MCRD Parris Island: Drill Manual

The Regimental Commander is responsible for ensuring close order drill training is properly conducted. The effectiveness of this training will be monitored through scheduled periods of close order drill, parades and ceremonies and the drill evaluations of each recruit series. Battalion Commanders are responsible for ensuring close order drill training is properly conducted within their respective battalions. Close Order Drill within the recruit training environment will be supervised, graded and monitored by the Regimental Drill Master in consonance with Drill Instructors working with Recruit platoons and DI School Instructors working with students. In addition, selected periods of instruction will be evaluated by assigned monitors. Below depicts the Marine Corps' official drill manual:

CLOSE ORDER DRILL MANUAL

CONTENTS

CHAPTER INTRODUCTION

1 INDIVIDUAL MOVEMENTS WITHOUT ARMS
2 INDIVIDUAL MOVEMENTS WITH ARMS
3 PLATOON MOVEMENTS
4 GUIDON MANUAL
5 THE COLOR GUARD
6 SWORD MANUAL
7 INSPECTION PROCEDURES
8 COMPANY DRILL
9 INSTRUCTIONS FOR DRILL EVALUATIONS
10 RECRUIT GRADUATIONS
APPENDIX
A BATTALION PARADE
B INDOOR GRADUATION CEREMONY SEQUENCE OF EVENTS


0001. CONDUCT OF DRILL

1. Training recruits in close order drill is an important duty. From the beginning of his career, each Drill Instructor (DI) should take pride in being considered a proficient DI. If he knows the drill regulations and how to teach, he will soon be known as such, and will gain the respect and confidence of those he commands.

2. When the DI corrects a movement, the individual or platoon will immediately be required to repeat the movement properly. Recruits will be reprimanded only as a last resort.

3. The new DI in the platoon will be given the opportunity to teach drill to the platoon. The opportunity to teach drill will increase his confidence and give him experience. Before a drill period, the DI will thoroughly study the movements to be taught. The Senior Drill Instructor (SDI) will monitor the period of instruction to ensure the movements were taught thoroughly and correctly.

4. The DI will briefly explain and demonstrate each new movement prior to its execution by recruits. Drill movements will be divided into individual motions for instruction. Movements with counts will be divided into counts for instruction. Immediately after the DI's explanation and demonstration, the recruits will execute the movement by the numbers. When drill is executed by the numbers, the first motion is made on the command of execution. Subsequent motions are made in proper order on the commands TWO, THREE, FOUR; the number of counts depending upon the number of motions in the movement. To use this method the command, "By-the-Numbers," precedes the preparatory command. The DI from the team will check each recruit's position for correctness before commanding the next higher number. Recruits are required to execute the movements unassisted. Each position or movement must be thoroughly understood before another is attempted. Recruits will execute the movement by-the-numbers until they understand the counts and all the requirements of the movement.

5. Recruits who learn slowly will receive remedial instruction in drill from the Platoon DI.

6. All drill movements are executed smartly and with snap. In drill, to execute a movement smartly and with snap means to execute it briskly, with precision. Movements in drill will make a slight sound, however, no attempt to gain excessive noise will be made.

7. The DI is an example to his recruits. When conducting close order drill, the recruit often observes his DI and tries to be like him. For this reason the DI will maintain proper bearing at all times when in command of or assisting in the correction of recruit movements. To give commands the DI will assume the position of attention. After giving the command, he may look around to observe the platoon or move to another position to make corrections. He must retain proper bearing throughout the drill period.

8. The command AS YOU WERE, cancels a movement or order started but not completed. If the movement is completed, an appropriate command will be given to place the recruits back to their former position. For example, if the command trail arms was given and the recruits finished executing the movement, the command to get the recruits back to their original position would be order arms. The phrases, "Get Back" and "Square it Away" are not commands and will not be used.

0002. GENERAL DRILL INFORMATION

1. Close order drill is recognized as one of the main methods employed in changing recruits into highly disciplined Marines. Every recruit leaving Recruit Training Regiment (RTR) will be proficient in close order drill.

2. The optimum length of a drill period is two hours. After the second hour, interest and attention will lag and the instruction will become both inefficient and unproductive. If more than two hours of drill are scheduled during a day, the drill will not be continuous. At least one hour of non-drill related training will be conducted after every two hours of drill.

3. The preferred locations for drill are the Depot main parade deck, the 3d Battalion and 4th Battalion parade decks. This does not prohibit the DI from conducting limited drill while marching to and from different activities. There are also times when a platoon may have a few minutes to spare while waiting for an activity to start. Under these conditions, time will be utilized gainfully. Therefore, drill may be conducted under the above circumstances.

4. During a recruit's initial training, very little space is required for drill instruction. While teaching facing movements, the concrete aprons adjacent to the permanent barracks may be utilized. However, the wash rack and clothes line areas of these buildings will not be used. Also, during inclement weather the interior of the permanent barracks may be used to teach those movements.

5. The spirit and intent of the regimental drill policy is:

a. Drill instruction will be progressive.

b. Drill instruction will be continuous throughout the entire recruit training cycle.

c. Drill will be conducted in highly visible areas that are often frequented by regimental supervisory personnel.

6. The Regimental Drill Master will assist in standardizing drill throughout the Regiment. If any questions arise about drill or any advice is needed by a battalion, his assistance will be requested. The Regimental S-3 Officer will make the Drill Master available, whenever possible, for monitoring drill periods as well as final drill evaluations.

0003. GENERAL INFORMATION

1. PURPOSE OF DRILL. A commander uses drill to:

a. Move his unit from one place to another in a standard, orderly manner, while maintaining the best appearance possible.

b. Teach discipline by instilling habits of precision and automatic response to orders.

c. Increase the confidence of his junior officers and of his noncommissioned officers through the exercise of command, when they give proper commands and control drilling troops.

d. Enhance morale by developing team spirit.

e. Give troops an opportunity to handle individual weapons.

2. Definitions

a. General. The DI will thoroughly acquaint himself with common drill terms and their meanings, as well as present this information to his recruits in their phases of drill instruction.

b. Drill Terms

(1) Element. An individual, squad, section, platoon, company, or other unit which is part of a larger unit.

(2) Formation. Arrangement of elements of a unit in line, in column, or in any other prescribed manner.

(3) Line. A formation in which the elements are abreast, except that a section or platoon is in line when its squads are in line and one behind the other.

(4) Rank. A line of men or vehicles placed side by side.

(5) Column. A formation in which elements are placed one behind the other, except that a section or platoon is in column when its squads are in column and abreast.

(6) File. A single column of men or vehicles one behind the other.

(7) Flank. The right or left extremity of a unit either in line or in column. The element on the extreme right or left of the line. A direction at a right angle to the direction an element of a formation is facing.

(8) Depth. The space from head to rear of an element or a formation. The depth of a man is considered to be 12 inches.

(9) Front. The space occupied by an element or a formation, measured from one flank to the other. The front of a man is considered to be 22 inches.

(10) Distance. Space between elements in the direction of depth. Between individuals, the space between your chest and the man to the front. Between vehicles, the space between the front end of a vehicle and the rear of the vehicle to its front. Between troops in formation (either on foot, mounted, or in vehicles), the space from the front of the rear unit to the rear of the unit in front. Platoon commanders, guides, and others whose positions in a formation are 40 inches from a rank are, themselves, considered a rank. Otherwise, commanders and those with them are not considered in measuring distance between units. The color guard is not considered in measuring distance between subdivisions of the unit with which it is posted. In troop formations the distance between ranks is 40 inches.

(11) Interval. The lateral space between elements on the same line. Interval is measured between individuals from shoulder to shoulder. It is measured between elements other than individuals and between formations from flank to flank. Unit commanders and those with them are not considered in measuring interval between elements of the unit with which it is posted. Normal interval between individuals is one arms length. Close interval is the horizontal distance between the shoulder and elbow when the left hand is placed on the left hip. Close Interval between individuals is approximately four inches.

(12) Alignment. The dressing of several elements on a straight line.

(13) Base. The element on which a movement is regulated.

(14) Guide. The individual (base) upon whom a formation, or elements thereof, regulates its march. To guide: to regulate interval, direction, alignment, or cadence on a base file (right, left or center).

(15) Point of rest. The point toward which all elements of a unit establish their dress or alignment.

(16) Center. The middle point or element of a unit or the left center element for an even number of elements.

(17) Head. The leading element of a column.

(18) Pace. The length of a full step in quick time, 30 inches.

(19) Step. The distance from heel to heel between the feet of a marching man. The half step and back step are 15 inches. The right and left steps are 12 inches. The steps in quick and double time are 30 and 36 inches, respectively.

(20) Cadence. A rhythmic rate of march at a uniform step.

(21) Quick time. Cadence at 120 steps (12, 15, or 30 inches in length) per minute. It is the normal cadence for drill and ceremonies.

(22) Double time. Cadence at 180 steps (36 inches in length) per minute.

(23) Slow time. Cadence at 60 steps per minute. Used for funerals only.

(24) Left (Right). Extreme left (right) element or edge of a body of troops.

(25) Mass formation. The formation of a company or larger unit in which the major elements are in column at close interval and abreast at close interval.

(26) Parade sling. The rifle will have a parade sling for all movements except for Stack Arms and Sling Arms. The rifle sling will be as tight as possible on the left hand side of the pistol grip near the selector. The upper sling keeper will be positioned so the sling does not dangle.

(27) Extended mass formation. The formation of a company or larger unit in which the major elements are in column at close or normal interval and abreast at a specified interval greater than normal interval.

(28) Piece. An individual firearm such as a rifle, carbine, or automatic rifle.

(29) Snap. In commands or signals, the quality that inspires immediate response. In drill, the immediate and smart execution of a movement.

SCOPE

3. DRILL INSTRUCTOR QUALITIES

a. The role of the DI is an important duty. He must have pride in his ability and efficiency in teaching drill. It is not enough just to know the drill regulations, but he MUST be able to explain these regulations to recruits in a manner which will be understood by the recruit.

b. In addition, the DI must:

(1) Follow regulations strictly, as an example to the recruits under his instruction.

(2) Have ENERGY, PATIENCE, and SPIRIT.

(3) Display military neatness and bearing.

(4) Watch all recruits closely and constantly, IMMEDIATELY correcting any and all mistakes noted.

c. When the DI corrects a movement, the individual or unit should IMMEDIATELY be required to repeat the movement properly.

d. Before a drill period, the DI should thoroughly study the movements to be executed.

e. The DI's post is that of the commander. He may place himself where he can best control and observe his unit, to ensure proper performance.

f. The basic instruction group for drill is the SQUAD; the basic group for conduct of drill is the PLATOON; and the basic group for inspections is the COMPANY.

4. COMMANDS AND THE COMMAND VOICE

a. Types of Commands

(1) Preparatory command. Indicates a movement is to be executed.

(2) Command of execution. Causes the desired movement to be executed.

(3) Commands given without inflection. Have no preparatory command and are considered commands of execution.

(4) Supplementary commands. Are commands given by subordinates during the execution of platoon movements.

b. The only position for giving commands is the position of attention while facing the unit being commanded.

c. Command Voice

(1) GOOD POSTURE, PROPER BREATHING, and the correct use of the throat and mouth muscles help develop a commander's voice.

(2) PROJECTING THE VOICE enables one to be heard at a maximum range without undue strain. Good exercises are:

(a) Yawning to get the feel of the open mouth and throat.

(b) Counting and saying the vowel sounds "oh" and "ah" in a full, firm voice.

(c) Giving commands in a uniform cadence, prolonging each syllable.

(d) When practicing, stand erect, keep the mouth open wide, and relax the throat.

(3) Develop the diaphragm to give commands properly.

(4) Allow the throat, nose, and mouth to act as amplifiers, with the sounds coming from the diaphragm.

(a) Relax the throat.

(b) Lower jaw and lips should be loose.

(c) Mouth opened wide.

(d) Vowel sound prolonged (a, e, i, o, and u).

(e) Consonants (letters other than vowels) should be curt and sharply cut off.

(5) Inflection is the rise and fall in pitch, the tone changes of the voice.

(a) Preparatory commands are delivered with rising inflection.

(b) Commands of execution are delivered in a sharper and higher pitch than the last tone of the preparatory command. It must have SNAP, ending like the crack of a whip.

(c) Commands given without inflection (such as FALL IN, AT EASE, REST) are given in the uniform high pitch and loudness of a command of execution.

(d) The command, AS YOU WERE cancels a movement or order started but not completed. At this command, troops should resume their former positions.


CHAPTER 1 INDIVIDUAL MOVEMENTS WITHOUT ARMS

GENERAL 1000
POSITION OF ATTENTION 1001
RESTS 1002
HALT 1003
EYES RIGHT/LEFT 1004
HAND SALUTE 1005
FACINGS 1006
QUICK TIME 1007
DOUBLE TIME 1008
MARK TIME 1009
DOUBLE TIME IN PLACE 1010
HALF STEP 1011
BACK STEP 1012
SIDE STEP 1013
FACE TO THE LEFT (RIGHT) IN MARCHING 1014
CHANGE STEP 1015
FACE TO THE REAR IN MARCHING 1016
TO MARCH AT REST 1017

1000. GENERAL

1. The introduction and summary to each movement will contain certain required information. "P.C.W.C." is prescribed for purposes of brevity and clarity:

(P) Purpose of the movement.

(C) Number of counts involved in its execution.

(W) When the movement may be executed.

(C) Commands to cause the movement to be executed.

NOTE: Commands will be broken down by (1) stating what the command is; (2) stating what the preparatory command and the command of execution are; (3) giving the command in the appropriate voice.

2. Movements that can be executed both from the halt and while marching will be taught from the halt first.

3. Each movement will be explained and demonstrated in detail and then demonstrated as it is executed in cadence.

4. When executed from the halt, all steps in marching, except right step, begin with the left foot.

5. The DI indicates the proper cadence, when necessary, by counting cadence. The only movement that requires the DI to count cadence is side step.

6. Commands of execution are given as the foot on the side of the desired direction of march strikes the deck.

7. There will be a one count pause between the last syllable of the preparatory command and the command of execution. Larger units may require a longer pause. Commands from the halt are given at the cadence of quick time cadence.

8. Before explaining any individual movement, the instructor

must give the "P.C.W.C" for that movement.

a. Example. The movement I will explain and demonstrate is the position of attention.

b. Introduction

(1) P - Basic military position from which most other drill movements are executed.

(2) C - There are no counts involved in this movement.

However, there are seven steps in describing this movement.

(3) W - This movement is executed when halted at any position of rest or while marching at route step or at ease.

(4) C - The commands for this movement are ATTENTION or FALL IN. Attention is proceeded by a preparatory command that is designated by the size of the unit, such as squad, platoon, or company. For the purpose of my demonstration, I will use a squad. Fall In is a combined command given without rise or inflection of the voice. The command will sound like this: Squad, ATTENTION; FALL IN.

c. Body

(1) Explain and demonstrate the seven steps.

(2) After teaching the movement, the DI will cause his squad or himself to execute the movement in cadence. Give all commands, as commands.

d. Summary. Upon completing the movement the DI will summarize by restating the P.C.W.C.

1001. POSITION OF ATTENTION

1. (P) Basic military position from which most other drill movements are executed.

(C) No counts, however, there are seven steps in describing the position of attention.

(W) This movement is executed when halted, at any position of

rest, while marching, at route step or at ease.

(C) (Squad, Platoon or Company) ATTENTION; FALL IN.

2. Bring your left heel against the right.

3. Turn your feet out equally to form an angle of 45 degrees. Keep your heels on the same line and touching.

4. Your legs should be straight, but not stiff at the knees.

5. Keep your hips and shoulders level and your chest lifted.

6. Your arms should hang naturally, thumbs along the trouser seams, palms facing inward toward your legs, and fingers joined in their natural curl.

7. Keep your head and body erect. Look straight ahead. Keep your mouth closed and your chin pulled in slightly.

8. Stand still and do not talk.

9. On the Command FALL IN. You would assume your position in ranks at the position of attention.

1002. REST

1. (P) To give the troops a rest from the position of attention.

(C) Parade rest, at ease and rest are one (1) count movements. Fall Out is not a precision movement and it has no counts.

(W) Halted at attention.

(C) PARADE REST, AT EASE, REST, FALL OUT.

2. Parade Rest. Assume you are halted at attention and you receive the command, PARADE, REST. On the preparatory command PARADE, shift the weight of your body to the right leg without noticeable movement. On the command of execution REST and for the count of one, move the left foot smartly twelve inches to the left of the right foot (One). The twelve inches are measured from the inside of the right heel to the inside of the left heel. The heels remain on line. The legs remain straight without stiffness, allowing the body weight to rest equally on both legs. At the same time the left foot is moved, clasp the hands behind the back. The left hand is placed just below the belt, at the small of the back and the right hand is placed inside the left. The thumb of the right hand lightly grasps the thumb of the left hand. All the fingers are extended and joined and the palms are to the rear. The elbows will be in line with the body.

Silence and immobility are required. The only command you may receive while at parade rest is back to the position of attention, which is preceded by a preparatory command that is designated by the size of the unit such as squad, platoon or company. For the purpose of my demonstration I will use Squad. SQUAD, ATTENTION. On the command of execution, smartly bring the left heel against the right heel and at the same time drop the arms to the sides and assume the position of attention.

3. At Ease. Assume you are halted at attention and you receive the command, AT EASE. At the command AT EASE and for the count of one, the only requirement is that the right foot remains in place. You may move about and adjust equipment. Silence must be maintained. The only command you may receive while at ease is back to the position of attention, which is preceded by a preparatory command that is designated by the size of the unit such as squad, platoon or company. For the purpose of my demonstration, I will use Squad. On the preparatory command Squad, assume the position of parade rest. On the command of execution ATTENTION, smartly bring the left heel against the right heel, at the same time drop the arms to the sides and assume the position of attention. You may also be given this command when not in ranks. In this case it means cease talking but continue whatever you were doing before the command.

4. Rest. Assume you are halted at attention and you receive the command, REST. At the command REST and for the count of one, the only requirement is that your right foot remain in place. You may move about, adjust equipment, and talk in a low conversational tone. The only command you may receive while at rest is back to the position of attention, which is preceded by a preparatory command that is designated by the size of the unit such as squad, platoon or company. For the purpose of my demonstration, I will use Squad. On the preparatory command Squad, assume the position of parade rest. On the command of execution ATTENTION, smartly bring the left heel against the right heel, at the same time drop the arms to the sides and assume the position of attention.

5. Fall Out. Assume you are halted at attention and you receive the command, FALL OUT. On the command FALL OUT, you will leave your position in ranks. You will go to a predesignated area or remain in the immediate vicinity. The only command you may receive from fall out is FALL IN. On the command FALL IN, you will resume your position in ranks at the position of attention.

1003. HALT

1. (P) To halt the unit.

(C) Quick time - 2 counts. Double time - 3 counts.

(W) Quick time, double time, mark time, half step, back step, and double time in place.

(C) Squad, Platoon or Company HALT. (Preparatory commands are designated by the size of the unit).

2. To Halt While Marching Forward at Quick Time Cadence. Assume you are marching forward at quick time and you receive the command, Squad, HALT. The command of execution may be given as either foot strikes the deck. For the purpose of my demon- stration, I will give the command as the right foot strikes the deck, Squad, HALT (Step). On the command of execution HALT, your next step and for the first count of HALT, you will take one more 30-inch step with the left foot (Step). Your next step and for the second count of halt, you would smartly bring your right heel against the left heel and assume the position of attention (Step). You will remain in this position until given another command.

3. To Halt While Marching Forward At Double Time Cadence. Assume you are marching forward at double time and you receive the command, SQUAD, HALT. The command of execution may be given as either foot strikes the deck. For the purpose of my demon- stration, I will give the command as the left foot strikes the deck, Squad, HALT (Step). On the command of execution HALT, your next step and for the first count of halt, would be one more 36-inch step to the front with your right foot (Step). Your next step and for the second count of halt, would be a 30-inch step to the front with your left foot decreasing the cadence and lowering the arms to the quick time position (Step). Your next step and for the third count of halt, you would smartly bring the right heel against the left heel and assume the position of attention (Step). You will remain in this position until given another command.

4. To Halt While Marking Time. Assume you are marking time and you receive the command, Squad, HALT. The command of execution may be given as either foot strikes the deck. For the purpose of my demonstration, I will give the command as the right foot strikes the deck, Squad, HALT (Step). On the command of exe- cution HALT, your next step and for the first count of halt, will be one more two-inch vertical step in place with the left foot (Step). Your next step and for the second count of halt will be a two-inch vertical step in place with the right foot, and smartly bring the right heel against the left heel, and assume the position of attention (Step). You will remain in this position until given another command.

5. To Halt While Double Timing In Place. Assume you are double timing in place and you receive the command, Squad, HALT. The command of execution may be given as either foot strikes the deck. For the purpose of my demonstration, I will give the command as the left foot strikes the deck, Squad, HALT (Step). On the command of execution HALT, your next step and for the first count of halt, will be one more six-inch vertical step in place with the right foot (Step). Your next step and for the second count of halt will be a two-inch vertical step in place with the left foot decreasing the cadence and lowering the arms to the quick time position (Step). Your next step and for the third count of halt, will be a two-inch vertical step in place with the right foot, bringing the right heel smartly against the left heel and assume the position of attention (Step). You will remain in this position until given another command.

6. To Halt While Marching Forward at a Half Step. Assume you are marching forward at a half step and you receive the command, Squad, HALT. The command of execution may be given as either foot strikes the deck. For the purpose of my demonstration, I will give the command as the right foot strikes the deck, Squad, HALT (Step). On the command of execution HALT, your next step and for the first count of halt, will be one more 15-inch step to the front with your left foot (Step). Your next step and for the second count of halt, you will smartly bring the right heel against the left heel and assume the position of attention (Step). You will remain in this position until given another command.

7. To Halt While Marching Backward at a Back Step. Assume you are marching backward at a back step and you receive the command Squad, HALT. The command of execution may be given as either foot strikes the deck. For the purpose of my demonstration, I will give the command as the right foot strikes the deck, Squad, HALT (Step). On the command of execution HALT, your next step and for the first count of halt, will be one more 15-inch step backward with your left foot (Step). Your next step and for the second count of halt, you will smartly bring the right heel against the left heel and assume the position of attention (Step). You will remain in this position until given another command.

1004. EYES RIGHT/LEFT

1. (P) Used as a courtesy to reviewing officers and dignitaries during parades and ceremonies.

(C) One Count.

(W) Halted at attention or marching at quick time.

(C) EYES RIGHT, READY FRONT; EYES LEFT, READY FRONT.

2. Eyes Right

a. At the Halt. Assume you are halted at attention. Upon the approach of the reviewing officer, the unit leader will command, EYES, RIGHT. On the command of execution RIGHT and for the count of one, all members of the formation, to include the platoon guide, will smartly turn their heads and eyes 45 degrees to the right. The shoulders remain square to the front. There is no command to terminate this movement. When the reviewing officer comes into your line of vision, you will follow his move- ment with your head and eyes until they are straight to the front. At this time, the movement is terminated and you will remain at the position of attention.

b. On the March. Assume you are marching at quick time (Step). The unit leader will give the command when he is six paces from the reviewing officer. The command of execution will be given as the right foot strikes the deck as this is a movement to the right. EYES, RIGHT (Step). On the command of execution RIGHT and for the count of one, your next step would be a 30-inch step to the front with your left foot. At the same time all files, except the right file, will smartly turn their head and eyes 45 degrees to the right (Step). The shoulders remain square to the front. The members of the right file will keep their head and eyes to the front. You will continue to march until given the next command. The command to terminate this movement is, READY, FRONT. The command of execution is given when the last rank is six paces beyond the reviewing officer and is given as the left foot strikes the deck as this involves a movement to the left. READY, FRONT (Step). On the command of execution, your next step is a 30-inch step to the front with your right foot. At the same time, all members who have executed eyes right will turn their head and eyes to the front (Step). You will continue to march until given another command.

