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Handbook 10-02
October 2009

Roles of IET Leaders

What are important IET roles?


Cadre are all military, permanent party members or civilian personnel that command, supervise, instruct, train, or directly support IET Soldiers. Some examples are:

  • Executive Officers
  • S1, S2, S3, S4, S6 and any assistants
  • Supply Sergeant/Specialists
  • Training NCO/Specialist/Technicians
  • Human Resource Sergeant/Specialists
  • Motor Vehicle Operator/Armorers
  • Chaplain or EO Assistants
  • Legal or Security Sergeants/Clerks
  • Instructors

Cadre support the brigades, battalions, and companies in creating and maintaining a positive IET environment that assists with the transformation from civilian to Soldier. Cadre are responsible for the planning, resource management, teaching, and unit administration of various courses in IET. Cadre should still maintain their MOS and training proficiency.


Brigade - Provide guidance and mentoring on BCT/AIT/OSUT to an average of five subordinate battalions. Responsible for all aspects of training and leadership techniques of Soldiers to ensure they are prepared for war and peacetime operations.

Battalion - Provide guidance and mentoring to a battalion level staff and around five subordinate companies. Commander implements policies and standards of the performance, training, appearance, and conduct of enlisted personnel.

Company - Responsible for discipline, training standards, and morale of all Soldiers and cadre. Prioritizes unit resources including time, equipment, money, and facilities to accomplish assigned missions and necessary training of Soldiers.

Command Sergeant Major (CSM)

The Command Sergeant Major advises and initiates recommendations to the commander and staff in matters pertaining to the local Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO support channel.

First Sergeant (1SG)

Serves as the principal NCO in the company. Trains and supervises Drill/Platoon Sergeants, responsible for professional development of the NCOs and enlisted Soldiers; represents the Executive Officer and Commander in their absence.

Drill Sergeant (DS)

The Drill Sergeant in an Initial Entry Training environment is responsible for the welfare, training, and discipline of BCT Soldiers. Plans and conducts training in Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills, physical conditioning, react to man-to-man contact, individual and small unit tactics, first aid, inspections, and basic rifle marksmanship. Responsible for producing physically fit, disciplined, tactically and technically proficient Soldiers.

AIT Platoon Sergeant (PSG)

Platoon Sergeants in an Advanced Individual Training environment are responsible for the welfare and discipline of AIT Soldiers. They plan and conduct the movement of Soldiers to and from learning locations, in addition to conducting tactical training in the evenings and weekends. Responsible for training Soldiers to be physically fit, disciplined, and MOS proficient. Although instructors teach much of the MOS material, AIT Platoon Sergeants must refine the teaching and help Soldiers learn.


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