What To Do On Your Arrival
Categories: GENERAL ADVICE
Military Handbooks: The Plattsburg Manual
There is a general rule of procedure to follow in reporting for duty at
any post or training camp.
1. If you receive an order directing you to report for duty at a
camp or post at a certain specified time, read it carefully, put it
in a secure place, and, on the day that you are to report for duty
at the camp or post, present yourself in uniform, if you have one,
with your order. Be ca
eful not to lose your order or leave it at
home. Have it in your pocket book.
2. Upon being assigned to a company, unless you receive orders to
the contrary, report at once with your baggage to your company
commander (captain), whom you can easily find when you reach your
barracks or company street. If you cannot locate your company
commander, report to the first sergeant.
3. It is a custom of the service to have an experienced soldier
explain to a new man exactly where he is to go and what he is to do.
Feel no embarrassment at being ignorant of your new duties and
surroundings. The Government does not expect anything of you except
eagerness to learn and willingness to obey.
4. After reporting to your company commander or first sergeant, you
will have a bed assigned to you and you will be issued the property
and uniforms necessary to your comfort and duties. Check your
property carefully as it is issued to you. You will have to sign for
all of it. Look after your property at all times.
5. After checking your property, make up your bed and arrange neatly
your personal and issued property on or under your bed or cot.
6. Spend all your spare time cleaning your rifle and bayonet until
they satisfy your company commander. Then keep them clean.
7. Don't leave the company street or barracks on the first day,
except with the permission of your company commander. Don't ask for
this permission unless you have a valid reason.