3. Eyes Left. The movement of eyes left may only be executed while marching and is normally done during street parades, when the reviewing stand is on the left. Assume you are marching at quick time (Step). The unit leader will give the command when he is six paces from the reviewing officer. The command of exe- cution is given as the left foot strikes the deck, as this involves a movement to the left. EYES LEFT (Step). On the com- mand of execution LEFT and for the count of one, your next step will be a 30-inch step to the front with your right foot. At the same time, all files, except the left file, will smartly turn their head and eyes 45 degrees to the left (Step). The shoulders remain square to the front. The members of the left file will keep their head and eyes to the front. You will continue to march until given the next command. The command to terminate this movement is, READY, FRONT. The command of execution is given when the last rank is six paces beyond the reviewing officer, and is given as the right foot strikes the deck as this involves a movement to the right. READY, FRONT (Step). On command of execution, your next step is a 30-inch step to the front with your left foot. At the same time, all members who have executed an eyes left will smartly turn their head and eyes to the front (Step). You will continue to march until given another command.

1005. HAND SALUTE

1. (P) Used as a form of courtesy used between members of the Armed Forces.

(C) One count.

(W) Halted at attention or marching at quick time.

(C) HAND SALUTE, READY TWO, PRESENT ARMS and ORDER ARMS.

2. On Command of Hand Salute. Assuming you are halted at attention and you receive the command, HAND, SALUTE. At the command of execution, and for the count of one, smartly and in the most direct manner raise the right hand until the tip of the right forefinger touches the lower portion of the headdress above and slightly to the right of the right eye (One). The fingers will be extended and joined, the thumb along the hand and the palm down. You should be able to see the entire palm when looking straight ahead. The wrist and forearm are straight. The forearm is inclined at an angle of 45 degrees. The upper arm is parallel to the deck, with the elbow in line with the body. The command to terminate the salute is, READY, TWO. On the command TWO, smartly and in the most direct manner, return the right hand to the right side and assume the position of attention (Two). You would remain in this position until given another command.

3. On Command Present Arms. The hand salute is executed on the command of present arms when unarmed or when you are armed with a weapon which has no prescribed manual of present arms or when you are armed with a weapon at sling arms.

a. Present Arms. I will explain and demonstrate as though armed with an M-16A2 rifle at sling arms. Assume you are halted at sling arms and you receive the command, PRESENT, ARMS. On the command of execution ARMS, and for the count of one, smartly and in the most direct manner, bring the left hand across the body and grasp the sling of the rifle just above the right hand (One). The palm is turned towards the rear. The fingers are joined. The fingers and thumb are wrapped around the sling. The left wrist and forearm are straight, and the elbow is against the body. For the count of two, release the grasp with the right hand and execute the hand salute (Two).

b. Order Arms. The only command you may receive from this position is, ORDER, ARMS. At the command of execution ARMS, smartly and in the most direct manner, return the right hand to the right side (One). For the count of two, regrasp the sling with the right hand just below the left hand (Two). The palm of the right hand is turned toward the sling. The fingers are joined. The thumb and fingers are wrapped around the sling. The right wrist and forearm are straight and parallel to the deck. The elbow holds the rifle against the body. For the count of three, release the left hand from the sling, and smartly and in the most direct manner return the left hand to the left side, assuming the position of attention at sling arms (Three). You would remain in this position until given another command.

4. Without Commands. You may salute without command while walking or while seated in a vehicle. The salute is rendered when the person or color to be saluted is at a six pace distance, or at the nearest point of approach if it is not within six paces. The salute will not be rendered if the person or color to be saluted does not approach within thirty paces. Assume you are walking down the street and you meet an officer. When he comes within saluting distance, you would execute a hand salute, at the same time turn your head in the direction of the officer. A hand salute to an officer is always accompanied by an appropriate greeting, such as "Good morning, sir/maam". When you are in a group, but not a formation, the entire group will salute at one time. When you are in a formation the senior man will call the formation to attention if not already at attention, and he will salute for the unit. Assume you are walking down the street and a color approaches. Render a hand salute when the color is at six paces and terminate your salute when the color has passed beyond six paces.

1006. FACING

1. (P) To face the unit to the right, left or about.

(C) Two counts.

(W) Halted at attention.

(C) RIGHT FACE, LEFT FACE, ABOUT FACE.

2. Right Face. Assume you are halted at attention and you receive the command, RIGHT, FACE. At the command of execution FACE and for the count of one, slightly lift the toe of the right foot and the heel of the left foot, facing 90 degrees to the right by pivoting on the right heel, assisted by a slight pressure from the left toe (ONE). Hold the left leg straight without stiffness with the thumbs along the seams of the trousers. For the count of two, smartly bring the left heel against the right heel, assuming the position of attention (TWO).

You will remain in this position until given another command.

3. Left Face. Assume you are halted at attention and you receive the command, LEFT, FACE. At the command of execution FACE and for the count of one, slightly lift the toe of the left foot and the heel of the right foot, facing 90 degrees to the left by pivoting on the left heel, assisted by a slight pressure from the right toe (ONE). Hold the right leg straight without stiffness with the thumbs along the seams of the trousers. For the count of two, smartly bring the right heel against the left heel, assuming the position of attention (TWO). You will remain in this position until given another command.

4. About Face. Assume you are halted at attention and you receive the command, ABOUT, FACE. On the preparatory command About, shift the weight of your body to the left leg without noticeable movement. On the command of execution FACE, and for the count of one, place the ball of the right foot in a position touching the deck, one half of your foot's length to the rear and slightly to the left of your left heel (ONE). The right leg remains straight without stiffness. Most of the body weight rests on the left heel. The thumbs remain along the seams of the trousers. For the count of two, face to the rear by turning 180 degrees to the right about. Pivot on the left heel and the ball of the right foot, assuming the position of attention (TWO). If properly executed, the heels will be on line and touching when the movement is completed. You will remain in this position until given another command.

1007. QUICK TIME

1. (P) To march forward taking 120, 30-inch steps per minute.

(C) No counts.

(W) Halted at attention, marking time, marching forward at double time and marching at half step.

(C) FORWARD MARCH, QUICK TIME MARCH.

2. From the Halt. Assume you are halted at attention and you receive the command, FORWARD, MARCH. On the preparatory command FORWARD, shift the weight of your body to the right leg without noticeable movement. On the command of execution MARCH, smartly take a 30-inch step to the front with the left foot. Thirty inches being measured from the rear of the left heel to the rear of the right heel. At the same time begin to swing your arms from the shoulder in their natural arc, six inches to the front and three inches to the rear of your legs. You will continue to march without stiffness or exaggeration of movement, taking 120, 30-inch steps per minute, swinging the arms six inches to the front and three inches to the rear of your legs, until given another command.

3. While Marking Time. Assume you are marking time (Step) and you receive the command, FORWARD, MARCH. The command of execution may be given as either foot strikes the deck. For the purpose of my demonstration, I will give the command as the left foot strikes the deck. FORWARD, MARCH (Step). At the command of execution, MARCH, your next step would be one more two-inch vertical step in place with the right foot (Step). Your next step will be a 30-inch step to the front with your left foot (Step). Thirty inches are measured from the rear of the left heel to the rear of the right heel. You will continue to march, taking 120, 30-inch steps per minute, swinging your arms six inches to the front and three inches to the rear of your legs, until given another command.

4. While Marching Forward at Double Time. Assume you are marching forward at double time (Step) and you receive the command, QUICK TIME, MARCH. The command of execution may be given as either foot strikes the deck. For the purpose of my demonstration, I will give the command as the left foot strikes the deck. QUICK TIME, MARCH (Step). At the command of execution MARCH, your next step would be a 36-inch step to the front with your right foot (Step). Your next step will be a 30-inch step to the front with your left foot (Step). Thirty inches are measured from the rear of your left heel to the rear of your right heel. At the same time you will decrease the cadence to 120 steps per minute, and lower your arms to the quick time position. You will continue to march, taking 120, 30-inch steps per minute swinging your arms six inches to the front and three inches to the rear of your legs, until given another command.

5. While Marching at Half Step. Assume you are marching at half step (Step) and receive the command, FORWARD, MARCH. The command of execution may be given as either foot strikes the deck. For the purpose of my demonstration, I will give the command as the left foot strikes the deck. FORWARD, MARCH (Step). At the command of execution MARCH, your next step will be one more 15- inch step to the front with your right foot (STEP). Your next step will be a 30-inch step to the front with your left foot (Step). Thirty inches are measured from the rear of your left heel to the rear of your right heel. You will continue to march, taking 120, 30-inch steps per minute, swinging your arms six inches to the front and three inches to the rear of your legs, until given another command.

1008. DOUBLE TIME

1. (P) To march forward taking 180, 36-inch steps per minute.

(C) No counts.

(W) Halted at attention, marking time, double timing in place and marching forward at quick time.

(C) DOUBLE TIME, MARCH.

2. From the Halt. Assume you are halted at attention and you receive the command, DOUBLE TIME, MARCH. On the preparatory command DOUBLE TIME, shift the weight of your body to the right leg without noticeable movement. On the command of execution MARCH, smartly take a 36-inch step to the front with the left foot (Step). Thirty-six inches are measured from the rear of your left heel to the rear of your right heel. At the same time, raise the forearms to the horizontal position along the waistline, fingers closed, knuckles out. You will continue to march, taking 180 36-inch steps per minute, swinging your arms in their natural arc across the front of your body, until given another command.

3. While Marking Time. Assume you are marking time (Step) and you receive the command, DOUBLE TIME, MARCH. The command of execution may be given as either foot strikes the deck. For the purpose of my demonstration I will give the command as the left foot strikes the deck. DOUBLE TIME, MARCH (Step). At the command of execution MARCH, your next step will be one more two-inch vertical step in place with your right foot (Step). Your next step will be a 36-inch step to the front with your left foot (Step). Thirty six inches are measured from the rear of your left heel to the rear of your right heel. At the same time, increase the cadence to 180 steps per minute and raise the forearms to a horizontal position along the waistline, fingers closed, knuckles out. You will continue to double time, taking 180, 36-inch steps per minute, swinging your arms in their natural arc across the front of your body, until given another command.

4. While Double Timing in Place. Assume you are double timing in place and you receive the command, DOUBLE TIME, MARCH. The command of execution may be given as either foot strikes the deck. For the purpose of my demonstration, I will give the command as the left foot strikes the deck. DOUBLE TIME, MARCH (Step). At the command of execution MARCH, your next step will be one more six-inch vertical step in place with your right foot (Step). Your next step would be a 36-inch step to the front with your left foot (Step). Thirty six inches being measured from the rear of your left heel to the rear of your right heel. You will continue to double time, taking 180 36-inch steps per minute, swinging your arms in their natural arc across the front of your body until given another command.

5. While Marching Forward at Quick Time. Assume you are marching forward at quick time and receive the command, Double Time, MARCH. The command of execution may be given as either foot strikes the deck. For the purpose of my demonstration, I will give the command as the left foot strikes the deck. Double Time, MARCH. At the command of EXECUTION MARCH, your next step will be one more 30-inch step to the front with your right foot (Step). Your next step would be a 36-inch step to the front with your left foot (Step). Thirty six inches being measured from the rear of your left heel to the rear of the right heel. At the same time, increase the cadence to 180 steps per minute and raise the forearms to a horizontal position along the waistline, fingers closed, knuckles out. You will continue to double time, taking 180, 36-inch steps per minute, swinging your arms in their natural arc across the front of your body until given another command.

1009. MARK TIME

1. (P) To march in place at quick time cadence.

(C) No counts.

(W) Halted at attention, double timing in place, marching at half step and marching forward at quick time.

(C) MARK TIME, MARCH.

2. From the Halt. Assume you are halted at attention and you receive the command, MARK TIME, MARCH. On the preparatory command MARK TIME, shift the weight of your body to the right leg without noticeable movement. On the command of execution, MARCH, take a two-inch vertical step in place with your left foot (Step). Two inches are measured from the ball of the foot to the deck. The heel is four inches from the deck. At the same time, begin swinging your arms six inches to the front and three inches to the rear of your legs. You will continue marching in place, taking 120 two-inch vertical alternating steps per minute, swinging your arms six inches to the front and three inches to the rear of your legs, until given another command.

3. While Double Timing in Place. Assume you are double timing in place(Step) and you receive the command, MARK TIME, MARCH. The command of execution may be given as either foot strikes the deck. For the purpose of my demonstration, I will give the command as the left foot strikes the deck. MARK TIME, MARCH (Step). At the command of execution MARCH, your next step will be one more six-inch vertical step in place with your right foot (Step). Your next step will be a two-inch vertical step in place with your left foot (Step). Two inches are measured from the ball of the foot to the deck. The heel is four inches from the deck. At the same time, reduce the cadence to 120 steps per minute and lower the arms to quick time position. You will continue marching in place, taking 120 two-inch vertical alternating steps per minute, swinging your arms six inches to the front and three inches to the rear of your legs, until given another command.

4. While Marching at Half Step. Assume you are marching at half step (Step) and you receive the command, MARK TIME, MARCH. The command of execution may be given as either foot strikes the deck. For the purpose of my demonstration, I will give the command as the right foot strikes the deck. MARK TIME, MARCH (Step). At the command of execution MARCH, your next step will be one more 15-inch step to the front with your left foot (Step). Your next steps will be to bring your heels together as in halt, and without a loss of cadence, take a two-inch vertical step in place with your left foot (Step). Two inches are measured from the ball of the foot to the deck. The heel is four inches from the deck. You will continue marching in place, taking 120 two-inch vertical alternating steps per minute, swinging your arms six inches to the front and three inches to the rear of your legs, until given another command.

5. While Marching at Quick Time. Assume you are marching at quick time (Step) and you receive the command, MARK TIME, MARCH. The command of execution may be given as either foot strikes the deck. For the purpose of my demonstration, I will give the command as the right foot strikes the deck. MARK TIME, MARCH (Step). At the command of execution MARCH, your next step will be one more 30-inch step to the front with your left foot (Step). Your next steps will be to bring your heels together as in halt, and without a loss of cadence take a two-inch vertical step in place with the left foot (Step). Two inches are measured from the ball of the foot to the deck. The heel is four inches from the deck. You will continue marching in place, taking 120 two-inch vertical alternating steps per minute, swinging your arms six inches to the front and three inches to the rear of your legs, until given another command.

1010. DOUBLE TIME IN PLACE

1. (P) To march in place at double time cadence.

(C) No counts.

(W) Halted at attention, marking time and marching forward at double time.

(C) IN PLACE DOUBLE TIME, MARCH.

2. From the Halt. Assume you are halted at attention and you receive the command, IN PLACE DOUBLE TIME, MARCH. On the preparatory command, shift the weight of your body to your right leg without noticeable movement. On the command of execution MARCH, take a six inch vertical step in place with your left foot (Step). Six inches are measured from the ball of the foot to the deck. At the same time, raise the arms to the double time position. You will continue to double time in place, taking 180 six-inch vertical alternating steps per minute swinging your arms in their natural arc across the front of your body, until given another command.

3. While Marking Time. Assume you are marking time (Step) and you receive the command, IN PLACE DOUBLE TIME, MARCH. The command of execution may be given as either foot strikes the deck. For the purpose of my demonstration, I will give the command as the left foot strikes the deck. IN PLACE DOUBLE TIME, MARCH (Step). At the command of execution MARCH, your next step will be one more two-inch vertical step in place with your right foot (Step). Your next step will be a six-inch vertical step in place with your left foot (Step). Six inches are measured from the ball of the foot to the deck. At the same time, increase the cadence to 180 steps per minute and raise your arms to the double time position. You will continue to double time in place, taking 180 six-inch vertical alternating steps per minute, swinging your arms in their natural arc across the front of your body until given another command.

4. While Marching Forward at Double Time. Assume you are marching forward at double time (Step) and you receive the command, IN PLACE DOUBLE TIME, MARCH. The command of execution may be given as either foot strikes the deck. For the purpose of my demonstration, I will give the command as the left foot strikes the deck. IN PLACE DOUBLE TIME, MARCH (Step). At the command of execution MARCH, your next steps will be two more 36-inch steps to the front (Step, Step). Your next steps will be to bring the right foot along side the left foot and without loss of cadence, take a six inch vertical step in place with your left foot (Step, Step). Six inches are measured from the ball of the foot to the deck. You will continue to double time in place, taking 180 six-inch vertical alternating steps per minute, swinging your arms in their natural arc across the front of your body until given another command.

1011. HALF STEP

1. (P) To march forward at 120, 15-inch steps per minute.

(C) No counts.

(W) Halted at attention, and marching forward at quick time.

(C) HALF STEP, MARCH.

2. From the Halt. Assume you are halted at attention and you receive the command, HALF STEP, MARCH. On the preparatory command HALF STEP, shift the weight of the body to the right leg without noticeable movement. On the command of execution MARCH, take a 15-inch step to the front with your left foot allowing the ball of the foot to strike the deck before the heel (Step). Fifteen inches are measured from the rear of the left heel to the rear of the right heel. At the same time, begin to swing your arms six inches to the front and three inches to the rear of your legs. You will continue to march, taking 120, 15-inch steps per minute, swinging your arms six inches to the front and three inches to the rear of your legs, until given another command.

3. While Marching Forward at Quick Time. Assume you are marching forward at quick time (Step) and you receive the command, HALF STEP, MARCH. The command of execution may be given as either foot strikes the deck. For the purpose of my demonstration, I will give the command as the left foot strikes the deck. HALF STEP, MARCH (Step). At the command of execution MARCH, your next step will be one more 30-inch step to the front with your right foot (Step). Your next step will be a 15-inch step to the front with your left foot, allowing the ball of the foot to strike the deck before the heel (Step). Fifteen inches are measured from the rear of the left heel to the rear of the right heel. You will continue to march, taking 120, 15-inch steps per minute, swinging your arms six inches to the front and three inches to the rear of your legs, until given another command.

1012. BACK STEP

1. (P) March the unit backwards for a short distance.

(C) No counts.

(W) Halted at attention.

(C) BACKWARD, MARCH.

2. Assume you are halted at attention and you receive the command, BACKWARD, MARCH. On the preparatory command BACKWARD, shift the weight of your body to the right leg without noticeable movement. On the command of execution MARCH, take a 15-inch step backward with the left foot, allowing the ball of the foot to strike the deck before the heel (Step). Fifteen inches are measured from the rear of the left heel to the rear of the right heel. At the same time begin to swing your arms six inches to the front and three inches to the rear of your legs. The only command you may receive while marching backward is HALT, which is preceded by a preparatory command that is designated by the size of the unit, such as squad, platoon, or company. For the purpose of my demonstration I will use Squad. The command of execution may be given as either foot strikes the deck. For the purpose of my demonstration, I will give it as the left foot strikes the deck. Squad, HALT. At the command of execution HALT, and for the first count of halt, take one more 15-inch step backward with your right foot (Step). For the second count of halt, smartly bring the left heel against the right heel and assume the position of attention.

1013. SIDE STEP

1. (P) To move the unit a short distance to the right or left.

(C) No counts, however there is a cadence count of 1-2.

(W) Halted at attention.

(C) RIGHT STEP, MARCH; LEFT STEP, MARCH.

2. Right Step. Assume you are halted at attention and you receive the command, RIGHT STEP, MARCH. On the preparatory command RIGHT STEP, shift the weight of your body to the left foot without noticeable movement. On the command of execution MARCH and for the cadence count of one, place the right foot twelve inches to the right of the left foot (One). Twelve inches are measured from the inside of the right heel to the inside of the left heel. The heels will remain on line, the body weight is evenly distributed on both legs. The legs are straight without stiffness, and thumbs will remain along the trouser seams. For the cadence count of two, smartly bring the left heel against the right heel as in the position of attention (Two). You will continue taking twelve-inch right steps at 120 steps per minute until you receive another command. The only command you may receive while right stepping is HALT, which is preceded by a preparatory command that is designated by the size of the unit, such as squad, platoon or company. For the purpose of my demon- stration, I will use Squad. Both the preparatory and command of execution must be given as the heels are together. Squad, HALT. At the command of execution HALT and for the first count of halt, take one more twelve-inch step to the right with the right foot (Step). Your next step and for the second count of halt, smartly bring the left heel against the right heel assuming the position of attention (Step).

3. Left Step. This movement is executed in the same manner to the left by substituting the words left for right where appropriate.

1014. FACE TO THE LEFT (RIGHT) IN MARCHING

1. (P) It will be used to demonstrate flanking movements from the halt. Flanking movements from the halt are performed in the following movements, Column Right (Left), Close, Extend, Take Interval, and Assemble March.

(C) No counts.

(W) Halted at attention.

(C) For instructional purposes, By the Right (Left) Flank MARCH.

2. Face to the Right in Marching. Assume you are halted at attention and you receive the command, For instructional pur- poses, By the RIGHT FLANK, MARCH. On the preparatory command BY THE RIGHT FLANK shift the weight of your body to the right leg without noticeable movement. On the command of execution MARCH, face 90 degrees to the right by pivoting on the ball of the right foot, at the same time taking a 30-inch step in the new direction with the left foot. The arms will began their natural swing, but will not be allowed to swing away from the body. You will con- tinue to march in the new direction at a quick time cadence until given another command.

3. Face to the Left in Marching. Assume you are halted at attention and you receive the command, For instructional pur- poses, BY THE LEFT FLANK, MARCH. On the preparatory command BY THE LEFT FLANK shift the weight of your body to the right leg without noticeable movement. On the command of execution MARCH, face 90 degrees to the left by pivoting on the ball of the right foot, at the same time taking a 30-inch step in the new direction with the left foot (Step). The arms begin their natural swing but will not be allowed to swing away from the body. You will continue to march in the new direction at a quick time cadence until given another command.

1015. CHANGE STEP

1. (P) Change the cadence count but not the rhythm.

(C) No counts.

(W) Marking time, double timing in place, marching forward at quick time or double time.

(C) CHANGE STEP, MARCH.

2. While Marking Time. Assume you are marking time (Step) and you receive the command, CHANGE STEP, MARCH. The command of execution will be given as the right foot strikes the deck. CHANGE STEP, MARCH (Step). At the command of execution MARCH, your next steps will be two more two-inch vertical steps in place with your left foot (Step, Step). You will then continue taking alternating steps in place, beginning with your right foot. Swing your arms to conform with the change in step, and continue to mark time until given another command.

3. While Double Timing in Place. Assume you are double timing in place (Step) and you receive the command, CHANGE STEP, MARCH. The command of execution will be given as the right foot strikes the deck. CHANGE STEP, MARCH (Step). At the command of execution MARCH, your next step will be to hop twice on your left foot (Hop, Hop). You will then continue to take alternating steps in place, beginning with the right foot. Swing your arms to conform with the change in step and continue to double time in place until given another command.

4. While Marching Forward at Quick Time. Assume you are marching forward at quick time (Step) and you receive the command, CHANGE STEP, MARCH. The command of execution will be given as the right foot strikes the deck. CHANGE STEP, MARCH (Step). At the command of execution MARCH, your next step will be one more 30-inch step to the front with your left foot (step). Your next step will be to place the toe of your right foot near the heel of your left foot and immediately step off with a 30- inch step to the front with the left foot (Step, Step). Swing your arms to conform with the change in step, and continue to march at quick time until given another command.

5. While Marching Forward at Double Time. Assume you are marching forward at double time (Step) and you receive the command, Change Step, MARCH. The command of execution will be given as the right foot strikes the deck. CHANGE STEP, MARCH (Step). At the command of execution MARCH, your next step will be one more 36-inch step to the front with your left foot (Step). Your next step will be to place the toe of your right foot near the heel of your left foot and immediately step off with a 36-inch step to the front with your left foot (Step, Step). Swing your arms to conform with the change in step, and continue to march at double time until given another command.

1016. FACE TO THE REAR WHILE MARCHING

1. (P) To march to the rear for a short distance.

(C) No counts.

(W) From the halt, marching forward at quick time or double time.

(C) TO THE REAR, MARCH.

2. From the Halt. Assume you are halted at attention and you receive the command, TO THE REAR, MARCH. On the preparatory command TO THE REAR, shift the weight of your body to your right leg without noticeable movement. On the command of execution MARCH, take a 15-inch step to the front with the left foot by placing the left foot slightly in front of the right foot (Step). Your next step will be to face 180 degrees to the right about by pivoting on the balls of both feet (Step). The legs remain straight without stiffness and the arms continue their natural swing but are not allowed to swing wide from the body. Your next step, without a loss of cadence, will be to take a 30-inch step with your left foot in the new direction (Step). You will continue to march in the new direction at quick time cadence until given another command.

