Pride and Honor in training the Worlds BEST military soldiers

The United States Army Drill Sergeant
The foundation of the soldiers training.
The value of basic training can be measured only in terms of how efficiently
the soldier uses his/her knowledge and skills acquired.
We provide the finest training possible in all military subjects.
After our training the soldier can walk with pride and perform the assigned mission in the most exemplary manner.
Once you have completed Basic Combat Training you may want to look back and praise your Drill Sergeant.
The Drill Sergeant's mission is to inspire the recruit to be the best soldier he/she can be through "Knowledge and Training".
The soldier is responsible for the reputation, tradition and history of the "Finest Army in the World".

Campaign Hat

A veteran of numerous campaigns in the field, steeped in traditions,
and in active service in various styles from 1850 through 1939,
the campaign hat is a most appropriate symbol for a Drill Sergeant.

The campaign hat appeared on the scene again in early 1964.
The present style of the campaign hat evolved from the straw or felt
slough "Hardee Hat" of the 1850's through the center crease designs
of the 1880's, to the present day modified "Montana Peak" which was
adopted in 1911.

Drill Sgt Badge:

The Crest in the symbol of the Army Training Center.
Before 1958, it was the regimental crest with a maroon background.

In 1958, it was adopted as the training center's crest and the background was changed to green.
It was designed by the Heraldic Division of the Quartermasters General's Office.
The 13 stars represent the Thirteen original Colonies.
The snake is a symbol of preparedness and is grasping the scroll on one end with his mouth and the other end with his tail.
On the scroll is printed the motto, "THIS WE'LL DEFEND," one of the many mottos used in colonial days such as "DON'T TREAD ON ME," "LIBERTY" and many others which were carried on flags and banners.
The armored breast plate is a symbol of strength and the green background is a vestment worn under the armored breast plate.
It is called a Jupon which represents the Army.
The torch is a symbol of liberty that shines over all.


I am a Drill Sergeant

I will assist each individual in their efforts to become a highly motivated, well disciplined, physically and mentally fit soldier, capable of defeating any enemy on today's modern battlefield.

I will instill pride in all I train. Pride in self, in the Army, and in Country.

I will insist that each soldier meets and maintains the Army standards of military bearing and courtesy, consistent with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.

I will lead by example, never requiring a soldier to attempt any task I would not do myself.

But first, last, and always, I am an American Soldier.
Sworn to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, both foreign and domestic.

I am a Drill Sergeant.

U.S. Army Training Center Fort Knox, Kentucky

COL Raymond Beaty/Brigade Commander (Left)
LT COL Daly H. Stanford/10th Battalion Commander (Right)

Company "C" 10th Battalion 5th Training Brigade

<= To the left, myself and friends BS'ing at the Rifle Range

To the right I am marching the troops back to "C" Company =>






In late 1962, the Secretary of the Army directed Stephen Ailes, the Assistant Secretary, to conduct a survey of recruit training in the Army. This survey was conducted over a long period of time and included a wide variety of experienced personnel. To insure his report would be valid, Secretary Ailes made a comprehensive survey, comparing the training techniques of the Marines, Army, Navy, and Air Force. The final report, as submitted to the Department of the Army, contained five principle findings, with appropriate recommendations and suggestions for eliminating the problems encountered. The comparisons of the training centers of the three services with those of the Army demonstrated the attitude of the noncommissioned officers within the Army training centers was very poor. There were contributing reasons, including the long working hours, the difficulty of the demanding nature of the work and lack of free time for family concerns. Inadequate staffing in the training centers caused much of this. In addition, it was determined that the caliber of noncommissioned officers being assigned to the Army training centers was far below the standards required by the other services. Another problem was the negative attitude of the trainer, which had a demoralizing affect on the trainee and resulted in a mental block between the recruit, and the trainer, and thus caused a negative impact on the qualified trainer and the quality of training presented. During the period April - June 1963, Pilot Trainer Courses were conducted at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, for selected officers and noncommissioned officers to participate in testing the revised concept of recruit training. Immediately following in July and August, this new training concept was tested with a training battalion at Fort Jackson and a training company at Ft Gordon, Georgia. The success of these tests resulted in the adoption of the new concept, to include the formation of Drill Sergeant Schools throughout CONARC. This was the beginning of the Drill Sergeant and was the first Drill Sergeant used to train recruits in the entire history of the recruit training programs throughout the Army. The Fort Leonard Wood Drill Sergeant School began training noncommissioned officers for Drill Sergeant duties in September 1964.




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