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Item #: SCP-4XXX

Object Class: Euclid (pending Safe)

Special Containment Procedures: Until its effects are better understood, SCP-4XXX is to be stored within a containment field projected by three or more reality anchors positioned in the Euclid wing of Site-272. It should not be handled, removed from its containment field, or otherwise touched except during testing, and it must be returned to the field without fail once testing has concluded.

Description: SCP-4XXX is a (size) cylindrical rod comprised of galvanized steel. The precise nature of its anomalous nature is currently unknown, but through examination of recovery logs and initial testing, it is theorized that the rod mentally manipulates any sapient being who touches it to continue holding it for excessive periods of time. There is possibly also an anti-memetic component which causes its presence to be ignored for extended periods whenever it is set down.

Discovery: SCP-4XXX was recovered during a raid on a Marshall, Carter and Dark auction being held in Independence, MO, USA. Members of MTF Delta-10 "Hellbillies" were able to detain the auctioneer and conduct an on-the-spot interview regarding the qualities of the objects that were offer.

Discovery log of MTF DX members talking to the auctioneer.

"And what's this?"

"I … I'm afraid I don't know. It was already here when we moved in."

"Well what are those things around it?"

"EVE regulators. What you lot call 'reality anchors', I believe."

"So this metal rod thing, it's just sitting here in the building, and you up and decided, what the hell, we might as well throw up a few anchors around it? What the hell'd you do that for?"

"I … don't know that either. It's been here all week, but we only put the regulators up two days ago, when the rest of the items came in. I can't seem to remember why we did that."

"Well here's your problem, chief. Looks like this one ain't plugged in."

"Oh, my. Well, these particular models are still in the R&D phase, really. They have an unfortunate habit of spontaneous decommisioning."

"Who with the what now?"

"He means they break down a lot."



The SCP Foundation Presents

Sensitivity Training

MODULE #4 - D-Class

A creation of
The Ethics Subcommittee on Inter-Personnel Interactions
and
The Foundation Human Resources Department

EC-2301.4D / HR-AAST4
2019




Table of Contents



I. Introduction
II. What is a D-Class?
III. D-FAQs
IV. D-Class Myths
IVa. "Disposable"
IVb. "Monthly Terminations"
IVc. "Monthly Amnestics"
IVd. "Criminals"
IVe. "Slaves"
IVf. "Clones"
IVg. "Jail Cells"
IVh. "Keter Duty"
V. Common D-Class Situations
VI. D-Class Do's and Don'ts
VII. Conclusion




I. Introduction


Since the Foundation's inception, D-Class have been among both the most widely utilized and the most often misunderstood of its personnel. Many misconceptions regarding their role in our organization and the extent of their rights as human beings have cropped up over the years, causing a great deal of undue strain on Foundation projects and resources as well as on the D-Class themselves. This module has been built to dispel some of these falsehoods and half-truths, and in doing so help to promote better inter-personnel interactions, improve the quality of experimentation output, and more clearly define the rules and regulations regarding D-Class personnel.

There are many reasons you may have been assigned this module. Perhaps you have received a disciplinary action that involves mistreatment of a D-Class. You may be a D-Class employee yourself with questions regarding your status at the Foundation. Or perhaps you have simply volunteered to learn more about your fellow Foundation members in general. Regardless of the reason, it is the hope of the Ethics Committee and Human Resources Department that by reading this module, you will reach a better understanding and enrich the workplace experience for both you and all personnel you interact with over the course of your employment here.




II. What Is A D-Class?


You may be asking yourself, what precisely is a D-Class employee? It is a question that many believe they know the answer to, yet there are a number of pervasive and persistent myths that tend to confuse the issue. Further, D-Class are the only Foundation personnel that are commonly referred to by just their employee classification, causing many to be unaware of their exact place in the Foundation heirarchy. So, in order to answer the question, we have to look at all of the classes as a whole.

There are currently five classes of personnel at the Foundation, including D-Class. A short description of each is as follows1:

A-Class: Core administrative staff, primarily composed of members of the O5 Council and top-ranking members of the Ethics Committee. The survival of A-Class personnel is paramount and ensures the continued existence of the Foundation. As such, they are the brain and heart of our organization.

B-Class: Personnel essential to the Foundation's day-to-day operation. This includes site directors, several essential senior researchers, and even a handful of sapient SCP objects with Thaumiel classification. Without them, our command structure would be broken and undefended. They are the backbone of the Foundation.