3. While Marching Forward at Quick Time. Assume you are marching forward at quick time (Step) and you receive the command, TO THE REAR, MARCH. The command of execution will be given as the right foot strikes the deck, as this involves a movement to the right. TO THE REAR MARCH (Step). At the command of execution MARCH, your next step will be to place your left foot approximately 15 inches and directly in front of your right foot (Step). Your next step will be to face 180 degrees to right about by pivoting on the balls of both feet (Step). The legs remain straight without stiffness and the arms continue their natural swing but are not allowed to swing wide of the body. Your next step, without a loss of cadence will be to take a 30-inch step with your left foot in the new direction (Step). You will continue to march in the new direction at quick time cadence until given another command.

4. While Marching Forward at Double Time. Assume you are marching forward at double time (Step) and you receive the command, TO THE REAR, MARCH. The command of execution will be given as the right foot strikes the deck, as this involves a movement to the right. TO THE REAR, MARCH (Step). At the command of execution MARCH, your next steps will be two more 36-inch steps to the front (Step 1, Step 2). Your next steps will be four 6-inch vertical alternating steps in place, at the same time turning 180 degrees to the right about. (Steps 1,2,3,4) The arms will continue their natural swing but will not be allowed to swing away from the body, your next step, without a loss of cadence will be a 36-inch step in the new direction with your left foot (Step). You will continue to march in the new direction at a double time cadence until given another command.

1017. TO MARCH AT REST

1. (P) To march at ease or rest (route step).

(C) No counts.

(W) Marching forward at quick time.

(C) AT EASE, MARCH; ROUTE STEP, MARCH.

2. To March at Ease. Assume you are marching forward at quick time (Step) and you receive the command, AT EASE, MARCH. The command of execution may be given as either foot strikes the deck. At the command of execution MARCH, you are no longer required to march at the position of attention in cadence, but you must keep your alignment, cover, interval and distance. Silence must be maintained. You will continue to march at ease until given another command. The only command you may receive while marching at ease is, ATTENTION, which is preceded by a preparatory command that is designated by the size of the unit, such as squad, platoon, or company. For the purpose of my demonstration I will use Squad. SQUAD, ATTENTION. At the command of execution ATTENTION, you will pick up the step as soon as possible. The drill instructor will count cadence until all troops are in step.

3. To March at Route Step. Assume you are marching forward at quick time (Step) and you receive the command, ROUTE STEP, MARCH. The command of execution may be given as either foot strikes the deck. At the command of execution MARCH, you are no longer required to march at the position of attention in cadence, but you must keep your alignment, cover, interval and distance. You may talk in a low conversational tone. You will continue to march at route step until given another command. The only command you may receive while marching at route step is, ATTENTION, which is preceded by a preparatory command that is designated by the size of the unit, such as squad, platoon, or company. For the purpose of my demonstration I will use Squad. Squad, ATTENTION. At the command of execution ATTENTION, you will pick up the step as soon as possible. The Drill Instructor will count cadence until all troops are in step.

4. To Give Commands While Marching at Ease or Route Step. Commands which involve precision in execution will not be given until the command to resume marching at quick time has been given. When moving a unit from one place to another, under circumstances that would render their execution in a precise manner inappropriate, commands may be given by hand and arm signals.


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CHAPTER 2

INDIVIDUAL MOVEMENTS WITH ARMS

GENERAL 2000
POSITION OF ORDER ARMS 2001
POSITION OF TRAIL ARMS 2002
PORT ARMS FROM ORDER ARMS 2003
ORDER ARMS FROM PORT ARMS 2004
RIGHT SHOULDER ARMS FROM ORDER ARMS 2005
ORDER ARMS FROM RIGHT SHOULDER ARMS 2006
LEFT SHOULDER ARMS FROM ORDER ARMS 2007
ORDER ARMS FROM LEFT SHOULDER ARMS 2008
PRESENT ARMS FROM ORDER ARMS 2009
ORDER ARMS FROM PRESENT ARMS 2010
INSPECTION ARMS 2011
PORT ARMS FROM INSPECTION ARMS 2012
SLING ARMS 2013
UNSLING ARMS 2014
ADJUST SLINGS 2015
PRESENT ARMS FROM A POSITION OTHER THAN 2016
RIGHT SHOULDER ARMS FROM PORT ARMS 2017
PORT ARMS FROM RIGHT SHOULDER ARMS 2018
LEFT SHOULDER ARMS FROM PORT ARMS 2019
PORT ARMS FROM LEFT SHOULDER ARMS 2020
LEFT SHOULDER ARMS FROM RIGHT SHOULDER ARMS 2021
RIGHT SHOULDER ARMS FROM LEFT SHOULDER ARMS 2022
RESTS WITH THE RIFLE 2023
RIFLE SALUTES 2024
FIX AND UNFIX BAYONETS 2025
INSPECTION ARMS FROM SLING ARMS 2026
AUTHORIZED MOVEMENTS 2027

2000. GENERAL

1. Order arms is the position of the individual at attention with the rifle. It is assumed on the command ATTENTION from any of the rest positions except fall out. Order arms is assumed on the command FALL IN once you have found your relative position in ranks and on the command ORDER ARMS from any position in the manual except inspection arms and sling arms.

2. Before a command for any marching movement is given to armed troops, they are faced in the direction of march and their weapons brought to right or left shoulder, port or sling arms by the appropriate command. After a marching movement has been completed and it is desired to execute a facing movement, the command to order or unsling arms is given followed by the command for the facing movement.

3. The cadence of all precision movements of the rifle manual is that of quick time, but in early stages of instruction the move- ments may be executed at a slower cadence until the troops can execute the movements with precision. They may be practiced in this manner until the proper cadence is acquired.

4. The manual for the rifle is executed while standing at the position of attention. To add interest to drill and to lessen fatigue on long marches, movements between right and left shoulder and port arms may be commanded when marching at atten- tion in quick time.

5. The manual of arms with the magazine in the rifle is restricted to inspection arms, port arms, sling and unsling arms, order arms, trail arms, fix and unfix bayonets.

6. When at a position other than sling arms, troops must come to port arms for marching at double time. While troops are in formation, the commander gives the appropriate commands.

7. Facing movements, alignments and short distance movements are executed at order arms. Side step, back step, open and close ranks, and close and extend are short distance ovements. Forward march may be given from order arms to march a unit for- ward for a short distance. When these movements are commanded while at order arms, it is necessary to come automatically to trail arms and step off on the command of execution for the movement. The rifle is returned to order arms upon completion of the movement.

8. When executing movements with the rifle, the movements are executed SMARTLY with SNAP. Movements with the rifle will be executed in the most direct manner and exaggeration of movements will not be taught. With the exception of the head and limbs, when required to perform a function while executing the manual, the body will remain at the position of attention.

2001. POSITION OF ORDER ARMS

1. (P) The basic position of the rifle.

(C) No counts.

(W) Halted.

(C) SQUAD (PLATOON OR COMPANY) ATTENTION; FALL IN.

2. The basic position of the rifle manual is order arms. Properly executed, the butt of the rifle rests on the deck, the stock rests along the outer edge of the right shoe, and the toe of the stock is on line with the toe of the right shoe. The pistol grip is to the front and the barrel is in a near vertical position. The rifle is grasped by the right hand at the juncture of the front sight assembly and the barrel. The barrel rests in the "V" formed by the thumb and forefinger. The fingers are extended and joined and placed diagonally along the outer portion of the front sight assembly and handguard. The thumb is placed along the trouser seam and the entire right arm is behind the rifle. This may cause a slight bend to the right arm of shorter troops. Those persons who are too tall to accomplish this may slide their hand up the barrel so that posture remains erect.

2002. POSITION OF TRAIL ARMS

1. (P) The command trail arms is used as a training technique only. When at order arms and a command is given to move the unit a short distance, to face the unit, or to align the unit, trail arms is executed automatically on the command of execution for the movement. The rifle is returned to order arms upon completion of the movement.

(C) One count.

(W) Halted at Order Arms.

(C) TRAIL ARMS (The command is only used to teach the position).

2. Trail Arms from Order Arms. Assume you are halted at order arms and you receive the command, TRAIL, ARMS. At the command of execution and for the count of one, raise the rifle vertically three inches off the deck. Do not change the grasp of the right hand on the rifle and keep the thumb on the trouser seam. The entire right arm remains behind the rifle. The left hand remains in its position at the left side. After receiving the command trail arms, the only command you may receive to change the position of the rifle is order arms.

3. Order Arms from Trail Arms. Assume you are halted at trail arms and you receive the command, ORDER, ARMS. At the command of execution, gently and quietly lower the butt of the rifle to the deck and assume the position of order arms.

4. To March with the Rifle at Trail Arms. Facings, alignments and short distance marching movements are executed from order arms. Side step, back step, open and close ranks, and close and extend are short distance movements. Forward march may be given from order arms to march units forward for a short distance. When these movements are commanded while at order arms, it is necessary to come automatically to trail arms on the command of execution for the movement. The rifle is kept at the trail during the movement, and the position of order arms is automatically assumed, without command, after halting.

2003. PORT ARMS FROM ORDER ARMS

1. (P) To bring the rifle to the position of port arms.

(C) Two counts.

(W) Halted at Order Arms.

(C) PORT ARMS.

2. First Count. Assume you are halted at order arms and you receive the command, PORT, ARMS. At the command of execution and for the count of one, slide the right hand up and grasp the barrel near the compensator. The fingers are joined and wrapped around the barrel with the thumb wrapped around the inboard portion. Without loss of motion, raise and carry the rifle diagonally across the front of your body until the right hand is in front of and slightly to the left of your face (One). The right wrist is on the outboard portion of the front sight assembly. The elbow is held down without strain and nearly touches the handguard. The barrel is up and bisecting the angle formed by the neck and left shoulder. The pistol grip is to the left. The butt is in front of the right hip. At the same time, smartly grasp the handguard with your left hand just above the slipring. The sling is included in the grasp. The fingers are joined and grasping the rifle. The little finger is in line with the slipring with the thumb on the inboard side of the handguard. The left wrist and forearm is straight. The elbow is held in against the body. This terminates the count of one.

3. Second Count. For the count of two, release the grasp of the right hand and smartly regrasp the small of the stock (Two). The fingers are joined and wrapped around the small of the stock with the thumb wrapped around the inboard portion. The right wrist and forearm are straight and parallel to the deck. The elbow is held into the side and the upper arm is in line with the back. The rifle is approximately four inches from the body. This terminates the movement.

2004. ORDER ARMS FROM PORT ARMS

1. (P) To bring the rifle to order arms.

(C) Three counts.

(W) Halted at Port Arms.

(C) ORDER ARMS.

2. First Count. Assume you are halted at port arms and you receive the command, ORDER, ARMS. At the command of execution and for the count of one, release the grasp of the right hand from the small of the stock and smartly regrasp the barrel (One). The palm of the right hand is to the rear. The fingers are joined and wrapped around the barrel with the thumb wrapped around the inboard portion. The little finger is just above the bayonet stud. The right wrist is on the outboard portion of the front sight assembly. The elbow is held down without strain and nearly touches the handguard. This terminates the count of one.

3. Second Count. For the count of two, lower the rifle initially with the left hand while changing the grasp of the right hand to the juncture of the barrel and the front sight assembly as in the position of order arms. Without loss of motion, release the grasp of the left hand from the handguard and, with your right hand carry the rifle to your right side until the butt is three inches from the deck (Two). The barrel is in a vertical position and the pistol grip is to the front. At the same time, guide the rifle into the right side with your left hand. The fingers of the left hand are extended and joined with the thumb along the hand. The tips of the forefinger and middle finger are touching metal at a point near the compensator. The palm is towards the rear so as not to resemble a rifle salute. The left wrist and forearm are straight, the elbow is held in against the body. Guide the rifle into the right side so that the thumb of the right hand will be on the trouser seam and push back on the barrel until the toe of the stock is on line with the toe of the right shoe. The entire right arm is behind the rifle. This terminates the count of two.

4. Third Count. For the count of three gently lower the rifle to the deck with the right hand so that the toe of the stock is on line with the toe of your right shoe and the barrel is in a near vertical position. At the same time, smartly, and in the most direct manner return the left hand to the side as in the position of attention (Three). The thumb of the right hand remains along the trouser seam and the right arm remains behind the rifle. This terminates the movement.

2005. RIGHT SHOULDER ARMS FROM ORDER ARMS

1. (P) To bring the rifle to the right shoulder.

(C) Four counts.

(W) Halted at Order Arms.

(C) RIGHT SHOULDER ARMS.

2. First Count. Assume you are halted at order arms and you receive the command, RIGHT SHOULDER, ARMS. At the command of execution and for the count of one, slide the right hand up and grasp the barrel near the compensator (One). The fingers are joined and wrapped around the barrel the thumb wrapped around the inboard portion. Without loss of motion, raise and carry the rifle diagonally across the front of your body until the right hand is in front of and slightly to the left of your face. The right wrist is straight and is on the outboard portion of the front sight assembly. The elbow is held down without strain and nearly touches the handguard. The barrel is up and bisecting the angle formed by the neck and left shoulder. The pistol grip is to the left. The butt is in front of your right hip. At the same time, smartly grasp the handguard with your left hand just above the slipring The sling is included in the grasp. The fingers are joined and grasping the rifle. The little finger is in line with the slipring with the thumb on the inboard side of the handguard. The left wrist and forearm are straight. The elbow is held in against the body. This terminates the count of one.

3. Second Count. For the count of two, release the grasp of the right hand and smartly grasp the butt (Two). The thumb and forefinger are joined on the comb of the stock. The remaining three fingers are joined and wrapped around the butt. The heel of the butt will be visible between the forefinger and middle finger. The right arm is nearly extended with the elbow held against the body. This terminates the count of two.

4. Third Count. For the count of three, release the grasp of your left hand from the handguard and carry the rifle to your right side. The left hand remains in contact with the rifle in order to assist in the movement. At the same time, with your right hand rotate the rifle a quarter turn counterclockwise and place the magazine well in the hollow of the right shoulder (Three). The left hand will slide to the juncture of the stock and receiver just below the charging handle where it is used to guide the rifle into the shoulder. The thumb and fingers are extended and joined with the palm turned toward the body. The first joint of the left forefinger touches the rear of the receiver. The left wrist and forearm are straight. The elbow is held down without strain. The grasp of the right hand is unchanged. The right wrist and forearm are straight and parallel to the deck. The elbow is held into the side with the upper arm in line with the back. This terminates the count of three.

5. Fourth Count. For the count of four, smartly and in the most direct manner return the left hand to the left side at the position of attention (Four). This terminates the movement.

2006. ORDER ARMS FROM RIGHT SHOULDER ARMS

1. (P) To bring the rifle to the order.

(C) Four counts.

(W) Halted at Right Shoulder Arms.

(C) ORDER ARMS.

2. First Count. Assume you are halted at right shoulder arms and you receive the command, ORDER, ARMS. At the command of execution and for the count of one, pull the rifle butt back quickly with your right hand so the rifle comes off the right shoulder. At the same time, with your right hand, rotate the rifle a quarter turn clockwise so that the pistol grip is to the left. Allow the rifle to fall diagonally across the front of your body. Bring the left hand up and smartly grasp the hand- guard with the sling included in the grasp (One). The fingers are joined and grasping the handguard. The little finger is in line with the slipring but not touching it. The thumb is on the inboard side. The left wrist and forearm are straight. The elbow is held in against the body. The barrel is up, bisecting the angle formed by your neck and left shoulder. The butt is in front of your right hip. The grasp of the right hand has not changed. The right arm is nearly extended with the elbow held against the body. This terminates the count of one.

3. Second Count. For the count of two, release the grasp of the right hand from the butt and smartly regrasp the barrel (Two). The palm of the right hand is to the rear. The fingers are joined and wrapped around the barrel with the thumb wrapped around the inboard portion. The little finger is just above the bayonet stud. The right wrist is on the outboard portion of the front sight assembly. The elbow is held down without strain and nearly touches the handguard. This terminates the count of two.

4. Third Count. For the count of three, lower the rifle initially with the left hand while changing the grasp of the right hand to the juncture of the barrel and the front sight assembly as in the position of order arms. Without loss of motion, release the grasp of the left hand from the handguard and, with your right hand, carry the rifle to your right side until the butt is three inches from the deck (Three). The barrel is in a vertical position and the pistol grip is to the front. At the same time, guide the rifle into the right side with your left hand. The fingers of the left hand are extended and joined with the thumb along the hand. The tips of the forefinger and middle finger are touching metal at a point near the compensator. The palm is towards the rear so as not to resemble a rifle salute. The left wrist and forearm are straight and the elbow is held into the side. Guide the rifle into the right side so that the thumb of the right hand will be on the trouser seam and push back on the barrel until the toe of the stock is on line with the toe of the right shoe. The entire right arm is behind the rifle. This terminates the count of three.

5. Fourth Count. For the count of four, gently lower the rifle to the deck with the right hand so that the toe of the stock is on line with the toe of your right shoe and the barrel is in a near vertical position. At the same time smartly and in the most direct manner return the left hand to the side as in the position of attention (Four). The thumb of the right hand remains along the trouser seam and the right arm remains behind the rifle. This terminates the movement.

2007. LEFT SHOULDER ARMS FROM ORDER ARMS

1. (P) To bring the rifle to the left shoulder.

(C) Four counts.

(W) Halted at Order Arms.

(C) LEFT SHOULDER ARMS.

2. First Count. Assume you are halted at order arms and you receive the command, LEFT SHOULDER, ARMS. At the command of execution and for the count of one, slide the right hand up and grasp the barrel near the compensator (One). The fingers are joined and wrapped around the barrel with the thumb wrapped around the inboard portion. Without loss of motion, raise and carry the rifle diagonally across the front of your body until the right hand is in front of and slightly to the left of your face. The right wrist is on the outboard portion of the front sight assembly. The elbow is held down without strain and nearly touches the handguard. The barrel is up and bisecting the angle formed by the neck and left shoulder. The pistol grip is to the left. The butt is in front of your right hip. At the same time, smartly grasp the handguard with your left hand just above the slipring. The sling is included in the grasp. The fingers are joined and grasping the rifle. The little finger is in line with the slipring with the thumb on the inboard side of the handguard. The left wrist and forearm are straight. The elbow is held in against the body. This terminates the count of one.

3. Second Count. For the count of two, release the grasp of the right hand and smartly regrasp the small of the stock (Two). The fingers are joined and wrapped around the small of the stock with the thumb wrapped around the inboard portion. The right wrist and forearm are straight and parallel to the deck. The elbow is held into the side and the upper arm is in line with the back. This terminates the count of two.

4. Third Count. For the count of three, release the grasp of the left hand from the handguard and with the right hand, carry the rifle to the left side rotating it a quarter turn counter- clockwise and place the magazine well against the hollow of the left shoulder (Three). The elbow is held down without strain. At the same time, the stock of the rifle is driven smartly into the palm of the left hand as the right arm comes across the body.

The butt is grasped with your left hand. The thumb and fore- finger are joined over the comb of the stock. The remaining three fingers are joined and wrapped around the butt. The heel of the butt will be visible between the forefinger and middle finger. The left wrist and forearm are straight and parallel to the deck. The elbow is held into the side with the upper arm in line with the back. This terminates the count of three.

5. Fourth Count. For the count of four, smartly and in the most direct manner return the right hand to the right side as in the position of attention (Four). This terminates the movement.

2008. ORDER ARMS FROM LEFT SHOULDER ARMS

1. (P) To bring the rifle to the order.

(C) Five counts.

(W) Halted at Left Shoulder Arms.

(C) ORDER ARMS.

2. First Count. Assume you are halted at left shoulder arms and you receive the command, ORDER, ARMS. At the command of execution and for the count of one, smartly and in the most direct manner, bring the right hand across the body and grasp the small of the stock. The fingers of the right hand are joined and wrapped around the small of the stock (One). The thumb is wrapped around the inboard portion. The elbow is held down without strain. This terminates the count of one.

3. Second Count. For the count of two, release the grasp of the left hand from the butt. With your right hand, bring the rifle from your left shoulder to a position diagonally across the front of your body, while rotating it a quarter turn clockwise so that the pistol grip is to the left. At the same time, smartly re- grasp the handguard with the left hand. The sling is included in the grasp (Two). The fingers of the left hand are joined and grasping the handguard with the little finger in line with but not touching the slipring. The thumb is on the inboard side. The left wrist and forearm are straight. The elbow is held in against your body. The barrel is up, bisecting the angle formed by your neck and left shoulder. The butt is in front of your right hip. The right wrist and forearm are straight and parallel to the deck. The elbow is held into the side with the upper arm in line with your back. This terminates the count of two.

4. Third Count. For the count of three, release the grasp of the right hand from the small of the stock and smartly regrasp the barrel (Three). The palm of the right hand is to the rear. The fingers are joined and wrapped around the barrel with the thumb wrapped around the inboard portion. The little finger is just above the bayonet stud. The right wrist is on the outboard portion of the front sight assembly. The elbow is held down without strain and nearly touches the handguard. This terminates the count of three.

5. Fourth Count. For the count of four, lower the rifle initially with the left hand while changing the grasp of the right hand to the juncture of the barrel and the front sight assembly as in the position of order arms. Without loss of motion, release the grasp of the left hand from the handguard and, with your right hand, carry the rifle to your right side until the butt is three inches from the deck (Four). The barrel is in a vertical position and the pistol grip is to the front. At the same time, guide the rifle into the right side with your left hand. The fingers of the left hand are extended and joined with the thumb along the hand. The tips of the forefinger and middle finger are touching metal at a point near the compensator. The palm is toward the rear so as not to resemble a rifle salute. The left wrist and forearm are straight. Guide the rifle into the right side so that the thumb of the right hand will be on the trouser seam and push back on the barrel until the toe of the stock is on line with the toe of the right shoe. The entire right arm is behind the rifle. This terminates the count of four.

6. Fifth Count. For the count of five, gently lower the rifle to the deck with the right hand so that the toe of the stock is on line with the toe of your right shoe and the barrel is in a near vertical position. At the same time, smartly and in the most direct manner return the left hand to the side as in the position of attention (Five). The thumb of the right hand remains along the trouser seam and the right arm remains behind the rifle. This terminates the movement.

2009. PRESENT ARMS FROM ORDER ARMS

1. (P) Used as a salute to persons and colors during parades and ceremonies.

(C) Two counts.

(W) Halted at Order Arms.

(C) PRESENT ARMS.

2. First Count. Assume you are halted at order arms and you receive the command, PRESENT, ARMS. At the command of execution and for the count of one, slide the right hand up and grasp the barrel near the compensator. The fingers are joined and wrapped around the barrel with the thumb wrapped around the inboard portion. Without loss of motion, raise and carry the rifle to a vertical position centered on your body (One). The pistol grip is to the front. The wrist is on the right side of the front sight assembly. The elbow is held down without strain and nearly touches the handguard. At the same time, smartly grasp the rifle at the handguard with the left hand just above the slipring. The sling is included in the grasp. The fingers are joined and wrapped around the handguard. The little finger is on line with the slipring with the thumb on the inboard side of the handguard. The left wrist and forearm are straight and parallel to the deck. The elbow is held into the side with the upper arm in line with the back. This terminates the count of one.

3. Second Count. For the count of two, release the grasp of the right hand and position the hand at the small of the stock (Two). The charging handle rests on the thumb of the right hand. The fingers are extended and joined diagonally across the small of the stock. The thumb is pinched down so as not to extend past the left edge of the charging handle. The right wrist and forearm remain straight. The elbow is held in against the body. This terminates the movement.

2010. ORDER ARMS FROM PRESENT ARMS

1. (P) To bring the rifle to the order.

(C) Three counts.

(W) Halted at Present Arms.

(C) ORDER ARMS.

2. First Count. Assume you are halted at present arms and you receive the command, ORDER, ARMS. At the command of execution and for the count of one, remove the right hand from the small of the stock and smartly regrasp the barrel (One). The palm of the right hand is to the left. The fingers are joined and wrapped around the barrel with the thumb wrapped around the left hand portion. The little finger is just above the bayonet stud. The wrist is on the right side of the front sight assembly. The elbow is held down without strain and nearly touches the handguard. This terminates the count of one.

