Drill hall

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For other uses, see Drill Hall (disambiguation).
The former drill hall of the 5th/6th Battalion, The Highland Light Infantry at Garnethill, Glasgow, which formed the 52nd Lowland Volunteers in 1967. It is now used by the Glasgow School of Art.
Canadian soldiers undertake weapons training in a drill hall during January 2007

A drill hall is a place such as a building or a hangar where soldiers practice and perform military drill. In the United Kingdom and Commonwealth, the term was also used for the whole headquarters building of a military reserve unit, which usually incorporated such a hall. Many of these drill halls were built through public subscriptions in order to support the local Volunteer Force which was raised in the late 1850s. In Britain, these were later renamed Territorial Army (TA) Centres and later Army Reserve Centres ( ARC)s. As well as a drill hall itself, they now usually feature other facilities such as a gymnasium, Motor transport department, lecture rooms, stores, an armoury, administrative offices and the Officer's, Warrant Officers and Senior NCOs, and Junior Ranks Messes. Some Officer Training Corps, Army Cadet Force and Air Training Corps units are also co-located on the site of modern Army Reserve Centres.

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  • Osborne, Mike, 2006. Always Ready: The Drill Halls of Britain's Volunteer Forces, Partizan Press, Essex. ISBN 1-85818-509-2