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6-124. If a detainee has made a suicide attempt by another method, procedures will depend on the specific
suicide attempt. If the detainee—
Has made a cutting attempt, try to control bleeding with direct pressure first. Call emergency
medical treatment personnel to further evaluate the detainee and determine if evacuation to a
medical treatment facility is required for treatment. After medical treatment has been rendered,
observe the detainee in the observation cell until a mental health evaluation can be
Took an overdose of medication, immediately call emergency medical treatment personnel so
that proper care can be rendered once the security force has been notified. Notify the mental
health team that medical clearance has been granted.
Note. Immediately notify the mental health team regardless of the time of day, following any
suicide attempt by a detainee.
6-125. At the TIF, HUMINT collectors conduct interrogation operations from within the interrogation
area. The JIDC or MI battalion is normally found within the boundaries of the TIF. When operating within
the TIF, HUMINT collectors are tactical control to the I/R battalion commander for the humane treatment,
evacuation, custody, and control (reception, processing, administration, internment, and safety) of
detainees; protection measures; and the operation of the internment facility. For HUMINT support at the
TIF, the JIDC commander is responsible for conducting interrogation operations (including the
prioritization of effort), and controlling the technical aspects of interrogation and other intelligence
operations. The intelligence staff maintains control over interrogation operations through technical
channels to ensure adherence to applicable laws and policies, ensure the proper use of doctrinal approaches
and techniques, and provide technical guidance for interrogation activities. Applicable laws and policies
include U.S. laws, the law of war, relevant international laws, relevant directives (including DODD
3115.09 and DODD 2310.01E), DODIs, execution orders, and FRAGOs. The C-2X and/or J-2X provide
technical direction and control to the JIDC. (See FM 2-22.3 for additional details on HUMINT operations
in conjunction with detainee operations.)
6-126. The tactical control relationship is geared primarily toward ensuring proper protection and base
defense and that the JIDC commander is responsible for conducting interrogation operations (including
prioritization of effort) and controlling interrogation and other intelligence operations through technical
Note. Under no circumstances will military police set the conditions for detainee interrogations.
Military police only provide information based on passive observation of detainees. Passive
information collection may include observing (during transport to a medical tent, during
recreation time) detainees.
6-127. Medical support at a TIF address medical care and sanitation requirements. Medical care may
include medical evaluations, routine treatment, detainee sick call, hunger strikes, preventive medicine,
inspections, and associated medical documentation. Sanitation requirements include disease prevention and
facility cleanliness, among others. (See appendix I.)
Medical and Dental Care
6-128. Commanders must consider the following when establishing medical care for the TIF (see
Examinations must be provided for detainees from a credentialed health care provider each
month. The examiner records detainee weight on DA Form 2664-R. The Detainee Reporting
System also requires weight data from the medical community.
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The general health of detainees, their nutrition, and their cleanliness are monitored during
Detainees are examined for contagious diseases, especially tuberculosis, lice, louse-borne
diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, and HIV.
Medical treatment facilities must provide for immunization the isolation of detainees with
Retained medical personnel and detainees with medical training are used to the fullest extent
possible when caring for sick and wounded detainees.
Detainees requiring a higher level of care are transferred to military or civilian medical
installations where the required treatment is available. The United States will not evacuate
detainees out of country/theater for care that is not available in the theater.
Military police escort detainees to medical facilities and remain with the until medical
examinations are complete.
6-129. Patient services for detainees at a TIF should include the following, as a minimum:
Daily sick call.
Biweekly diabetic clinic.
A dental clinic.
24-hour emergency room.
Mental health clinic.
6-130. Detention facilities may serve as a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Sanitation standards
must be met to prevent these conditions and ensure the cleanliness of the facility. Unit field sanitation
teams, according to AR 40-5 and FM 4-25.12, are the first line of defense for ensuring that these standards
are properly maintained. The standards are as follows:
Provide adequate space within housing units to prevent overcrowding.
Provide sufficient showers and latrines for detainees, and ensure that showers and latrines are
cleaned and sanitized daily.
Teach detainees working in the dining facility the rules of proper food sanitation, and ensure that
they are observed and practiced.
Properly dispose of human waste to protect the health of detainees and U.S. armed forces
associated with the facility according to the guidelines established by preventive medicine.
Provide sufficient potable water for drinking and food service purposes. At a minimum,
detainees should receive the same amount of water that is afforded U.S. military personnel.
Provide sufficient water for bathing and laundry.
Provide necessary materials for detainee personal hygiene.