3. Second Count. For the count of two, lower the rifle initially with the left hand while changing the grasp of the right hand to the juncture of the barrel and the front sight assembly as in the position of order arms. Without loss of motion, release the grasp of the left hand from the handguard and, with your right hand, carry the rifle to your right side until the butt is three inches from the deck (Two). The barrel is in a vertical position and the pistol grip is to the front. At the same time, guide the rifle into the right side with your left hand. The fingers of the left hand are extended and joined with the thumb along the hand. The tips of the forefinger and middle finger are touching metal at a point near the compensator. The palm is towards the rear so as not to resemble a rifle salute. The left wrist and forearm are straight. Guide the rifle into the right side so that the thumb of the right hand will be on the trouser seam and push back on the barrel until the toe of the stock is on line with the toe of the right shoe. The entire right arm is behind the rifle. This terminates the count of two.

4. Third Count. For the count of three, gently lower the rifle to the deck with the right hand so that the toe of the stock is on line with the toe of your right shoe and the barrel is in a near vertical position. At the same time smartly and in the most direct manner, return the left hand to the side as in the position of attention (Three). The thumb of the right hand remains along the trouser seam and the right arm remains behind the rifle. This terminates the movement.

2011. INSPECTION ARMS

1. (P) To inspect the rifle.

(C) Seven counts.

(W) Halted at Order Arms, Right Shoulder Arms, Left Shoulder Arms. Inspection Arms from Sling Arms is a nonprecision movement. See pg 2-28.

(C) INSPECTION ARMS.

2. First Count. Assume you are halted at order arms and you receive the command, INSPECTION, ARMS. At the command of execution and for the count of one, slide the right hand up and grasp the barrel near the compensator. The fingers are joined

and wrapped around the barrel with the thumb wrapped around the inboard portion. Without loss of motion, raise and carry the rifle diagonally across the front of your body until the right hand is in front of and slightly to the left of your face. The right wrist is on the outboard portion of the front sight assembly. The elbow is held down without strain and nearly touches the handguard. The barrel is up and bisecting the angle formed by the neck and left shoulder. The pistol grip is to the left. The butt is in front of the right hip. At the same time, smartly grasp the handguard with your left hand just above the slipring. The sling is included in the grasp. The fingers are joined and grasping the rifle. The little finger is in line with the slipring with the thumb on the inboard side of the handguard. The left wrist and forearm are straight. The elbow is held in against the body. This terminates the count of one.

3. Second Count. For the count of two, release the grasp of the right hand from the barrel and smartly regrasp the small of the stock (Two). The fingers are joined and wrapped around the small of the stock with the thumb wrapped around the inboard portion. The right wrist and forearm are straight and parallel to the deck. The elbow is held into the side and the upper arm is in line with the back. This terminates the count of two.

4. Third Count. For the count of three, release the grasp of the left hand from the handguard and regrasp the pistol grip (Three). The fingers are joined and grasping the pistol grip. At the same time, place the thumb of the left hand over the lower portion of the bolt catch. This terminates the count of three.

5. Fourth Count. For the count of four, release the grasp of the right hand from the small of the stock and unlock the charging handle with the thumb and forefinger. The remaining three fingers are curled and placed on line with the forefinger just behind the charging handle. Sharply pull the charging handle to the rear most position. At the same time, apply pressure to the bolt catch with the thumb of the left hand and lock the bolt to the rear (Four). This terminates the count of four.

6. Fifth Count. For the count of five, push the charging handle forward until it is locked in its foremost position and grasp the small of the stock with the right hand (Five). This terminates the count of five.

7. Sixth Count. For the count of six, elevate the rifle up and to the left rotating the rifle counterclockwise so that the chamber is visible and the ejection port is at eye level (Six). The right forearm will touch the stock and the rifle will be approximately at a 45 degree angle. At the same time, turn the head to the left and inspect the chamber to see that it is clear. This terminates the count of six.

8. Seventh Count. For the count of seven, and after finding the chamber clear, lower the rifle rotating it clockwise while turning the head back to the front. Without loss of motion, release the grasp of the left hand from the pistol grip and regrasp the handguard resuming the position of port arms (Seven). This terminates the movement.

9. Inspection Arms from Right and Left Shoulder Arms. On the command of execution ARMS, come to Port Arms (in two counts) and execute the remaining five counts of Inspection Arms as pre- viously described.


2012. PORT ARMS FROM INSPECTION ARMS

1. (P) To bring the rifle to a position of port arms.

(C) One count.

(W) Halted at Inspection Arms.

(C) PORT ARMS.

2. Assume you are halted at inspection arms. PORT, ARMS is the only command given from inspection arms. On the preparatory command of PORT, release the grasp of the left hand from the handguard and regrasp the weapon with the thumb and fingers, forming a "U" at the magazine well and trigger guard. Press the bolt catch and allow the bolt to go forward. With the finger- tips, push upward and close the ejection port cover. Slide the left hand down and grasp the pistol grip. The fingers are joined and grasping the pistol grip. At the same time, place the thumb on the trigger so the tip of the thumb is outboard.

3. First Count. On the command of execution ARMS and for the count of one, pull the trigger with the thumb of the left hand. Then release the grasp of the left hand from the pistol grip and regrasp the lower portion of the handguard resuming the position of port arms.

2013. SLING ARMS

1. (P) To bring the rifle to sling arms. This position is used for long periods of marching and for taking interval.

(C) No counts (This is not a precision movement).

(W) Halted at Order Arms or Unsling Arms.

(C) SLING ARMS.

2. From Order Arms. Assume you are halted at order arms and you receive the command, SLING, ARMS. At the command of execution ARMS, slide the right hand up and grasp the barrel near the compensator. Without loss of motion, raise the rifle to a vertical position where the butt is in front of the right hip with the muzzle pointing up and the pistol grip to the left. The right wrist is on the outboard portion of the front sight assembly. At the same time, grasp the rifle at the handguard just above the slipring with the left hand. The sling is included in the grasp. The fingers are joined and grasping the rifle. The little finger is in line with the slipring with the thumb on the inboard side of the handguard. Place the butt on the right hip. If the rifle belt is worn, the butt will rest just above the belt. Release the grasp of the right hand and cradle the rifle with the inside of the right elbow. Release the grasp of the left hand from the handguard and with both hands, loosen the sling. After the sling has been loosened, grasp the sling with your left hand and sling the rifle on the right shoulder in the most direct manner. Grasp the sling with the right hand. With the exception of the right arm, return to the position of attention. The palm of the right hand is toward the sling. The fingers are joined and are wrapped around the sling with the knuckles forward. The thumb is also wrapped around the sling. The wrist and forearm are straight and parallel to the deck. The elbow is holding the rifle in a vertical position against your body.

3. From Unsling Arms. Assume you are halted at unsling arms and you receive the command, SLING, ARMS. At the command of exe- cution ARMS, slide the right hand up and grasp the barrel near the compensator. The fingers are joined and wrapped around the barrel with the thumb wrapped around the inboard portion. Without loss of motion, raise the rifle and grasp the sling with the left hand near the upper sling swivel. Release the grasp of the right hand and with the left hand, sling the rifle over the right shoulder in the most convenient manner. Grasp the sling with the right hand. With the exception of the right arm, return to the position of attention. The palm of the right hand is toward the sling. The fingers are joined. The fingers and thumb of the right hand are wrapped around the sling with the knuckles forward. The wrist and forearm are straight and parallel to the deck. The elbow is holding the rifle in a vertical position and against the body.

2014. UNSLING ARMS

1. (P) Unsling the rifle.

(C) No counts (This is not a precision movement).

(W) Halted at Sling Arms.

(C) UNSLING ARMS.

2. Assume you are halted at sling arms and you receive the command, UNSLING, ARMS. At the command of execution ARMS, grasp the sling with the left hand in front of the armpit and unsling the rifle from the right shoulder in the most direct manner. Grasp the rifle with the right hand at the juncture of the barrel and the front sight assembly with the wrist on the outboard portion. Release the grasp of the left hand from the sling and, with your right hand, carry the weapon to your right side until the butt is three inches from the deck. The barrel is in a vertical position. At the same time, guide the weapon into the right side with your left hand. The fingers of the left hand are extended and joined with the thumb along the hand. The tips of the forefingers and middle finger are touching metal at a point near the compensator. The palm of the left hand is toward the rear so as not to resemble a rifle salute. The left wrist and forearm are straight. Guide the weapon into the right side so that the thumb of the right hand will be on the trouser seam and push back on the barrel until the toe of the stock is on line with the toe of the right shoe. The grasp of the right hand is unchanged. The entire right arm is behind the rifle. Gently lower the rifle to the deck with the right hand so that the toe of the rifle is on line with the toe of the right shoe and the barrel is in a near vertical position. At the same time smartly and in the most direct manner return the left hand to the side as in the position of attention. The thumb of the right hand remains along the trouser seam and the right arm remains behind the rifle.

2015. ADJUST SLINGS

1. (P) To adjust the sling to a parade sling.

(C) No counts (This is not a precision movement).

(W) Halted at Sling Arms or Unsling Arms.

(C) ADJUST SLINGS.

2. Adjust Sling From Unsling Arms (Order Arms). On the command of execution, the rifle is brought to a cradle position inside the right elbow as in the movement of order arms to sling arms. While in this position, the sling is tightened to a parade sling. After the sling has been adjusted, regrasp the handguard with the left hand, little finger just above the slipring. Then grasp thebarrel with the right hand. Remove the rifle from the hip and carry the weapon to the right side and execute the remaining count of order arms.

3. Adjust Sling from Sling Arms. On the command of execution, grasp the sling with the left hand in front of the armpit and unsling the rifle from the right shoulder, grasp the barrel with the right hand and the handguard with the left hand and cradle the rifle inside the right elbow as in the movement of order arms to sling arms. With both hands, adjust the sling to a parade sling. After the sling has been adjusted, assume the position of Order Arms as prescribed for Adjust Sling from Unsling Arms.

2016. PRESENT ARMS FROM A POSITION OTHER THAN ORDER ARMS

1. (P) Used as a salute to persons and colors by sentries on post.

(C) One count.

(W) Halted.

(C) There are no commands.

2. Present Arms. When executed from right or left shoulder the rifle is first brought to Port Arms. Present Arms is then executed without loss of cadence. The rifle is lowered and twisted with the right hand while being moved to a vertical position centered on your body where it is regrasped at the handguard with the left hand just above the slipring.

3. Port Arms from Present Arms. The only command you can receive while at Present Arms is Order Arms. Port Arms from Present Arms, however, is executed by sentries when their salute has been returned by an Officer or they have been passed by the Colors. It is executed in one count. The rifle is raised and twisted with the right hand. The muzzle moves to the left diagonally across the body and the rifle is regrasped at the hand guard just above the slipring with the left hand.

2017. RIGHT SHOULDER ARMS FROM PORT ARMS

1. (P) To bring the rifle to the right shoulder.

(C) Three counts.

(W) Halted or marching at quick time at Port Arms.

(C) RIGHT SHOULDER ARMS

2. From the Halt

a. First Count. Assume you are halted at Port Arms and you receive the command, RIGHT SHOULDER, ARMS. At the command of execution and for the count of one, release the grasp of the right hand from the small of the stock and smartly grasp the butt (One). The thumb and forefinger are joined over the comb of the stock. The remaining three fingers are joined and wrapped around the butt. The heel of the butt will be visible between the forefinger and middle finger. The right arm is nearly extended with the elbow held against the body. This terminates the count of one.

b. Second Count. For the count of two, release the grasp of your left hand from the handguard and carry the rifle to your right side. The left hand remains in contact with the rifle in order to assist in the movement. At the same time, with your right hand rotate the rifle a quarter turn counterclockwise and place the magazine well against the hollow of the right shoulder (Two). The left hand will slide to the juncture of the stock and receiver just below the charging handle where it is used to guide the rifle into the shoulder. The thumb and fingers are extended and joined with the palm turned toward the body. The first joint of the left forefinger touches the rear of the receiver. The left wrist and forearm are straight. The elbow is held down without strain. The grasp of the right hand is unchanged. The right wrist and forearm are straight and parallel to the deck. The elbow is held into the side with the upper arm in line with the back. This terminates the count of two.

c. Third Count. For the count of three, smartly and in the most direct manner return the left hand to the left side at the position of attention. This terminates the movement.

3. On the March. Assume you are marching at quick time at port arms and you receive the command, RIGHT SHOULDER, ARMS.

2018. PORT ARMS FROM RIGHT SHOULDER ARMS

1. (P) To bring the rifle to the position of port arms.

(C) Two Counts.

(W) Halted or marching at quick time at Right Shoulder Arms.

(C) PORT ARMS.

2. From the Halt

a. First Count. Assume you are halted at right shoulder arms and you receive the command, PORT, ARMS. At the command of execution and for the count of one, pull the rifle butt back quickly with your right hand so the rifle comes off the right shoulder. At the same time, with your right hand rotate the rifle a quarter turn clockwise so that the pistol grip is to the left. Allow the rifle to fall diagonally across the front of your body. Bring the left hand up and smartly grasp the hand- guard with the sling included in the grasp (One). The fingers are joined and grasping the handguard. The little finger is in line with the slipring, but not touching it. The thumb is on the in- board side. The left wrist and forearm are straight. The elbow is held in against the body. The barrel is up, bisecting the angle formed by your neck and left shoulder. The butt is in front of your right hip. The grasp of the right hand has not changed. The right arm is nearly extended with the elbow held against the body. This terminates the count of one.

b. Second Count. For the count of two, release the grasp of the right hand from the butt and smartly regrasp the small of the stock (Two). The fingers are joined and wrapped around the small of the stock with the thumb wrapped around the inboard portion. The right wrist and forearm are straight and parallel to the deck. The elbow is held into the side and the upper arm is in line with the back. This terminates the movement.

3. On the March. Assume you are marching at quick time at right shoulder arms and you receive the command, PORT, ARMS. The command of execution will be given as the left foot strikes the deck. PORT, ARMS (Step). At the command of execution ARMS, your next step will be a 30-inch step to the front with your right foot. At the same time, execute the first count of the manual (Step). With each succeeding step, you will execute an additional count of the manual until the movement is terminated (Step). You will continue to march until given another ommand.

2019. LEFT SHOULDER ARMS FROM PORT ARMS

1. (P) To bring the rifle to the left shoulder.

(C) Two Counts.

(W) Halted or marching at quick time at Port Arms.

(C) LEFT SHOULDER ARMS.

2. From the Halt

a. First Count. Assume you are halted at port arms and youreceive the command, LEFT SHOULDER, ARMS. At the command of execution and for the count of one, release the grasp of the left hand from the handguard and, with the right hand, carry the rifle to the left side rotating it a quarter turn counterclockwise and place the magazine well against the hollow of the left shoulder. The elbow is held down without strain. At the same time, the stock of the rifle is driven smartly into the palm of the left hand as the right arm comes across the body (One). The butt is grasped with your left hand. The thumb and forefinger are joined over the comb of the stock. The remaining three fingers are joined and wrapped around the butt. The heel of the butt will be visible between the forefinger and middle finger. The left wrist and forearm are straight and parallel to the deck. The elbow is held into the side with the upper arm in line with the back. This terminates the count of one.

b. Second Count. For the count of two, smartly and in the most direct manner return the right hand to the right side as in the position of attention (Two). This terminates the movement.

3. On the March. Assume you are marching at quick time at port arms and you receive the command, LEFT SHOULDER, ARMS (Step). The command of execution will be given as the left foot strikes the deck. LEFT SHOULDER, ARMS (Step). At the command of execution ARMS, your next step will be a 30-inch step to the front with your right foot. At the same time, execute the first count of the manual (Step). With each succeeding step, you will execute an additional count of the manual until the movement is terminated (Step). You will continue to march until given another command.

 

2020. PORT ARMS FROM LEFT SHOULDER ARMS

1. (P) To bring the rifle to the position of port arms.

(C) Two counts.

(W) Halted or marching at quick time at Left Shoulder Arms.

(C) PORT ARMS.

2. From the Halt

a. First Count. Assume you are halted at left shoulder arms and you receive the command, PORT, ARMS. At the command of execution and for the count of one, smartly and in the most direct manner, bring the right hand across the body and grasp the small of the stock (One). The fingers of the right hand are joined and wrapped around the small of the stock. The thumb is wrapped around the inboard portion. The elbow is held down without strain. This terminates the count of one.

b. Second Count. For the count of two, release the grasp of the left hand from the butt. With your right hand, bring the rifle from your left shoulder to a position diagonally across the front of your body, while rotating it a quarter turn clockwise so that the pistol grip is to the left. At the same time, smartly regrasp the handguard with the left hand (Two). The sling is included in the grasp. The fingers of the left hand are joined and grasping the handguard with the little finger in line with but not touching the slipring. The thumb is on the inboard side. The left wrist and forearm are straight. The elbow is held in against the body. The barrel is up, bisecting the angle formed by your neck and left shoulder. The butt is in front of your right hip. The right wrist and forearm are straight and parallel to the deck. The elbow is held into the side with the upper arm in line with the back. This terminates the movement.

3. On the March. Assume you are marching at quick time at leftdeck. PORT, ARMS (Step). At the command of execution ARMS, your next step will be a 30-inch step to the front with your left foot. At the same time, execute the first count of the manual (Step). With each succeeding step, you will execute an addition- al count of the manual until the movement is terminated (Step). You will continue to march until given another command.


2021. LEFT SHOULDER ARMS FROM RIGHT SHOULDER ARMS

1. (P) To bring the rifle to the left shoulder.

(C) Four counts.

(W) Halted or marching at quick time at Right Shoulder Arms.

(C) LEFT SHOULDER, ARMS.

2. From the Halt

a. First Count. Assume you are halted at right shoulder arms and you receive the command, LEFT SHOULDER, ARMS. At the command of execution and for the count of one, pull the rifle butt back quickly with your right hand so the rifle comes off the right shoulder. At the same time, with your right hand rotate the rifle a quarter turn clockwise so that the pistol grip is to the left. Allow the rifle to fall diagonally across the front of your body. Bring the left hand up and smartly grasp the hand- guard with the sling included in the grasp (One). The fingers of the left hand are joined grasping the handguard. The little finger is in line with the slipring, but not touching it. The thumb is on the inboard portion. The left wrist and forearm are straight. The elbow is held in against the body. The barrel is up, bisecting the angle formed by your neck and left shoulder. The butt is in front of your right hip. The grasp of the right hand has not changed. The right arm is nearly extended with the elbow held against the body. This terminates the count of one.

b. Second Count. For the count of two, release the grasp of the right hand from the butt and smartly regrasp the small of the stock (Two). The fingers are joined and wrapped around the small of the stock with the thumb wrapped around the inboard portion. The right wrist and forearm are straight and parallel to the deck. The elbow is held into the side and the upper arm is in line with the back. This terminates the count of two.

c. Third Count. For the count of three, release the grasp of the left hand from the handguard and with the right hand, carry the rifle to the left side rotating it a quarter turn counterclockwise and place the magazine well against the hollow of the left shoulder (Three). The elbow is held down without strain. At the same time, the stock of the rifle is driven smartly into the palm of the left hand as the right arm comes across the body. The butt is grasped with your left hand. The thumb and forefinger are joined over the comb of the stock. The remaining three fingers are joined and wrapped around the butt. The heel of the butt will be visible between the forefinger and middle finger. The left wrist and forearm are straight and parallel to the deck. The elbow is held into the side with the upper arm in line with the back. This terminates the count of three.

d. Fourth Count. For the count of four, smartly and in the most direct manner return the right hand to the right side as in the position of attention (Four). This terminates the movement.

3. On the March. Assume you are marching at quick time at right shoulder arms and you receive the command, LEFT SHOULDER, ARMS. The command of execution will be given as the left foot strikes the deck. Left Shoulder, ARMS (Step). At the command of exe- cution ARMS, your next step will be a 30-inch step to the front with your right foot. At the same time, execute the first count of the manual (Step). With each succeeding step, you will execute an additional count of the manual until the movement is terminated (Step, Step). You will continue to march until given another command.

2022. RIGHT SHOULDER ARMS FROM LEFT SHOULDER ARMS

1. (P) To bring the rifle to the right shoulder.

(C) Five counts.

(W) Halted or marching at quick time at Left Shoulder Arms.

(C) RIGHT SHOULDER ARMS.

2. From the Halt

a. First Count. Assume you are halted at left shoulder arms and you receive the command, Right SHOULDER, ARMS. At the command of execution, and for the count of one, smartly and in the most direct manner, bring the right hand across the body and grasp the small of the stock (One). The fingers of the right hand are joined and wrapped around the small of the stock. The thumb is wrapped around the inboard portion. The elbow is held down without strain. This terminates the count of one.

b. Second Count. For the count of two, release the grasp of the left hand from the butt. With your right hand, bring the rifle from your left shoulder to a position diagonally across the front of your body, while rotating it a quarter turn clockwise so that the pistol grip is to the left. At the same time, smartly grasp the handguard with the left hand (Two). The sling is included in the grasp. The fingers of the left hand are joined and grasping the handguard with the little finger in line with the slipring, but not touching it. The thumb is on the inboard portion. The left wrist and forearm are straight. The elbow is held in against your body. The barrel is up bisecting the angle formed by your neck and left shoulder. The butt is in front of your right hip. The right wrist and forearm are straight and parallel to the deck. The elbow is held into the side with the upper arm in line with the back. This terminates the count of two.

c. Third Count. For the count of three, release the grasp of the right hand from the small of the stock and smartly regrasp the butt (Three). The thumb and forefinger are joined over the comb of the stock. The remaining three fingers are joined and wrapped around the butt. The heel of the butt will be visible between the forefinger and middle finger. The right arm is almost extended with the elbow held against the body. This terminates the count of three.

d. Fourth Count. For the count of four, release the grasp of your left hand from the handguard and carry the rifle to your right side. The left hand remains in contact with the rifle in order to assist in the movement. At the same time, with your right hand rotate the rifle a quarter turn counterclockwise, and place the magazine well against the hollow of the right shoulder (Four). The left hand will slide to the juncture of the stock and receiver just below the charging handle where it is used to guide the rifle into the shoulder. The thumb and fingers are extended and joined with the palm turned toward the body. The first joint of the left forefinger touches the rear of the receiver. The left wrist and forearm are straight. The elbow is held down without strain. The grasp of the right hand is unchanged. The right wrist and forearm are straight and parallel to the deck. The elbow is held into the side with the upper arm in line with the back. This terminates the count of four.

e. Fifth Count. For the count of five, smartly and in the most direct manner return the left hand to the left side at the position of attention (Five). This terminates the movement.

3. On the March. Assume you are marching at quick time at leftshoulder arms and you receive the command, RIGHT SHOULDER, ARMS. The command of execution will be given as the right foot strikes the deck. RIGHT SHOULDER, ARMS. At the command of execution ARMS, your next step will be a 30-inch step to the front with your left foot. At the same time, execute the first count of the manual (Step). With each succeeding step execute an additional count of the manual until the movement is terminated (Step, Step, Step). You will continue to march until given another command.

2023. REST WITH THE RIFLE

1. (P) To give the troops a rest from the position of attention.

(C) Parade Rest, At Ease, and Rest are one count movements. Fall Out is not a precision movement; it has no counts.

(W) Parade Rest, At Ease, or Rest - Halted at Order Arms,

Sling Arms, Unsling Arms or Stack Arms. Fall Out - Halted at Order Arms, Sling Arms, Unsling Arms, Port Arms or Stack Arms.

(C) PARADE REST, AT EASE, REST, FALL OUT.

2. Parade Rest. Assume you are halted at order arms and you receive the command PARADE, REST. On the preparatory command PARADE, shift the weight of your body to the right leg without noticeable movement. On the command of execution REST and for the count of one, move the left foot smartly twelve inches to the left of your right foot. Twelve inches are measured from the inside of the right heel to the inside of the left heel. The heels will remain on line. The legs are straight without stiffness. The body weight is resting equally on both legs. At the same time, place your left hand in the small of the back, just below the belt. The fingers are extended and joined. The thumb is along the hand and the palm is to the rear. The elbow is in line with your body. Keep the butt of the rifle on the deck. The toe of the rifle is in line with the toe of the right shoe. The grasp of the right hand is moved up the barrel to just below the compensator. The fingers are joined and wrapped around the barrel with the forefinger touching the thumb. The right arm is straightened directly to the right front so that the muzzle points forward and up (One). Silence and immobility must be maintained. If at sling arms, the rifles will remain slung. The only command you may receive while at parade rest is back to the position of attention, which is preceded by a preparatory command which is designated by the size of the unit, such as squad, platoon, or company. For the purpose of my demonstration, I will use Squad. SQUAD, ATTENTION. On the command of execution, smartly bring the left heel against the right heel and drop the left arm to the left side. At the same time, returning the rifle to the position of order arms.

