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
Narrower Terms:Bradley Fighting Vehicle
Related Terms:Army values