C-Class: The largest population personnel class in the Foundation, comprised of researchers, security officers, mobile task force operators, field agents, and many more. They are responsible for carrying out the will of the overseers and, aside from the D-Class, are the most directly responsible for testing and containing anomalies, making them the Foundation's arms and legs.

D-Class: The front line of anomaly testing, these personnel are primarily volunteer workers that directly interact with anomalies to test their effects. Rather than receiving more traditional methods of compensation, they often trade their time, knowledge, and abilities for an improvement in their station outside of the Foundation. They are the Foundation's muscle.

E-Class: A provisional classification given to Foundation employees unable to maintain their previous classification and security clearance for a time, contract workers who have not been made aware of the Foundation's true nature, and D-Class employees that are being considered for further gainful employment with the Foundation after their volunteer period is up.

Despite the shorter-term, provisional nature of their employment, D-Class personnel still have a place within the Foundation just as much as any other classification. If not for their efforts, we would not be able to perform many of the experiments, tests, and research that we do today. Their service to our organization is necessary and beneficial, both to the Foundation and to the D-Class themselves.

As such, they are a vital resource that we should all appreciate and respect.




III. D-FAQs


These are some frequently asked questions regarding the D classification and the employees it applies to.




IV. D-Class Myths


As previously mentioned, there are many rumors and misconceptions regarding D-Class personnel. While some of these myths are based somewhat on fact, be it current or outdated information, there are others that have been created whole cloth yet continue to persist. In order to facilitate understanding of D-Class personnel, we will address several of the more prevalent myths here. Further information in this vein can be accessed in Human Resources Deparment materials on SciPNet or by discussing the subject with your local HR or Ethics Committee representatives.

IVa. "The 'D' in 'D-Class' stands for 'Disposable'."
As related in the previous section, the 'D' is simply a part of our alphabetically labeled employee classification system. As such, it is not an abbreviation for any word, and there are several reasons why it should not be considered to stand for 'Disposable' even in an informal sense.

To begin with, it is against official Foundation policy to treat D-Class personnel as if they were disposable. Utilizing them in such a manner would be a gross violation of human rights, unprofessional in the extreme, and a waste of the Foundation's valuable resources. If you become aware of the misuse or abuse of D-Class personnel, you should report the situation to your local Ethics Committee liaison, Human Resources manager, or D-Class Supervisor. It is true that a certain level of professional detachment is required when dealing with D-Class personnel, but it is still paramount to remember that part of our organization's creed is to Protect. This includes protecting human lives, and that further includes the lives of D-Class where reasonably practicable.

Additionally, the use of D-Class in potentially lethal experimental situations is no longer as needed as it was in the Foundation's earlier years. Technology has continued marching on over time, giving us several alternatives to the rumored practice of 'throwing D-Class at it'. Remote-operated drones have taken the forefront of Foundation exploration, for example, allowing our researchers to safely observe spatial/temporal anomalies, hostile organisms, and various other dangerous situations from afar. Advances in genetics, chemistry, and computer simulation have made made it easier and more cost-effective than ever to test anomalous diseases, hazardous substances, and digitally-transferred memetic hazards without the need for live human subjects.

The participation of D-Class personnel in the study of anomalies is still vital to be sure, and it is true that they do suffer a higher mortality rate than any other class of employee. However, the added levels of security and the high amount of advance research made possible with current and ever-expanding levels of Foundation technology ensure that those numbers are constantly going down. D-Class testing is becoming safer with the passage of every year, and it is our goal to continue that trend into the future.

IVb. "D-Class are subject to monthly termination."
One of the longest held beliefs concerning D-Class is that they are hired on for a thirty day period and then killed, the so-called 'monthly termination'. The reasons provided when relating this myth are varied, often citing an exaggerated requirement for secrecy or a simple callous disregard for human life. The real reasons behind the myth's propagation are unfortunate2, but the practice itself has never and will never be officially implemented.

To begin with, again, such a practice would be a massive violation of both human rights and Foundation policy. The reasons given above for why D-Class are not disposable are already more than enough to counter this rumor as well, but even when viewed from a purely logistical standpoint, this would be an impossible practice to maintain. To begin with, let's look at the numbers.

