There are generally two schools of thought when it comes to drill and ceremony (D&C):

  • It’s a form of discipline that military members need — discipline in every facet of life translates to discipline in combat; D&C also bolsters espirit de corps.
  • It’s a useless waste of time that takes away from learning actual, useful skills that are necessary in combat.

Author’s disclaimer: I am a pretty staunch advocate of the second group, though I make exceptions for events like funerals — however, I’m just aiming to outline both arguments as I understand them. I also come from Ranger Battalion, where people are pretty split on the issue.


The argument for: