U.S. Forces Command CSM Michael Grinston on inadequate training.
Drill Sgt. Training in the Vietnam War
Drill Sergeant Training Program in the Vietnam War Era (1966) -- Drill Instructors are held responsible for the welfare, behavior, and military education of the recruits assigned to them on a 24-hour basis throughout the period of initial training, of which the most well known is Basic Training or boot camp. Their responsibilities include areas such as military discipline, physical fitness, and weapons training. The title of Drill Instructor is a billet independent of rank, to be held by Non-Commissioned Officers who successfully complete the intense training program to earn that title.