Drill is simply the moving of a body from A to B in the smartest way possible. To achieve this, cadets have to conduct themselves in a very smart, professional and obedient manner. It installs and practices teamwork, self discipline and above all, it creates a great sense of achievement when a drill sequence is completed...

What's the point of drill and parade? You may think it doesn't have much to do with things like adventurous training, or leadership. That's not the case at all!


It shows how disciplined and organised you can be as an individual, remembering instructions and carrying them out accurately. More importantly, it shows your ability to work in a team and is a way of displaying the high standards of dress and behaviour which air cadets are renowned for.




When a group of twenty cadets walk on to a parade square they are all individuals, but as soon as a session of drill begins the cadets become a team, following the orders given by one person. Instead of twenty individual feet hitting the ground, there is only one sound. This is the result of practice and teamwork.


Drill is also used when you are moving around in large groups in a smart, orderly fashion. Whatever the reason for a drill it's an impressive sight and shows civilians and members of the Forces just how well disciplined you are.


As a cadet you'll participate in various forms of drill, such as:


  • Foot Drill
  • Basic Drill (both quick & slow time)
  • Banner Drill
  • Band Drill


With a few years experience, and if you've attained a Non-Commissioned Officer rank, you could pass on your knowledge and experience to other cadets, instructing them on how to participate in a drill squad, taking charge of a drill squad yourself, or even playing a major part in ceremonial drill. Being a Standard Bearer at a Remembrance Day parade is a real moment of pride and achievement for a cadet.


As an air cadet you are also expected to develop the quality of self-discipline. Self-discipline is the ability to behave maturely and responsibly without supervision or the fear of punishment. We expect cadets to be able to work both on and off their squadron without an NCO standing over them.

Part of this self-discipline will be the ability to maintain a smart appearance at all times, ensuring that your uniform is ironed and your shoes clean and polished. As part of your initial training you will be shown how to do this to the very highest standard.