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Soldier Information

Name: ______________________________________

My basic combat training (BCT)/one station unit training (OSUT)/advanced individual training (AIT) Company Chain of Command:

* Note: Use pencil

Company Commander: _______________________

First Sergeant: _______________________

Drill Sergeant: _______________________

Drill Sergeant: _______________________

Drill Sergeant: _______________________

AIT Platoon Sergeant: _______________________

Instructor / Squad Leader: _______________________

Instructor / Squad Leader: _______________________
My mailing address:

My Battle Buddy is…

Reception Battalion: _____________________________

BCT/OSUT: _____________________________

AIT: _____________________________

My Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention (SHARP) Program Contacts: Fill in using a pencil upon arrival at BCT, AIT and/or OSUT, and first unit of assignment:

Unit Victim’s Advocate / SHARP Representatives:

Company (initial entry training (IET) Only): ___________________________

Battalion: ___________________________

Brigade: ___________________________


Basic Combat Training (BCT) Calendar

This is a tool for you to record milestones (APFT, basic rifle marksmanship, FTX, etc.) and to count down the days until BCT Graduation.

BCT Calendar Monday Tuesday Wednesday

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Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Notes: __________________________________________________

Department of the Army *TRADOC Pamphlet 600-4

Headquarters, United States Army

Training and Doctrine Command

Fort Eustis, VA 23604-5701
12 September 2014
The Soldier’s Blue Book


Lieutenant General, U.S. Army

Deputy Commanding General/

Chief of Staff
Colonel, GS

Deputy Chief of Staff, G-6
History. This is a major revision to United States Army Training and Doctrine Command pamphlet 600-4.
*This pamphlet supersedes TRADOC Pamphlet 600-4, dated 9 Jun 2010, and Change 1, dated 24 Feb 2014.

Summary. This pamphlet is the guide for all Initial Entry Training (IET) Soldiers who enter the Army. 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), 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

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Table of Contents


Foreword 13

Soldier Information 14

My Battle Buddy is… 16

Chapter 1 – The Army 30

1-1. Why we have an Army 32

1-2. What the Army uniform represents 36

1-3. Why We Serve 37

1-4. The Army’s Motto – “This We’ll Defend” 38

1-5. Oath of Enlistment 39

Chapter 2 – The Army as a Profession 42

2-2 What it means to be a Soldier 44

2-3. How We Conduct Ourselves 45

2-4. Who We Are Not 46

2-5. The Army’s Commitment to You 47

2-6. The Journey Begins 49

Chapter 3 – The Reception Battalion 50

3-1. The Path 50

3-2. Critical Information Needed Upfront 53

3-3 . The Battle Buddy System 54

3-4. Army Values 56

3-5 Sexual Harassment /Assault Response & Prevention (SHARP) 60

3-6. Suicide Prevention 64

3-7. The Soldier’s Creed and Warrior Ethos 66

3-8. The BCT / One Station Unit Training (OSUT) / Advanced Individual Training (AIT) “Golden Rules” 69

Chapter 4 – BCT / OSUT / AIT 70

4-1. What to Expect 70

4-2. The Training Company – Your Unit 71

4-3. Safe and Secure Environment 73

4-4. Drill sergeants 75

4-5. The Soldierization Process 79

4-6. Military Time 80

4-7. Daily Schedule 82

4-8. Basic Combat Training 82

4-9. Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills 84

4-10. BCT Graduation Requirements 87

4-11. AIT/OSUT 89

4-12. What is the Difference between drill sergeants and AIT platoon sergeants? 91

Chapter 5 – Personal Appearance and Uniforms 95

5-1. Personal Appearance 95

5-2. Army Combat Uniform (ACU) 109

5-3 . Army Service Uniform (ASU) 113

5-4. Awards and Decorations 122

Chapter 6 – Critical Information Required for BCT / OSUT / AIT 125

6-1. Rank Insignia 125

6-3. Bugle Calls 139

6-4. Drill and Ceremonies 141

Chapter 7 – Physical Readiness 147

7-1. Improved Physical Fitness Uniform (IPFU) 147

7-2. Army physical fitness test (APFT) 150

7-3. APFT Standards… 151

Chapter 8 – Health and Safety 156

8-1. Nutrition 156

8-2. Sleep 167

8-3. Hygiene 169

8-4. Comprehensive Soldier Fitness 191

8-5. Chaplains 194

8-6. Risk Management 195

Chapter 9 – Discipline 197

9-1. Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) 199

9-2. Equal Opportunity Policy 202

9-3. Policy on Relationships between Soldiers 206

9-4. SHARP 214

Chapter 10 – Reference Material 227

10-1. The National Anthem 227

10-2. The Army Song 228

10-3. The Code of Conduct 229

10-4. General Orders/Special Orders 230

10-5. Guard Duty 232

10-6. Army Organizations 236

Chapter 11 – First Duty Station 238

11-1. Where Will I Serve? 238

11-2. How Can I Prepare? 238

11-3. Promotions 240

Appendix A – Army Resources 245

A-1. Leave and Earnings Statement 245

A-2. Managing Personal Finances 249

A-3. Tri-service Medical Care (TRICARE) 253

A-4. Service members' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) 254

A-5. Dental 255

A-6. Army Emergency Relief 257

A-7. Soldier For Life and Credentialing 264

A-8. Information Websites for Family Members 269

Appendix B – Soldier’s Notes 274

Glossary 278

Army Definitions 280

The “Blue Book”

Since 1775, the United States Army has exhibited unwavering courage, self-discipline, and advanced military training. Soldiers, like you, have volunteered to serve and fight to protect their Families and friends from enemies that sought to do us harm, and to defend the ideals of our nation. Starting from humble beginnings in our quest for freedom, we have become the most powerful Army in the world.

We are an Army made up of individuals, and the strength of each one of us contributes to the strength of the whole. We gain more strength from training, and the basis for our training stems from a past deeply rooted in determination and book photo credit:

From the formation of the Continental Army in 1775 until Valley Forge, American forces were brave and fought with purpose, but were disorganized citizens fighting against highly trained and better organized British Soldiers. To win the Revolutionary War, General George Washington’s men needed enhanced training, discipline, and esprit de corps.

Seeking a solution, General Washington tasked Baron von Steuben with transforming the large group of hungry and exhausted men at Valley Forge into a disciplined fighting force. In the harsh Pennsylvania winter, Baron von Steuben instructed a company of future leaders in basic military movements and tactical skills; those individuals were the predecessors of our drill sergeants!

He developed that cadre until they could–in turn–train the entire Revolutionary Army in the art of basic military maneuvers. Through their perseverance and sense of duty, these dedicated troops practiced to the highest standards. As a result, Washington’s men fought skillfully in battle afterwards and it was at that time they embodied the principles and discipline that distinguished them as a professional army.

Their perseverance, commitment to the cause, and disciplined execution of their military tasks enabled America to win its independence from England in 1783.

Training to standard and gaining the inner strength to adapt and overcome adversity became the theme for our Army’s training model. Baron von Steuben, by then the Army Inspector General, wrote the Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States—now commonly referred to as the Blue Book—as an instructional guide for future generations. This book consists, as our modern version does now, of detailed training procedures, the standards of military conduct, and the fundamentals every Soldier needs to know for them to succeed.

Use this version of the “Blue Book” on the journey on which you are about to undertake. Just as Soldiers before you trained to serve and protect our Nation, this book will help you to learn, train and perform the tasks required of you to become Soldiers in the United States Army.

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