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Cadet Drill Guide

Ever since the Air Force went to electronic-only publishing for their manuals, we haven't had the Drill & Ceremonies Manual available in hard copy format. The good news is most of the time most cadets don't need the full manual, but they do need some kind of training aid. Enter the Cadet Drill Guide.

The Cadet Drill Guide fits in your pocket and outlines the main rules governing the main drill movements. We designed this with cadet NCOs in mind. Next time a C/TSgt is teaching some airmen how to close and extend for example, he or she can whip out the Cadet Drill Guide and double-check the standards.

The guide also includes info on what movements cadets need to know at each achievement (under the upcoming L2L textbook rules).

We plan to add it to the New Cadet Kit in July, send every squadron a copy or two, and find a way for existing cadets and seniors to obtain one, too.

The Cadet Drill Guide will print at 3x5" (index card size) on the most durable paper our budget can afford.

The attached version is in draft status until 1 May. Please sound off if you have comments, find typos, etc.  (Low res file: photos may look fuzzy)



Good morning; The distinctive pronunciations of the marching commands are there for a reason, and those reasons have not changed over the two hundred plus years that the US military has been marching. I firmly feel that it is a mistake to use the “march” and “one, two, three, four,” instead of “Harch” and “Hup, toop, threep, four”.

GREAT studying meterial BUT it DOES need all the drill movements to complete the tests because on achievment 2 it doesnt have all of them but its the greatest studying meterial for drill I love how it fits into my pocket

Thank you for the Note on page 16 about the commands FALL OUT & DISMISSED. I think the habit of taking a step backward comes from the cadet procedure for reporting to an officer described in Achievement One. Cadets take a step backward upon being dismissed by the officer. [so the cadet will not knock over the officer's desk lamp when she/he salutes] Cadets have carried this over from the office to the procedure used when being dismissed from a formation. This extra "step back and about face" routine is OK if prescribed by a commander for her/his local formation but looks bad when cadets from several different units are a the same formation - some will do the routine when dismissed because that is what they do at home and others will not because is is not required in the guide or the regulation.

I really enjoyed seeing this guide when my sister received it in spiral bound notepad form when she earned her Mitchell award a couple months ago. Is there any chance it will/can be provided to squadrons and other C/Officers in this form?

Hi, I really like the drill guide. It is very helpful for a new cadet, especially for studying! Great job. I hope there will be a color guard manual (I want to be apart of my squadron's color guard soon) Again great job!

I just finished going through the guide. The first thing that stuck me about the guide, is that it does not teach how to give commands. I did not see anything about how to use inflection in the voice. The use of Hase, Harch, and Hup toop threep four were totally absent from the guide. I still have my old books (Leadership Lab and others from back in the 1960’s) that show where the inflection should be. I feel that this guide is a good start, but is not ready for wide spread use.

PLEASE I cant say how much I would love it if you could get this out in hard copy to ALL the cadets! And the sooner the better. This would be absolutely a vital learning tool! All new and existing cadets need this.

I see that we have finally combined all necessary knowledge into one resource. However, I would like to see a 'Color Guard Manual' much like this.

I am glad you put the Demonstration-Performance method of instruction in the guide. How about adding a page or two on the 5 elements of command voice?

Page 29 "FALL OUT", Teaching Tips contradicts text on the rest of the page. AFMAN 36-2203 further states "They _must_ remain in the immediate area,...". Suggested text: "FALL OUT is appropiate if cadets are not needed to remain in ranks but do need to stay nearby (ex. "FALL OUT and sit down in the bleachers behind you"). "DISMISSED" is used if the formation is over and the cadets are to move to another location (indoors, a classroom, return home, etc.)

Another great piece of invaluable info from the cadet programs team. Thanks for all your hard work. Have Rox Dentist Saint Petersburg

Once again, the National Cadet Team has come out with a great tool to help supplement the existing materials. However, I think that it is still important for cadets to know the actual drill manual. Since the drill manual is available online and I assume is on the CDs that get sent out with the cadet binders, it would be nice to see references to the applicable sections of the AF drill manual or cite the manual on the last page as the primary source. With or without those citations though, I think this will be a great tool for drill instructors in CAP. [We'll try to add the citations, but I'm not sure if they will physically fit on such a small document. And unfortunately, the "Next Step CD" program ended about 2 or 3 years ago. -curt]

OUTSTANDING! Needs a really good proof reading as the posters has suggested....but over all OUTSTANDING.

Another excellent resource. I would like to thank the NHQ CADET TEAM for all of their hard work of putting out the items we need in the field to help the cadets help themselves. BRAVO!

Once again, an excellent product from the Cadet Programs Team. Thanks guys!

On Page's 22 & 23 the word While is spelt white needs to be corrected. Overall the guide will be an excellent tool for the cadets and senior staff. Great Job. [Got it, thanks - curt]

First of all you guys are doing a great job developing new training materials.Keep up the excellent work! Now, If there could be some way, and maybe you've already hit on a solution, that we could buy any training material you produce. We can go to the local Office Max and get the file copied, but it's soooooo expensive. Maybe do a limited run of extra copies and have them on hand for purchase. Thanks again for the great job you do!

Page numbers refer to layout page numbers. Page 5, Second Star: remove - after "a". Third Star: "The group follows a single commander. When there is no doubt..." Page 6: Third Star: Follow is misspelled. Replace "airman" with "cadet" Last Para: Replace "it" with "drill" in second sentence. Page 11: First Para: "When teaching someone how to perform a task ..."(delete "-" and add Parenthesis in both locations) Second Para: delete "/student" Second Sentence delete coma before "and". Page 19: Teaching Tips: remove "-" from "warranted." Rewrite whole last sentence, its awkward. Page 21: Teaching Tips: Rewrite whole last sentence, its awkward. Page 24: Teaching Tip: "whirling" is mis-spelled. Page 25: After "If not the headdress," add "then the". Page 27: Same as above. Page 30: Last Star: Replace "airman" with "Cadet". Page 35: FORWARD MARCH: Second Star: Replace "airman" with "cadet". Page 56 "At Close Interval..." Second Star, Second Sentence: Replace "airman" with "cadet". [Thanks -curt]

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