A Brief Overview of the US Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon

Introduction The United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon is a 24-man rifle platoon led by a Captain and Platoon Sergeant of the United States Marine Corps (USMC). Often referred to as The Marching Twenty-Four, the unit performs a unique silent precision exhibition drill. The purpose of the platoon is to exemplify the discipline and… Read More


What is Exhibition Drill?

Introduction Exhibition drill is a variant of drill that involves complex marching sequences which usually deviate from drill used in the course of ordinary parades. Teams performing exhibition drill are often affiliated with military units, but the scope of exhibition drill is not limited to military drill teams. Exhibition drill is often performed by Armed… Read More

What was the Broom Brigade?

Introduction A broom brigade was a type of military-style women’s drill team that marched with brooms instead of rifles. Drilling was a popular form of exercise at the time, when participation in sports was largely restricted to men. They were popular in America during the late 19th century. They were mentioned in Mark Twain’s book… Read More

A Brief Overview of Drill Commands

Introduction Drill commands are generally used with a group that is marching, most often in military foot drills or in a marching band. Drill commands are usually heard in major events involving service personnel, reservists and veterans of a country’s armed forces, and by extension, public security services and youth uniformed organisations. Refer to Foot… Read More

What is a Drill Team?

Introduction A drill team can be one of four different entities: Refer to Foot Drill, Drill Commands, and Broom Brigade. Military/Police Drill Team A military drill team is a marching unit that performs routines based on military drill. These teams often perfect their proficiency and then choose to compete against other programmes. These competitions are… Read More

A Brief Overview of Foot Drill

Introduction Foot drill is a part of the training regimen of organised military and paramilitary elements worldwide. “Foot drill” or “Drill” stems from time since antiquity when soldiers would march into battle, be expected to gather in a formation, and react to words of command from their commanders once the battle commenced. Much of the… Read More