A Brief History of American Drill and Ceremonies

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HISTORY Military history reveals that armies throughout the world participated in some form of drill. The primary value of drill, historically, is to prepare troops for battle. For the most part, the drill procedures practiced are identical to the tactical maneuvers employed on the battlefield. Drill enables commanders to quickly move their forces from one point to another, mass their …

Roman Drill and Where Some of Today’s Commands Come From

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Oddly enough, no one bothered to write down the Latin commands used by the Roman army until ca. AD 580, when the East Roman Emperor Maurice Tiberius included them in his book Strategikon. This was well past they heyday of the Roman army and 450 years after the era we portray (AD 130-140), but as far as primary references go, …