will find an excerpt from Regulations for Garrison
Duty as applicable to enlisted men. This was
taken from an English
translation of the 1935 German Army manual. Thanks to Michael Bollow for
giving us permission to use excerpts of Der Rekrut here
on this site. If you would like to purchase this
manual, please visit his website at: http://members.aol.com/soldaten/rekrut.htm
1. Preliminary notes
often believe that they must learn in school for the
teacher's sake. A grown man serving as a
soldier, however, will diligently and attentively
cooperate during class, so that he can carry out the
varied and difficult duties of his profession.
As in other areas of military service, there is no
unimportant area of classroom study.
Sit with good posture.
Do not lounge on the chairs.
buttocks should rest against the back of the chair.
If the class is seated at a table, do not lean on your
elbows. Sit with a casual but upright posture
(with forearms on the edge of the table).
Your superior will give order as to whether you should
stand or sit when answering a question.
If you can answer a question, hold your upper body
very erect and give the instructor a pointed look.
(Do not raise your hand.)
Always look at the instructor. Sit in a
staggered arrangement. If high-ranking superiors
are present, do not let yourself be distracted by
The instructor's questions must be answered loudly and
cheerfully. When the instructor asks a question,
he wants to hear what the individual has understood or
remembered. For this reason, it is incorrect to
answer a question simply with "Yes" or
"No." Each question must be answered
with at least one complete sentence.
Giving another student the answer is false
comradeship, because the other student learns nothing.
He will also depend on his comrade and not pay
attention in class. Thus, a person who gives
answers to another student encourages laziness and is
also guilty if, later, the lazy comrade can do
nothing. Moreover, your superior usually notices
even the most seemingly inconspicuous of whisperings
and will take severe action against this bad habit.
The well-mannered soldier controls himself and does
not blurt out an answer without being asked, simply
because he believes that at that moment he is
It is customary in many schools to take notes during
the lecture. In the military classroom, writing
must be done only on command, because it is impossible
to listen with full attention to the explanations of
your superior when you are writing.
When you are called to the blackboard to demonstrate,
do not turn your back to the class. Always stand
next to the blackboard.
When a soldier does not understand something, he
should not hesitate to ask his superior. It is
wrong to think that asking a question of the
instructor or of other students makes one look
It is stupid to laugh at a comrade who learns more
slowly in class, since everyone has certain tasks that
he finds particularly difficult.