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Detainee processing kits enable capturing units at the POC to properly secure; quickly, efficiently, and safely process; and quickly move detainees to the DHA away from the POC. The platoon leader will distribute necessary additional items or equipment based on mission requirements and mission variables.

4-27. At a minimum, a detainee processing kit should be maintained and contain the following items:

Disposable restraints.
Disposable restraint removers.
Latex or vinyl search gloves.
Plastic trash bags for detainee property.
Plastic bags for evidence.
Plastic document protectors for important papers.
String, twine, or 550 cord. z Duct, packing, or adhesive tape.
Blindfold material.
Unit SOP for handling and processing detainees and evidence.
Visual language cards.
Paper, envelopes, and tape (various sizes).
Digital camera and video camera (with backup batteries).
Explosive-residue detection kit.
DD Forms 2708, DD Forms 2745, and any supporting locally approved and produced capture tags.
Multilingual version of DA Forms 2823 and DA Forms 4137 as appropriate for the location. z Colored, permanent markers and chalk.
Event log (simple Microsoft® Office Word or Microsoft Office Excel document).
Sketch pad (anything can suffice).
Meal, ready to eat boxes, for documents/files.
Voice recording device (optional).


Upon capture, Soldiers must process detainees using the “search, silence, segregate, speed safeguard, and tag (5 Ss and T)” technique. This technique provides a structure to guide Soldiers in conducting detainee operations until they transfer custody of detainees to another authority or location. Complete the “5 Ss and T” technique as follows:

Search. Neutralize a detainee and confiscate weapons, personal items, and items of potential intelligence and/or evidentiary value.

Silence Prevent detainees from communicating with one another or making audible clamor such as chanting, singing, or praying. Silence uncooperative detainees by muffling them with a soft, clean cloth tied around their mouths and fastened at the backs of their heads. Do not use duct tape or other adhesives, place a cloth or either objects inside the mouth, or apply physical force to silence detainees.

Segregate. Segregate detainees according to policy and SOPs (segregation requirements differ from operation to operation). The ability to segregate detainees may be limited by the availability of manpower and resources at the POC. At a minimum, try to segregate detainees by grade, gender, age (keeping adults from juveniles and small children with mothers), and security risk. MI and military police personnel can provide additional guidance and support in determining the appropriate segregation criteria.

Speed. Quickly move detainees from the continuing risks associated with other combatants or sympathizers who may still be in the area of capture. If there are more detainees than the Soldiers can control, call for additional support, search the detainees, and hold them in place until reinforcements arrive.

Safeguard. Protect detainees and ensure the custody and integrity of all confiscated items. Soldiers must safeguard detainees from combat risk, harm caused by other detainees, and improper treatment or care. Report all injuries. Correct and report violations of U.S. military policy that occur while safeguarding detainees. Acts and/or omissions that constitute inhumane treatment are violations of the law of war and, as such, must be corrected immediately. Simply reporting violations is insufficient. If a violation is ongoing, a Soldier has an obligation to stop the violation and report it. Z

Tag. Ensure that each detainee is tagged using DD Form 2745.

Confiscated equipment, personal items, and evidence will be linked to the detainee using the DD Form 2745 number. When a DA Form 4137 is used to document confiscated items, it will be linked to the detainee by annotating the DD Form 2745 control number on the form.