This resource guides you through the drill exercises. As part of the Initial Training Programme, each group should parade at the start and end of each lesson. A parade should consist of basic drill training to prepare YV’s for their passing out parade as follows:

At the start and end of each session of the initial training programme you should parade your group into a block consisting of 3 rows of eight as per the drill manual. You should take no longer than 15 minutes each session to perfect the group’s ability to stand to attention from easy and back down. On the final session of the Initial Training Programme you will use a full two hours to perfect this and prepare for your passing out parade.


On completion PSYV's will:

  • Have learned commands and be able to follw basic drill


Preferably outside in a safe hard-scape area


11 x 15 minute sessions each week and 1 x full 2 hour session


Drill Manual

Activity 1: Introduction

Start by asking YV's if they've ever seen 'drill' being performed. See if they know any commands that are used. This will highlight some mis-information that can be around.

Activity 2: Practise

The best way to learn drill is to practise commands from the manual. Organise the group as instructed and as demonstrated in the video. Then keep looking for ways to perfect the drill routine. Is someone out of sync? Is someone facing the wrong way.

A way to vary this exercise is to give different people turns at giving commands. This shows whether they know and understand the commands they are calling and can recognise when something isn't right.

Make sure you set a few minutes aside each week to rehearse drill. Don't just do it once and forget about it.


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