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Handbook 10-02
October 2009

Valued Time and Schedules

How will the IET environment affect my Family time?

IET cadre schedules are different in an IET environment than in any other environment. It helps to prepare yourself mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually for the challenges that may occur. These changes include:


  • Average of 14 -16 hour days for most training days, with some over-night duty
  • 6 to 6 1/2-day work week with occasional duties on Sunday
  • Free time on Sundays may also be limited
  • Charge of Quarters (CQ) / Staff Duty more often
  • May not get holidays off (including Training Holidays)
  • Plans may be changed at last minute
  • May pick-up back to back cycles (few days between cycles)
  • Feeling as if you are the "Only Parent" or "All By Yourself"
  • Feeling unimportant, as if only your spouse's job matters

With hours like these, try to have reasonable expectations and work to get the most out of any free time and days off.

The next few pages will give you an idea of a typical IET schedule for you and your Family. These times may vary by installation, unit, and phase of training.

If the unit practices an "early or late person" schedule, your cadre spouse may possibly find a way to attend more Family events by altering or rotating their schedule with another cadre member.

For example, by going to work early (early person), your cadre spouse could possibly attend a Family lunch or evening event. Reporting to work later (late person) could produce free time for a morning event with the Family.


Company Cadre Sample Schedule

Red Phase or early Black Phase was used in this example because it normally encompasses the greatest time constraints for Drill Sergeants, AIT Platoon Sergeants, and many support cadre.

Keep in mind, this is only a sample. Drill Sergeant/AIT Platoon Sergeant time schedules may be different based on the individual installation or the phase of training. As you can see, Family time is very limited.

 

Sample only.

Mon
-
Sat

(particularly during Red/early Black Phase)

0400

Wake-up

0530

Wake-up IET Soldiers

0550

First formation of the day

0600

PT session

0700

Breakfast

0730

Personal Hygiene

0800

Training

1200

Lunch

1230

Training

1700

Dinner

1730

Refresher/tactical training

2000

Prepare IET Soldiers for bedtime

2100

End of workday


 

You have about 1 hour with your spouse a day. If you have children the cadre member may not see them before their bedtime.


Army Spouse Sample Schedule

Today's Army spouses may hold an array of occupations. Responsibilities at work as well as home can affect how much time you have available to spend with your Family in the IET environment. Yellow highlights reflect time that could possibly be spent together.

 

Sample only.

Mon
-
Fri

(spouse working outside the home)

0600

Wake-up

0615

Wake-up child(ren), breakfast, etc.

0700

Take child(ren) to school

0800

Workday begins

1200

Lunch (possibly with child(ren))

1300

Work

1630

Workday ends

1700

Pickup child(ren) from after-school care

1800

Child(ren) activities/prepare dinner

1900

Dinner/Family time


 

Staff Cadre Sample Schedule

The staff cadre of an IET unit plays a vital role in the support, training, and development of Soldiers. They are responsible for providing every level of Soldier support including food, supplies, education, legal, administrative, transportation, religious, and medical.

Staff cadre's role will vary by IET installation, but their importance to the organization is never in question. The dedication and support they provide to the Drill Sergeant, AIT Platoon Sergeant, instructors, and Soldiers is one of the toughest and most important jobs in the IET arena.

 

Sample only.

Mon
-
Fri

 

0500

Wake-up (self and child(ren))

0520

Take child(ren) to childcare center

0600

PT

0700

Breakfast

0830

Work Call

1130

Lunch (possibly with child(ren))

1300

Work Call

1700

Work Call or possible night training

1715

Pick-up child(ren) from after-school care

1800

Child(ren) activities/prepare dinner

1900

Dinner/Family time


 

Child(ren) Sample Schedule

Childcare hours vary from each IET Installation. These hours can cause conflict with the cadre or spouse's work schedule

 

 

Earliest Drop Off of Child

Latest Pick-Up of Child

Fort Jackson

0430

1830 (2100 authorized personnel)

Fort Benning

0530

1830

Fort Sill

0530

1830

Fort Knox

0530

1800

Fort Leonard Wood

0530

1730

 

If care is still needed after the specified times at each installation Child & Youth Services, parents can coordinate with Family Child Care (FCC) providers to accommodate work schedules.

Normally, if both parents are military or have similar schedules, the child(ren) may have to be placed in child care prior to going to school (and possibly after school), so parents can attend PT or early work call.

 

Sample only.

 

Child(ren)
(with both parents working)

0400

Wake-up

0500

Child Care Center/Early care

0700

Enroute to school (if school aged)

0730

Class begins

1130

Lunch (possibly with parent(s))

1430

School ends

1445

After-school programs

1700

Pickup child(ren) from after-school care

1800

Child(ren) activities/prepare dinner

1900

Dinner/Family time

 


 

Last Reviewed: May 18, 2012

 
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