The DrillMaster Reading List

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Over time, I will update this list as needed. For now, educate yourself.

Many of the following manuals are the Resources page.

Service Drill and Ceremonies

  • Training Circular 3-21.5, Drill and Ceremonies
  • Marine Corps Order 5060.2, Drill and Ceremonies
  • Air Force Manual 36-2203, Drill and Ceremonies

Regulation Drill Training (portable lesson plans)

Flag Information

  • AR 840-10, Flag, Guidons and Streamers
  • MCO 10520.3B, Flag Manual, Nov 2013
  • AFTO 00-25-154 AFD-091005-041 Maintenance & Storage of US, AF Flags, Guidons & Streamers
  • NTP13b, Flags, Pennants and Customs
  • US Flag Code


  • Dod Directive 1005.8, Order of Precedence of Members of Armed Forces of the United States When in Formations (1977)
    • Memorandum update (2016)
  • AFPAM 34-1202, Protocol
  • AP 600-60, Army Protocol and Etiquette
  • AR 600-25, Salutes, Honors and Visits of Courtesy
  • OPNAVINST 1710.7A, Social Usage and Protocol Handbook


  • FM 23-5, M1 Garand
  • TM 9-1275, Maintenance of the M1 (1947, Parts 1-4)

Exhibition Drill

Ceremonial Drill Category

Drill and Ceremonies in History

These are not really necessary, but can give an interesting look at how American drill developed.

  • Field Manual 22-5, Drill and Ceremonies
  • Air Force Regulation 50-14, Drill and Ceremonies
  • FM 22-5, Drill and Ceremonies, 1939
  • FM 22-5, Drill and Ceremonies, 1943
  • FM 2-5, Cavalry Drill, 1944
  • Baron von Steuben’s Revolutionary War Drill Manual: A Facsimile Reprint of the 1794 Edition

Relevant* Military History

  • The Last Frigate
  • The Drillmaster of Valley Forge

*Relevant to military drill


  • You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty: Water: For Health, for Healing, for Life, Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj
  • Water Cure, Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj
  • Fats That Heel, Fats That Kill, Dr. Udo Erasmus
  • The Complete Illustrated Guide to Vitamins, Denise Mortimer

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