There are, at time of writing, approximately 15 million potential hires for D-Class positions worldwide, and the Foundation is an international organization that currently employs over 50,000 D-Class total. The first number gradually but steadily rises over time, and by doing the math it would indeed seem reasonable that monthly exterminations could go on for almost twenty-five years on the currently available pool alone. However, this does not take into account several facts.

First, approximately 25% of these potential hires lie beyond the Foundation's ability to recruit them at any given time, most often due to shifts in the world's geopolitical status, whether or not the given nation they reside in are allied with the Foundation, and the presence of other anomaly-containing organizations in the region. While Groups of Interest such as the Global Occult Coalition, the Office for the Reclamation of Islamic Artifacts, and the Unusual Incidents Unit may not require as many D-Class equivalents as the Foundation on an annual basis, they do still require the use of similar resources. And though we do have alliances with most of the major nations of the world, there are others that refuse to provide access for this and many other purposes. This brings the number down to slightly over 11 million.

Second, among those left, there are invariably those that are simply not suitable for use upon closer inspection. There are a variety of reasons for this, such as some being too high-profile to claim with reasonable secrecy, the amount of time they would be made available is too short to be of sufficient use, or they pose a statistically higher threat to the Foundation as D-Class than as members of the general population. Approximately 50% of candidates put through the D-Class screening process are rejected, thus it can be extrapolated that only 5.6 million of the previous total would be approached for potential employment assuming an attempt at maximum recruitment.

Finally, with only rare exceptions, all D-Class personnel are volunteers. Those asked to join their ranks are free to decline, and records show that those who have refused once will generally continue to do so when approached again. Statistics gleaned from D-Class recruitment drives show that up to 75% of those scouted will decide not to participate. This brings the final tally to approximately 1.4 million actual candidates.

This is, it must be pointed out, potentially enough people to replace the entire D-Class population for a little over two years. But the Foundation simply does not have the ability to perform maximum recruitment on a monthly basis, even with such a reduced number of potential hires. D-Class screening and recruitment is a difficult, uncertain, time and resource consuming process which tends to result in less than 10,000 actual hires a month out of that 1.4 million pool. Identifying, vetting, and then convincing 50,000 individuals from around the world to join the Foundation's D-Class program on a monthly basis would simply be far more difficult and wasteful than the supposed benefits of monthly termination could possibly account for.

Further, causing that many or more people to turn up either dead or missing every month would quickly begin to call attention to our activities. Rather than promoting secrecy by 'removing witnesses', which is much more effectively accomplished with the use of amnestics in any case, it would ironically cause more human rights groups, news organizations, national governments, and other such organizations to dig deeper, searching for the source of such discrepancies. This would threaten the security of not just the Foundation but of all other organizations that work to preserve normalcy.

In short, a policy of monthly terminations would be a violation of human rights taking advantage of a relatively small resource pool that the Foundation does not have the capability to optimally utilize without causing a continually severe breech of security.

Monthly terminations do not exist.

IVc. "D-Class are amnesticized at the end of every month and sent to different sites."
Whenever the myth of monthly exterminations is debunked, this misconception is almost always there to take its place. In contrast, however, it does have a kernel of truth to it. The fact of the matter is that amnesticization of D-Class does happen, more often than it does to any other class of personnel, in fact. The rate of transfers to other sites is also somewhat higher. But it is important to note that this is not due to any sinister agenda on the part of the Foundation, and it does not happen to every D-Class every month.

The reasons for these practices are benign, and the practices themselves are almost universally beneficial for D-Class personnel. D-Class work directly with many anomalies which have the potential to cause mild to severe psychological harm, be it through anomalous or non-anomalous means. Others help test items or concepts with lasting effects that, while not distressing or harmful, may still be inconvenient or limiting in some way. In many cases, either the application of amnestics, removal of the subject from the area, or both may be the only way to cure or treat these deleterious effects. Transfers from one site to another are often done when the destination site is in need of D-Class with specific sets of skills, capabilities, or traits that they cannot find amongst their own D-Class population. Amnestics are also administered to D-Class that are returning to civilian life in order to protect Foundation secrecy, a practice that extends to all personnel of all classes that leave Foundation employment.

Rest assured that even if a particular D-Class may not remember the services they rendered to the Foundation and human society in total, they are still fairly compensated for every second of the time they volunteered and will always be returned to their point of origin once that time has concluded.

