Posted on May 30, 2016
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SGM Erik Marquez
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The BDE/Bn official policy while I was a 1SG was NO SLEEPING while on SD/CQ.
The unofficial policy in my company and for my SM was, get the job done.....see you in the morning.
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SFC Charles Temm
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yep
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SFC Charles Temm
SFC Charles Temm
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so many times I went from CQ/SDNCO back to work...
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SFC Robert Alsup
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With all the talk about safety, you have a Soldier or NCO stay awake for over 24 hours then get behind the wheel of a car and drive home. I always let the Soldier get some sleep and then the officer and myself would trade off sleeping. It made no sense to have 3 people awake for 24 hours!
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1LT Signal Officer
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SFC Louis Melendez - Don't worry, if we have them take another online class about being safe after getting off CQ, they'll be totally fine!
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SSG Lyle O'Rorke
SSG Lyle O'Rorke
6 y
Same here would always allow my runner a "long lunch". Then would catch a power nap after they got back
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SFC Military Working Dog Handler
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Exactly. A 24hr shift does not equal awake for 24 hrs. We make Soldiers promise they will get 8 hours of sleep before traveling (ie Leave) but expect 24hr and sometimes longer duty shifts and then drive home!
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CSM Retired Csm....Able To Smile More Pften
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give up a third or even fourth person... then mandate one sleeps for six hours, call the SDO in while the SDNCO sleeps for six, then the last guy sleeps for six.... then no one gets the next day off........ problem solved and everyone got 6 hours rack time, think "SLEEP PLAN" without compromising security and loosing people for next duty day because they're wore out
Who sleeps longer than 6 hours in the field? Treat it like that
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SSG Roger Ayscue
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The most simple answer is this. First, the CQ as well as the SDNCO is NOT supposed to sit on the Fourth Point of Contact all night. The CQ/SDNCO is supposed to make rounds checking the security of everything within the limits of his post, including the Arms Room, Supply Room and Motorpool. Second, if one is asleep on "His Shift" and the other falls asleep, then no one is on duty. It is only one night, if you think about it, how many nights do you stay out till 0300 or 0400 at a party or club. It is not a question of Why, it is a question of why are you asking.
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SSG Drew Cook
SSG Drew Cook
6 y
SSG Roger Ayscue - That's a fair question, but you'll be here a very long time if you think all NCOs teach their soldiers important things. Very unfortunate indeed, so we need to help those who ask here, regardless of how benign or idiotic the question might sound.
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SSG Drew Cook
SSG Drew Cook
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That being said, I used common sense. No matter what the duty, it ain't easy staying up for 24+ hours on a shift. I let my guys sleep when possible.
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SGT Eric Knutson
SGT Eric Knutson
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SFC (Join to see) - I agree there SFC, I have been sitting here reading everything said and remembering back when I was in, 24 up and then 24 down unless there was a mission critical happening, and even then most of the guys cut you the slack because we had all been there and done that and needed the help. Of course I would also state that Roger and I served together in a Infantry Co and we were very heavy with bodies, so missing 1 or 2 the next day no one would think anything about it (of course we also had the gate to worry about but that was in shifts and they were off the duty roster anyway. So we did have the next 24 off in garrison. and I do not know of anyone who actually went to sleep for more than a cat nap before they were off to RB or Patch or just to in town for the day. In fact, every unit I served with had this policy for the entire 10 years I was in, not just the INF, Also OPSGRP CMTC as well as 2/1 AVN in garrison as well as the field, if there was a chance of a grab and dash movement, you racked out in the passenger seat of whatever ride you were on.
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SSG Cbrn Nco
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He used that situation as an excuse to make those changes based off his preference
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