Complex A (CAC A) at 0430 on the report date. For additional assistance the NCO Academy Staff
Duty can be located in building 3220, in the Unaccompanied Enlisted Personnel Housing complex
(UEPH).

HOUSING AND BILLETING

1. All students arriving at Fort Leonard Wood in a TDY status will report to building #470 for billeting.
Computers are authorized and internet access is available.

IN-PROCESSING

1. During in processing, all students will have the following in their possession:

a. Health Records (*TDY Personnel Only)

b. 3 Copies of orders or 1610 (TDY Orders)

c. 3 Copies of ERB (*within 3 Months) MUST HAVE NCOES, GT Score, PULHES, ANY SQI's
annotated correctly.

d. Proof of extension or reenlistment (if ERB does not show correct ETS)

e. DA 3595-R, Weapons Qualification (M16) signed by their commander (*must be within 6 Months)

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f. Army values card/tag

g. ID card/ID tags

h. Know your current UIC

i. Course Completion certificates for Combatives, SQI 8, and DA1059 for any NCOES not
annotated on your ERB.

2. IAW AR 614-200 your ETS date must be at least two years from the last day of the month of
graduation from Drill Sergeant School. Your ETS date must be reflected on your ERB or you
must have a copy of your extension or reenlistment papers to show the dates.

IMPROVED PHYSICAL FITNESS UNIFORM (IPFU)

1. The Improved Physical Fitness Uniform (IPFU) is the only authorized uniform for PT. The IPFU must
be IAW AR 670-1 and have a NSN number. Second hand store bought or commercial physical fitness
uniforms are unauthorized.

2. Gray or black spandex shorts are authorized and highly encouraged for wear under the IPFU shorts
and must be free of logos; spandex must either be black or gray.

3. White socks are the only socks authorized for wear (NO LOGOS).

4. The grey fleece cap and black gloves are prescribed for wear during the winter months.

FORMATIONS

1. 00000000The DSC chain-of-command and Drill Sergeant School cadre conduct formations at times
indicated on the training schedule and at any other time as directed by the cadre. All formations will
be supervised by a DSL to ensure that they are conducted IAW FM 3-21.5.

INSPECTIONS

1. DSC’s will conduct daily in-ranks inspections IAW AR 670-1 and FM 3-21.5 at times indicated on the
training schedule and at any other time as directed by the cadre. DSLs will supervise to ensure
standards are being enforced.

SICK CALL PROCEDURES

1. DSC’s needing medical treatment will visit the Consolidated Troop Medical Clinic (CTMC) located at
855 Buckeye Road. Normal sick call hours are 0600-1430 hours Monday through Saturday. Sick
call hours for Thursdays are 0600-1200. DSC’s needing medical care after normal sick call hours
will visit the hospital emergency room.

2. DSC’s will have a DD Form 689 (Individual Sick Slip) signed by their Drill Sergeant Leader or the
heavy Drill Sergeant Leader in their possession and will sign out on the FLW Form 880 prior to
departing the NCO Academy area.

3. DSC’s are authorized to drive their POV to sick call or may call Official Express at 6-1927. Once they

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have completed sick call they will return to the Drill Sergeant School Operations office in room 2043
located in the GIF or call 3-7409 to verify training location. Official Express will then be contacted at
6-1927 for transportation out to the scheduled training area. DSC’s will have all items needed for the
day’s training and will report to the training sight once they are released from CTMC. DSC’s will
inform Operations if they are on profile which prohibits them from returning to training.

LEAVES AND PASSES

1. DSC’s may travel to Springfield, MO or St. Louis, MO without an approved pass after the first week
of training.

2. All DSC’s requesting a pass by POV must submit a driving plan with strip map and a risk assessment
with their pass request.

a. 3-Day Pass – Is normally approximately 64 hours in length, usually beginning at the end of
normal duty on a workday and ending three days later (for example, end of normal duty hours on
Monday until first formation on Thursday). A 3-day pass must include at least one duty day and
may be extended to a maximum of 72 hours.

b. 4-Day Pass – Is usually about 88 hours in length and must include at least two consecutive non-
duty days for example, from end of normal duty hours Thursday until first formation/start of duty
Monday and may be extended to a maximum of 96 hours.

