Topic: Drill and Training
Method of instructing recruits.
Infantry Training (4 - Company Organization), London, 1914
1. The instructor should be clear, firm, concise, and patient; he must make allowance for the different capacities of the men, and avoid discouraging nervous recruits; he must remember that much may be taught by personal example, and that careful individual instruction is the best means of developing the intelligence.
2. The instructor will teach as much as possible by demonstration, performing the movements himself or making a smart recruit perform them. The detail for each movement as given in this manual is for the information of instructors, who must avoid repeating it word for word, because such a method is wearisome and monotonous and would not be understood by some recruits. Thc instructor will explain the reason for every movement and formation, and its application in the field.
3. Drills will be short and frequent to avoid the exhaustion of the instructor and recruits.
4. Recruits will be advanced progressively from one exercise to another, men of inferior capacity being put back to a less advanced squad.