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Identifying Company Formations and Drill Commands in the JLBC Cadet Corps

Title: Identifying Company Formations and Drill Commands in the JLBC Cadet Corps


The Junior Leadership Battalion Cadet (JLBC) Corps is a youth organization designed to develop leadership skills, discipline, and teamwork in young individuals. A critical aspect of the training regimen for these cadets is learning various company formations and the specific drill commands associated with them. This article will explore the different types of company formations and provide an overview of the related drill commands within the JLBC Cadet Corps.

I. Company Formations

In the JLBC Cadet Corps, company formations are the foundation for organizing and maneuvering cadets during drills and exercises. There are several common formations used in the Corps, including:

  1. Column Formation

Cadets are arranged in a single file line in a column formation, one behind the other, maintaining an equal distance between them. This formation allows for efficient movement in confined spaces or through narrow passages.

  1. Line Formation

The line formation has cadets positioned side by side, facing forward, with a consistent interval between them. This formation is ideal for situations requiring cadets to present a unified front.

  1. Echelon Formation

An echelon formation consists of a series of diagonal lines, with each line offset from the one in front. This formation helps provide coverage across a wide area, such as when defending a position or conducting surveillance.

  1. Wedge Formation

The wedge formation has cadets arranged in a V-shaped pattern, with the point of the V facing the direction of movement. This formation helps advance through enemy territory, allowing the company to concentrate its firepower and maneuverability at the end of contact.

II. Specific Drill Commands

Drill commands are verbal orders the commanding officer gives to initiate a specific action or maneuver. These commands provide a standardized means of communication, ensuring that all cadets understand and execute their roles effectively. Some common drill commands used in the JLBC Cadet Corps include:

  1. "Fall In"

This command signals the cadets to assemble in their designated formation, ready for further instructions.

  1. "Dress Right, Dress"

Upon hearing this command, cadets align themselves to the right by extending their right arm horizontally, using the fingertips to ensure proper spacing. The knowledge "Ready, Front" signals cadets to drop their arms and return to the attention position.

  1. "Right (or Left) Face"

This command instructs cadets to pivot 90 degrees to the right (or left) on the ball of their right (or left) foot while keeping their other foot stationary.

  1. "Forward, March"

This command directs the cadets to start marching forward in the designated formation, maintaining the same pace and distance between each other.

  1. "Column Right (or Left), March"

This command orders the cadets to change direction by making a 90-degree turn to the right (or left) while maintaining the column formation.

  1. "Halt"

The "Halt" command instructs the cadets to stop marching and return to the position of attention.


Understanding and mastering company formations and related drill commands are essential to the JLBC Cadet Corps training program. These skills contribute to the cadets' discipline and teamwork and prepare them for various tactical situations they may encounter in their future military or civilian leadership roles.

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