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.
DRILL HELPS THE INDIVIDUAL
*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.
DRILL BUILDS THE TEAM
*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.
DRILL DEVELOPS LEADERS
*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.