In the military regardless of your job title, you will have to clean at one point in your career. the only way that this may not affect you is by being a high enough rank. Cleaning duties might include the room you are staying in, the floor that your room is on any bathrooms that your company or battalion is responsible for, and the areas that you work or live at.


Police call

Police call will be one of the most common ways of cleaning up in the area that a soldier can do. It is where several soldiers form a line to clear the area of trash and debris. Some areas where this might be done is on a flight line, around the barracks, around company headquarters, the smoke pit, and the motor pool. It is a very simple task although, it does leave to disgruntled soldiers that don’t smoke and have to have to pick up cigarette Butts.


Bathrooms are another major source of cleaning in the military. This can take the form of the soldier’s room bathroom, The floor bathroom, or the bathroom in the company headquarters. Cleaning this area will require scrubbing and wiping down the toilets journals and sinks. Then followed by sweeping and mopping the floors. This generally should not be that difficult but most military bathrooms can end up looking like a weird public toilet with graffiti included.


It should be no surprise to anyone that you are responsible to clean up your area. Your living area’s makeup can change based upon where you are stationed therefore, the methods and responsibilities also change. This means your area could be as minimal as your bed some furniture and your wall locker, or as expensive as having a kitchen and a bathroom. Your personal space needs to be maintained to a decently high standard. Such as no laundry strewn around the floor, no dust, no obvious dirt, and if there are a kitchen and personal bathroom those need to be maintained as well.

Floor clean up

There are shared responsibilities for the floor that your room is on like, sweeping, mopping, picking up any trash, and cleaning the common areas. Depending on how organized the unit or units that are living in that barracks it could be required to do it every morning before physical training or it can fall to the wayside. However, that neglect will not last long as the leadership will find out and try to fix it. On certain days of the week, the soldiers will meet up and divide up the work to get the floor up to standard. Yet again depending upon the unit the standard might also include waxing the floor. The first step in that would be stripping the floor of any wax that is built up over the years taking the wax mixture. then reapplying it with a mop that’s dedicated just for that purpose this will take a while to dry. This can be messed up very easily if anybody walks on it. So it is generally suggested to do this while no soldiers going to want to get to their room. After the wax has been dried and applied buffing is the final step. This is where an electric buffer comes into play it takes a lot of practice to be able to use this tool correctly.


The tasks involved with cleaning up a soldier’s room can vary based on location. In a training, environmental standards are higher than in an average barracks. The makeup and layout of your barracks can change what is required to clean it. However, focusing solely on the soldier’s area it will generally have their bed and a few other pieces of furniture to maintain. This will require dusting sweeping and mopping as well as making the bed. On very rare occasions vacuuming might be involved because the soldier chose to add carpet to their area in the form of rugs.