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A Disciplined Soldier

Military Handbooks: The Plattsburg Manual

You will be expected to become quickly amenable both mentally and

physically to discipline. A clear conception on your part of what drills

are disciplinary in character and what discipline really is, will help

you to become a disciplined soldier. Drills executed at attention are

disciplinary exercises and are designed to teach precise and soldierly

movements and to inculcate that prompt and subconscious obedience which

is essential to proper military control. Hence, all corrections should

be given and received in an impersonal manner. Never forget that you

lose your identity as an individual when you step into ranks; you then

become merely a unit of a mass. As soon as you obey properly, promptly,

and, at times, unconsciously, the commands of your officers, as soon as

you can cheerfully give up pleasures and personal privileges that

conflict with the new order of life to which you have submitted, you

will then have become a disciplined man.