IVd. "All D-Class are criminals."
There was a time when this was, in fact, true. In the past, D-Class were almost exclusively culled from the prison populaces of Foundation-allied nations or from the Foundation's own stock of detainees from various Groups of Interest. More recently, however, due to the aforementioned progress of technology and efforts of the Ethics Committee to improve workplace quality for D-Class, it was decided that the D-Class program had evolved enough to expand recruitment efforts into other potential avenues. As of the latest census of the D-Class population, only 82% have been recruited from public, private, and covert prisons, with the remaining 18% stemming from these other sources.

The largest number of D-Class that come from non-prison sources are individuals who fall well below the poverty line in their respective countries, particularly from among those that lack proper housing at the time of recruitment. The second most common source is from among terminally ill patients. The remainder come from a variety of different areas, such as the following examples: civilian volunteers that have signed up for non-anomalous medical or other scientific experiments and are then approached by Foundation recruiters, allied military members assigned to temporary Foundation service, and non-D-Class Foundation employees that have volunteered for specific D-Class duties.

A secondary but even more virulent form of this misconception is that all D-Class are violent criminals, which often leads to D-Class being treated in an inhumane manner. Even if the base idea still held, however, the fact is that as of time of writing, only 48% of the criminal D-Class population has been convicted of violent crimes, and it is estimated that up to 30% of criminal D-Class overall may have been wrongfully incarcerated.

Mindsets that view criminals in a stereotypical light are to be heavily discouraged amongst all Foundation personnel. They are not fact-based and are counterproductive to an efficient workplace environment. Regardless of their point or circumstances of origin, all D-Class are to be treated in a humane and professional manner.

IVe. "D-Class are slaves."
D-Class are expected to follow orders given to them by A, B, or C-Class personnel. They may have their compensation benefits docked for failing to comply with those orders. They are to remain in the D-Class dorms, cafeteria, and common areas when not taking part in testing procedures. They are not allowed to make contact with the outside world excepting under strict purview of their supervisors during testing. They are to wear only class D clothing and equipment that has their D-Class designation clearly visible at all times.

These and several other restrictions do indeed limit the freedoms of D-Class personnel, but they are not slaves by any measure. As has been mentioned several times in this module, they are volunteers. With only rare exceptions brought on by immediate and dire necessity, all D-Class have joined the Foundation of their own volition and are also free to resign at any time. They are able to register complaints, make suggestions, and report policy violations just like any other employee, so long as these actions do not threaten the continued operation of the Foundation. They are eligible for retention of employment and placement in another class should they reach the end of their volunteer period in good standing and wish to remain with the Foundation, and in some cases may have this process accelerated as a reward for outstanding performance.

Further, no level of employment at the Foundation is without some form of compensation, and D-Class can be availed of a variety of compensation models depending on their source of recruitment. Criminal D-Class, for example, are most often compensated with time taken off of their prison sentences, or receive a stay of execution. Along with temporary care and housing given while employed by the Foundation, impoverished volunteers will also receive housing assistance, insurance benefits, and monetary compensation once their time of service is up. The families of terminally ill D-Class receive the benefits of life insurance policies paid out by Foundation front companies. Even D-Class who take early resignation will be given adequate compensation for what time they did spend in the Foundation's employ.

IVf. "D-Class are clones/synthetic humanoids."
While there have been several inquiries into and experiments performed regarding the possibility of removing the human factor from D-Class testing entirely, none of the avenues explored have borne fruit. Standard cloning technology is still not advanced enough to create clones of the number and quality that would be required for general D-Class use, and anomalous cloning methods are too unpredictable. Further, there are a variety of ethical issues inherent in such a practice which the Ethics Committee has not yet been able to satisfactorily address.

As a result, the use of clones as D-Class personnel has been banned until further notice and there are no known clones amongst the current D-Class population.

IVg. "The D-Class dorms are jail cells."
Despite the fact that D-Class personnel live within the dormitories themselves and thus have direct experience with the many amenities included, this myth continues to persist for two main reasons. The first is the unfortunate necessity of D-Class operations closely mimicking that of modern prison systems3, and the second is the perpetuation of the myth among new hires by the current D-Class population and other Foundation personnel.

