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SOLDIERS IN SIX MONTHS

THAINTNH THE. RECRUITS. Msnv people are wondering how the R-t trill War Offiee prenosr- jo turn out effi ciem infantry bail alions tor aeii-.e ier -vbhin -i\ months. I>> normal i-.iny., i ivRrili'h soldrir fmiriies his day’s won: wire the middnv meal. The new recruits are asked to work harder, and they are renov ami eaerr to ro ijiroiieit fit- scheme pi training* prepare"! by the military amhorilie--. The n-w army wcn-U?. if mu rich! hours a dav. certainly 48 hours_ a week. But even under there cambiums rim rreniit ha? to spend 10 weeks before he is considered advanced enough Iu lake pan in company exercise-. Those 10 week- are very ini crest ing. On the first- day o r his new lue the recruit spends four widely separated hour? in squad drill (right, turn, loti I uni, rightabout. turn, ami all Iho other evolutions which can he seen iu any barrack square). Tlie object of spending so much time- on tins drill i< that the response to _ orders may become automatic. The recruit- ha? one hour and a-half at musketry, divided into two periods; he. attends two lectures, has three-quarter® of an hour? swedrih physical exercises, and spends half an hour in becoming accustomed to his marching order equipment. His second, third, fourth, ar.rl fifth eta vs are very much tho same. By the sixth day the recruit'- murHe? have begun to harden, and his squad movements have become more automal-r. Hi? physical exercising and hi? milßkmy are increased, and his squad dvi)\ is diminished. This protrressive framing goes on, eliminating the 'simple and introducing the more roniplex. until at (he end of the sixth week tho younger soldier i? doing six hours’ Swedish drill each week, 13 hour-’ mixed squad and skirmishing drill. 12 hour-' musketry practice, four hours on outposts, four hours’ route marching, ami four hours night operations. Another month passes, and other exercises are inirdoucail. Bayonet. fighting, entrenching, platoon drill, and scouting come info the day’s programme, while for a -elected few machine gunnery and signalling take the place of tho old monotonous squad cxerr.ises. Football and cross-country running enter into the training scheme.

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SOLDIERS IN SIX MONTHS, Issue 15657, 23 November 1914

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SOLDIERS IN SIX MONTHS Issue 15657, 23 November 1914

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