When it came to drill and ceremonies, the newly created service looked at the Marine Corps and Army drill manuals and chose from what it considered the best from each most from the MCO. One thing the USAF eventually left out beginning in approximately the s was the manual of arms for the rifle. Because the Army and Marine Corps had already accomplished that task and Airmen did not have a daily use for rifles like Soldiers and Marines. We march, have military parades, color guards, and change of command ceremonies, so the USAF creating a drill and ceremonies manual with specifics for the Element, Flight, Squadron, Group, and Wing, was logical.
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Here is my preferred definition. The quoted text in the title is what an individual wrote to me. We can infer from this ignorant statement that this individual and the organization believes that the US Air Force purposefully wrote the AFMAN to be so vague so as to not allow for successful completion of the mission. The mission here being learning and effectively executing military drill.
Of course, I do not believe that for one instant as that is a ludicrous premise! Allow me to refute this unfounded claim. This manual includes most Air Force needs in drill and ceremonies, but it does not cover every situation that may arise. For unusual situations, using good judgment and taking into account the purpose of the movement or procedure can often provide the solution.
The types of weapon used will determine the appropriate manual. Imagine that. Likewise, the TC tells us how to move the flagstaffs and, when necessary, we use USAF guidon techniques uncasing and casing colors. Even though we use both of these other two manuals, we still must adhere to the hand and arm positions dictated by the AFMAN.
In my high school days , we had to learn AFM , Drill and Ceremonies, the contents of which has not changed much since then. What do Airmen do for rifle information? We have copies of FM and use the manual of arms there for any Armed Flight drill. JROTC teams need to learn, perfect, and march their service manual. Let them do so. Share this:.
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