3.Soldiers desiring to travel more than 125 miles one way, during periods when they are off duty,
must be on an approved pass and have a travel plan. For soldiers assigned to DSSC, St. Louis, MO,
and Springfield, MO, are within this 125 miles radius; Kansas City, MO, is not.

a.Up to 499 miles. A pass request form, DA Form 31, Vehicle Inspection worksheet, risk assessment
worksheet and an LES will be submitted through the DSC’s Drill Sergeant Leader. DSC’s will include
the basic information about their travel plans within the request form. Without this information, the
pass or leave will not be approved. DSL’s will sign the request to verify that the soldier has a safe
travel plan in place. SDSL’s will give a comprehensive pre-departure safety brief not later than the
last duty day prior to the start of the leave/pass.

b.500 + miles. In addition to the requirements of the above paragraph, the DSC will see the 1SG.
DSC’s are not encouraged to travel over 500 miles on a pass; these requests will be approved on
a case-by-case basis.

4.DSC’s requesting pass by Air must show itinerary with tickets reflecting times that coincide with the
pass hours. Candidates traveling outside the state must have an approved DA Form 31 (Request and
Authority for Leave). The Course Chief is the approving authority for all passes. DSC’s will be physically
present in the local area (defined as on post, duty station, or in the location from which the DSC regularly
commutes to duty) at the beginning and ending of leave and/or pass. DSC’s that fail to comply with this
requirement will be subject to elimination from DSSC. Leaves and passes are privileges that must be
approved by the Course Chief.

FINANCE/STUDENT PAY

1. 00000000Students should arrive at the DSS with sufficient funds to defray unexpected costs such as
uniform repair and/or purchases. DSC’s are encouraged to have a Government Charge Card before
arriving. The Fort Leonard Wood Finance Office can no longer issue advance checks to TDY
students from other locations attending courses at Fort Leonard Wood. All partials will be

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requested via fax through appropriate finance office. DSC’s using the Defense Travel System
(DTS) will make sure authorization of partial payments is authorized and acknowledged on
their orders.

2. Students with pay problems will notify their DSL immediately.

3. A breakdown of the per-diem is as follows: (As of SEP 06) $33.50 a day for DSC’s. DSC’s are also
authorized $2.00 a day for laundry expenses. DSC’s will be issued meal cards and will not stop their
separate rations. A meal deduction will be submitted for all meals prior to the end of the course. All
students will eat at the dining facility regardless of instillation of assignment.

MILITARY COURTESY

1. The Commandant of the MANSCEN NCO Academy has operational control over WLC, DSS, Military
Police, Engineer, and Chemical ANCOC and BNCOC courses. The Commandant is a Command
Sergeant Major and will be addressed as Sergeant Major.

2. The Assistant Commandant will be addresses as Sergeant Major and the Chief of Training will be
addressed as Sergeant.00000000

3. The First Sergeant of each course serves as the Course Chief. The First Sergeant is responsible for
the command, control and the daily operation of his or her individual course.

4. Civilian staff members will be addressed as Mister or Miss/ Mrs., sir or ma’am, as appropriate. Senior
Drill Sergeant Leaders will be addresses as Senior Drill Sergeant and Drill Sergeant Leaders will be
addressed as Drill Sergeant; SGLs will be addressed as Sergeant.

5. The use of profanity is strictly forbidden.

6. Students will display proper military bearing and a positive attitude at all times. Conduct unbecoming
a noncommissioned officer will not be tolerated.

BANKING FACILITIES

1. Fort Leonard Wood has two banks located within minutes of the billeting area. The Armed Forces
Bank00000000 is located in building 490 and the Mid-Missouri Credit Union is located in building 494.
Numerous ATM are located throughout the installation for your convenience.

2. As of SEP 06, a personal check for an amount up to $300.00 and a two part check up to $100.00 may
be cashed daily may be cashed at the Post Exchange Armed Forces Bank. There is a $100.00
maximum for 2 part checks.

