The Air Cadets, as a military youth organisation, sets itself and its members very high standards, including dress and behaviour.
The Air Cadet Organisation encourages teamwork and well disciplined cadets among many things. Drill (marching) is a vital part of encouraging teamwork. When a group of twenty cadets walk on to a drill square they are all individuals, but as soon as a session of drill begins the cadets become a team following the orders given by one person. Instead of twenty individual feet hitting the ground, there is only one sound, the result of practice and teamwork.
Cadets participate in various forms of drill, some of which include:
- Foot Drill
- Basic Drill
- Quick & Slow Time
- Banner Drill
- Ceremonial Parades
- Band Drill
Drill & discipline is the responsibility of the AWO or NCOs on a squadron. Once a cadet has gained a few years experience and has attained NCO rank, the cadet will pass on his knowledge and experience to other cadets under the supervision of the Squadron Drill Instructor. They will help instruct cadets on how to participate in a drill squad and take charge of a drill squad or flight, they might even take a major part in ceremonial drill such as the Standard Bearer on the Remembrance Day Parade.