3. At Ease. Assume you are halted at order arms and you receive the command, AT EASE. At the command of execution and for the count of one, the only requirement is that the right foot remain

in place and the butt of the rifle remains on the deck. The rifle is held as in parade rest but with the right arm relaxed slightly (One). You may move about and adjust equipment. Silence must be maintained. If at sling arms, the rifle will remain slung. The only command you may receive while at ease is back to the position of attention, which is preceded by a preparatory command which is designated by the size of the unit, such as squad, platoon, or company. For the purpose of my demon- stration, I will use Squad. SQUAD, ATTENTION. On the pre- paratory command, assume the position of parade rest. On the command of execution, smartly bring the left heel against the right heel and drop the left arm to the left side. At the same time return the rifle to the position of order arms.

4. Rest. Assume you are halted at order arms and you receive the command, REST. At the command of execution and for the count of one, the only requirement is that the right foot remain in place and the butt of the rifle remain on the deck. The rifle is held as in parade rest but with the right arm relaxed slightly (One). You may move about, adjust equipment, and talk in a con- versational tone. If at sling arms, the rifle may be unslung. The only command you may receive while at rest is back to the position of attention, which is preceded by a preparatory command which is designated by the size of the unit, such as squad, platoon, or company. For the purpose of my demonstration, I will use Squad. SQUAD, ATTENTION. On the preparatory command, assume the position of parade rest. On the command of execution, smartly bring the left heel against the right heel. At the same time return the rifle to the position of order arms. If the rifle has been unslung, the weapon will be reslung on the preparatory command.

5. Fall Out. Assume you are halted at order arms and you receive the command, FALL OUT. On the command FALL OUT, you will leave your position in ranks. You will go to a predesignated area or remain in the immediate vicinity. The only command you may receive from FALL OUT is FALL IN. If the rifles are stacked, they will remain stacked. On the command FALL IN, you will resume you position in ranks at the position of order arms, sling arms, unsling arms, or attention.

2024. RIFLE SALUTES

1. (P) To render courtesy to members of the Armed Forces and to colors when you are armed with the rifle.

(C) One count.

(W) The requirements that pertain to the hand salute also pertain to the rifle salute.

(C) RIFLE SALUTE; READY TWO.

2. At Order Arms. Assume you are halted at order arms and youreceive the command, RIFLE, SALUTE. At the command of executionsmartly and in the most direct manner bring the left hand across the body until the first joint of the forefinger touches metal on the compensator (One). The fingers of the left hand are extended and joined. The thumb is along the hand. The palm is down with the wrist and forearm straight. The command to terminate the salute is, READY, TWO. On the command of execution TWO, smartly and in the most direct manner, return the left hand to the left side as in the position of attention.

3. At Trail Arms. Assume you are halted at trail arms and youreceive the command, RIFLE, SALUTE. At the command of executionsmartly and in the most direct manner, bring the left hand across the body until the first joint of the forefinger touches metal on the compensator (One). The thumb is along the hand. The palm is down with the wrist and forearm straight. The command to terminate the salute is, READY, TWO. On the command of execution TWO, smartly and in the most direct manner, return the left hand to the left side as in the position of attention.

4. At Right Shoulder Arms. Assume you are halted at right shoulder arms and you receive the command, RIFLE, SALUTE. At the command of execution smartly and in the most direct manner, bring the left hand across the body until the first joint of the forefinger touches the juncture of the stock and receiver, just below the charging handle (One). The fingers of the left hand are extended and joined. The thumb is along the hand. The palm is down with the forearm parallel to the deck. The command to terminate the salute is, READY, TWO. On the command of execution TWO, smartly and in the most direct manner, return the left hand to the left side as in the position of attention.

5. At Left Shoulder Arms. Assume you are halted at left shoulder arms and you receive the command, RIFLE, SALUTE. At the command of execution smartly and in the most direct manner, bring the right hand across the body until the first joint of the forefinger touches the juncture of the stock and receiver, just below the charging handle (One). The fingers of the right hand are extended and joined. The thumb is along the hand. The palm is down with the forearm parallel to the deck. The command to terminate the salute is, READY, TWO. On the command of execution 2-29 smartly and in the most direct manner, return the right hand to the right side as in the position of attention.

2025. FIX AND UNFIX BAYONETS

1. (P) To fix or remove the bayonet from the rifle.

(C) No counts. (This is not a precision movement.)

(W) Halted at Order Arms or Unsling Arms.

(C) FIX BAYONETS; UNFIX BAYONETS.

2. Assume you were halted at order or unsling arms and you receive the command, FIX BAYONETS. On the command of execution BAYONETS, move the muzzle of the rifle to the left front and regrasp the barrel with the left hand. With the right hand, unsnap the securing strap and withdraw the bayonet. Turn the point skyward, and attach the bayonet to the weapon. While engaging the bayonet stud, with the base of the bayonet, grasp the handle and apply downward pressure until a click is heard. Apply limited upward pressure to insure that the bayonet is seated securely. Resnap the scabbard securing the strap, and then resume the position of order or unsling arms.

3. Assume you were halted at order or unsling arms with fixed bayonets and you receive the command UNFIX BAYONETS. On the command of execution BAYONETS, move the muzzle to the left and rasp it with the left hand. With the right hand unsnap the securing strap. Release the bayonet from the bayonet stud, and remove the bayonet from the muzzle. Keeping your eyes on thebayonet point, return it to the scabbard and insert it with the ring facing to the front. Resnap the securing strap and then resume order or unsling arms. For safety purposes, if the bayonet appears difficult to remove, stick the point into the ground. Bend over and depress the catch with the left hand while pulling upward on the weapon with the right hand. If excessive resistance is met in unfixing the bayonet, thrust the bayonet into the ground with the blade facing your right toe. Press the bayonet catch spring with the right toe and remove the rifle from the bayonet.

2026. INSPECTION ARMS FROM SLING ARMS. Inspection arms from sling arms is a nonprecision movement; therefore it has no counts. Assume you are halted at sling arms and you receive the command "Inspection Arms." On the command of execution, "Arms" move the left arm smartly across the front of the body and grasp the rifle by the pistol grip and place the left thumb on the lower portion of the bolt catch. Release the grasp of the sling with the right hand, letting the left hand support the weapon, bring the rifle with the left hand to a diagonal position across the front of the body placing the right hand at the small of the stock, and execute the remaining movements of Inspection Arms as stated on page 2-14 and 2-15.

2027. AUTHORIZED MOVEMENTS IN THE MANUAL OF ARMS

a. From Order Arms to:

(1) Port, Arms.

(2) Right Shoulder, Arms.

(3) Left Shoulder, Arms.

(4) Present, Arms.

(5) Inspection, Arms.

(6) Trail, Arms.

(7) Rifle, Salute.

(8) Rest, Positions.

(9) Fix, Bayonets.

(10) Sling, Arms.

b. From Port, Arms to:

(1) Right Shoulder, Arms.

(2) Left Shoulder, Arms.

(3) Order, Arms.

(4) Present, Arms.

c. From Right Shoulder, Arms to:

(1) Left Shoulder, Arms.

(2) Port, Arms.

(3) Order, Arms.

(4) Present, Arms.

(5) Inspection, Arms.

d. From Left Shoulder, Arms to:

(1) Right Shoulder, Arms.

(2) Port, Arms.

(3) Order, Arms.

(4) Present, Arms.

(5) Inspection, Arms.

e. From Inspection, Arms to Port Arms.

f. From Present, Arms to:

(1) Order, Arms.

(2) Port, Arms (only when salute has been returned or the color has passed, without going to order).

Note: For the sequence of the manual of arms on the march, see chapter 9, paragraph 9002.k.



CHAPTER 3

PLATOON MOVEMENTS

GENERAL 3000
FORM THE PLATOON 3001
DISMISS THE PLATOON 3002
CHANGE OF DIRECTION 3003
COUNT OFF 3004
DIMINISH THE FRONT 3005
ALIGNMENTS 3006
ALIGNMENT IN COLUMN 3007
CLOSE AND EXTEND THE INTERVAL IN LINE 3008
TAKE INTERVAL AND ASSEMBLE 3009
CLOSE AND EXTEND THE INTERVAL IN COLUMN 3010
CLOSE AND EXTEND THE INTERVAL MARCHING 3011
OBLIQUE 3012
FLANKS 3013
OPEN AND CLOSE RANKS 3014
FORM FOR PHYSICAL DRIL 3015
STACK ARMS 3016
TAKE ARMS 3017
COUNT CADENCE 3018
REPORTING PROCEDURES 3019

3000. GENERAL

1. A platoon consists of a platoon headquarters and two or more squads or sections. The platoon headquarters consists of a platoon commander (SDI) and one or more assistants (DIs).

2. There are only two platoon formations, platoon in line or column. The platoon forms in line with the squad leaders on the right; the guide is to the right of the first squad leader. The platoon marches in line for short distances only.

3. When the platoon is in line, the squads are numbered from front to rear, when in column, from left to right. Normally, each platoon will consist of four equal squads of recruits. If the platoons strength drops below 37 recruits, the Regimental Commander has authorized the use of three squad drill.

4. Extra troops or recruits may be attached to the platoon without changing permanent squad organization. When in line they will fall in to the left and when in column they will fall in the rear. The first extra man will fall in the first squad. The second extra man will fall in the second squad and the third extra man will be in the third squad.

5. Posts of Individuals: Platoon commander or SDI - six paces in front of and centered on an element when the platoon is on line; at the head of the left file when the platoon is in column. Platoon sergeant or DI - three paces in front of and centered on an element when the platoon is on line; behind the last man in the right file when the platoon is in column. In the absence of the Platoon Commander, the Platoon Sergeant will drill the platoon from the position of the Platoon Commander after falling the unit in.

6. Changes of post by individuals will always be made in the most direct route, executing facing movements and maintaining military bearing.

7. Unless otherwise commanded, guide is toward the right. When it is desired that the guide be otherwise, the command GUIDE LEFT or GUIDE CENTER is given. The guide will then be in the direction indicated until the command GUIDE RIGHT is given.

8. On the commands of GUIDE LEFT or GUIDE CENTER, the platoon guide and the platoon commander will change relative positions with the guide passing between the platoon commander and the platoon. These movements may be executed either halted or marching. When marching, the command GUIDE LEFT or GUIDE CENTER

are given as the left foot strikes the deck. The command GUIDE RIGHT is given as the right foot strikes the deck. In this chapter the guide will be to the right in describing all movements.

9. Introduction and summary to each movement will contain certain required information. The following "code" is prescribed for purposes of brevity and clarity.

(P) Purpose of the movement.

(F) Formation from which the movement is executed.

(W) When the movement may be executed.

(C) Commands to cause movement to be executed.

10. Rules for the platoon guide:

a. The guide is responsible for setting the direction and cadence of march.

b. When in line, the guide will be right of the first squadleader, unless otherwise commanded.

c. When in column, the guide will be in front of the right file leader, unless otherwise commanded.

d. Platoon in line and given Right Face, the guide executes the movement with the platoon, he then faces right in marching and halts in front of the right file leader and executes left face.

e. Platoon in line and given Left Face or About Face, the guide executes the movement with the platoon and does not change position.

f. In column and given the command Column of Files from the Left, the guide positions himself in front of the left file by facing left as in marching, halts in front of the left file leader and executes a right face.

g. In column and given the command Column of Two's from the Left, the guide positions himself in front of the file which will be the right file by facing left as in marching, halts in front of the second squad leader and executes a right face.

h. When reforming from a column of files or a column of two's the guide will move to the right file when the right file has halted.

i. The platoon in column and the command to march to the flanks or to the rear is given, the guide will execute the movement with the platoon and will not change his position.

11. Regardless of the direction in which alignment is established, at the command of execution for a drill movement involving marching, the direction toward which alignment is obtained is the flank toward which the movement is made. Upon completion of the drill movement, alignment will be in the direction established prior to commencing the movements.

3001. FORM THE PLATOON

1. (P) To form the platoon into the basic drill formation.

(F) Platoon in line.

(W) Forming the platoon.

(C) FALL IN; At Close Interval, FALL IN

2. At the command, FALL IN, the platoon guide will position him- self so that the front rank, when aligned on him, will be three paces in front of and centered on the platoon sergeant. The Guide will keep his head to the front, lower the platoon guidon, and furnish interval to the first squad leader by raising his left arm laterally shoulder height. The fingers are extended and joined, the thumb is along the hand with the palm down. The first squad leader, at the same time he raises his left arm, will smartly turn his head to the right to attain alignment by moving forward or backwards until on line with the guide. He will obtain interval by moving left or right until his right shoulder slightly touches the fingertips of the man on his right. All remaining members of the first squad will furnish interval to the men on their left by smartly raising their left arm laterally to shoulder height. The fingers are extended and joined, the thumb is along the hand with the palm down. At the same time, they will smartly turn their heads to the right to obtain interval by moving to the right or left until their right shoulder slightly touches the fingertips on the man on their right. They will obtain alignment by moving forward or backward until on line with the man on their right. The extreme left flank man would not raise his arm since there is no one to furnish interval to. As each member of the first squad obtains cover and alignment they will drop their left arm smartly to their side and assume the position of attention. The trailing squad leaders will obtain approximate distance and cover on the first squad leader. The remaining squad members will obtain alignment and approximate interval on their squad leader. They will then turn their heads back to the front and cover on their respective members of the first squad. They will not raise their left arm while obtaining alignment. Odd numbered individuals would fill the ranks first, second, and third respectively.

3. If commanded At Close Interval, FALL IN, you execute the same movement except you obtain close interval between men in ranks by placing the heel of the left hand on the left hip. The fingers are extended and joined with the thumb along the hand and the fingers are down. The elbow is in plain with the body.

3002. DISMISS THE PLATOON

1. (P) To dismiss the platoon.

(F) Platoon in line at normal or close interval.

(W) Halted at attention.

(C) DISMISSED.

2. Troops are dismissed only when in line at the position of attention. Unarmed troops are dismissed with the command DISMISSED. Armed troops are dismissed with the commands Inspection ARMS, Port ARMS and DISMISSED. The platoon sergeant normally dismisses the platoon.

3003. CHANGE OF DIRECTION

1. (P) To change the direction of march of a column.

(F) Platoon in column.

(W) Halted or marching at quick time.

(C) Column Right, (Left) MARCH; Column Half Right (Left),
MARCH; INCLINE TO THE RIGHT (LEFT).

2. The base element during the turn is the squad on the flank in the direction of the turn. The pivot man for the movement is the first man in the base squad, excluding the platoon commander and guide.

3. Regardless of the direction in which alignment is established, at the command of execution for a drill movement involving marching, the direction toward which alignment is obtained is the flank toward which the movement is made. Upon completion of the drill movement, alignment will be in the direction established prior to commencing the movement.

4. Column Right

a. Halted. Assume you are halted in column and you receive the command, Column Right, MARCH. On the preparatory command Column Right, shift the weight of your body to the right leg without noticeable movement. On the command of execution MARCH, the pivot man would face to the right as in marching and would take a 30-inch step with his left foot. He would then half step in the new direction of march. He continues to half step until the other men of this rank are abreast of him. Then he resumes a full step. The other men of his rank oblique twice to the right without changing interval and place themselves abreast of the pivot man and conform to his step. They execute the first oblique at the command of execution. The second oblique is executed when opposite their new line of march so that when the oblique is completed they will be marching toward the new front with proper interval. The ranks to the rear of the leading rank will execute the movement on the same ground and in the same way as the leading rank. You will continue to march until given another command.

b. On the March. Assume you are marching in column and you receive the command, Column Right, MARCH. The command of execution will be given as the right foot strikes the deck. Column Right, MARCH (Step). On the command of execution MARCH, the right squad becomes the base and regulates alignment and interval; the first rank will take one more 30-inch step to the front and execute a column right as described from the halt. You will continue to march until given another command.

c. Platoon Commander and Guide. During column right the platoon commander would smartly oblique in the direction of the turn. The platoon guide would flank in the direction of the turn. Both would then oblique in a manner that placed them in their proper position in the formation. The platoon guide would half step until the platoon commander comes abreast. At this time both would take 30-inch steps in the new direction of march.

5. Column Left. This movement is executed in the same manner as column right, except that the command of execution on the march is given as the left foot strikes the deck and alignment is to the left until the movement is completed.

6. Column Half Right

a. Halted. Assume you are halted in column and you receive the command, Column Half Right, MARCH. On the preparatory command Column Half Right, shift the weight of your body to the right leg without noticeable movement. On the command of execution, MARCH, the pivot man would face half right as in marching and would take a 30-inch step with his left foot. He would then half step in the new direction of march. He continues to half step until the other men of this rank are abreast of him. Then he resumes a full step. The other men of his rank oblique to the right and place themselves abreast of the pivot man and conform to his step. This oblique is executed in such a manner that when completed they will be marching toward the new front with proper interval. The ranks to the rear of the leading rank will execute the movement on the same ground and in the same manner as the leading rank. You will continue to march until given another command.

b. On the March. Assume you are marching in column and you receive the command, Column Half Right, MARCH. The command of execution will be given as the right foot strikes the deck. COLUMN HALF RIGHT, MARCH (Step). On the command of execution, MARCH, the right squad becomes the base and regulates alignment and interval; the first rank will take one 30-inch step to the front and execute a column half right as described from the halt. You will continue to march until given another command.

c. Platoon Commander and Guide. During column half right the guide would smartly oblique in the direction of the turn. The platoon commander would flank in the direction of the turn. Both would then oblique in a manner that places them in their proper position in the formation. The platoon commander would half step until the guide comes abreast, at which time both would take 30-inch steps in the new direction of march.

7. Column Half Left. This movement is executed in the same manner as to the right, except that the command of execution on the march is given as the left foot strikes the deck and alignment is to the left until the movement is completed.

8. Incline to the Right (Left). At the command INCLINE TO THE RIGHT (LEFT), the platoon guide slightly changes the direction as commanded. This is not a precise movement, therefore, there are no pivots involved in this movement. The command may be given as either foot strikes the deck. The movement can only be executed
while on the march.

3004. COUNT OFF

1. (P) To designate relative position in rank.

(F) Platoon in line or in column.

(W) Halted at attention.

(C) Count OFF; From Front To Rear Count OFF

2. In Line. The command is, Count, OFF. The base for this movement is the squad leaders. The platoon guide will not count off. At the command of execution, OFF, all men except the squad leaders smartly turn their heads and look to the right. The squad leaders shout ONE. When the man on your right calls out his number, you call out the next higher number while smartly turning your head back to the front. Numbers are counted in the cadence of quick time.

3. In Column. The command is, From Front To Rear, Count OFF. The base for this movement is the squad leaders. The platoon guide will not count off. At the command of execution OFF, the squad leaders will turn their heads to the right and smartly shout ONE as they turn their heads back to the front. When the man in front calls out his number, turn your head to the right and smartly shout the next higher number as you turn you head back to the front. Numbers are counted from front to rear in cadence of quick time.

3005. DIMINISH THE FRONT

1. Four Squad Platoon

a. Form a Column of Two's and Re-form

(P) To form a column of two's

(F) Platoon in column of four's

(W) Halted at attention

(C) Column of Two's From The Right (Left), MARCH

(1) Form a Column of Two's: After the preparatory command Column Of Two's From The Right, the third and fourth squad leader will smartly turn their heads to the right and command in unison,

FORWARD. The shoulders remain square to the front. After their command, they return their heads to the front. Then, in the same manner the first and second squad leaders command in unison, STAND FAST. Their shoulders remain square to the front. After their command they return their heads to the front. On the command of execution, MARCH, from the unit leader, the entire third and fourth squads execute a forward march. The first and second squad leaders turn their heads to the right on the command of execution march from the unit leader and command in unison, Column Half Right, when the third to the last rank comes on line with them. They will command MARCH, when the last rank comes on line with them and that rank's right foot strikes the deck. The first and second squad leaders will immediately command, after stepping off to the half right as in marching, Column Half Left. The command of execution MARCH, will be given on the third step as their left foot strikes the deck. The remaining members of the first and second squads march forward and execute a column half right and column half left on the same ground as the squad leader rank. They pivot to the new line of march on their fifth step. The first and second squad leaders cover on the files in front of them and maintain a 40-inch distance from the last rank of the third and fourth squad. The platoon will continue to march until given another command.

(2) Reform to a Column of Four's. After the preparatory command Column Of Four's To The Left, the third and fourth squad leaders will smartly turn their heads to the left and command inunison, STAND FAST. The shoulders remain square to the front. Then, in the same manner the first and second squad leaders command in unison, Column Half Left. On the command of execution MARCH, from the unit leader, the first and second squad leaders step half left as in marching and immediately command Column Half Right. The command of execution MARCH, will be given on the fourth step as their right foot strikes the deck. The remaining members of the first and second squad march forward and execute a column half left and column half right on the same ground as the squad leader rank. The first and second squad leaders continue to march forward maintaining proper interval with the third and fourth squads. When the first and second squad leaders come on line with the third rank of the third and fourth squads, they turn their heads to the right, their shoulders remain square to the front and command Squad, HALT. Which will put the ranks of the first and second squads on line with the ranks of the third and fourth squads.

(3) Forming a Column of Two's from the Left and Reforming
to the Right. The movement is executed in the same manner as previously described from the right, substituting the word right for left where appropriate. On the preparatory command, the guide will face to the left as in marching; march forward until he comes on line with the second squad leader; halt; and face to the right. When reforming to the right and after the third and fourth squads have halted, the guide will face to the right as in marching; march forward until he comes on line with the fourth squad leader; halt and face to the left.

b. Form a Column of Files and Reform

(P) To form a column of files

(F) Platoon in column of four's

(W) Halted at attention

(C) Column Of Files From The Right, (Left) MARCH

(1) Form a Column of Files. After the preparatory command Column Of Files From The Right, the fourth squad leader will smartly turn his head to the right and command, FORWARD. His shoulders will remain square to the front. After his command, he returns his head to the front. Then in the same manner and in unison, the first, second and third squad leaders command, STAND FAST. On the command of execution MARCH from the unit leader, the entire fourth squad executes forward march. The third squad leader turns his head to the right on the command of execution MARCH from the unit leader and commands Column Half Right, Column Half Left, when the fourth to the last man comes on line with him. He will command MARCH, when the last man marches by him and that man's right foot strikes the deck. The third squad leader faces half right as in marching; takes two steps and executes a column half left. The remaining members of the third squad will march forward and execute a column half right, take three steps and execute a column half left on the same ground as the squad leader. The third squad leader covers the file in front of him and maintains 40-inch distance from the last man in the fourth squad. The second squad leader turns his head to the right on the command of execution MARCH from the third squad leader and commands Column Half Right, when the third to the last man comes on line with him. He will command MARCH, when the last man marches by him and that man's right foot strikes the deck. The second squad leader will immediately command, after stepping off to the half right as in marching, Column Half Left. The command of execution MARCH, will be given on the third step as his left foot strikes the deck. The remaining members of the second squad march forward and execute a column half right; take five steps and execute a column half left on the same ground as the squad leader. The second squad leader covers the file in front of him and maintains a 40-inch distance from the last man in the third squad. The first squad leader turns his head to the right on the command execution MARCH from the second squad leader and commands, Column Half Right when the third to the last man comes on line with him. He will command MARCH, when the last man marches by him and that man's right foot strikes the deck. The first squad leader will command, after stepping off, Column Half Left. The command of execution MARCH, will be given on the fifth step as his left foot strikes the deck. The remaining members of the first squad march forward and execute a column half right; take seven steps and execute a column half left on the same ground as the squad leader. The first squad leader covers on the file in front of him and maintains a 40-inch distance from the last man in the second squad. The platoon will continue to march until given another command.

