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Department of the Army Training Policies/Programs

At least two Army training policies (U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command [TRADOC] Regulation 350-6, 2007, and TRADOC Pamphlet 600-4, 2008) are applicable only to soldiers in a training environment and state that in garrison, trainees will be given the opportunity for seven hours of continuous sleep per night, excluding scheduled guard duties. They also offer trainees tips about how to manage their sleep and how to recognize sleep problems as a symptom of stress or other mental health problems.

Department of the Navy/Marine Corps Training Policies/Programs

The Marine Corps has issued its sleep-related policy guidance primarily through MCOs: MCO 1510.32E, Recruit Training; MCO 5530.15, Interior Guard Manual; MCO 1553.2B, The Management of Marine Corps Formal Schools and Training Detachments; and Navy Marine Corps [NAVMC] 3500.18B, Marine Corps Common Skills (MCCS) Training and Readiness (T&R) Manual. These orders give recruits "rights" in terms of sleep, stating that they will normally be permitted eight hours of uninterrupted sleep per night, except when assigned to certain guard duties, such as fire/security watch duties, or when the program of instruction includes night training (MCO 1510.32E, 2007). The eight-hour rule may be reduced to four hours per night during the culminating training exercise (MCO 1510.32E, 2007). This policy for Marines in training is consistent with the Army's training policy for soldiers in initial-entry training (TRADOC Regulation 350-6, 2007). One policy (NAVMC 3500.18B, 2012) lists "maintain sleep hygiene" as a training task; to demonstrate proficiency in this task, trainees must be able to do the following:

• Describe the effects of sleep loss and fatigue on performance.

• Assess individual sleep hygiene.

• Employ fatigue countermeasures (i.e., strategic napping, caffeine).

• Assess results.

In the Navy, local commanders dictate specific policies related to sleep. However, Navy leadership's views on sleep align with those of the other Services (Naval Service Training Command M-1533.2, 2012).

 
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