According to the Canadian Directorate of History and Heritage (DHH), the purpose of drilling in the Canadian Military is to, 'contribute to the operational effectiveness of the Canadian Forces by ensuring that the Forces efficiently march and manoeuvre together as one in duty and routine, and by promoting discipline alertness, precision, pride, steadiness and the cohesion necessary for success.'

The most common drill movements1 used in the Canadian and American Military (listed roughly in order of complexity) are:

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NCOS Class Handout by Grace E. Edinboro, Lt. Col., CAP:

DHH Customs and Traditions Web Site:

1 Drill movements differ slightly from one organization to another -- a certain amount of variation is to be expected. This list is based on the drill movements used by the California Wing, Civil Air Patrol.

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