BASIC TRAINING

FORT POLK, LOUISIANA

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Welcome to the Reception Station

(Do you remember standing on the line until your name was called?)
(This was when you arrived and stepped off the bus, etc.)


The Soldier's Handbook DA Pam 21-13
The Soldier's Creed 1967

I am an American soldier.  I am a man of the United States Army -
a protector of the greatest nation on earth.  Because I am proud of the
uniform I wear, I will always act in a\ways creditable to the military service
and the nation it is sworn to guard.

I am proud of my own organization.  I will do all I can to make it the
finest unit of the Army.  I will be loyal to those under whom I serve.  I will
do my full part to carry out orders and instructions given to me or my unit.

As a soldier, I realize that I am a member of a time-honored profession-
that I am doing my share to perpetuate the principles of freedom
for which my country stands.  No matter what situation I am in I will never
do anything for pleasure, profit or personal safety which will disgrace
my uniform, my unit, or my country.  I will use every means I have beyond
the line of duty to restrain my Army comrades from actions disgraceful
to themselves and the uniform.  I am proud of my country and its flag.
I will try to make the people of this nation proud of the service I represent
for I am an American soldier.

 


Cajun Club


One of the many churches on Post

Most photos here cam from the Fort Polk PX (post exchange) post card rack


General Orders (1967)

1. To take charge of this post and all government property in view.

2. To walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.

3. To report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.

4. To repeat all calls from posts more distant from the guardhouse than my own.

5. To quit my post only when properly relieved.

6. To receive, obey, and pass on to the sentry who relieves me, all orders from the Commanding Officer, Officer of the Day, Officers, and Non-Commissioned Officers of the guard only.

7. To talk to no one except in the line of duty.

8. To give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.

9. To call the commander of the relief in any case not covered by instructions.

10. To salute all officers and all colors and standards not cased.

11. To be especially watchful at night and, during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post, and to allow no one to pass without proper authority

 

 

Today's General Orders

1st General Order

I will guard everything within the limits of my post and quit my post only when properly relieved.
 

2nd General Order

I will obey my special orders and perform all my duties in a military manner.
 

3rd General Order

I will report violations of my special orders, emergencies, and anything not covered in my instructions, to the commander of the relief.

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