DINING FACILITY

1. 00000000The NCO Academy Dining Facility is available within the UEPH Complex. All DSC’s will be
issued a meal card and will eat in the Dining Facility. The NCO Academy DFAC hours are 0600-0800
for breakfast, 1100-1300 for lunch and 1630-1800 for dinner Monday thru Friday. Specker DFAC will
be utilized on the weekends and operates from 0730-0900 for breakfast, 1130-1300 fro lunch and
1530-1700 for dinner. Lost meal cards must be reported immediately to the DSS Operations
Sergeant.

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2. The appropriate duty uniform (ACU, Class A/B) and civilian attire is the only authorized clothing to be
worn in the dining facility. The Improved Physical Fitness Uniform is not allowed, unless
directed by the DSS training schedule.

3. Personnel wearing civilian attire will be properly dressed. The following will apply:

a. No tank tops exposing armpits will be worn.

b. No shower shoes will be worn.

c. No bathing suits will be worn

d. No headgear will be worn.

e. Denim jeans are authorized but must be presentable.

f. Conservative shorts and T-shirts may be worn.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

1. The following items are prohibited and may be confiscated and could result in disciplinary action if
introduced into the NCOA/DSS area:

a.00000000Personal firearms

b.Knives with a locking blade or a blade length over 3 inches

c.Pyrotechnics or fireworks

d.Ammunition

e.Bow and arrows

f.Switchblade knives

g.Throwing knives

h.Nunchakus or oriental fighting instruments

i.Pets

j.Unauthorized prescription drugs

k.Hot plates, Slow Cookers (The only authorized cooking items in the barracks are the microwave
ovens)

l.Incense or candles

PRIVETELY OWNED VEHICLES (POV’s)

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1. DSC parking is allowed only in authorized areas. All vehicle movement by DSC’s requires permission

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from their Drill Sergeant Leader and signing out on the 880 prior to leaving the area. All other travel
by DSC’s will be IAW the training schedule. DSC’s will be allowed to operate POV’s at the end of the
duty day.

2. Parking on grass or seeded areas is unauthorized and will warrant repairing of any damage to the
area as well as recommendation for disciplinary action.

3. A cadre member will inspect all POV’s in the first week of the course and prior to any holiday
weekend. Failure to maintain proper safety standards will result in loss of driving privileges until
repairs are made and the vehicle is re-inspected. Operating the vehicle prior to re-inspection could
result in a derogatory counseling and recommendation for release from DSSC.

ON/OFF-POST TRANSPORTATION

1. 00000000Commercial taxis are available on and off post. (Refer to local community telephone book)

2. Commercial, local and long distance Greyhound bus service is available approximately one half mile
outside the main gate of Ft. Leonard Wood.

PHYSICAL SECURITY/CRIME PREVENTION

1. 00000000Crime prevention is the responsibility of all personnel assigned or attached to the NCO
Academy.

2. In the event of a break in or theft, immediately notify the Military Police and the CQ. The individual
suffering the loss will also notify their DSL and Senior Drill Sergeant Leader.

3. Billeting rooms will be locked at all times.

4. Personal property will not be left unattended.

5. POV’s will be locked at all times.

6. High Value items: use personal/room safe.

7. DSC’s are not allowed to carry more than $100.00 cash on their person.

STUDY HALL

1. A Mandatory study hall will be conducted prior to the Leadership written exam and prior to exam
retests. The study hall will be conducted by a certified DSL the night prior to the exam in the squad
classroom and last for at least one hour. DSC’s requesting study halls other than the mandatory
study hall will notify their DSL at least 24 hours in advance.

OFF-LIMITS AREAS

1. Off limits areas are posted in each classroom. In addition, all training brigade billets that house Initial
Entry Training Soldiers are also off limits. A map of this area is posted in every classroom.

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GRADUATION

1. Upon course completion, a graduation ceremony will be conducted to recognize DSC’s


accomplishments. Family members, guests, friends and unit members are cordially invited to attend.

2. The uniform for graduation will be ACU’s with all tan boots and Drill Sergeant Hat. The Drill Sergeant
Hat will be issued at CIF the day prior to graduation.

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ALCOHOL POLICY

1. DSC’s are authorized to store and consume alcohol in their room. The Community Activity Center
(CAC) at Complex B (Bldg 3240) is also an authorized area for consumption of alcohol. However,
DSC’s consuming alcohol within their room or the CAC will abide by the Army Values and treat
Soldier’s, equipment and the facilities with respect at all times.

2. DSC’s are forewarned that alcohol related incidents are not tolerated and will be grounds for
dismissal from DSSC. Incidents include but are not limited to loud and boisterous behavior,
accidents, or any other alcohol related incident.

3. DSC’s arrested by civilian police or apprehended on post by the Military Police for drunken driving will
be subject to disciplinary action and disenrollment from the course. It is a violation of Missouri State
law to operate a vehicle while carrying an open alcoholic beverage container.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY

1. 00000000The Commandant's policies on equal opportunity/sexual harassment are posted on the unit
bulletin boards and in the Academy SOP.

2. Complaint procedures and applicable phone numbers are also posted on the unit bulletin boards.

SMOKING

1. DSC’s00000000 are allowed to smoke or use smokeless tobacco in designated areas.

2. DSC’s will not smoke or use smokeless tobacco in formation areas.

3. Smoking is prohibited in the vicinity of IET/AIT soldiers.

4. Smoking in individual rooms is not authorized.

5. Smoking on ranges will be limited to meal times at the 1SG/SDSL’s discretion.

6. Smoking and use of smokeless tobacco is not authorized in the common use areas of the billets.

KEY TELEPHONE NUMBERS AND BUILDING LOCATIONS

Place Bldg # Telephone #

MANSCEN NCOA/DSS 3203 DSN 676-7425/7426


S-3 Comm. (573) 563-7425/7426

MANSCEN NCOA/DSS 3203 DSN 676-8134/8025


FAX Comm. (573) 563-8134/8025

Drill Sergeant School 3203 DSN 676-7409


Comm. (573) 563-7409
(573) 596-0131 EXT. 3-7409

Billeting Office 470 DSN 581-0999

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Comm. (573) 596-0999

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ANNEX A

CLOTHING REQUIREMENTS QUANTITY

1. DUFFLE BAG 1 EA
2. LAUNDRY BAG 1 EA
3. PATROL CAP, UNIVERSAL PATTERN (ACU) 1 EA
4. BERET 1 EA
5. COAT (SHIRT), ACU 4 EA
6. TROUSERS (PANTS), ACU 4 EA
7. COAT, COLD WEATHER, FIELD (FIELD JACKET), ACU or BDU 1 EA
8. BOOTS, COMBAT (SEE NOTE 3) 2 PR
9. BRUSH, SHOE/ SUEDE BOOT CLEANING KIT (BLACK POLISH IF 1 EA
WEARING BLACK LEATHER BOOTS)
10. T-SHIRT, COTTON, TAN (BROWN IF WEARING BDUs) 7 EA
11. SOCKS, WOOL or COTTON/NYLON BLEND (OD, BLACK, or TAN) 7 EA
12. DRAWERS, COTTON, OD or WHITE 7 EA**
13. BRA 3 EA*
14. PANTIES 7 EA*
15. ARMY GREEN UNIFORM (AG 489 or 491) 1 EA**
16. ARMY GREEN CLASSIC OR AG 314 W/PANTS & SKIRT 1 EA*
17. COAT, ALL WEATHER, BLACK WITH LINER 1 EA
18. GLOVES, DRESS (FOR CLASS A UNIFORM) 1 PR
19. SHIRT, LONG SLEEVE, GREEN (AG 415) 1 EA
20. SHIRT, SHORT SLEEVE, GREEN (AG 415) 1 EA
21. T-SHIRT, COTTON, WHITE 2 EA**
22. SOCKS, BLACK, COTTON or NYLON (FOR CLASS A UNIFORM) 2 EA**
23. SLIPS 2 EA*
24. NYLONS 2 PR*
25. BELT, RIGGERS (BLACK, TAN, or OD) 1 EA
26. BELT, WEB (FOR CLASS A UNIFORM) 1 EA
27. BUCKLE, BRASS (FOR CLASS A UNIFORM) 1 EA
28. NECK TIE, BLACK 4-IN-HAND (NO CLIP-ON) 1 EA**
29. FEMALE NECK TAB 1 EA*
30. SHOES, LOW QUARTER 1 PR
31. TAGS, IDENTIFICATION, WITH CHAIN and VALUES TAG 1 EA
32. UNIFORM BRASS, BRANCH & US 1 EA
33. ALL AUTHORIZED RIBBONS AND BADGES 1 SET
34. BRASS GRADE INSIGNIA 1 SET
35. SHOULDER BOARDS (FOR CLASS A SHIRT) 1 PR
36. NAME PLATES 2 EA
37. DINSTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA 1 SET
38. REGIMENTAL CREST 1 EA
39. GLOVES, MAN and WOMENS, LEATHER, LIGHT DUTY, BLACK 1 PR
40. INSERTS, GLOVES, WOOL (OD, BLACK OR BROWN) 2 PR
41. SHOES, RUNNING (NO HIGH TOPS) 1 PR
42. JACKET, GRAY, IPFU 1 EA
43. PANTS, BLACK, IPFU 1 EA
44. FLEECE CAP, FOLIAGE GREEN (REPLACES KNIT CAP, BLACK) 1 EA
45. T-SHIRT, GRAY, SHORT SLEEVE, IPFU 2 EA
46. T-SHIRT, GRAY, LONG SLEEVE, IPFU 2 EA
47. TRUNKS, BLACK, IPFU 2 EA
48. SHORTS, SPANDEX, BLACK 2 EA
49. SOCKS, ATHLETIC, WHITE, ANKLE OR CALF LENGTH 5 PR

