Drill & Ceremonies - Drill of the Flight
The Flight as the Basic Drill Unit. The first phase of drill involves teaching the cadet basic movements, facings, and positions, either as an individual or as a member of an element. The second phase of drill merges the individual with others to form a flight in which base formations and marchings are learned. The flight is composed of at least two, but not more than four, elements. This formation is the most practical drill group. In flight drill, the positions of the flight commander, flight sergeant, and guide assume importance. For the purposes of instruction, the drill instructor may assume any of these titles and positions. When in column, the flight is sized according to height, with the tallest individuals to the front and right. Make every effort to retain individuals of the highest grade in positions occupied by element leaders and guides.