(2) Reform to a Column of Four's. After the preparatory command Column Of Four's To The Left, the fourth squad leader will smartly turn his head to the left and command STAND FAST. His shoulders remain square to the front. After his command, he would return his head to the front. Then in the same manner the third squad leader commands Column Half Left, Column Half Right, and then the first and second squad leaders command in unison, FORWARD. On the command of execution MARCH, from the unit leader, the third squad leader faces half left as in marching; takes three steps and executes a column half right. The first and second squad leaders march forward and beginning on their first step will command in unison, Column Half Left. The command of execution, MARCH, is given on the fifth step as the left foot strikes the deck. The second squad leader pivots half left and immediately commands, Column Half Right. The command of execution, MARCH, is given on the fourth step as the right foot strikes the deck. The second squad leader executes a column half right on the fifth step. The first squad leader pivots half left and commands, Column Half Right. The command of execution, MARCH, will be given on the sixth step as the right foot strikes the deck. The first squad leader executes a Column Half Right on the seventh step. The remaining members of the first, second and third squads would march forward and execute a column half left and column half right on the same ground as their squad leaders. When the squad leaders come on line with the third rank, of the halted squad to their right, they turn their heads to the right, their shoulders remain square to the front and command Squad, HALT, which will put the members of their squad on line with the proper rank of the halted squad.

(3) Forming Column of Files from the Left and Reforming to the Right. When DIMINISHING THE FRONT from the left, substitute the words right for left where appropriate. On the preparatory command, the guide will face to the left as in marching, march forward until he comes on line with the first squad leader, halt, and face to the right. When forming a column of files from the left, the 2nd squad leader will take one step. The 3rd squad leader takes three steps. The 4th squad leader takes five steps. Remaining members of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th squads would march forward and execute a column half left and a column half right on the same ground as their squad leaders. When reforming to the right the 2nd squad leader takes 2 steps, re- maining members take three steps. The 3rd squad leader and his squad takes five steps. The 4th squad leader and remaining members take seven steps. When forming to the right and after the fourth squad has halted, the guide will face to the right as in marching. He will march forward until he comes on line with the fourth squad leader and halt. He will then face to the left.

2. Three Squad Platoon

a. Form a Column of Two's and Reform

(P) To form a column of two's.

(F) Platoon in column of three's.

(W) Halted at attention.

(C) Column of Two's From the Right (Left) MARCH.

(1) Form a Column of Two's. After the unit leader's reparatory command of Column Of Two's From The Right, the second and third squad leaders command in unison, FORWARD. Then the first squad leader commands, Column Of Two's To The Left. At the command of execution, MARCH, all members of the second and third squads march to their front and continue to march until given another command. The first squad leader stands fast after the unit leaders command of execution, MARCH, all even numbered men of the first squad face half left as in marching and take two 30-inch steps. After taking their second step, they execute a column half right on their third step and take a 30-inch step to their original front. They continue to march until coming abreast of the odd numbered man who was originally to their front and execute a halt. After the unit leader's command of execution MARCH, all odd numbered men of the first squad take a 30-inch step to their front. They continue to march to their front until obtaining a 40-inch distance from the man to their front and execute a halt. The first squad leader looks over his right shoulder on the unit leaders command, MARCH, and commands Column Half Right, when the third to the last rank comes on line with him. He will command, MARCH, when the last rank comes on line with him and that rank's right foot strikes the deck. The first squad leader commands Column Half Left, immediately after stepping off to the half right as in marching. The command of execution MARCH, will be given on the third step as his left foot strikes the deck. The remaining members of the first squad execute a column half right and a column half left on the same ground and in the same way as the squad leader and the man to his left. The first squad leader and the man to his left covers the file in front of them and maintains a 40-inch distance from the last rank of the second and third squads. The platoon continues to march until given another command.

(2) Re-form To A Column Of Three's. The command is Column Of Three's To The Left MARCH. After the unit leaders preparatory command Column of Three's To The Left, the second and third squad leaders command in unison, STAND FAST. Then the first squad leader commands, Column Of Files From The Right, Column Half Left. At the command of execution MARCH, all members of the second and third squads stand fast. The first squad leader faces half left as in marching and takes a 30-inch step. He immediately commands, Column Half Right. The command of execution MARCH, will be given on the fourth step as his right foot strikes the deck. He executes a column half right and continues to march forward maintaining proper interval with the second squad the number two and three man, seeing the first squad leader about to take his third step will face half left as in marching and take a 30-inch step. The number two and three man will pivot half right on the same line of march as the squad leader. They will cover on the first squad leader and obtain a 40-inch distance. They continue to march until given another command. All remaining even and odd numbered pairs of the first squad execute the same movements as the number two and three men at a two step interval from the pair in front of them. They will continue to march until given another command. When the first squad leader comes on line with the third rank of the second squad he will turn his head to the right, their shoulders remain square to the front and command squad, HALT, which will put the members of their squad on line with the proper rank of the halted squad.

b. Form a Column of Files and Re-form

(P) To form a column of files.

(F) Platoon in column of three's.

(W) Halted at attention.

(C) Column Of Files From The Right (Left), March.

This movement is executed in the same manner as previously instructed for the four squad platoon.

3. To the left. All movements of diminishing the front are executed in the same manner to the left by substituting the words left for right where appropriate.

4. At Normal Interval. These movements will be done at normal interval, however, the length of the steps may have to be adjusted.

3006. ALIGNMENTS

1. (P) To align the platoon.

(F) Platoon in line (or in column during parades).

(W) When halted at the position of attention.

(C) Dress Right (Left), Dress; At Close Interval Dress Right

(Left), DRESS; Ready, FRONT; COVER.

2. Dress Right

a. Platoon Guide. The platoon guide is the base for this movement. At the command of execution DRESS, the platoon guide will stand fast. He will keep his head to the front and furnish interval to the man on his left by smartly raising his left arm laterally to shoulder height. The fingers will be extended and joined. The thumb will be along the hand with the palm down. He will remain in this position until given another command.

b. Squad Leaders. At the command of execution DRESS, all squad leaders will furnish interval to the men on their left by smartly raising their left arm laterally to shoulder height. The fingers are extended and joined. The thumb is along the hand with the palm down. The first squad leader, at the same time he raises his left arm, will smartly turn his head to the right to obtain alignment by moving forward or backward until on line with the guide. He will obtain interval by moving right or left until his right shoulder lightly touches the finger tips of the man on his right. The second, third, and fourth squad leaders will cover on the first squad leader and keep their heads to the front and obtain proper distance. They will remain in this position until given another command.

c. Remainder of the Platoon. At the command of execution DRESS, all remaining members of the platoon will furnish interval to the men on their left by smartly raising their left arm laterally to shoulder height. The fingers are extended and joined. The thumb is along the hand with the palm down. At the same time, they will smartly turn their heads to the right to obtain interval by moving to the right or to the left until their right shoulder lightly touches the finger tips of the man on their right. They will obtain alignment by moving forward or backward until on line with the man on the right. The extreme left flank men would not raise their hands since there is no one to furnish interval to. They will remain in this position until given another command. The only command they may receive is Ready, FRONT; COVER. On the command of execution FRONT, all men will smartly and quietly lower their arms to their sides and at the same time turn their heads to the front. On the command COVER, all members of the second, third and fourth ranks will cover on the respective member in the front rank.

d. Unit Leader. At his own command of execution, the unit leader will face half left as in marching and take a 30-inch step. He will continue to march until he has positioned himself on line with the first rank and one pace to the right of the extreme right flank man. He will then execute a right face, so that he is facing down line. He will align the front rank by commanding those men in advance or rear of the line to move forward or backward until on line. Only those men commanded to move will move and they will continue to move until commanded, "Steady". He may verify alignment by taking a series of short left steps or right steps. He may not lean to the right or to the left to identify men. He must be on line with the first rank in order to command them to move. He will identify these men by name or number only. After aligning the first rank, he will then face left as in marching and take a 30-inch step. He will continue to march maintaining his one pace interval to the right of the extreme right flank man until he comes on line with the second rank and will execute a halt. He will then execute a right face and will then align the second rank in the same manner as the first rank. After aligning the second rank, he will then face left as in marching and take a 30-inch step. He will continue to march, maintaining his one pace interval to the right of the extreme right flank man until he comes on line with the third rank and will execute a halt. He will then execute a right face and align the third rank in the same manner as he aligned the first and second ranks. After aligning the third rank, he will face left as in marching and take a 30-inch step. He will continue to march, maintaining his one pace interval to the right of the extreme right flank man until he comes on line with the fourth rank. There he will execute a halt. He will then execute a right face and align the fourth rank in the same manner as the first, second, and third rank. He will then face right as in marching and take a 30-inch step. He will continue to march, maintaining his one pace interval to the right of the extreme right flank man until he has positioned himself three paces in front of the front rank and will execute a halt. He will then execute a right face. From here he will give his next command which is READY FRONT. On the command of execution, all members of the formation who have executed dress right dress will smartly and quietly lower their left arm to their side and at the same time, return their head to the front. The unit leader will then command COVER. On the command COVER, all members of the second, third, and fourth squads will cover on their respective member in the front rank. At the command COVER, the unit leader moves by the most direct route to his post, six paces in front of and centered on the platoon.

e. Executed at Close Interval. This movement is executed at close interval in the same manner except that the interval is furnished by placing the heel of the left hand on the left hip. The fingers are extended and joined with the thumb along the hand and the fingers are down. The elbow is in plane with the body.

f. Unit Leader. When aligning a platoon of well-drilled troops or when there is insufficient time to verify alignment, the platoon commander may command READY, FRONT; COVER from his normal post without verifying alignment.

3. Dress Left

a. Last Man in Each Squad. At the command of execution DRESS, the last man in the front squad will stand fast for he is the base of the movement. The remaining last man in each squad will cover on his respective member in the first squad and obtain a 40-inch distance from back to chest.

b. Remainder of the Platoon. At the command of execution DRESS, the remaining members of the platoon furnish interval for themselves by smartly raising their left arm laterally to shoulder height. The fingers are extended and joined with the thumb along the hand and the palm down. At the same time, they will smartly turn their head to the left to obtain alignment and interval. They will obtain alignment by moving forward or backward until on line. They will obtain interval by moving to the right or to the left until their fingertips lightly touch the shoulder of the man to their left. They will remain in this position until they receive another command. The only command they may receive is Ready, FRONT; COVER. On the command of execution FRONT, all men will smartly and quietly lower their arms to their sides and at the same time turn their heads to the front. On the command COVER, all members of the second, third and fourth ranks will cover on the respective member in the front rank.

c. Unit Leader. At his own command of execution, the unit leader will face half right as in marching and take a 30-inch step. He will continue to march until he has positioned himself on line with the first rank and one pace to the left of the extreme left flank man in the platoon. He will then execute a halt and be facing to the rear. He will then execute a left face, facing down the line. He will align the front rank by commanding those men in advance or rear of the line to move forward or backward until on line. Only those men commanded to move will move and they will continue to move until commanded, "Steady." He may verify alignment by taking a series of short left or right steps. He may not lean to the right or to the left to identify men. He must be on line with the first rank in order to command them to move. He will identify these men by name or number only. After aligning the first rank, he will then face right as in marching and take a 30-inch step. He will continue to march, maintaining his one pace interval to the left of the extreme left flank man until he comes on line with the second rank. There he will execute a halt. He will then execute a left face. He will then align the second rank in the same manner as the first rank. He will then face right as in marching and take a 30-inch step. He will continue to march, maintaining his one pace interval to the left of the extreme left flank man until he comes on line with the third rank. There he will execute a halt. He will then execute a left face. He will then align the third rank in the same manner as the first and second ranks. He will then face right as in marching and take a 30-inch step. He will continue to march, maintaining his one pace interval to the left of the extreme left flank man until he comes on line with the fourth rank. There he will execute a halt. He will then execute a left face. He will then align the fourth rank in the same manner as the first, second and third ranks. He will then face left as in marching and take a 30-inch step. He will continue to march, maintaining his one pace interval to the left of the extreme left flank man until he has positioned himself three paces in front of the front rank. There he will execute a halt. He will then execute a right face. From here, he will give his next command of, Ready, Front. The unit leader will then command, Cover. On the command Cover he will then move in the most direct manner to his post six paces in front of and centered on the platoon.

d. Platoon Guide. On the prepatory command DRESS LEFT, the guide will reach across and raise the guidon to the position of carry guidon. On the command of execution DRESS, the guide will raise his left arm and turn his head to the left in the same manner as the remainder of the platoon. On the command READY FRONT, the guide will simultaneously lower his left arm, turn his head back to the front and lower the guidon to the position of order guidon.


3007. ALIGNMENT IN COLUMN

1. (P) To align the platoon.

(F) In Column.

(W) Halted or marching forward at quick time, half step, or mark time.

(C) COVER.

2. Halted. Assume you are halted in column and you receive the command, COVER. At the command the base squad leader obtains 40 inches distance from the guide. Other squad leaders obtain proper interval from the base squad leader and align on him. Other men in the base squad move as necessary to place themselves directly behind the man in front of them, still maintaining 40-inch distance. At the same time the remaining men of the platoon align on the base squad and cover on their squad leaders.

a. On Line. Assume you are halted in line, and you receive the command COVER. On the command of execution COVER, the entire first squad and guide standfast. The remaining squad leaders obtain a 40 inch distance from the appropriate squad leader. At the same time the remaining men of the platoon align on their squad leaders and cover on the first squad. This movement will be executed only when necessary to align the second, third, and fourth rank. If the first squad need to be aligned, DRESS RIGHT may be given.

3. Marching. When Marching forward, the movement is executed in the same manner as described while halted.

a. Cover and alignment are maintained while marching at quick time, half step, or mark time, therefore, the command cover is only commanded when required.

b. If a platoon is in a column movement and the unit leader commands mark time, the platoon will not automatically cover and align back into a column unless commanded, COVER.

3008. TO CLOSE AND EXTEND THE INTERVAL IN LINE

1. (P) To obtain close interval and extend to normal interval.

(F) Platoon in line.

(W) Halted at the position of attention.

(C) Close MARCH; Extend MARCH.

2. To Close the Interval

a. Squad Leaders. The squad leaders are the base for this movement. At the command of execution MARCH, the first squad leader will stand fast with his head to the front. The second, third, and fourth squad leaders obtain a 40-inch distance and cover on the first squad leader. All squad leaders will furnish interval to the men on their left by raising their left arm and placing the heel of the palm on their left hip. The fingers are extended and joined with the thumb along the hand and fingers down. The elbow is in plane with the body. They will remain in this position until the men on their left have obtained proper alignment and interval. Proper alignment and interval are determined when the elbow of the man on the right lightly touches the arm of the man on the left. They will smartly and quietly lower their left arms to their sides and assume the position of attention. They will remain in this position until given another command.

b. Platoon Guide. The platoon guide on the command of execution MARCH, will face left as in marching and take a 30-inch step, halt, and face his original front. After completing the facing movement, he-will furnish interval for himself by smartly raising his left arm and placing the heel of the palm on the left hip. The fingers are extended and joined with the thumb along the hand, fingers down. The elbow is in plane with the body. At the same time, he will smartly turn his head to the left to align himself on the first squad leader. He will align himself-by moving forward or backward until in line. He will move left or right to obtain proper interval. Proper alignment and interval are determined when the guide's elbow lightly touches the arm of the first squad leader. After the guide has his proper alignment and interval, he will simultaneously, smartly and quietly lower his arm to his side, turn his head to the front, and lower the platoon guidon to the deck. He will remain in this position until given another command.

c. Remainder of the Platoon. The remainder of the platoon, on the command of execution MARCH, will face right as in marching and take a 30-inch step. They will continue to march until approximately a four inch interval has been obtained, halt and face their original front. After completing the facing movement, they will furnish interval to the man on their left by smartly raising their left arm and placing the heel of the palm on the left hip. The fingers are extended and joined with the thumb along the hand; fingers down. The elbow is in plane with the body. At the same time, they will smartly turn their head to the right to align themselves. They will align themselves by moving forward or backward until in line. They will move left or right to obtain proper interval. They will remain in this position until the man on their left has obtained proper alignment and interval. Proper alignment and interval are determined when the elbow of the man on the right lightly touches the arm of the man on his left. They will smartly and quietly lower their left arm to their side and at the same time smartly turn their heads to the front. The extreme left flank men will not raise their left arms as there is no one to their left. All members of the second, third, and fourth ranks will cover automatically on the respective member in the front rank. They will remain in this position until given another command.

3. To Extend the Interval

a. Squad Leaders. The squad leaders are the base for this movement. At the command of execution MARCH, the first squad leader will stand fast with his head to the front. The second, third and fourth squad leaders obtain 40-inch distance and cover on the first squad leader. All squad leaders will furnish interval to the man on their left by raising their left arm laterally to shoulder height. The fingers are extended and joined with the thumb along the hand and the palm down. They will remain in this position until the men on their left have obtained proper alignment and interval. Proper alignment and interval are determined when the fingertips of the man on the right lightly touch the shoulder of the man on the left. They will smartly and quietly lower their left arms to their sides and assume the position of attention. They will remain in this position until given another command.

b. Platoon Guide. The platoon guide on the command of execution MARCH, will face right as in marching and take a 30-inch step, halt, and face his original front. After completing the facing movement, he will furnish interval for himself by smartly raising his left arm laterally to shoulder height. The fingers are extended and joined with the thumb along the hand and the palm down. At the same time, he will smartly turn his head to the left and align himself on the first squad leader. He will align himself by moving forward or backward until in line. He will move left or right to obtain proper interval. Proper alignment and interval are determined when the guide's fingertips lightly touch the shoulder of the first squad leader. After the guide has his proper alignment and interval, he will simultaneously, smartly and quietly lower his arm to his side, turn his head to the front, and lower the platoon guidon to the deck. He will remain in this position until given another command.

c. Remainder of the Platoon. The remainder of the platoon, on the command of execution MARCH, will face left in marching and take a 30-inch step. They will continue to march until approximately a 30-inch interval has been obtained, halt, and face their original front. After completing the facing movement, they will furnish interval to the man on their left by smartly raising their left arm laterally to shoulder height. The fingers are extended and joined with the thumb along the hand and the palm down. At the same time, they will smartly turn their head to the right to align themselves. They will align themselves by moving forward or backward until in line. They will move left or right to obtain proper alignment and interval. They will remain in this position until the men on their left have obtained proper alignment and interval. Proper alignment and interval are determined when the fingertips of the man on the right lightly touches the shoulder of the man on the left. They will smartly and quietly lower their left arm to their side and at the same time smartly turn their heads to the front. The extreme left flank men will not raise their left arm as there is no one to their left. All members of the second, third, and fourth rank will cover automatically on the respective member of the front rank.

3009. TAKE INTERVAL AND ASSEMBLE

1. (P) To increase the interval between men in ranks to a double arms interval.

(F) Platoon in line at normal or close interval.

(W) Halted. Or armed with rifles, the rifles are at sling arms.

(C) Take Interval to the (Left), Right MARCH; Assemble To The

(Left), Right MARCH.

2. Take Interval to the Left

a. Squad Leaders. The squad leaders are the base for this movement. At the command of execution MARCH, the first squad leader will stand fast with his head to the front. The second, third, and fourth squad leaders obtain a 40-inch distance and cover on the first squad leader. All squad leaders will furnish interval to the men on their left by raising their left arm laterally to shoulder height. The first squad leader will also raise his right arm laterally to shoulder height to furnish interval for the guide. The fingers are extended and joined with the thumb along the hand and the palm down. They will remain in this position until the men on their left have obtained proper alignment and interval. Proper alignment and interval are determined when the fingertips of the man on the right lightly touch the fingertips of the man on the left. They will smartly and quietly lower their left arms to their sides and assume the position of attention. The first squad leader will smartly and quietly lower his right arm to his side when the guide has his proper alignment and interval. (If armed with the rifle, the first squad leader will return his right hand directly to the rifle sling.) They will remain in this position until given another command.

b. Platoon Guide. The platoon guide on the command of execution MARCH, will face right as in marching and take a 30-inch step. He will continue to march until he has obtained proper interval, halt, and face his original front. After completing the facing movement, he will furnish interval for himself by smartly raising his left arm laterally to shoulder height. The fingers are extended and joined with the thumb along the hand and the palm down. At the same time, he will smartly turn his head to the left to align himself on the first squad leader. He will align himself by moving forward or backward until he is on line. He will move left or right to obtain proper interval. Proper alignment and interval are determined when the guide's fingertips lightly touch the fingertips of the first squad leader. After the guide has his proper alignment and interval, he will simultaneously, smartly and quietly lower his arm to his side, turn his head to the front, and lower the platoon guidon to the deck. He will remain in this position until given another command.

c. Remainder of the Platoon. The remainder of the platoon, on the command of execution MARCH, will face left as in marching and take a 30-inch step. They will continue to march until obtaining approximate interval, halt, and face their original front. After completing the facing movement, they will furnish interval to the man on their left by smartly raising their left arm laterally to shoulder height and they will furnish interval for themselves by smartly raising their right arm laterally to shoulder height. The fingers are extended and joined with the thumb along the hand and the palm down. At the same time, they will smartly turn their heads to the right to align themselves on their base men. They will align themselves by moving forward or backward. They will move left or right to obtain proper interval. Proper alignment and interval are determined when the fingertips of the man on the right lightly touch the fingertips of the man on the left. They will remain in this position until the man on their right has obtained proper alignment and interval, lowered his right arm, and returned his head to the front. (If armed with the rifle, they will return their right hand directly to the rifle sling.) They will lower their left arm when the man on the left lowers his right arm. The extreme left flank men will not raise their left arms as there is no one to their left. All members of the second, third, and fourth ranks will cover automatically on the respective member of the front rank. They will remain in this position until given another command.

3. Assemble to the Right

a. Squad Leaders. The squad leaders are the base for this movement. At the command of execution MARCH, the first squad leader will stand fast with his head to the front. The second, third and fourth squad leaders obtain 40-inch distance and cover on the first squad leader. All squad leaders will furnish interval to the men on their left by raising their left arm laterally to shoulder height. The fingers are extended and joined with the thumb along the hand and the palm down. They will remain in this position until the men on their left have obtained proper alignment and interval. Proper alignment and interval are determined when the fingertips of the man on the right lightly touch the shoulder of the man on the left. They will smartly and quietly lower their left arm to their side and assume the position of attention. They will remain in this position until given another command.

b. Platoon Guide. The platoon guide on the command of execution MARCH, will face left as in marching and take a 30-inch step, halt and face his original front. After completing the facing movement, he will furnish interval for himself by smartly raising his left arm laterally to shoulder height. The fingers are extended and joined with the thumb along the hand and the palm down. At the same time, he will smartly turn his head to the left to align himself on the first squad leader. He will align himself by moving forward or backward until in line. He will move left or right to obtain proper interval. Proper alignment and interval are determined when the guide's fingertips lightly touch the shoulder of the first squad leader. After the guide has his proper alignment and interval, he will simultaneously, smartly and quietly lower his arm to his side, turn his head to the front, and lower the platoon guidon to the deck. He will remain in this position until given another command.

c. Remainder of the Platoon. The remainder of the platoon, on the command of execution MARCH, will face right as in marching and take a 30-inch step. They will continue to march until approximately normal interval has been obtained, halt and face the original front. After completing the facing movement, they will furnish interval to the man on their left by smartly raising their arm laterally to shoulder height. The fingers are extended and joined with the thumb along the hand and the palm down. At the same time, they will smartly turn their head to the right to align themselves on their base man. They will align themselves by moving forward or backward until in line. They will move left or right to obtain proper interval. They will remain in this position until the man on their left has obtained proper align- ment and interval. Proper alignment and interval are determined when the fingertips of the man on the right lightly touch the shoulder of the man on the left. They will smartly and quietly lower their left arm to their side and at the same time smartly turn their head to the front. The extreme left flank men will not raise their left as there is no one to their left. All members of the second, third, and fourth ranks will cover automatically on the respective member of the front rank. They will remain in this position until given another command.

3010. TO CLOSE AND EXTEND THE INTERVAL IN COLUMN HALTED

1. (P) To obtain close interval and extend to normal interval.

(F) Platoon in column.

(W) Halted.

(C) Close, MARCH; Extend, MARCH.