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PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS REQUIRED:

50. SHOES, SHOWER 1 PR


51. SOAP, BAR 1 EA
52. TOOTHBRUSH and TOOTHPASTE 1 EA
53. COMB 1 EA
54. RAZOR 1 EA
55. CREAM, SHAVING 1 EA
56. POWDER, BODY/FOOT 1 EA

* indicates female only


** indicates male only

NOTE 1: The clothing list is the minimum items required. Additional items are encouraged.

NOTE 2: BDUs may be worn in lieu of ACUs; however, ACU and BDU clothing items will not be
interchanged, however, a BDU Field Jacket may be worn with the ACUs.

NOTE 3: Black cold weather boots are authorized for wear with the ACU. Black, all-leather (issue)
boots and jump boots may only be worn with the BDU; however, you must have 2 pair of Army
issue combat boots. If black boots are worn, black boot polish and brush are required as they
must maintain a highly polished appearance. Tan boots are only worn with the ACU uniform and
will not be worn with the BDU uniform. All boots will be approved during the initial inspection by
DSLs.

NOTE 4: Complete organizational uniform with all awards, appurtenances, and badges will be
worn by all students during a Class A uniform inspection. All students will wear low quarters,
regardless of duty station.

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE ALSO REQUIRED FOR THE COURSE:

58. FLASHLIGHT W/BATTERIES (L-SHAPE, GREEN) (STANDARD SIZE) 1 EA


59. CAT EYE BAND, ACU COLORED WITH NAME TAPE SEWN ON 1 EA
60. SWEAT BAND FOR BALLISTIC HELMET 1 EA
61. MARKERS (10-COLORS, BROAD LINE RECOMMENDED) 1 SET
62. MOUTHPIECE 1 EA
63. BLACK INK PEN, BLUE INK PEN, PENCIL 1 EA

NOTE 5: ACH, if brought from home station, may be worn in lieu of issued ballistic helmet.

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE RECOMMENDED FOR THE COURSE:

64. SUNSCREEN 1 EA
65. FRONT SIGHT ADJUSTER (M16/M4) (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) 1 EA
66. BDUs/DCUs FOR COMBATIVES (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) 1 EA
67. BALLISTIC EYEWEAR (MUST BE AN ISSUE ITEM) 1 EA
68. HEARING PROTECTION 1 EA
69. WEAPONS CLEANING KIT 1 EA
70. ACU COLORED 550 CORD 1 EA

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ANNEX B

DRILL SERGEANT SCHOOL OBSERVATION REPORT SYSTEM

PURPOSE

00000000The purpose of the Drill Sergeant School spot report system is to systematically record each
DSC’s ability to follow instructions, maintain proper motivation and attention to detail and to correct
deficiencies in these areas by holding the individual student accountable.

