Fort Eustis, VA 23604-5701 27 October 2014 The Soldier’s Blue Book
FOR THE COMMANDER: OFFICIAL: KEVIN W. MANGUM
Lieutenant General, U.S. Army
Deputy Commanding General/
Chief of Staff
Deputy Chief of Staff, G-6 History. This is an administrative change to US Army Training and Doctrine Command pamphlet 600-4.
*This pamphlet supersedes TRADOC Pamphlet 600-4, dated 9 Jun 2010.
Summary. This pamphlet is the guide for all Initial Entry Training (IET) Soldiers who enter our Army Profession. It provides an introduction to the Army. Throughout the Blue Book, Soldiers will read and learn about Army Values, Culture, History, Organizations, and Training they will receive. It provides assistance with pay issues, leave, Thrift Saving Plans, and organizations that will be available to assist the families. The Soldier’s Blue Book is an inspectable item and will be carried at all times.
Applicability. This pamphlet applies to all active Army, United States Army Reserve, and the Army National Guard enlisted IET conducted at service schools, Army Training Centers, and other training activities under the control of Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).
Proponent. The proponent for this pamphlet is TRADOC Deputy Commanding General-Initial Military Training (DCG-IMT) (ATMT-OP),(ATTN: Jim Rose) 210 Dillon Circle, Fort Eustis VA 23604-5701.
Supplementation. Users are invited to send comments and suggested improvements on Department of the Army (DA) Form 2028 (recommended Changes to Publications and Blank Forms) directly to the US Army Center for Initial Military Training (ATMT-OP), 210 Dillon Circle, Fort Eustis, VA 23604-5701.
Distribution. This pamphlet will be distributed to the four training locations that conduct Basic Combat Training (BCT) and One Station Unit Training (OSUT). This pamphlet is available electronically only on the TRADOC Homepage at http://www.tradoc.army.mil/tpubs.
Summary of Change
TRADOC Pamphlet 600-4
The Soldier’s Blue Book
This administrative change, dated 27 October 2014-
o Changes the second paragraph of the Foreword to read: “The Army you are joining is an honored Profession that’s the best in the world at what it does. It’s comprised of magnificent Soldiers and Civilians who are out there every day making a difference in a very complex world.”
o In the fourth paragraph of the Foreword, changes the word “physical” to “physically”.
o Changes the second sentence of the fifth paragraph of the Foreword to read: “I hope you will find this experience personally and professionally rewarding. And, if you let it, it will set you on a path of continued success.”
o Capitalizes “Civilian”, “Profession”, and “Soldier”, as necessary, throughout the pamphlet.
o Removes the word “core” from “Army core values” throughout the pamphlet.
o Changes paragraph 1 of page 2 to read: “This pamphlet is the guide for all Initial Entry Training (IET) Soldiers who enter our Army Profession.”
o In the first sentence on page 17, changes “Soldiers” to “Soldiers’”.
o In the second paragraph of subchapter 2-1 on page 20, adds “of practice” after “communities”.
o In the second paragraph of subchapter 2-5 on page 24, change “helping” to “help”.
o In the paragraph for “Rule No. 3”, italicize all of the word “Honor”.
o In the Army Definitions section on page 200, add the following after the definition for Army Emergency Relief: “Army Professional- A member of the Army Profession who meets the Army’s certification criteria of competence, character, and commitment.”
Welcome to the Army! You have taken the first step on a journey that I’m confident will change your life forever.
The Army you are joining is an organization that's the best in the world at what it does. It's comprised of magnificent Soldiers who are out there every day making a difference in a very complex world.
The Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage are more than mere words that we recite. Taken together and integrated through an understanding and appreciation of the sacrifices made by the generations of citizen-soldiers who previously answered the call to defend America's freedoms…those values become part of who we are and form the moral and ethical identity that inspire us as Soldiers.
Over the next several weeks, we will help you prepare for this journey. During Basic Combat Training and the follow-on occupational skills training, we will help you transition from citizen volunteer to an Army Professional by teaching you what it means to be a Soldier, and by ensuring that you are physical ready and have the skills needed to perform your job.
I’m confident that you are up to the task. I hope you will find this experience personally and professionally rewarding, and if you let it, set you on a path of continued success. So, let’s get started!