Drill Sergeant Course

Drill Sergeant Course,
Fort Jackson, South Carolina



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Staff Duty: 803-751-6011

9574 Marion Ave,Fort Jackson SC, 29207

DoD Safe Help Line: 1-877-995-5247

Fort Jackson SHARP Hotline: 803-543-3085

Welcome to the United States Army Drill Sergeant Course.

The Drill Sergeant Course is conducted at the United States Army Drill Sergeant Academy at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

This course is designed to teach you the standards expected of noncommissioned officers while performing duties as a Drill sergeant.


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For more information on the prerequisites for the course, please see the Preparing for the Course section of this site.


1. Five copies of your TDY orders or DD Form 1610.

2. Two copies of your Mental Evaluation (DA FORM 3822 completed no earlier than 6 months prior to school report date).

3. Two copies of your Unit Commander’s Candidate Checklist signed by O5 or higher, located at the following link:

Human Resources Command web site

4. Two updated copies of ERB (RA/NGB) or DA 2A and 2-1 (USAR)

5. Composite Risk Management Basic Course completion certificate

6. DA Form 7424, Sensitive Duty Assignment Eligibility Questionnaire.

7. Over 40 Physical if applicable. Physical must state that it is an over 40 physical and that Soldier is cleared for Drill Sergeant duty.

8. Proof of extension or re-enlistment (ETS date on ERB must be two years from DS Course graduation)

  • Army Reserve Candidates must bring the following additional documents if applicable:

1. Marriage Certificate, if applicable

2. Dependent(s) Birth Certificate(s), if applicable (does not include spouse)

3. Child Custody Documents, if applicable

4. Proof of Child Support, if applicable

5. Divorce Decree, if applicable

6. Current Lease Agreement / Mortgage Agreement

7. If Dual-Military family, SSN of spouse



  • Your Report Day is Wednesday, the day prior to your course Start Date in ATRRS. Upon arrival to Fort Jackson, students report to the United States Army Drill Sergeant Academy (USADSA) barracks, building 9576, located on the corner of Kemper Street and Pickens Avenue, to receive your billeting assignments and further instructions. Students WILL NOT be assigned a barracks room prior to 1200 hrs on Report Day.
  • Students must create a student profile prior to report. Follow the form instructions carefully. Use the following link: https://hq.tradoc.army.mil/sites/dss/DSSC/DSSC_LRC/default.aspx (You must access the site using a DoD Computer)
  • Non- Ft. Jackson DSCs must DELETE their home station domain computer accounts before arriving to USADSA. Additionally, Cyber Awareness Challenge training must be current for 90 days after proposed completion of the Drill Sergeant Course. Failure to do so will make it EXTREMELY difficult for the Candidate to access student materials in the classrooms to enhance learning. Please see your servicing S-6 for assistance.
  • Candidates are highly encouraged to bring a personal or Army-issued laptop.
  • Government meals are provided and directed at no expense to the student in a TDY status IAW ALARACT 308/2012. Students stationed at Fort Jackson, SC will pay the standard government meal rate. Daily meal rate for FY16 is $13.85 Per DoD Financial Management Regulation, Volume 7A, Chapter 25; Soldiers will retain their subsistence allowance while on temporary duty. All candidates in a TDY status will be required to live in the barracks at no cost.
  • Candidates must meet the U.S. Army HT/WT standards and pass an APFT with 60 points in each event with a total score of 180 points to be accepted into the course. This is a physically demanding course; therefore, Drill Sergeant Candidates (DSCs) should arrive in a high state of physical fitness.
  • Drill Sergeant Candidates (DSCs) are required to be proficient in Drill and Ceremony IAW TC 3-21.5. To facilitate in their basic knowledge, candidates should read chapters 2-4 and become familiar with the first three basic movements and positions: Position of Attention, Rest Positions at the Halt, and the Hand Salute. DSCs should also be familiar with FM 3-22.9 Rifle Marksmanship M16/M4 Series Weapons (including Change 1) and FM 7-22 Army Physical Readiness Training.
  • DSCs are expected to arrive in compliance with AR 614-200, AR 600-9, AR 670-1, and the most current Army tattoo policy which can be found at the following links: http://www.armyg1.army.mil/hr/uniform/, http://www.apd.army.mil/
  • While assigned to the United States Army Drill Sergeant Academy (USADSA) you are prohibited from bringing the following items: privately owned weapons and motorcycles (cannot ride during duration of the course).
  • Entry requirements for Candidates reporting to Phase 2 or Phase 3 are the same as the day one initial reporting requirements.


  • HOT TOPIC!!!
  • Ensure boots are in compliance with AR 670-1 and DA PAM 670-1, Unauthorized boots are prohibited at the Drill Sergeant Academy. Click link for more information.
  • Boot Evaluation



Contact the Drill Sergeant Branch at HRC for questions concerning volunteering, your packet, or any other questions about entering the Drill Sergeant program.

The Drill Sergeant Branch at HRC is the only authority that can remove you from this course or defer your Start Date. Please have your chain of command contact HRC if there is any reason you cannot attend the course. Ensure you send all inquiries to the team inbox. Inquiries sent to individual emails may be overlooked.


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