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battle drill

Definition/Scope: (FM 3-21.75) A battle drill is a collective action, executed by a platoon or smaller element, without the application of a deliberate decision-making process. The action is vital to success in combat or critical to preserve life. The drill is initiated on a cue, such as an enemy action or your leader's order, and is a trained response to the that stimulus. It requires minimum leader orders to accomplish, and is standard throughout the Army. A drill has the following advantages: It is based on unit missions and the specific tasks, standards, and performance measures required to support mission proficiency; It builds from simple to complex, but focuses on the basics; It links how-to-train and how-to-fight at small-unit level; It provides an agenda for continuous coaching and analyzing; It develops leaders, and builds teamwork and cohesion under stress; It enhances the chance for individual and unit survival on the battlefield.

Used For:

SOP rehearsals

Broader Terms:

Battle Command Training Center
rehearsal types
Warrior Ethos

Narrower Terms:

Bradley Fighting Vehicle
Bradley M-6 Linebacker
Bradley Stinger Fighting Vehicle
Bradley Stinger Fighting Vehicle - Enhanced
M6 Linebacker
M7 Bradley Fire Support Vehicle
Warhammer Bradley

Related Terms:

Army values
mission planning
Warrior Drills

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