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.