Train U.S. military personnel on the proper disposition of dining facility and personally
generated garbage so as not to breed insects and rodents that can contribute to health hazards.
Institute measures against standing water within the facility.
Conduct pest control activities as required.
Conduct medical-, occupational-, and environmental-health surveillance.
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STRATEGIC INTERNMENT FACILITY
6-131. A SIF is a facility, designated by the Secretary of Defense or a designee, with the capability to
further detain and/or exploit detainees who hold strategic intelligence or who pose a continuing threat to the
U.S. or U.S. interests. Detainees are normally noncompliant and may pose a high security risk to the United
States. A SIF will usually resemble a TIF with respect to the operating procedures implemented and stated
in the section above, but it is task-organized for a specific detainees.
6-132. The SIF is a long-term or semipermanent facility with the capability of holding detainees for an
extended period of time. The location of SIF will be depends on the orders and directives published from
the highest levels of the national government. A SIF is normally located outside a joint operations area
where combat and/or stability operations are ongoing. SIFs fall under the C2 of combatant commanders.
6-133. A SIF will normally have a higher mix of forces involved as compared to operations at a TIF. For
example, the Navy may completely run the hospital operations. Key organizational elements within a SIF
Joint security group.
Joint interrogation group.
Joint logistics group.
Joint interrogation operations group.
6-134. Special staff considerations may include—
Joint visitor’s bureau.
Public affairs support.
Medical plans and operations officer.
Environmental health officer.
6-135. Additional considerations at the SIF may also include—
Religion. Detainees are allowed the freedom of worship, including attendance at services of
their respective faith held within the internment facility. Detainees are not entitled to privileged
communication with U.S. chaplains. However, commanders who do not wish to broach that
privileged communications status should not place U.S. chaplains in situations where that
privilege may be questioned. Retained chaplains and clergymen are permitted to devote their full
time to ministering members of their faith within the internment facility. The military police
commander may permit other ordained clergymen, theological students, or chaplains to conduct
services within the compound. U.S. military personnel (such as guards and staff) will not attend
services with detainees. However, guards should be present to ensure security and maintain
custody and control of detainees.
Recreation. For detainees, their active participation in recreational activities will, in addition to
promoting general health and welfare, serve to alleviate the tensions and boredom of extended
detention. In addition to athletic contests, group entertainment may be provided in the forms of
concerts, plays, recorded music, and selected motion pictures.
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Safety. A safety program for detainees is set up and administered in each internment facility.
ARs, circulars, and DA pamphlets are used as guides for establishing the safety program.
Records and reports used to support the detainee safety program are maintained separately from
those that support the Army Safety Program.
Agriculture. Some detainees, depending on their category, may be allowed to raise vegetables
for their own use. Subsequently, commanders must be aware of resources, procedures, and HN
guidelines applicable to this program.
6-136. Article 5 tribunals and enemy combatant review boards are normally conducted at the SIF. These
formal processes assist commanders and personnel in DOD with determining whether to release or detain a
6-137. A joint interrogation group which may include uniformed DOD personnel and other government
agencies that may be involved in the collection of intelligence, will normally be located at the SIF, The
intelligence efforts at the SIF focus primarily on intelligence at the highest national security levels.
6-138. A detainee hospital with the capability to perform all levels of medical care is normally found at a
SIF. The detainee hospital may also include personnel who can provide basic medical care to psychological
and psychiatric experts.
6-139. Security measures will closely resemble those at a TIF, but may vary in certain aspects. These
Higher security level.
Enhanced access/entry control.
Higher risk level.
Inter-theater transportation considerations.
Increased media attention.
Interagency and international visitation policies.
Strategic level of interrogations.
6-140. Due to operation security concerns, only make public notification of a release or transfer in
consultation and coordination with the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
TRANSFERS OR RELEASES
6-141. Transfers or releases may be a result of reclassification or other situations requiring the movement
of detainees. The transfer of detainees from one facility to another is conducted under conditions
comparable to those for members of the U.S. armed forces when possible. Moreover, detainee release
procedures are similar to transfer procedures from one facility to another. The only difference is
coordination between HN assets and/or the protecting power (release to the ICRC). Security measures are
determined by the military police and can be influenced by the type of detainee being transferred or
released, the mode of transportation used, and other pertinent conditions. AR 190-8 prescribes the
procedures governing detainee transfers and releases. All proposed transfers and releases should be
reviewed by the legal advisor (at the Office of the Secretary of Defense level for SIF-related actions) to
ensure compliance with applicable laws and policies. A detainee may not be released to a nation or force if
it is known that the detainee will be subject to death, torture, or inhumane treatment based on the
individual’s detention by U.S. or multinational authorities. Due to operation security concerns, only make
public notification of a release and/or transfer in consultation and coordination with the Office of the
Secretary of Defense.
