last year I had a cadet who had absolutely NO hand eye coordination and couldnt march if her life depended on it. It took me days to figure out what she was doing wrong with her about faces. She was pivoting on her left toe right toe, so it came out all messed up every time. then we tried to fix it and she did heel-heel. after about 2 months she finally started to get it, but she was still completely lost.
Marching was horendous. She didnt understand the "pivot points" in columns. I stayed after school with her everyday with sidewalk chalk and traced her steps untill she understood that the 3 people infront of her had to pivot before she did. It took forever, but the sidewalk chalk actually helped.
With kids who cant understand it is easiest to break it down step by step.
As for the ADD problem, give them something else to concentrate on. If the get all jumpy in inspection have them sing songs to themselves in their heads, or even make a game out of inpsection. have him listen for howmany times the inpector asks a certain question, this will keep him from makeing noise dirung inspection and he wont get bored.
Cadet 2nd lieutenant Alison Stinson Semper Fidelis LCPL Rob Backus USMC, Iraq PFC Brandon Eason USMC, Iraq and Seaman Recruit Bridgette Walker USN, Illinois We miss you guys!