POLICY

The spot report system applies to all Drill Sergeant School Candidates. Drill Sergeant School Cadre will
assess merits/demerits on individual Observation Reports based on the DSC’s performance.

CHIEF INSTRUCTOR RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Sets forth guidelines and implements changes to the Observation Report System as necessary.

2. Monitors the Observation Report System at course level throughout the Drill Sergeant School to
ensure compliance with the guidelines set forth in the SEP and Student Guide.

3. Counsel DSC’s in writing that accumulate 28 or more demerits at the end of each week.

4. Ensure adequate merit details are planned, coordinated and supervised each week.

5. Reserves right to assess merits and demerits at the course and individual DSC level.

SENIOR DRILL SERGEANT RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Monitors the Observation Report System at platoon level throughout the Drill Sergeant School Course
to ensure compliance with the guidelines set forth in the SEP and Student Guide.

2. Counsels DSC’s in writing who accumulate 24-27 demerits at the end of each week.

3. Ensure merit details are conducted and properly supervised each week.
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4. Retains the right to assess merits and demerits at the platoon and individual DSC level.

5. Briefs all DSC’s the Observation Report System during the Senior Drill Sergeant in-briefing.

6. Refers DSC’s to the Chief Instructor for counseling as necessary.

DRILL SERGEANT LEADERS RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Enforces the use of Observation Report System by consistently assessing merits and demerits as
necessary.

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2. Maintains accurate master merit and demerit tracking record at squad level for each week.

3. Counsels DSC’s in writing who accumulate 20-23 demerits at the end of each week.

4. Supervises merit details as directed by the Senior Drill Sergeant Leader.

5. Assesses merit and demerits at the squad and individual DSC level.

6. Provide Senior Drill Sergeant Leader/Platoon Sergeant with a by name list of DSC’s scheduled for
merit detail for that week (suspense will be 1630 on Friday).

7. Reinforces the Observation Report System procedures to the DSC’s as briefed by the Senior Drill
Sergeant Leader.

8. Refers DSC’s to the Senior Drill Sergeant Leader/Platoon Sergeant or Chief Instructor for counseling
as necessary.

DRILL SERGEANT CANDIDATE RESPONSIBILITY

1. Maintain and have in possession the Observation Report Tracker at all times.

2. Report lost or mutilated Observation Report Trackers to their Drill Sergeant Leader immediately.

3. Report to merit detail each week as directed by their Drill Sergeant Leader or on a voluntary basis to
earn merits as detail requirements allow.

OBSERVATION REPORT PROCEDURES

The following guidelines will be used in implementing the Observation Report System:

1. All DSC’s will be issued individual Observation Report Trackers during in-processing which will be
folded in half and maintained in the upper right ACU/BDU jacket pocket (or outermost garment)
throughout the course.

2. Observation Report Trackers will not be carried while in PT uniform.

3. DSC’s will produce their Observation Report Trackers for cadre upon demand.

4. DSC’s will be briefed on the Observation Report Tracker procedures during the Senior Drill Sergeant
Leader in-brief and during their Drill Sergeant Leader’s initial counseling.

5. Lost or mutilated (not legible) Observation Report Trackers will result in an automatic 10 demerits.

6. Drill Sergeant Leaders will initiate a new Observation Report Tracker within their squad every
Thursday evening by annotating the date and initialing the tracker in the lower left hand corner (start).

7. Drill Sergeant Leaders will collect and close out all old observation reports every Thursday evening by
annotating the date and initialing the tracker in the lower left hand corner (end).

8. Observation Report Trackers that are in the possession of a DSC and not initiated by a Drill Sergeant
Leader’s initials with the date will result in 10 demerits.