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6-142. The facility commander who is transferring or releasing a detainee (see table 6-2) is responsible
Publishing a transfer or release order using the Detainee Reporting System, informing detainees
of their new postal addresses in time for them to notify their next of kin, and informing the
TDRC or NDRC of the transfer.
Notifying the gaining facility or HN of impending detainee transfers or releases.
Verifying the accuracy and completeness of the personnel records of each detainee and
providing the record, in a sealed envelope, to the military police accompanying the movement.
The TIF commander must ensure that a copy of detainee medical and personnel records is
maintained at the TIF when a transfer or release occurs.
Verifying that detainees have authorized clothing and equipment in their possession.
Segregating, out-briefing, performing a medical screening on, and administering conditional
release statements for detainees being released.
Preparing the detainee’s impounded personal property for shipment or return as appropriate.
Briefing the escort military police Soldiers concerning their duties and responsibilities, to
include procedures to be followed in case of an escape, death, or another emergency.
Providing or arranging for rations, transportation, and transmission of appropriate notifications
according to prescribed procedures.
Preparing paperwork in English and the HN language (if required) before transferring or
Table 6-2. Detainee transfer or release process from a TIF/SIF
• Maintain control and accountability of detainees until transferred to a
gaining facility or released to the designated protecting power.
• Conduct a medical exam of detainees within 24 hours of their transfer or
• Provide detainees with enough personal medication to last throughout the
transfer or release.
• Use a transfer or release order to maintain accountability. It must contain,
at a minimum, the following for each detainee:
Grade and/or status.
Power served or nationality.
• Use a transfer or release order as an official receipt of transfer or release.
It will become a permanent record to ensure that each detainee is
accounted for until final transfer or release.
• Transfer copies of the detainee personnel, financial, and medical records.
• Transfer records to the custody of the designated official receiving the
• Transmit digital copies, if available, of the detainee’s record to the gaining
location or HN/protecting power.
• Keep copies of all records.
• Transfer confiscated personal property that can be released to the gaining
facility, gaining HN, or protecting power.
• Conduct an inventory and identify discrepancies.
• Have detainees sign DA Form 4137 for their personal items.
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Table 6-2. Detainee transfer or release process from a TIF/SIF (continued)
• Forward the manifest to the TDRC.
• Ensure that the transferring TIF forwards official records and confiscated
property (which cannot be released) to the TDRC for final disposition once
the TDRC notifies them that the transfer or release is complete.
Department of the Army
internment serial number
theater internment facility
theater detainee reporting center
Note. Each detainee can ship personal property that does not exceed 55 pounds. Chaplains or
detainees who have been serving as clergymen are permitted to transfer (at government expense)
an additional 110 pounds to cover communion sets, theological books, and other religious
material. If the detainee possesses personal property in excess of 55 pounds, have the detainee
select which personal items are going to be transferred. (See AR 190-8.)
6-143. The temporary transfer of detainees is authorized when the detainee population is beyond the
immediate capability of U.S. armed forces to manage. The CDO will develop measures to ensure that
transferred detainees are accounted for and treated humanely. Detainees captured or detained by other
branches of Service are turned over to the U.S. Army at receiving points designated by the joint force
commander. All inter-Service transfers should be affected as soon as possible after initial classification and
administrative processing have been accomplished.
6-144. Other informational requirements to consider when transferring or releasing detainees may
The capability of the police and prison organizations to properly maintain structurally sound
facilities and ensure the humane treatment of detainees.
The status of organized crime within the area that may influence when and how detainees are
released (for detainee and escorting unit safety).
The status of the national legal systems and their ability to properly receive detainee paperwork
and material properly.
6-145. It is entirely possible over the course of operations for DHAs to evolve into long-term internment
facilities and, ultimately, transform into civil authority penal institutions. Great care should be taken during
planning stages to ensure that new construction is designed and built in such a way that internment facilities
can be converted into acceptable penal institutions. Military police with I/R expertise assist planners with
design requirements for long-term construction projects to ensure international acceptability and effective
and efficient security designs. (See appendix J.)
6-146. Military police with I/R expertise are an integral part of the assessment and subsequent
development of training requirements necessary for preparing local nationals to perform civil penal system
functions. Training support packages and programs of instruction used to train I/R units and in-lieu-of units
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