2. Close

a. Fourth Squad. The base for this movement is the fourth squad. At the command of execution MARCH, all members of the fourth squad will stand fast.

b. Third Squad. At the command of execution MARCH, all members of the third squad will close the interval by executing two right steps. After completing the two right steps, they will halt. While executing right step, all members will align to the right and cover in file. They will remain in this position until given another command.

c. Second Squad. At the command of execution MARCH, all members of the second squad will close the interval by executing four right steps. After completing the four right steps, they will halt. While executing right step, all members will align to the right and cover in file. They will remain in this position until given another command.

d. First Squad. At the command of execution MARCH, all members of the first squad will close the interval by executing six right steps. After completing the six right steps, they will halt. While executing right step, all members will align to the right and cover in file. They will remain in this position until given another command.

e. Guide Left. If the platoon guide is in front of the first squad (Guide Left), the first squad will be the base. The movement of close march is executed in the same manner to the left by substituting the words left for right where appropriate.

3. Extend

a. Fourth Squad. The base for this movement is the fourth squad. At the command of execution MARCH, all members of the base squad will stand fast.

b. First Squad. At the command of execution MARCH, all members of the first squad will extend the interval by executing six left steps. After completing the six left steps, they will halt. While executing left step, all members will align to the right and cover in file. They will remain in this position until given another command.

c. Second Squad. At the command of execution MARCH, all members of the second squad will extend the interval by executing four left steps. After completing the four left steps, they will halt. While executing left step, all members will align to the right and cover in file. They will remain in this position until given another command.

d. Third Squad. At the command of execution MARCH, all members of the third squad will extend the interval by executing two left steps. After completing the left steps, they will halt. While executing left step, all members will align to the right and cover in file. They will remain in this position until given another command.

e. Guide Left. If the platoon guide is in front of the first squad (Guide Left), the first squad will be the base. The movement of extend march is executed in the same manner to the right by substituting the words right for left where appropriate.

3011. TO CLOSE AND EXTEND THE INTERVAL MARCHING

1. (P) To obtain close interval and extend to normal interval.

(F) Platoon in column.

(W) Marching at quick time.

(C) Close, MARCH; Extend, MARCH.

2. Close on the March

a. Fourth Squad. The base for this movement is the fourth squad. The command of execution will be given as the right footstrikes the deck. At the command of execution MARCH, all members of the fourth squad will take one more 30-inch step to the front with their left foot. Their next step will be a 15-inch step to the front with their right foot. They will continue to march at the half step until given another command.

b. Third Squad. The command of execution will be given as the right foot strikes the deck. At the command of execution MARCH, all members of the third squad will take one more 30-inch step to the front with their left foot. Their next step will be to oblique toward the base squad and take one 30-inch step in the right oblique so as the interval between men is four inches. Their next step will be to execute a forward march and take a 30-inch step to their original front with their left foot. Their next step is a 15-inch step with their right foot. They will continue to half step until given another command.

c. Second Squad. The command of execution will be given as the right foot strikes the deck. At the command of execution MARCH, all members of the second squad will take one more 30-inch step to their front with their left foot. Their next step will be to oblique toward the base squad and take three 30-inch steps in the right oblique so as the interval between men is four inches. Their next step will be to execute a forward march and take a 30-inch step to their original front with their left foot. Their next step is a 15-inch step with their right foot. They will continue to half step until given another command.

d. First Squad. The command of execution will be given as the right foot strikes the deck. At the command of execution MARCH, all members of the first squad will take one more 30-inch step to their front with their left foot. Their next step will be to oblique toward the base squad and take five 30-inch steps in the right oblique so as the interval between men is four inches. Their next step will be to execute a forward march and take a 30-inch step to their original front with their left foot. Their next step is a 15-inch step with their right foot. They will continue to half step until given another command.

e. Terminate the Movement. The command to terminate the movement is; Forward, MARCH. The command of execution MARCH, may be given as either foot strikes the deck. For the purpose of my demonstration, I will give the command as the left foot strikes the deck. At the command of execution, all members of the formation will take one more 15-inch step to the front with their right foot. The next step will be a 30-inch step to the front with their left foot. They will continue to march until given another command.

f. Guide Left. If the platoon is in front of the first squad (Guide Left), the first squad will be the base. The movement of Close March is executed in the same manner to the right by substituting the word right for left where appropriate.

3. Extend on the March

a. Fourth Squad. The base for this movement is the fourth squad. The command of execution will be given as the left foot strikes the deck. At the command of execution MARCH, all members of the fourth squad will take one more 30-inch step to the front with their right foot. Their next step will be a 15-inch step to the front with their left foot. They will continue to march at the half step until given another command.

b. Third Squad. The command of execution will be given as the left foot strikes the deck. At the command of execution MARCH, all members of the third squad will take one more 30-inch step to the front with their right foot. Their next step will be to take one 30-inch step in the left oblique. Their next step will be to execute a forward march and take a 30-inch step to the original front with their right foot. Their next step is a 15-inch step to the front with their left foot. They will continue to march at the half step until given another command.

c. Second Squad. The command of execution will be given as the left foot strikes the deck. At the command of execution MARCH, all members of the second squad will take one more 30-inch step to their front with their right foot. Their next steps will be to take three 30-inch steps in the left oblique. Their next step will be to execute a forward march and take a 30-inch step to their original front with their right foot. Their next step is a 15-inch step with their left foot. They will continue to half step until given another command.

d. First Squad. The command of execution will be given as the left foot strikes the deck. At the command of execution MARCH, all members of the first squad will take one more 30-inch step to their front with their right foot. Their next steps will be to take five 30-inch steps in the left oblique. Their next step will be to execute a forward march and take a 30-inch step to their original front with their right foot. Their next step is a 15-inch step with their left foot. They will continue to half step until given another command.

e. Terminate the Movement. The command to terminate this movement is, Forward, MARCH. The command of execution MARCH, may be given as either foot strikes the deck. For the purpose of my demonstration, I will give the command as the left foot strikes the deck. At the command of execution all members of the for- mation will take one more 15-inch step to their front with their right foot. The next step will be a 30-inch step to the front with their left foot. They will continue to march until given another command.

f. Guide Left. If the platoon guide is in front of the first squad (Guide Left), the first squad will be the base. The movement of extend march is executed in the same manner to the right by substituting the word right for left where appropriate.

3012. OBLIQUE

1. (P) To change the line of march for a short distance but not the direction.

(F) Any formation.

(W) Marching at quick time cadence.

(C) Right (Left) Oblique, MARCH.

2. How to Maintain Alignment While in the Oblique. The base of this movement is the file in the direction of the oblique. To teach men to march to the oblique, the drill instructor aligns the unit and has each man do a half right (left) face. The drillinstructor will point out how each man's position is maintained by having each man hold his shoulders parallel to the man in front.

3. Right Oblique. Assume you are marching forward at quick time and you receive the command, Right Oblique, MARCH. The command of execution will be given as the right foot strikes the deck. RIGHT OBLIQUE, MARCH (Step). At the command of execution MARCH, your next step would be a 30-inch step to the front with your left foot (STEP). Your next step would be to face half right as in marching, pivot on your left foot, and take a 30-inch step with your right foot at a 45 degree angle from your original direction of march. During the execution of this movement, the arms will continue their natural swing but will not be allowed to swing wide from the body. You will continue to march in the right oblique until given another command.

4. Left Oblique. This movement is executed in the same manner to the left by substituting the words left for right where appropriate.

5. The Five Movements Which May be Executed While in the Oblique

a. Half Step. The purpose of this movement is to slow the forward movement but not the cadence. While marching in the oblique, you receive the command, Half Step, MARCH. The command of execution may be given as either foot strikes the deck. For the purpose of my demonstration, I will give the command as the left foot strikes the deck. HALF STEP, MARCH (Step). At the command of execution, MARCH, your next step will be one more 30-inch step in the oblique with your right foot. Your next step will be a 15-inch step in the oblique with your left foot. Continue to half step in the oblique until given another command. The only command you may receive while half stepping in the oblique is Resume, MARCH. The command of execution may be given as either foot strikes the deck. For my demonstration, I will give the command as the left foot strikes the deck. At the command of execution MARCH your next step will be one more 15-inch step in the oblique with your right foot. Your next step will be a 30-inch step in the oblique with your left foot and continue to march until given another command.

b. Mark Time. The purpose of this movement is to stop the forward movement, but not the cadence. While marching in the oblique, you receive the command, Mark Time, MARCH. The command of execution may be given as either foot strikes the deck. For the purpose of my demonstration, I will give the command as the right foot strikes the deck. MARK TIME, MARCH (Step). At the command of execution MARCH, your next step will be one more 30-inch step in the oblique with your left foot. Your next step will be to bring the right heel against the left heel as in halt. You will then begin marking time with your left foot, and continue to mark time until given another command. The only command you may receive while marking time in the oblique is, Resume, MARCH. The command of execution may be given as either foot strikes the deck. For my demonstration, I will give the command as the left foot strikes the deck. At the command of execution MARCH, your next step will be one more two-inch vertical step in place with your right foot. Your next step will be to take a 30-inch step with you left foot in the oblique and continue to march until given another command.

c. In Place Halt. The purpose of this movement is to halt the platoon in the oblique to correct errors. While marching in the oblique, you receive the command, In Place, HALT. The command of execution may be given as either foot strikes the deck. For the purpose of my demonstration, I will give the command as the right foot strikes the deck. IN PLACE, HALT (Step). At the command of execution, HALT, and for the first count of halt, your next step will be one more 30-inch step in the oblique with your left foot. For the second count of halt, smartly bring the right heel against the left heel, assuming the position of attention. The only command you may receive from In Place, HALT is Resume, MARCH. On the command of execution MARCH, step off with your left foot and take a 30-inch step in the oblique. Continue to march until given another command.

d. Halt. The purpose of this movement is to halt the unit facing their original front. While marching in the oblique, you receive the command, HALT, which is preceded by a prepatory command indicating the size of the unit such as squad, platoon, or company. For the purpose of my demonstration I will use squad. This movement may be executed while in the left or right oblique. For the purpose of my demonstration, assume you are marching in the right oblique and you receive the command squad halt. The command of execution will be given as the left foot strikes the deck. SQUAD HALT (Step). At the command of execution HALT, and for the first count of HALT you will take one more 30-inch step in the oblique with your right foot. For the second count of halt, face 45 degrees to the left, toward your original front, by pivoting on the ball of your right foot, at the same time, smartly bring your left heel against the right heel and assume the position of attention.

e. Forward March. The purpose of this movement is to march the unit to their original front. This movement may be executed while in the left or right oblique. For the purpose of my demon- stration, assume you are marching in the right oblique and you receive the command forward march. The command of execution will be given as the left foot strikes the deck. FORWARD MARCH (Step). At the command of execution MARCH, your next step will be one more 30-inch step in the oblique with your right foot. Your next step is to face 45 degrees to the left, by pivoting on the ball of your right foot, and march to the original front. Do not allow the arms to swing wide from the body, but continue their natural swing, and continue to march until given another command.

3013. FLANKS

1. (P) To march to the right or left flank for a short distance.

(F) Any formation.

(W) Marching at quick time or double time cadence.

(C) By The Right (Left) Flank, MARCH.

2. While Marching at Quick Time. The base of this movement is the rank in the direction of the flank. Assume you are marching forward at quick time and you receive the command. By The Right Flank, MARCH. The command of execution MARCH, will be given as the right foot strikes the deck. By the Right Flank, MARCH (Step). At the command of execution MARCH, your next step will be a 30-inch step to the front with your left foot (STEP). Your next step will be to face to the right as in marching, pivoting on the ball of your left foot, and take a 30-inch step with your right foot at a 90 degree angle from your original direction of march. During the execution of this movement, the arms will continue their natural swing but will not be allowed to swing wide from the body. Continue to march in the right flank until given another command. When this movement is executed from a column at close interval, the squads in the rear of the base squad take up the half step, after completing the flank movement, until 40-inches distance is obtained between squads.

3. While Marching at Double Time. Assume you are marching forward at double time and you receive the command, By The Right Flank, MARCH. The command of execution will be given as the right foot strikes the deck. By the Right Flank, MARCH (Step). At the command of execution MARCH, your next steps will be two more 36-inch steps to the front (STEP) (STEP). Your next steps will be two six-inch vertical alternating steps in place and at the same time turning 90 degrees to the right. (STEP) (STEP). During the execution of this movement, the arms will continue their natural swing but will not be allowed to swing wide from the body. Your next step, without loss of cadence, will be a 36-inch step in the new direction at a double time cadence until given another command. When this movement is executed from a column at close interval, the squads in the rear of the base squad continue to double time in place until 40-inch distance is obtained between squads.

4. Left Flank. This movement is executed in the same manner to the left by substituting the words left for right where appropriate.

3014. OPEN AND CLOSE RANKS

1. (P) To increase the distance between ranks.

(F) Platoon in line at normal or close interval.

(W) Halted at attention, if armed with rifles, the rifles will be at order arms.

(C) Open Ranks, MARCH; Close Ranks, MARCH; READY, FRONT; COVER.

2. Open Ranks

a. First Rank. The base for this movement is the entire front rank. At the command, Open Ranks, MARCH, the entire first squad and the platoon guide will take two 30-inch steps to the front. After completing the second step, they will halt and execute a dress right dress. The platoon guide will lower the platoon guidon before he executes a dress right dress. They will remain in this position until given another command.

b. Second Rank. At the command of execution MARCH, all members of the second rank will take one 30-inch step to the front. After completing the one step, they will halt and execute a dress right dress. They will remain in this position until given another command.

c. Third Rank. At the command of execution MARCH, all members of the third rank will stand fast and execute a dress right dress. They will remain in this position until given another command.

d. Fourth Rank. At the command of execution MARCH, all members of the fourth rank will take two, 15-inch steps backward. After completing the second step, they will halt and execute a ress right dress. They will remain in this position until given another command.

e. Unit Leader. At his own command of execution, the unit leader will face half left as in marching and take a 30-inch step. He will continue to march until he has positioned himself on line with the first rank and one pace to the right of the extreme right flank man. He will then execute a right face, so that he is facing down line. He will align the front rank by commanding those men in advance or rear of the line to move forward or backward until on line. Only those men commanded to move will move and they will continue to move until commanded, "Steady." He may verify alignment by taking a series of short left steps or right steps. He may not lean to the right or to the left to identify men. He must be on line with the first rank in order to command them to move. He will identify these men by name or by number only. After aligning the first rank, he will then face left as in marching and take a 30-inch step. He will continue to march, maintaining his one pace interval to the right of the extreme right flank man until he comes on line with the second rank and will execute a halt. He will then execute a right face and will then align the second rank in the same manner as the first rank. After aligning the second rank, he would then face left as in marching and take a 30-inch step. He will continue to march, maintaining his one pace interval to the right of the extreme right flank man until he comes on line with the third rank and will execute a halt. He will then execute a right face and align the third rank in the same manner as he aligned the first and second ranks. After aligning the third rank, he will face left as in marching and take a 30-inch step. He will continue to march, maintaining his one pace interval to the right of the extreme right flank man until he comes on line with the fourth rank. There he will execute a halt. He will then execute a right face and align the fourth rank in the same manner as the first, second, and third ranks. He will then face right as in marching and take a 30-inch step. He will continue to march, maintaining his one pace interval to the right of the extreme right flank man until he has positioned himself three paces in front of the front rank and will execute a halt. He will then execute a left face. From here, he will give his next command which is, Ready, FRONT. On the command of execution, all members of the formation who have executed dress right dress will smartly and quietly lower their left arm to their side and at the same time return their head to the front. The unit leader will then command, COVER. On the command COVER, all members of the second, third and fourth squads will cover on their respective member in the front rank. At the command COVER, the unit leader moves by the most direct route to his post, six paces in front of and centered on the platoon.

f. Forming for Inspection. When forming the unit for inspection, the unit leader will position himself three paces in front of the extreme right flank man after the command, Ready, FRONT, COVER. To do this he will take one 30-inch step, halt, and execute a right face. From this position, he will report the unit and receive his critique. To close ranks the unit leader faces left and commands Close Ranks, MARCH. On the command of execution MARCH, the unit leader moves by the most direct route to his post, six paces in front of and centered on the platoon.

g. Executed at Close Interval. This movement is executed at close interval in the same manner except that the interval is furnished by placing the heel of the left hand on the left hip. The fingers are extended and joined with the thumb along the hand and the fingers are down. The elbow is in plane with the body.

3. Close Ranks

a. First Rank. The base for this movement is the entire front rank. At the command Close Ranks, MARCH, all members of the front rank will stand fast.

b. Second Rank. At the command of execution MARCH, all members of the second rank will take one, 30-inch step to the front covering in file. After completing the one step, they will execute a halt and stand fast.

c. Third Rank. At the command of execution MARCH, all members of the third rank will take two, 30-inch steps to their front covering in file. After completing the two steps, they will execute a halt and stand fast.

d. Fourth Rank. At the command of execution MARCH, all members of the fourth rank will take three, 30-inch steps to their front covering in file. After completing the three steps, they will execute a halt and stand fast.

e. The unit leader will give the command Close Ranks at the same position from which he/she commands, Ready, FRONT.

3015. FORM FOR PHYSICAL DRILL

1. (P) To form for physical drill with or without arms.

(F) Platoon in column at Normal Interval

(W) Halted at attention. If armed with rifles, the rifles will be at order arms.

(C) The commands will be explained with each movement.

2. Count Off. The unit leader may cause the platoon to count off to designate relative positions. The unit leader moves to a position six paces in front of the guide and centered on the second squad leader. He then gives the command, From Front to Rear, Count, OFF. The base for this movement is the squad leaders. The platoon guide will not count off. At the command of execution OFF, the squad leaders will turn their heads to the right and smartly shout ONE, as they turn their heads back to the front. When the man in front calls out his number, the next man will turn his head to the right and smartly shout the next higher number as the previous man turns his head back to the front. Numbers are counted in the cadence of quick time from front to rear.

3. Take Interval to the Left. The next command is, Take Interval To The Left, MARCH.

a. Fourth Squad. The base for this movement is the fourth squad. On the command of execution MARCH, all members of the fourth squad will cover in file and stand fast.

b. First Squad. At the command of execution MARCH, all members of the first squad will face left as in marching and take six, 30-inch steps, halt, execute a right face. All members of the first squad will cover in file and stand fast. They will remain in this position until given another command.

c. Second Squad. At the command of execution MARCH, all members of the second squad will face left as in marching and take four, 30-inch steps, halt, execute a right face. All members of the second squad will cover in file and stand fast. They will remain in this position until given another command.

d. Third Squad. At the command of execution MARCH, all members of the third squad will face left as in marching and take two, 30-inch steps, halt, execute a right face. All members of the third squad will cover in file and stand fast. They will remain in this position until given another command.

e. Unit Leader. Once all movement has ceased, the unit leader will face to the right as in marching and re-center him- self on the second squad leader.

4. Even Numbers to the Right. The next command is, Even Numbers to the Right, MOVE. At the command of execution MOVE, all even numbered men in the formation and the platoon guide will move to their right and to the middle of the interval between files by swinging their right leg sideways. They will spring from their left foot and land on their right foot. They will bring the left foot smartly against the right. All even numbered men will cover in file and stand fast. The unit leader will re-center himself on an element once all movement has ceased.

5. Reform the Unit. The command is Assemble, MARCH. At the command of execution MARCH, all odd numbered men of the fourth squad and the even numbered men of the third squad will stand fast. All the remaining members will face as in marching and return to their original position, cover, and stand fast. The unit leader will re-center himself on the second squad leader once all movement has ceased.

6. If Armed. If armed with rifles, quick time movements are executed by carrying the rifle at trail arms.

3016. STACK ARMS

1. (P) To relieve the unit of their weapons.

(F) Platoon in line at open ranks.

(W) Halted at order arms at normal interval.

(C) Stack ARMS.

2. General. Before stacking arms, the unit leader must command,Count, OFF, so that each member of the unit knows his number in ranks. Stackmen will be designated in the following manner, 3, 7, 11, 15, etc. (Additional stackmen may be designated if necessary.) The unit leader will then command those designated stackmen to, Prepare, SLINGS.

a. On the command of execution SLINGS, the designated stackmen will bring the rifle up to a cradle position inside the right elbow as in the movement of Sling Arms. Once in position, adjust the sling to form a loop next to the upper sling swivel. This is done by inserting the four fingers of the left hand into the loop in the sling until the joints of the forefingers rest against the upper sling swivel. With the right hand slide the sling buckle up to meet the left hand. As soon as the loop in the sling is prepared, tighten the sling on the ejection port cover side, then initially lower the rifle with the left hand to the right side, and execute order arms.

b. When all slings have been prepared and the stackmen are at order arms, the unit leader will command Open Ranks, MARCH. (See page 3-29) Having aligned the unit he will move to the appropriate position and command Ready, FRONT, COVER. On the command COVER, the unit leader will position himself six paces from and centered on the platoon and command, STACK ARMS.

3. Stack ARMS

a. Movements of the Stackman. On the command of execution, ARMS, the stackman will slide the right hand up and grasp the barrel near the compensator. Without a loss of motion, while bending at the waist, place the heel of the rifle butt directly in front of and centered on line with the toes of the shoes. The rifle will be in a vertical position and the muzzle remains pointing up at all times. The stackman then grasps the rifle with the left hand at the handguard near the front sight assembly with the thumb and first two fingers. The first two fingers hold the inner part of the loop against the rifle. The thumb is placed on the handguard and the other two fingers are curled out of the way. Reach across the front of the rifle with the right hand and with the thumb and forefinger of the right hand, grasp the outer part of the loop. The thumb of the right hand is to the left. The remaining three fingers are curled out of the way. Hold the loop open for the insertion of the other two rifles. The stackman's rifle in each rank establishes the base line. The three men in each stack will return to attention together when the stack is complete.

b. Movements of the men that are on the left and right of the stackman. On the command of execution, all men will execute the following movements simultaneously.

(1) Man on the Left of the Stackman. On the command of execution ARMS, the man on the left of the stackman will slide the right hand up and grasp the barrel near the compensator. Without a loss of motion, raise and carry the rifle to a vertical position in front of the body as in the first count of present arms, magazine well to the front. With the left hand grasp the small of the stock, palm facing right, then with the right hand release the grasp of the barrel and grasp the handguards at midway, palm facing the left, sling included in the grasp. Lower the right arm to the right side keeping the magazine well to the front and let the arms hang naturally, rifle in a horizontal position, muzzle to the right, left palm facing down, right palm to the front.

(2) Man on the Right of the Stackman. On the command of execution ARMS, the man on the right of the stackman will slide the right hand up and grasp the barrel near the compensator. Without a loss of motion raise and carry the rifle to a vertical position in front of the body as in the first count of present arms, with the magazine well to the front. At the same time grasp the handguards midway with the left hand, palm facing right and sling included in the grasp. Then with the right hand release the grasp of the barrel and grasp the small of the stock,

palm facing to the left. Then lower the left arm to the left side keeping the magazine well to the front letting the arms hang naturally and rifle in a horizontal position muzzle to the left, left palm to the front, and right palm down.

(3) Movement of Both Men. As soon as both men have ompleted their movements and the stackman has positioned his rifle, both men on the left and right of the stackman will move the foot nearest the stackman 18-inches in the oblique, toward the stack rifle. The man on the left of the stackman will insert the muzzle of his rifle into the loop, provided by the sling to a point approximately halfway between the compensator and front sight assembly. He will hold his rifle in this position until the man on the right of the stackman has inserted the muzzle of his rifle in a similar manner and above the other rifle. Both magazine wells are still to the front and in a horizontal posi- tion. At the same time both men will swing the butts of both rifles outward and down to the deck until the stack is tight with the rifle butts on line and approximately two feet from the base line. The stack rifle is in a near vertical position. Magazine wells will face inboard. When the stack is complete all three men will resume the position of attention.

c. Passing of Loose Rifles. After the stackmen have assumed the position of attention, and stacks are complete, the extra rifles will be passed to the nearest stack on the right (rifle will be passed from left to right). The extra man will slide the right hand up and grasp the barrel near the compensator without a loss of motion and extend the right arm horizontally to the right front, muzzle in a vertical position. The magazine well always faces the front while being passed. The man on his right will extend his left arm horizontally to his left front and grasp the rifle with the left hand at the handguards moving the rifle center of his body, then grasping the barrel with the right hand right arm fully extended. This action will continue until the rifle reaches the stack. (When hands release the weapon, they will be returned to the side at attention.) The right hand is always on the barrel, and the left hand is always on the handguard. (Rifles will be passed at a quick time cadence).

d. Stacking Extra Rifles. When the extra rifle reaches the stackman, he will grasp the rifle in the same manner as discussed in the previous section and center the weapon in front of his body with his right hand grasping the barrel and his left hand centered on the handguard. He will then bend over at the waist and place the rifle on the stack as to prevent damage to the front sight. He will stack the extra rifles by placing the first rifle received on the left and outside of the stack, magazine well to the front and leaning against the base rifle. The second rifle received is placed in the center of the stack, magazine well to the front. The third and subsequent rifles received are placed on the right and outside of the stack, magazine well to the front and leaning against the base rifle.

e. Placing of the Platoon Guidon on a Stack. When the stack to the immediate left of the guidon bearer has been completed, the guidon bearer will take one pace forward, halt, execute a left face, take two paces forward, halt and stepping in the left oblique place the guidon on the stack so that the guidon bisects the stack with the platoon number on the left of the stack facing to the front. He will assume the position of attention by placing his left foot against the right foot. He will then execute an about face, taking two steps forward, halt, execute a right face, take one pace forward, halt, execute an about face, and resume his original position.

