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What are your memories of drilling?

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  1. becklieb

    becklieb recruit

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    Dear Veterans of WWII,

    I am doing some research on veterans' memories of drilling, as part of a large interest in what it takes for human beings to feel whole and healthy.

    Would any of you mind telling me what your memories are? Did you find drilling pleasurable or not, and why.

    Thank you so much for your time, and more importantly, for your service.

    Sincerely,
    Becky Liebman,
    Retired Librarian and children's advocate
     
  2. Hans Ludwig

    Hans Ludwig Dishonorably Discharged

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    First off, are you asking what "drilling" was like the US, Britain/Commonwealth, Germany, Japan, Italy? I don't mean this to sound patronizing, but your request is a little vague since not everyone that frequents this forum is from the US.
     
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    Dear Mr. Ludwig and others,

    Already I'm learning something, thanks to your reply. I am writing from the US and so I suppose it's the drilling done by soldiers in the US that prompted the question. .

    But is drilling so different in the different countries? I would be interested in knowing this.

    And even with knowing the differences, I'd still be interested in learning the respective experience of soldiers of other nationalities. The "differences" makes this an even more interesting question in my mind.

    Thank you for your time and interest.
    Sincerely,
    Becky L.
     
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    brndirt1 Saddle Tramp

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    I am still curious here, do you mean "drilling" in a person's teeth, as implied in health and well-being, or "drilling" as in the Petro-chemical world as it too can affect one's health and well-being.

    What "drilling" exactly are you speaking of, then we could perhaps figure out a way to reply. My own Dad had to put up with dental work before he went into the USAAC (F) that was out of the inquisition to my mind. Foot powered drills, no novicaine, and a guy who only showed up in the area once a year. If your name stated with "W", you got to the line of "patients" pretty long in the day, and the guy was getting tired. The drill would grind slower and slower as the day wore on.

    He loved the Army Air dentisty since it was electric powered, consistant, and there was even "gum numbing" agents involved.

    Is that what you are looking for?
     
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    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    I think he talking about close order drill, Clint.
     
  6. becklieb

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    Dear all,
    Yes, thanks for the clarification! I mean close order drill, or whatever term best describes soldiers practicing formations, marching together in time.

    Thanks again!
    Becky
     

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