Battle drill

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An Infantry battle drill describes how platoons and squads apply fire and maneuver to commonly encountered situations. They require leaders to make decisions rapidly and to issue brief oral orders quickly.[1]

"Battle Drill", according to the manual Fieldcraft and Battle Drill, means the reduction of military tactics to bare essentials which are taught to a platoon as a team drill, with clear explanations regarding the objects to be achieved, the principles involved and the individual task of each member of the team.[2]

The Ranger Handbook defines a battle drill as "A collective action rapidly executed without applying a deliberate decision-making process". In modern US Military doctrine there are 8 battle drills.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ronald Haycock, Keith Neilson (1989). Men, Machines & War. Wilfrid Laurier University Press. ISBN 088920957X. 
  2. ^ Report No. 123, Historical Officer, Canadian Military Headquarters, drafted by C.P. Stacey, 31 August 1944