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Biscuitsjam
07-11-2008, 13:20
I've been making little cheatsheet booklets for my cav troop on things like radio report formats (medevac, call for fire, emergency CAS, etc.), route classification, and so on. It's laminated, so it's waterproof and you can write on it with wet-erase markers. It's also spiral bound and the perfect size to fit in an ACU shoulder pocket.

I'm curious though. If you could have a cheatsheet on anything in the army, what would it be? This is the kind of thing that you'd have with you most or all of the time. It can be something army-wide or something job-specific.

Sapperstang
07-13-2008, 06:19
They already make these for you. At least in the Army they do. We had tons of them. Call for fire, mine card, nine line medevac, etc. Army has pre made ones.

Norman
07-13-2008, 06:33
What about opsec concerns?

Bren
07-13-2008, 06:56
What about opsec concerns?

You mean when you copy and paste all of those things from the internet, you should keep it secret where you found them?:upeyes:

I made some handy reference cards like that for drill sergeant school, for memorizing D&C modules. I used Avery Postcards/Index Cards that come in sheets of 4 and work in my printer, then after printing the various things on the front and back of the cards, I laminated them with lamination stick-on sheets and cut them down to pocket size, so I could carry them around and work on the modules at every break. I have used the same thing for medevac, call for fire, sitrep, etc. The advanatge is that the sheets are waterproof and you can fill in info iwth markers and erase with alcohol wipes - so you can leave blanks for your grid, etc.

tc556guy
07-13-2008, 14:15
You already have a thread on this topic. Biscuit.....

Norman
07-13-2008, 14:19
You mean when you copy and paste all of those things from the internet, you should keep it secret where you found them?:upeyes:


No Sir. I mean more along the lines of having information on cards that could be picked up by the enemy if one of the troops were to be killed or captured - information which could endanger more lives and/or reveal vital information about current ongoing operations in an area.

You can decide what you wouldn't want the enemy to take back to their intel people.

tc556guy
07-13-2008, 23:12
The cheat sheets I've seen usually dont have sensitive info on them; they are intended more to give the user a brain prod not to forget steps in a particular action, etc. Nothing specifically mission sensitive.

Bren
07-14-2008, 05:44
No Sir. I mean more along the lines of having information on cards that could be picked up by the enemy if one of the troops were to be killed or captured - information which could endanger more lives and/or reveal vital information about current ongoing operations in an area.

You can decide what you wouldn't want the enemy to take back to their intel people.

If the enemy wants the 9-line medevac format, they will have to type "9 line medevac" in google, same as everybody else. Where do you think I get the copy and paste info I make my cards from?

Norman
07-14-2008, 07:34
I did not realize everything you're putting on the cards comes off the internet. If so, then that's your call.

I'm not aware of everything that is out there on the internet in Arabic. Perhaps I'm just suggesting we don't take the chance we bring it right to their doorstep is all.

Not trying to argue with you. Don't take it personal.

Tennessee Slim
07-14-2008, 07:46
Have you seen this (http://www.cavalrypilot.com/) link in Herr Glock's signature block?

nothing
07-14-2008, 07:56
I'm not aware of everything that is out there on the internet in Arabic. Perhaps I'm just suggesting we don't take the chance we bring it right to their doorstep is all.


http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglocktalk.com%2Fforums%2Fshowthread.php%3Ft%3D894800&hl=en&ie=UTF8&sl=en&tl=ar

I think you are putting way to much thought into this. Were you not allowed to use training materials and cheat sheets when you were in? Did you have to memorize all of your radio reports, 9-line medevac and uxo reports and formulas? Did you not use range cards? Seriously, I'm trying to figure out your angle here. I don't think he's planning on taking the layout of his FOB or patrol times and missions in his book.

Odin's Underlin
07-14-2008, 08:50
I'm curious though. If you could have a cheatsheet on anything in the army, what would it be?
A cheat sheet for cheat sheets.

Seriously, it's a lot better to KNOW what you need to know before you need to know how to perform your duties. You may not find the time to use a cheat sheet to get you out of a jam. Know what your duties and responsibilities are.

Biscuitsjam
07-14-2008, 12:37
I'm trying to figure out what kinds of stuff y'all want in cheatsheets.


As far as opsec goes, I was only planning to include information that is freely available off of the internet. The only exception is the army-supplied demolition booklet, which I modified the format slightly to fit in my little booklets. I consider this a non-issue.

Interestingly, everybody always says "the army makes these things" but I was never able to find very much. Sure, there were some cheatsheets on 9-line medevacs that were pretty decent, but most of what I found were FAR too long (while still leaving out critical information) and fell apart in the rain. Why do I need 8 pages on UXO reports or a 20-page booklet on bridge classification when I can do UXO in 1 and bridge classification in 6? And, of course, 2/3 of what I wanted had no cheatsheets available at all that I could find. So, I decided to create my own including just what I thought was relevant information. It's actually been really popular within my unit.

I started a thread on this same topic many months ago, and it was along the lines of "evaluate my cheetsheets." That thread went in a direction that wasn't very useful to me.

I want information on what:

1. What you already HAVE in your cheatsheets
OR
2. What you would WANT in your cheatsheets

This isn't about what I've already created (or not). This is about y'all and what you like.

syntaxerrorsix
07-14-2008, 15:21
"Triple SC" and TASC provides forms and training aids in printed laminated form for several "cheat sheet" like items. 9 line, fill procedure for SINGARS, Call for Fire, NBC report, Demo, bridge calc.,enemy vehicle ID, you name it. I feel cheat sheets are better aligned to the MOS of solider cheating. Everything else is basic soldiering skills.

Biscuitsjam
07-14-2008, 19:56
"Triple SC" and TASC provides forms and training aids in printed laminated form for several "cheat sheet" like items. 9 line, fill procedure for SINGARS, Call for Fire, NBC report, Demo, bridge calc.,enemy vehicle ID, you name it. I feel cheat sheets are better aligned to the MOS of solider cheating. Everything else is basic soldiering skills.I can't find anything called "Triple SC" and guard units don't have practical access to TASC. Is there any way to search what TASC has on AKO? I did find a civilian company (Rite in the Rain) that makes cheatsheets that sound interesting.

Anyway, the question is this:

What cheatsheets do you carry around?

Or

Which cheatsheets would you want to carry around?

nothing
07-14-2008, 23:43
It sounds like your end state is to create a set of sheets in line with your unit SOPs and TTPs. There is nothing wrong with that at all. I agree, stock cheat sheets are helpful, but usually very TRADOC oriented and tend to be overkill. I'm like you, I like to tweak things and make them more efficient.

For me, I like to have my reports (red, green, blue), range cards, UXO, MEDEVAC, all of the scout formulas (when I was a scout PL) and a few other things.

A good way to come up with what you need for your platoon is to look at your essiental task list. This will come from your PL or PSG. Start pulling the MTPs and ARTEPs and it will become clear what your should focus on.

BTW triple SC (I hope this doesn't violate OPSEC :upeyes: ) is actually SSSC (Self-Service Supply Center) and is usually located next to your USPFO (United States Property and Fiscal Office). Your supply NCO is the one that can help you get products from SSSC.

tc556guy
07-15-2008, 01:48
Jam:
There was nothing wrong with your old thread, and since you had already posted there what cheat sheets you had collected, it gave people the chance to look it over and make suggestions as to what you needed to include. If you found that process unhelpful......
I'm going to suggest that you look over platoonleader.com or ( and I'm hazy here on the exact website addy) NCO.com. Even though I'm not a PL and just a PSG, I found that the PL.com site had some good stuff there as far as sheets and stuff you could download.....they've changed their format a few times but I still think they have files there you can download. Same goes for the NCO.com site. I'll try to find the exact site I'm thinking of and post the correct addy if I need to.

syntaxerrorsix
07-15-2008, 06:29
It sounds like your end state is to create a set of sheets in line with your unit SOPs and TTPs. There is nothing wrong with that at all. I agree, stock cheat sheets are helpful, but usually very TRADOC oriented and tend to be overkill. I'm like you, I like to tweak things and make them more efficient.

For me, I like to have my reports (red, green, blue), range cards, UXO, MEDEVAC, all of the scout formulas (when I was a scout PL) and a few other things.

A good way to come up with what you need for your platoon is to look at your essiental task list. This will come from your PL or PSG. Start pulling the MTPs and ARTEPs and it will become clear what your should focus on.

BTW triple SC (I hope this doesn't violate OPSEC :upeyes: ) is actually SSSC (Self-Service Supply Center) and is usually located next to your USPFO (United States Property and Fiscal Office). Your supply NCO is the one that can help you get products from SSSC.

What he said, my apologize Biscuit Jam I should have elaborated. You may find you can order and view items online. Several units offer online ordering. I do not know if NG will be able to operate the same way.

Reusable range cards are a good idea. I had road/terrain recon, bridge recon, demo, landmine, and the like. Usually just ended up carrying around my 5-34. Good luck

Biscuitsjam
07-15-2008, 09:07
Jam:
There was nothing wrong with your old thread, and since you had already posted there what cheat sheets you had collected, it gave people the chance to look it over and make suggestions as to what you needed to include. If you found that process unhelpful......
I'm going to suggest that you look over platoonleader.com or ( and I'm hazy here on the exact website addy) NCO.com. Even though I'm not a PL and just a PSG, I found that the PL.com site had some good stuff there as far as sheets and stuff you could download.....they've changed their format a few times but I still think they have files there you can download. Same goes for the NCO.com site. I'll try to find the exact site I'm thinking of and post the correct addy if I need to.There were some helpful posts in that thread, but there were also a few people that just wanted to argue over nitpicky stuff. So far, I've found this thread a lot more helpful.

I doubt I'll be able to make any use of TASC or SSSC - for whatever reason, the National Guard just doesn't have practical access to them. We get what we can find on the internet, through AKO, or from schools. Maybe we can use these resources at Fort Riley when we do our trainup for Afghanistan?


Here's some of the websites that I've been looking at recently:

http://platoonleader.army.mil - you have to apply for an account and they take their sweet time reviewing your application. Not sure if they'll ever get around to approving me. ETA: they refused, because I'm not an LT or contracted cadet.

http://squad-leader.com - has a lot of broken links. Looks like it would be a really cool site otherwise. Almost everything I was interested in was broken.

http://armystudyguide.com - decent collection of powerpoint classes, trivia to prepare for the board, and other army info. Pretty useful page.

http://pptclasses.com - small collection of powerpoint classes

http://www.us.army.mil - tons of information, but it so disorganized that it is really hard to find anything on your own. You need to already know exactly what you're looking for, and then usually you need to apply for membership in a "group."

Army school homepages - They usually have really good information that's narrowly focused on a specific school. However, you may not be able to access it unless you've enrolled there. I found a lot of good stuff at http://www.knox.army.mil/school/ (the Armor School, particularly the University of Mounted Warfare)

http://www.tradoc.army.mil/ - Not sure what all's here, but there seem to be a few interesting publications

http://call.army.mil/ - Lots of lessons-learned that can help improve your unit's SOPs.

Riteintherain - This seems remarkably similar to what I've done, though I haven't seen any of them to be able to verify:
http://www.riteintherain.com/ItemForm.aspx?item=9200T-R&Category=2e50850f-a948-438c-9163-a1fbb8ddac6e

http://globalsecurity.org - some of the information is wrong, but they can sometimes be quite helpful. They also have a whole lot of army publications, FMs, and TMs.

http://wikipedia.com - sometimes useful information, but usually incomplete and occasionally wrong. It's often a good first source.

http://usmilitary.about.com - usually simplistic information aimed at people that aren't in the military. Good for overviews, not for specifics.

Biscuitsjam
07-20-2008, 15:33
Download my cheatsheets here:
http://www.box.net/shared/rjmn6yw0gg

You might also want to check out the Combat Leader's Guide:
http://www.hqda.army.mil/ari/pdf/Combat-Leaders-Guide_2003(web)10-27-03.pdf

ShelbyGoat
07-20-2008, 15:41
Thank you. 4 years on recruiting does take its toll and you need to study...:faint:


SSG Stricker
19D Cav Scout