A question from India: Why is drill necessary in the armed forces?
There are three types of drill: Regulation Drill (RD), Exhibition Drill (XD), Ceremonial Drill.
Drill, mainly XD, is life for some, but what about those basic trainees coming into the military. Why do they drill unarmed and even armed?
Close order drill, what we call, RD, instills discipline, timing, teamwork, esprit de corps*, confidence, teamwork, leadership, followership, communication (when teaching), listening, camaraderie, satisfaction in accomplishment, achievement, self-confidence, a certain amount of honor, respect, and it also helps trainees react immediately to commands, all qualities that a Soldier, Marine, Sailor, Airman, and Coast Guardsman needs to accomplish the mission. Adding a rifle into drill helps the trainee become very familiar with that piece of equipment on which their life may rely at some point. The more familiar one is with their weapon, the better able they are to use it.
Drill is very necessary in initial training and as a refresher throughout one’s career.
*It is French for “spirit of the body”, the “body” being an organization or, in this case, a military service and it’s subordinate units.