Marine Corps Drill and Ceremonies Manual
If you are enlisting in the Marine Corps and you want to learn and prepare as much as possible for boot camp, then you’ll want to get a jump on learning Marine Corps Drill. Fortunately, the Marine Corps Drill and Ceremonies Manual is available in PDF form online, but the bad news is that it is quite a hefty manual. The manual lays out standard procedures for all close order drill military ceremonial evolutions.
Marine Corps Drill Manual
The Marine Corps drill manual covers all sorts of drill and ceremony information. The drill part of the manual covers drill basics, individual instructions without arms, arms with the m16 rifle, arms with the handgun, sword, guidon, national and organizational flags, squad drill, platoon drill, company drill, battalion drill, regimental drill, inspections, and organizations and parade staff drills.
The entire manual is made up of several parts. The second part covers ceremony information. Topics covered include reviews, parades, presentations of decoration and retirement, change of command, relief and appointment of the Sergeant Major, activation and deactivation ceremony, honors, Marine Corps birthday cake cutting ceremony, mess night, funerals and memorials services and the loading and ceremonial firing of the M16 rifle.
Marine Corps Close Order Drill
Recruits in the USMC will spend many boot camp hours practicing drill. It may seem tedious, but there are good reasons for close order drill. One thing you’ll learn at boot camp is that there is a reason for everything, even things that seem completely random and apparently pointless. Close order drill provides a simple formation from which other combat formations can easily be performed. It allows units to move in an orderly manner that looks organized and maintains a military appearance. It allows Marines to carry individual weapons in a safe manner. It improves discipline and helps recruits train to respond to orders.