To become a drill sergeant or AIT platoon sergeant, soldiers must meet these requirements.

• Obtain a commander's evaluation by a lieutenant colonel or higher.

• Demonstrate leadership ability and potential, character, and ability to perform in stressful situations.

• Be physically fit and meet Army weight and body fat standards.

• Be able to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test.

• Have no incidents of abuse.

• Have no record of emotional instability as determined by a screening of health records and a clinical evaluation by a competent mental health officer.

• Have no speech impediment.

• Be a high school graduate or have a GED.

• Display good military bearing.

• Have no court-martial convictions.

• Have no record of disciplinary action, to include letters of reprimand, in the last five years.

• Have a GT score of 100

• Qualify on an M16A2 or M4 within the last six month.

• Drill sergeant candidates must hold the rank of E-5 through E-7. Sergeants must have at least one year time in grade, have at least four years of active federal service and be a Basic Leader Course graduate.

• AIT platoon sergeant candidates must be an E-6 or E-7. Staff sergeants must have at least two years' time in grade, four years of active federal service and be an Advanced Leader Course graduate.

• Undergo a thorough background screening.