Close Order Drills
For several days after reporting you will undergo many hours of close
order drill. You will ask yourself, Why is all this mental and physical
strain necessary when these exercises are not used in battle? The
answer is: they are disciplinary exercises and are designed to inculcate
that prompt and subconscious obedience which is essential to proper
military control and to teach you precise and soldierly movements;
hence, they are executed at attention.