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Why we Drill

Why has drill and ceremonies been a vital part of cadet life since 1942?

Drill is more than an orderly way of moving a group of people from point A to point B, although it is that. CAP cadets learn drill for the same reasons that soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines do. Drill is a time-tested lab-

oratory for developing leadership skill.


*You stand taller because of drill. 

*You develop a sense of pride about your- self and that pride translates into success in other areas of your life.

*You begin to appreciate attention to detail and see how small things make a big difference.

*You build self-discipline when you stand at perfect attention, motionless, gut in and chest out, silently focused on a single point on the distant horizon.

*You gain self-confidence. You learn to come out of your shell when placed in front of a formation and made to call commands.

*You carry yourself with that special quality called military bearing. People in everyday life begin to see you differently. Your bearing sets you apart from ordinary youth.


*The group members learn to adapt their movements to match those of the team.

*The group visibly comes together as a single, cohesive unit, as everyone marches in step and executes commands with precision.

*The group follows a single commander. When there is no doubt as to who the leader is, the team members operate as one and pursue the same goals.

*The group succeeds when each of its members performs as a team. The team members learn they are only as strong as their weakest link.


*Leaders learn to make decisions and think on their feet when calling commands. Drill instills the value of decisiveness.

*Leaders learn the importance of issuing clear instructions to the team.

*Leaders learn that teamwork is possible only if they first motivate the group members to excel.

*Leaders learn to value their place in the chain of command. They see the chain in action at formations.

*Leaders learn about the building blocks of leadership in the Cadet Program. They see airmen following orders, NCOs leading small teams, and officers leading multiple teams.



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