Drill & Deportment
The History of Drill
Military drill was originally developed for moving infantry during battle. Troops might have to face to a different flank to meet a new attack; to form into a compact square to repel cavalry; or to extend into a two-man line to deliver maximum fire-power on the enemy. Troops had to perform these movements rapidly and efficiently if they wanted to stay alive. If the troops practiced these movements beforehand on the parade square, they could perform them reasonably well in the stress, noise and confusion of the battlefield. This practice made the troops much more effective in the field. As a result, drill developed. In the process of teaching drill, however, it was seen that other benefits were gained. Drill was also an excellent way of developing physical coordination, teamwork, and team spirit in the soldiers.
The Need for Drill
The need for drill as a part of actual warfare has long since disappeared. Drill's second value however, remains as important as ever, especially in a cadet squadron. There is no better way of developing sharpness and team spirit (esprit de corps) – both important elements of the cadet world.
Drill Can Be Fun
Amazingly, drill can be FUN. At first, you may feel awkward or uncoordinated. Don't worry; these are common feelings for a cadet who is just beginning to learn drill. Gradually, as you get the hang of it, you will begin to feel a sense of satisfaction in getting it just right. As you work with the rest of your squad to accomplish something that can only be done as a team, you will begin to feel a sense of pride, in yourself and your squadron.
Good drill, when it is closely supervised and when the highest precision is demanded, is an exercise in obedience and alertness. It sets the standard for the individual and the squadron, and builds a sense of confidence between the commander and the cadet.