close-order drill

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close-or·der drill

A military drill in marching, maneuvering, and formal handling of arms in which the participants perform at close intervals.
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close′-or`der drill′

practice performed by military units marching in compact formations, as for ceremonial or guard duties.
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Noun1.close-order drill - (military) military drill of troops in standard marching (shoulder-to-shoulder)
military drill - training in marching and the use of weapons
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
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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.
red-coated troops and freed them from strict close-order drill. These measures were directly inspired by their opponent's irregulars and their mastery of warfare in the wilds of North America's interior.
Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies.