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The Air Cadets, as a military youth organization, sets itself and its members very high standards, including dress and behaviour. Drill is a vital part of encouraging team work.

The Air Cadet Organisation encourages teamwork and well disciplined cadets among many things.

Drill (marching) is a vital part of encouraging teamwork. When a group of twenty cadets walk on to a drill square they are all individuals, but as soon as a session of drill begins the cadets become a team following the orders given by one person. Instead of twenty individual feet hitting the ground, there is only one bang this is result of practise and teamwork.

Drill is also used to move cadets from one place to another in a smart orderly fashion. This shows civilians and members of the forces just how well disciplined the cadets of the Air Training Corps are. This section has been designed for everyone within the Corps and those interested in joining the Corps.

Cadets participate in various forms of drill, some of which include:-

Foot Drill

Basic Drill - Quick & Slow Time

Banner Drill

Ceremonial Parades

Band Drill
Drill & discipline is the responsibility of the AWO or NCOs on a squadron. Once a cadet has gained a few years experience and has attained NCO rank, the cadet will pass on his knowledge and experience to other cadets such as instructing cadets how to participate in a drill squad, taking charge of a drill squad or flight or even taking a major part in ceremonial drill such as a Standard Bearer at Remembrance Day Parades.