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9. Drill Sergeant Leaders will calculate the total cumulative end of week demerits based on previous end
of week and current end of week totals. The cumulative end of week total will be recorded on the
squad’s master merit and demerit record.

10.Drill Sergeant Leaders will assess merits and demerits on individual DSC’s Observation Report
Trackers based on their performance or noted deficiencies. All entries will be recorded in ink.

11.Drill Sergeant Leaders will then inform the students of the infraction or observation and record the
type of observation, time and date, location, DSL initials and the amount of assessment (+,-).

12.The total number of merits or demerits will be carried over from each week and zeroed out at the end
of each phase. (If the phase ends on Tuesday the tracker will close out at the end of the day and a
new tracker will be initiated at that time and closed out on that Thursday as prescribed above).

13.Drill Sergeant Leaders will generally have a student prepare an RBI if after an initial demerit
assessment is made and it becomes obvious the DSC does not understand the correction.

14.DSC’s will be counseled in writing by the Drill Sergeant Leader at the end of the week when
the student accumulates 20-23 demerits, counseled by the SDSL for 24-27 demerits, and
counseled by the Chief Instructor for 28 or more demerits. The DSC’s DSL will initiate the
counseling and refer the DSC to the SDSL/PSG or 1SG as appropriate when demerits exceed 20 or
more.

15.Demerits will be issued under the categories of Failure to Follow Instructions, Drill and Ceremonies,
Bearing, Appearance, Uniform, Billets, Motivation, Lateness, attention to detail. Demerits will be
assessed in increments of one (1) or two (2) demerits for infractions within the above categories.

16.Demerits will not be assessed excessively for the same violation. (Example; strings on the uniform
during in ranks inspections should be covered by one assessment. However, other uniform violations
may warrant additional assessments).

17.Merits will be awarded by cadre for positive observations during the training week in the same
manner as demerits. Merits will also be awarded for detail work as directed by the Drill Sergeant
Leader in charge of the weekly merit detail.

18. Merits will cancel out demerits on a one for one basis. (One merit cancels one demerit).

19.Merit details will be conducted every Saturday and after duty hours during the week. Saturday merit
details will generally be conducted in the morning (IET APFT grader). Merit Details will be performed
after training ends on Saturdays when training is scheduled. During the week DSC’s may volunteer
to clean the cubical area of Drill Sergeant School.

20.Alternate forms of earning merits may be used at the direction of the Chief Instructor or SDSL if
details are not available. Some examples are additional study halls or physical fitness training. DSC’s
may propose merit details through their DSLs to the PSG.

21. Excessive demerit counseling will be considered derogatory in nature and utilized in the Whole
Soldier evaluation concept by the Drill Sergeant Leader.

NOTE: DSC’s must use the observation report system as a self assessment tool and must
maintain the appropriate level of conduct and attention to detail during the course. Excessive
demerit counseling indicates the DSC’s conduct and attention to detail are unsatisfactory.

NOTE: If a DSC has excessive demerits and does not volunteer for merit details a counseling

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session concerning a lack of motivation may be warranted.

EXAMPLE

OBSERVATION REPORT TRACKER

DRILL SERGEANT SCHOOL OBSERVATION REPORT TRACKER

STUDENT NAME _____________________________________________________________ PLT ___________ SQD ___________

START DATE (FRI) ___________________________________ END DATE (COB THURS) _____________________________

1 FAILURE TO FOLLOW INSTR 2 BEARING 1 UNIFORM 2 MOTIVATION 2 ATTENTION TO DETAL 1 OR 2 OTHER


1 D&C 1 APPEARANCE 1 BILLETS 2 LATENESS 1 OR 2 AWARDED MERIT

OBSERVATION TIME/DATE LOCATION DSL ASSESSMENT


+ −
+ −
+ −
+ −
+ −
+ −
+ −
+ −
+ −

DSL INITIALS (START) __________ PREVIOUS END OF WEEK TOTAL _________ + CURRENT END OF WEEK TOTAL ______________

DSL INITIALS (END) ___________ CUMMULATIVE END OF WEEK TOTAL __________

FLW Form 696 (Rev Aug 01)

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