Manual for NCOs and Privates of Infantry US Army - 1917

Front Cover, Manual for Noncommissioned Officers and Privates of Infantry of The Army of The United States, 1917.

Front Cover, Manual for Noncommissioned Officers and Privates of Infantry of The Army of The United States, 1917. GGA Image ID # 18212d10db

War Department, Manual for Noncommissioned Officers and Privates of Infantry of The Army of The United States: 1917, © 1917, Government Printing Office, Washington, Hardcover, 350 Pages.  To be used by Engineer companies (dismounted) and Coast Artillery companies for Infantry instruction and training. War Department Document No. 574, Office of the Adjutant General.


This is the official Army Manual for Noncommissioned Officers and Solider in the United States Army used in World War I. The book outlines the standards of discipline and courtesy; arms, uniforms and equipment; personal hygiene and care of feet; extracts from the Infantry Drill Regulations; Field Service; Marching and Camping; Target Practice; Extracts from the Manual of Interior Guard; Map Reading and Sketching; Message Blanks; Signals and Codes; First Aid Rules; Laws and Regulations; and Contains an English-French vocabulary. The Appendix also provides a Form for the Last Will and Testament.


Washington, April 14, 1917.

The following Manual for Noncommissioned Officers and Privates of Infantry of the Army of the United States is approved and herewith published for the information and government of all concerned.

This manual will also be used by Engineer companies (dismounted) and Coast Artillery companies in connection with Infantry instruction and training prescribed by the War Department.

By order of the Secretary of War:

Major General, Chief of Staff.

Official :

The Adjutant General.

Extract of Section 1: Oath of Enlistment

Every soldier on enlisting in the Army takes upon himself the following obligation:

“I, [Name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the United States of America ; that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies whomsoever; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States, and the orders of the officers appointed over me according to the Rules and Articles of War.” (109th Article of War.)

Chapter Headings:

  1. Military Discipline and Courtesy
  2. Arms, Uniforms and Equipment
  3. Rations and Forage
  4. Personal Hygiene and Care of the Feet
  5. Extracts from Infantry Drill Regulations, 1911
  6. Field Service
  7. Marching and Camping
  8. Target Practice
  9. Extracts from Manual of Interior Guard Duty, 1914
  10. Map Reading and Sketching
  11. Message Blanks
  12. Signals and Codes
  13. First Aid Rules
  14. Laws and Regulations
  15. English-French Vocabulary
  16. Appendix: Form for Last Will and Testament

Table of Contents

Chapter I. Military discipline and courtesy

  • Section 1. Oath of enlistment
  • Section 2. Obedience
  • Section 3. Loyalty
  • Section 4. Discipline
  • Section 5. Military courtesy
  • Section 6. Saluting
  • Section 7. Rules governing saluting
  • Section 8. Courtesies in conversation

Chapter II. Arms, uniforms, and equipment

  • Section 1. The rifle
  • Section 2. Care of the rifle
  • Section 3. Cleaning the rifle
  • Section 4. Uniforms
  • Section 5. The service kit
  • Section 6. The surplus kit
  • Section 7. Assembling infantry equipment

Chapter III. Rations and forage

  • Section 1. The ration
  • Section 2. Individual cooking
  • Section 3. The forage ration

Chapter IV. Personal hygiene and care of the feet

Chapter V. Extracts from Infantry Drill Regulations, 1911

  • Section 1. Definitions
  • Section 2. Introduction
  • Section 3. Orders, commands, and signals
  • Section 4. School of the soldier
  • Section 5. School of the squad
  • Section 6. School of the company
  • Section 7. Company inspection
  • Section 8. Manual of tent pitching
  • Section 9. Manual of the bayonet

Chapter VI. Field service

  • Section 1. Principles of Infantry training
  • Section 2. Combat
  • Section 3. Patrolling
  • Section 4. Advance guards
  • Section 5. Rear guards
  • Section 6. Flank guards
  • Section 7. Outposts
  • Section 8. Rifle trenches

Chapter VII. Marching and camping

  • Section 1. Breaking camp and preparation for a march
  • Section 2. Marching
  • Section 3. Making camp
  • Section 4. Camp service and duties

Chapter VIII. Target practice

  • Section 1. Preliminary training in marksmanship
  • Section 2. Sight adjustment
  • Section 3. Table of sight corrections
  • Section 4. Aiming
  • Section 5. Battle sight
  • Section 6. Trigger squeeze
  • Section 7. Firing positions
  • Section 8. Calling the shot
  • Section 9. Coordination
  • Section 10. Advice to riflemen
  • Section 11. The course in small-arms firing
  • Section 12. Targets
  • Section 13. Pistol and revolver practice

Chapter IX. Extracts from Manual of Interior Guard Duty, 1914

  • Section 1. Introduction
  • Section 2. Classification of interior guards
  • Section 3. Details and rosters
  • Section 4. Commander of the guard
  • Section 5. Sergeant of the guard
  • Section 6. Corporal of the guard
  • Section 7. Musicians of the guard
  • Section 8. Orderlies and color sentinels
  • Section 9. Privates of the guard
  • Section 10. Orders for sentinels
  • Section 11. Countersigns and paroles
  • Section 12. Guard patrols
  • Section 13. Watchmen
  • Section 14. Compliments from guards
  • Section 15. Prisoners
  • Section 16. Guarding prisoners
  • Section 17. Flags
  • Section 18. Reveille and retreat gun
  • Section 19. Guard mounting
  • Section 20. Formal guard mounting for Infantry
  • Section 21. Informal guard mounting for Infantry
  • Section 22. Relieving the old guard

Chapter X. Map Reading and Sketching

  • Section 1. Military map reading
  • Section 2. Sketching,

Chapter XI. Message Blanks

Chapter XII. Signals and codes

Chapter XIII. First-aid rules

Chapter XIV. Laws and regulations

  • Section 1. General provisions
  • Section 2. The Army of the United States
  • Section 3. Rank and precedence of officers and noncommissioned officers
  • Section 4. Insignia of officers and noncommissioned officers
  • Section 5. Extracts from the Articles of War

Chapter XV. English-French vocabulary

Appendix. Form for last will and testament

Library of Congress Catalog Listing

  • LC Control No.: war17000133
  • Type of Material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
  • Corporate Name: United States. War Dept.
  • Main Title: Manual for noncommissioned officers and privates of infantry of the army of the United States.
  • Published/Created: Washington, Govt. print. off., 1917.
  • Description: 350 p. illus., pl., 2-fold. diagram. 14 cm.
  • Subjects: United States. Army. Infantry --Drill and tactics. United States. Army --Handbooks, manuals, etc. United States. Army --Non-commissioned officers’ handbooks.
  • LC Classification: UD153. A4 1917
  • Geographic Area Code: n-us---
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