The senior individual in each aircraft load of troops
is designated as the OIC and is provided a copy of the
passenger manifest. Each OIC must be thoroughly
briefed on his or her responsibilities. This example of
an information sheet outlining OIC duties and
responsibilities should be of value to you.
A. Duties of a flight OIC
You have been selected as the OIC for this
planeload of passengers. Such action is
necessary for proper control and coordination of
troop loads with the limited passenger and
processing personnel available. Your timely
execution of assigned duties will reduce
confusion and greatly assist in the prompt
dispatching of the aircraft.
Step 1. Familiarize yourself with the properties
of dangerous cargo aboard the aircraft and be
prepared to assist the flight crew in any
cargo-related emergency, if requested.
Step 2. When the aircraft lands en route to or
from home base, make arrangements for proper
cargo security. Use your assistant as a guard, or
make other necessary arrangements to ensure
the cargo is protected.
Step 3. Familiarize yourself with the priority of
the cargo aboard. In the event it becomes
necessary to off-load cargo en route, advise the
aircraft commander or AMC transportation
representative of what cargo should be
Step 4. If any portion of cargo is off-loaded at a
base en route, one custodian must remain with
the off-loaded cargo, and one custodian must
remain with the aircraft (or as directed by the
unit mobility officer). Off-loaded cargo should
be reported by naval message, finishing all
pertinent information to the appropriate
commander at the base where the cargo was
loaded and to the commander at the forward
Step 5. Upon arrival at the forward operating
base or at the home station, the senior cargo
custodian should report to his or her unit and
deliver the cargo manifest to the units property
B. Responsibilities of a flight OIC
You will need to ensure the following:
All baggage and personnel are weighed.
3. See that personnel are kept informed of all
2. Exercise military control over personnel in the
1. Maintain a rough log of significant events,
beginning with the first muster.
embarkation officer should coordinate embarkation
with the DACG. This is necessary to make certain that
all personnel, baggage, cargo, bagged 782 gear, boxed
weapons, and ammunition are loaded aboard the
aircraft. During the transit, the flight OIC should
perform on a routine basis the following duties:
Hold a personnel inspection to ensure that
everyone is in proper uniform.
the departure airfield, the OIC and the
Collect a copy of DD Form 1854 from each
person returning to CONUS.
Have all personnel complete next-of-kin cards
for submission at the air terminal before
1. Muster all personnel to confirm the flight
Before departing the camp area, the OIC should do
The flight OIC should muster his or her personnel
and maintain them in a l/2-hour ready status from 24
hours before the scheduled flight time until the flight
departs. The OIC must be sure that personnel and
baggage arrive at the air terminal 3 hours before the
scheduled arrival of the aircraft or as directed.
Obtain from the administration officer (S-l) all
information, such as medical certificates of absence of
communicable disease, group travel orders, cargo
manifests, and customs declarations if returning to
Personnel have up-to-date immunization and
Flight rations are supplied.
Each piece of baggage returning to CONUS
has been inspected, customs regulations
followed, and DD Form 1854 (Customs
Transportation is arranged for movement to