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He shows how the army moved from little planning consisting of physical preparations and a regimen of close-order drill meant to instill obedience in soldiers, to a body of knowledge that could be codified, imparted, and regulated and replicating elements of war in peacetime for more vigorous and realistic training.
Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies.