Please, help me clarify the meaning of ''To banish the air of the rustic''.
The position in which a soldier should move, determines that in which he should stand still. Too
many methods cannot be used to supple the recruit, and banish the air of the rustic.
(Source: RULES AND REGULATIONS
MANUAL and PLATOON EXERCISES,
HIS MAJESTY'S FORCES.
FOR THE USE OF THE
NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS OF THE
BRITISH ARMY. 1816)
To stop the soldiers moving in ways that made them look like the peasants/farm labourers, which many would have been before becoming soldiers.