Newly employed D-Class are to be assured that their dorms will not be as horrific as they have heard. If any individual D-Class personnel continue to express anxiety regarding the rumors, refer them to the dormitory section of the D-Class Operations Manual, which they should have received prior to arrived to their assigned site. Any further statements of distress are to be either disregarded, dismissed, or quelled as the situation dictates, as all new hires will become personally acquainted with their new accommodations within a twenty-four hour period in any case. Any Foundation personnel of any class caught spreading rumors regarding the quality of D-Class dorms will be reprimanded appropriately.

Any D-Class that expresses dissatisfaction with their limited freedom under standard D-Class operations are to be reminded that they may resign and be returned to their point of origin at any time4.

D-Class dormitories are comfortable living spaces with privacy screened bathing and toiletry areas, twin-sized bedding, a dining corner, and a small selection of entertainment modules to choose from, among other amenities. They are not intended to be a hotel, but neither are they filthy, bare bones jail cells by any stretch of the imagination. Housing test subjects in degrading, unsafe conditions would lead to heightened unrest and thus be counterproductive to the Foundation's goals.

IVh. "If a D-Class causes trouble, they'll get Keter Duty."
The misconceptions revolving around so-called 'Keter Duty' exist across virtually every class of Foundation employee, but they are especially virulent amongst D-Class.

Keter Duty5 is the supposedly official practice of punishing Foundation personnel by transferring them to test, guard, examine, or otherwise interact with one or more of the Keter class objects in Foundation containment. The expectation is that due to the difficulty inherent in containing Keter objects, the victim of this punishment will either be terminated or otherwise severely injured or disabled by the object. As this would presumably occur under standard operating procedures, the perpetrator would theoretically be able to harm their victim without having to actively take part themselves and thus appear innocent of any wrongdoing.

The truth is that while it is a practice that does, unfortunately, happen from time to time, it is not officially sanctioned to any degree, and the policy against it is one of the Foundation's most strictly enforced. If you believe that you or any other employee is being subjected to this level of mistreatment, please report the situation immediately to the appropriate supervisor. Please note, however, that not every assignment regarding a Keter object is an instance of such behavior and false accusations are not taken lightly.

To help clear up misconceptions about Keter Duty, some other common misconceptions must be addressed. First among them is the idea that an object's class denotes its lethality, which is not true. The standardized S/E/K classification scale only refers to the object's ability and/or tendency to breach its containment. A larger percentage of Keter objects are inherently lethal than any other class, it is true, but there are several that are perfectly harmless regardless of the frequency of their escape attempts, and there are plenty of Safe-class objects that are quite deadly if handled in an inappropriate fashion. As such, a determination of victimhood in a potential 'Keter Duty' case cannot be made purely on the class of the object involved.

The next misconception is the idea that any D-Class can be assigned to work with any object, which is not true. The Foundation utilizes a system that assigns specific researchers, guards, test subjects, technicians, and various other types of personnel to appropriate items that require their particular skills, qualities, and/or knowledge. A D-Class that has training as a classical pianist, for example, is far more likely to be assigned to testing with an anomalous piano than they would with an anomalously large spider. Likewise, anomalous objects and entities that are known or suspected to be lethal will only be assigned to certain, appropriate types of D-Class, such as those that were recruited from death row inmates, those with terminal illnesses, or those who actively volunteer for such duty.

Finally, being assigned to a dangerous item of any class is not in any way an automatic death sentence as many might believe. Part of the purpose of testing these objects is to learn how to interact or contain them safely, so every possible precaution is to be taken by responsible employees during testing procedures. If you feel that you are being subjected to unduly unsafe work conditions, please contact a member of the Foundation's Workplace Safety Department and express your concerns.

With the use of clear, logical thinking and hard evidence to back up claims, instances of both Keter Duty incidents and false accusations can be kept to a minimum.




V. Common D-Class Situations


From time to time, you may find yourself in a difficult spot with or as a D-Class employee. Here are a few common scenarios and reccomended ways to work through them to find a solution that benefits all parties.






VI. DO'S and DON'TS


DO make a Do's and Don'ts section.
DON'T forget to do it.




VII. Conclusion


[[span style="margin-left:40px"]] If we all work together, we can continue to stamp out myths, misconceptions, rumors, and urban legends such as those presented in this module, leading the way to a better, brighter work environment for all Foundation personnel, D-Class or otherwise.

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This module is certified free of cognitohazards, infohazards, memetic agents, and anti-memetic anomalies. Should you notice any anomalous side-effects after reading this manual, please contact your local data-safety supervisor.

















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