3017. TAKE ARMS

1. (P) To rearm the unit with their weapons.

(F) Platoon in line at open ranks.

(W) Halted at stack arms at normal interval.

(C) Take, ARMS.

2. Loose Arms. The loose rifles are passed back first. The last rifle placed on the stack is the first to be removed. At the command of execution ARMS, the loose rifles are passed back.
Rifles are held as when passed to the stack. As men receive their rifles, they resume order arms. Each man guides the rifle with his left hand as in the next to the last count of order arms.

3. Removal of the Platoon Guidon from the Stack. On the command of execution ARMS, the guidon bearer will remove the guidon in the same manner in which he placed it. Once back in his original position the stackman to his immediate left will execute take arms.

4. Movement of Guide if Armed with a Rifle. The rifle is passed back to the guide in the same manner in which it was passed to the stackman, and his rifle is passed back first. The remaining rifles are passed back to the left.

5. Movements of the Stackman and Men Right and Left of the Stack. On the command of execution, ARMS, all extra rifles will be passed back in the same manner in which they were received. The men on the right and left of the stackman, seeing that all extra rifles have been returned and the stackman is at attention, will step in the oblique 18 inches toward the stacked rifle. At the same time the stackman will bend over and secure the stack and hold the loop in the same manner as for stacking rifles. The men right and left of the stack will reach down and grasp their weapons in the same manner as they did for stack arms and bring them to the horizontal position. The man on the right will free his rifle from the sling first, then the man on the left. As soon as their rifles are free of the sling both men will resume the position of order arms. The stackman seeing both rifles have cleared the sling, will stand up and raise his rifle to a cradle position inside the right elbow as in the movement Adjust Sling, and adjust the sling to its original position and then resume the position of order arms.

3018. COUNT CADENCE

1. (P) To gain coordination and rhythm.

(F) Platoon in column.

(W) Marching at quick time.

(C) Count Cadence, COUNT.

2. The command of execution will be given as the left foot strikes the deck. All troops then count cadence for eight steps, starting when the left foot next strikes the deck. All troops will be required to do so in a firm, vigorous manner.

3019. REPORTING PROCEDURES

1. (P) Receive accountability of troops.

(F) Platoon on line.

(W) Forming a unit.

(C) REPORT.

2. Squad Leaders. On the unit leader's command REPORT, the squad leaders, in succession from front to rear, will salute and report, "ALL Present," "Recruit(s)/Private(s) absent." After the unit leader has returned the salute the squad leader will terminate his salute.

3. Unit Leader

a. Armed. If troops are armed with weapons, the unit leaderafter receiving the report would then command "Inspection Arms,""Port Arms," "Order Arms," face about and report the unit to the individual designated.

b. Unarmed. If troops are unarmed and after receiving the report, the unit leader would face about and report the unit to the individual designated.


CHAPTER 4

GUIDON MANUAL

GENERAL RULES AND INFORMATION 4000
MANUAL OF THE GUIDON 4001

4000. GENERAL RULES AND INFORMATION

1. General. The guidon is a company (platoon) identification flag. It is carried at ceremonies and at other times prescribed by the commander. Recruit platoons carry the guidon at all times, except during processing or when conducting close order drill, at the discretion of the DI.

2. Guidon Bearer. In selecting a guidon bearer, the companycommander (DI) should choose a man who is outstanding in his ability, appearance, bearing, and snap.

3. When acting as a guidon bearer, you are considered under arms and will not carry a weapon except during Phase II.

4. The guidon is brought to Present Guidon, Parade Rest, and Order Guidon with the company (platoon).

5. When marching at route step or at ease, the guidon may be carried in either hand.

6. For marching in double time, on the preparatory command, hold the staff across your body, with the spearhead to the left. Your right hand grasps the same spot as the carry. Your right forearm is parallel to the deck and your right elbow in against the body. Grasp the staff with your left hand in front of the point where your neck and left shoulder join. The flat side of the spearhead is to the front.

7. When at order guidon, bring the guidon to carry on the preparatory command for any marching movement.

8. When executing DRESS LEFT, the guidon remains at the carry until the command READY, FRONT is given.

4001. MANUAL OF THE GUIDON

1. Position of Order Guidon. At order guidon, the ferrule rests on the deck, touching the right shoe to the right of the toe. Hold the staff in the "V" formed by the right thumb and fingers. Keep the right arm behind the staff and the elbow slightly bent. The upper staff rests in the hollow of the right shoulder. The staff points straight up with the flat side of the spearhead facing front. Except for the right hand, the entire body is at attention.

2. Position of Carry Guidon. This is the normal position of the guidon while marching at quick time. It is the same as order guidon, except the ferrule is six inches above the deck. From carry guidon, movements to present guidon and ready guidon may be executed.

3. Carry Guidon From Order Guidon. This movement is executed on a preparatory command, such as FORWARD, which requires the movement to a position. Execution is begun on the preparatory command. On the preparatory command, move the left hand across the body and grasp the staff at a point two inches above the right hand; fingers of the left hand joined and wrapped around the staff. Loosen the grasp of the right hand, pulling the staff up with the left hand, allowing the staff to slip through the right hand, holding the staff vertical, and smartly return the left hand to the left side.

4. Order Guidon From Carry Guidon. The command is ORDER, ARMS, and is executed in one count. On the command of execution, ARMS, allow the staff to slip through your right hand until the ferrule touches the deck grasping with your right hand and assume the position of order guidon. This movement may be executed without command by the guidon bearer, e.g., when a unit is halted and the troops are not under arms.

5. Present Guidon From Order or Carry Guidon. From order guidon, at the halt, the command is PRESENT, ARMS. From carry guidon, on the march, the command is EYES, RIGHT (LEFT). At officers center during parade, it is executed without command upon halting. These movements are executed in the same manner. Because your right hand is six inches higher on the staff when at order guidon, the staff will extend further to your rear than when executing at carry guidon.

a. From Order Guidon. It is executed in one count. On the command of execution, ARMS, lower the guidon straight to the ront. The right arm is extended until the lower portion of the staff rests in the pit of the right arm and the entire staff is horizontal to the deck. As the staff is lowered, turn it to the right so the sharp edge of the spearhead faces down. Hold your right elbow firmly against the body.

b. From Carry Guidon. The command is EYES RIGHT, (LEFT). It is executed in the same manner as from order guidon, except that the head and eyes are turned 45 degrees to the right (left) as the staff is lowered.

6. Order Guidon or Carry Guidon From Present Guidon. To execute order guidon, the command is ORDER, ARMS. To execute carry guidon, the command is READY, FRONT. To execute a carry guidon when at officers center during a parade, the command is CARRY, SWORDS (Order, ARMS if the officers are not armed with the sword).

a. Order Guidon. On the preparatory command, ORDER, grasp the staff with your left hand smartly and audibly at a point just forward of the right hand, palm up. On the command of execution, ARMS, with the left hand, carry the guidon up and back to the position of carry guidon. At the same time, let the staff slide straight downward through the right hand until the ferrule rests on the deck, the left hand steadying the staff as it slides downward. Once the ferrule touches the deck, smartly return the left hand to the left side and assume the position of order guidon.

b. Carry Guidon

(1) On Command. On the preparatory command, READY, grasp the staff with your left hand smartly at a point just forward of the right hand, palm up. On the command of execution, FRONT, with the left hand, carry the guidon up and back to the position of carry guidon. Once in position, smartly return the left hand to the left side and turn the head and eyes to the front, assuming the position of carry guidon.

(2) At Officers Center. It is executed in the same manner as on the command of READY, FRONT, except the head and eyes are already to the front when the movement is executed.

7. Ready Guidon From Order or Carry Guidon

a. This movement is used as a signal for aiding troops in the execution of commands when hearing verbal commands is difficult. Ready guidon is not executed on the commands of present arms or eyes right (left), since the guidon also renders honors.

b. On the preparatory command of any marching movement, without changing the position of the right hand, raise the guidon straight up, flat edge of the spearhead to the front, until the right hand is directly in front of the right shoulder seam. At the same time, move the left hand across the body and grasp the staff at a point directly in front of the right hip, left forearm against the body. On the command of execution, smartly lower the guidon to the order (at the halt) or the carry (on the march), smartly returning the left hand to the left side.

8. Eyes Right at the Halt During a Review. The platoon guidonbearer executes eyes right with the platoon but remains at order guidon. Company guidon bearers will execute present guidon on the command of execution right, given by the Company Commander, turning his head 45 degrees to the right as the guidon is lowered.

9. Guidon Salute from Order or Carry Guidon

a. The command is GUIDON (Rifle), SALUTE. This command is used for instructional purposes only. The guidon bearer would execute the guidon salute without command as an individual act of courtesy when not in formation.

b. On the command of execution, SALUTE, smartly bring the left hand across the front of the body, approximately eighteen inches above the right hand so the first joint of the forefinger touches the staff, finger extended and joined, thumb along the forefinger, palms down, and forearm parallel to the deck. (If executed as an individual act of courtesy, turn the head and eyesin the direction of the person being saluted.) The command to terminate the salute is, READY, TWO. On the command of execution smartly and in the most direct manner, return the left hand to the left side. (If as an individual act of courtesy, execute this movement when the officer has returned your salute at the same time turning head and eyes to the front).

10. Rests With the Guidon

a. Parade Rest. Executed only when halted at order guidon. Executed in one count. At the command of execution, REST, straighten your right arm so the staff is inclined forward at a 30 degree angle. The ferrule remains on the deck, at the same position as order guidon. The flat side of the spearhead remains facing to the front. At the same time, smartly move your left foot and hand as previously instructed for parade rest with arms. On the command of attention, resume the position of order guidon.

b. At Ease. It is executed in one count. At the command of execution, come to order guidon if not already at that position, execute parade rest as described above. After assuming parade rest, you may relax and, except for the right foot and ferrule, which must remain in place, you may move about and adjust equipment. Do not talk. On the preparatory command, (Squad, Platoon, or Company), assume the position of parade rest. On the command of execution ATTENTION, resume the position of order guidon.

c. Rest. It is executed in the same manner as at ease. You may talk in a conversational voice and hold the staff in either hand. On the preparatory command, (Squad, Platoon, or Company) assume the position of parade rest. On the command of execution, ATTENTION, assume the position of order guidon.

d. Fall Out. On the command, FALL OUT, which is given only when at order guidon, you may leave your position in ranks, but must remain in the immediate vicinity or at a predesignated area. On the command, FALL IN, resume your position in ranks at order guidon.


CLOSE ORDER DRILL MANUAL

CHAPTER 5

THE COLOR GUARD

ORGANIZATION 5000
FORMATION 5001
MANUAL OF COLORS 5002
MOVEMENTS OF COLOR GUARD 5003
RECEIVING THE REGIMENTAL COLORS 5004
RETURNING THE REGIMENTAL COLORS 5005

5000. ORGANIZATION. The color guard consists of four men. Two NCO's are the color bearers and two other men, junior to the color bearers, are the colors guards. The two color bearers are unarmed and the color guards carry either pistols or rifles. he senior color bearer carries the national color and commands the guard. The junior color bearer carries the organizational color. When the national color only is carried, the color guard will have only one color bearer.

5001. FORMATION. The color guard is formed and marches in one rank at close interval. The national color bearer is always on the right, with the organizational color bearer to his left, the color guards on each side. When on the march, the color guard on the right will be at right shoulder arms and the color guard on the left will be at left shoulder arms. The inboard arms of the color guards will remain at their sides and not swing. The color guard does not execute to the rear march, facing movements, flanking or column movements, or fix bayonets. When any such commands are executed by the unit to which the color guard is attached, except fix bayonets, the senior color bearer orders an appropriate movement to bring his guard into proper position.

5002. MANUAL OF COLORS

1. Order Color. At order color, the lower ferrule rests on the deck, touching the outside edge of your right shoe just opposite your little toe. The staff is grasped in the "V" formed by the thumb and fingers of the right hand and right thumb in front, back of the hand to the right front. Your right elbow should be close to your side so the forearm will help support the staff. The staff rests in the hollow of your right shoulder in a vertical position. The flat of the spearhead is toward the front. The rest of your body is at attention. Color guards armed with the rifle are at order arms when the colors are at the order.

2. Carry Color from Order Color. The command is Carry, COLOR. At the command, Carry, change the grasp on the staff so as to grasp it from the rear between the thumb and fingers of the ight hand, fingers joined and wrapped around the staff. At the command of execution, COLOR, raise the staff smartly with your right hand to a point where the lower ferrule is just above the sling socket. Grasp the staff just above the lower ferrule with your left hand to steady it. Seat the lower ferrule in the sling socket. As the ferrule is seated, allow the right hand to slide down the staff to a point where the right hand is directly in front of the face. Grasp the staff firmly with the right hand and return the left hand to the left side. The right arm is held down without strain, with the staff inclined slightly forward. Color guards armed with rifles execute the appropriate shoulder arms on the command of execution. The right rifle guard will execute right shoulder arms and the left rifle guard will execute left shoulder arms.

3. Order Color from Carry Color. The command is Order, COLOR (ARMS). On the preparatory command, Order, grasp the staff with the left hand below the right and remove the ferrule from the sling socket. At the command of execution, COLOR or ARMS, lower the ferrule to a point above the deck along the outside of the
right shoe, releasing the left hand and regrasping above the right. Relax the right hand so the staff will slide down between the thumb and fingers. Then change the position of the color and right hand as it is held at order color and smartly return the left hand to the left side. The right and left rifle bearers will execute order arms with the right rifle bearer pausing one count and then executing order arms with the left rifle bearer.

4. Present Color from Order Color. The command is Present, ARMS. On the preparatory command, Present, change the grasp of the right hand on the staff so as to grasp it firmly from the rear between the thumb and fingers, fingers joined and wrapped around the staff. At the command of execution, ARMS, raise the staff smartly with the right hand to a point where the lower ferrule is just above the sling socket. Grasp the staff with the left hand just above the lower ferrule to steady it. Seat the lower ferrule in the sling socket, allowing the right hand to slide down the staff firmly until the right hand is directly in front of the face. Smartly return the left hand to the left side. The right arm is parallel to the deck, staff inclined slightly forward. You will then lower the staff smartly to the front by extending your right arm (the national color bearer executes the movement to the carry on the command of Present, but DOES NOT LOWER THE STAFF, SINCE THE NATIONAL COLOR DOES NOT SALUTE). The color guards will execute a present arms (hand salute if armed with the pistol) on the command of Present, ARMS.

5. Order Color from Present Color. The command is Order, ARMS (COLOR). At the command of execution, ARMS or COLOR, raise the staff so the right thumb is directly in front of the chin and the staff is inclined slightly to the front. Come to the position of order color as previously described. The colorguards execute order arms on the command of order arms.

6. Rests with the Color. The color bearers and color guards utilize the position of parade rest. The command is given only when at order color, given by the senior color bearer or the commander of the color company (battalion). It is executed in one count. At the command of execution, smartly place the left foot 12 inches to the left of the right foot, heels on line, legs straight without stiffness, weight on both legs. At the same time, place the left hand behind the back with the forearm parallel to the deck, fingers are extended and joined, palm facing to the rear. Color guards execute parade rest as pre- scribed for the manner in which they are armed. At the command, attention, they will resume the position of order color (arms for the color guard).

7. Eyes Right (Left) from Order or Carry Colors. The command is Eyes, RIGHT (LEFT) and is executed only when halted at order color or marching at carry color. At the command of execution, smartly turn the head and eyes to the right (left) 45 degrees. If at carry color, the organizational color bearer also lowers the staff to the front by straightening the right arm, if the person being saluted is entitled to a salute by the organi- zational color. Example: Regimental parade reviewing officer is the Regimental Commander or senior. He rates a salute by the Organizational Color. Any reviewing officer junior to the Regimental Commander does not rate a salute. The right (left) color guard keeps his head and eyes to the front, as does the national color bearer.

8. Carry Color from Eyes Right (Left). The command is Ready, FRONT. At the command of execution, FRONT, smartly turn the head and eyes to the front. If the organizational color is saluted, the bearer will also return to the carry as he turns his head and eyes. During a review, when the reviewing officer troops the line, the command, Ready FRONT, is not given. Each member of the color guard turns his head and eyes 45 degrees to the right on the command of eyes right and will follow the progress of the reviewing officer with his head and eyes until they are to the front, at which time the movement is terminated.

5003. MOVEMENTS OF COLOR GUARD. To face the color guard to the right or left, the command is Right (Left) Turn, MARCH. It may be executed while halted, marking time or marching. On the command of execution MARCH, with the right (left) flank man acting as a stationary pivot, the color guard inclines to the right (left) until they face the new direction. When making the turn, at any one moment, all members of the color guard face the same direction. To face the color guard to the rear, the command is, Countermarch, MARCH. It may be given while halted, marking time or marching. When marking time or marching, the command is given as the left foot strikes the deck. The color guard then takes one more step at mark time, or forward, and then executes the following movements. On the command of execution, MARCH, the entire color guard will take one more 30-inch step and begin half stepping.

1. The national color bearer makes a small arc to his left, moving into the position formerly occupied by the organizational color bearer, facing the new direction of march.

2. The organizational color bearer makes an arc to his right nd outside the national color bearer, moving into the position formerly occupied by the national color bearer, facing in the new direction of march.

3. The right color guard takes two half steps forward, then moves in an arc to his left outside the organizational color bearer, moving into the position formerly occupied by the left color guard, facing the new direction of march.

4. The left color guard takes three half steps forward, then moves in an arc to his right outside the right color guard, moving into position formerly occupied by the right color guard, facing the new direction of march.

5. Upon completion of a movement by the color guard, they mark time until the senior color bearer commands, Colors, HALT or Forward, MARCH.

5004. RECEIVING THE REGIMENTAL COLORS FOR THE PARADE

1. The company is marched to the front of Building #288, Regimental Headquarters, in column. The Company Commander commands, Company, HALT, Order, ARMS, Left, FACE.

2. The Company Commander commands the color guard, RECEIVE THECOLORS.

3. The color guard marches to within three paces of the Regimental Adjutant and Sergeant Major, halts, and executes order arms upon the command of the senior color bearer.

4. When the Adjutant is ready to deliver the colors, the senior color bearer orders Present, ARMS. At the command of execution, Arms, the color bearers execute the hand salute.

5. The Adjutant steps to his left oblique and transfers the national color to the senior color bearer, who terminates his salute in time to receive the color at the position of carry color. The Adjutant then steps back to his original position and salutes.

6. Upon the Adjutant's salute, the Sergeant Major steps to his right oblique and transfers the organizational color to the junior color bearer, who has terminated his salute with the senior color bearer. The junior color bearer receives the color at the position of carry color. The Sergeant Major then steps back to his original position and salutes.

7. When the Sergeant Major salutes, the senior color bearer commands Order ARMS. The Adjutant and Sergeant Major terminate their salutes as the color guard executes order arms.

8. The senior color bearer then marches the color guard to the color company.

9. The color guard approaches and halts 10 paces in front of and facing the Company Commander.

10. The Company Commander faces about and orders Present, ARMS, faces about again, and salutes. The color guards executepresent arms (hand salute if armed with pistols) with the Company; the color bearers execute carry color.

11. The Company Commander terminates his salute, faces about, and commands, Order, ARMS. The color guard executes order color as the Company terminates its present arms.

12. The Company Commander faces about and orders, POST THE COLORS. When the color company is in line or mass, the post of the guard is six paces to the left of the Company. When the company is in column, the post of the guard is six paces behind it.

13. When the color company joins the battalion, the color guard takes its appropriate post in the battalion formation. When the color battalion joins the regiment, the color guard takes its appropriate post in the regimental formation.

14. When in formation, the color guard executes at ease and rest with the color company.

5005. RETURNING THE COLORS BY THE COLOR COMPANY

1. The company is halted in front of Regimental Headquarters in line. Company Commander commands, Order, ARMS, Left, FACE.

2. Company Commander gives the command, RETURN THE COLORS.

3. The color guard marches to within three paces in front of the Adjutant and Sergeant Major, who have taken positions near
the Regimental Headquarters. The guard remains at carry colors.

4. When the color guard halts, the Adjutant and Sergeant Major salute. The Sergeant Major steps to his right oblique and receives the organizational color from the junior color bearer. He then steps back to his original position.

5. When the Sergeant Major is back in his position, the Adjutant steps to his left oblique and receives the national color from the senior color bearer. He then steps back to his original position.

6. When the Adjutant is in position, the senior color bearer commands, Present, ARMS. At the command of execution, ARMS, the Adjutant and Sergeant Major about face and march to the office of the Commanding Officer, where they retire the colors without further ceremony.

7. When the colors are out of sight or six paces away, the senior color bearer commands Order ARMS and marches them back to the color company. The Company Commander then marches the company back to the company area.


CHAPTER 6

SWORD MANUAL

GENERAL RULES 6000
MOVEMENTS OF THE SWORD MANUAL 6001
THE MARINE NCO SWORD 6002

6000. GENERAL RULES

1. Officers and noncommissioned officers execute the sword manual in the same manner, with these following exceptions:

a. Officers grip the scabbard below the brass ring mounting with their left hand. Turn it clockwise 180 degrees. Tilt it forward to form an angle of 45 degrees with the deck.

b. NCOs grip the scabbard just below the frog with their left hand. Tilt it forward to form a 45 degree angle with the deck.

c. Officers withdraw the sword six inches from the scabbard when drawing sword.

d. NCOs withdraw the sword ten inches from the scabbard when drawing sword.

2. Officers and NCOs draw and return sword, without command, when the commander of their unit does. Unless members of the commander's staff, they execute all other movements of the sword manual on the commander's command to the unit. The commander of the unit and his staff execute all other movements of the sword manual on the commander's separate command to his staff. Some commands to the staff are given before commands to the unit.

3. The sword will be drawn whenever with armed troops or in command of a unit.

4. Carry sword is assumed when:

a. Giving commands.

b. Changing position in formation at quick time.

c. Addressing or being addressed by a senior.

d. When the preparatory command for quick time has been given and while marching at quick time.

e. Any manual of arms movement has been ordered, except parade rest, at ease, rest, present arms, order arms, or eyes right (left). When in formation with personnel to your front at normal distance or less (organizational staffs excluded), remain at carry sword except during rest or at ease.

5. Present sword is assumed when:

a. Saluting with the sword.

b. The unit is presented to the colors or to persons, or when the national anthem, to the color, retreat, or Hail to the Chief is played.

c. Executing eyes right (left) while marching past a reviewing officer or stand. In the interior of a formation, remain at the carry.

6. While marching with the sword at the carry, the arms should swing naturally. Do not hold the scabbard or sling.

7. While marching at double time, hold the sword diagonally across the chest with the sharp edge toward the front. Hold the scabbard with the left hand just below the frog.

8. When calling roll, reading documents, or publishing orders to a formation, slip the fingers of the left hand between the sword grip and knuckle bow. For officers, between the grip and the sword knot. Allow the sword to hang, grip to the front across the knuckles. Keep the left elbow against the side. Hold the document with both hands.

9. When not in formation, keep the sword in the scabbard. Salute by executing the hand salute.

6001. MOVEMENTS OF THE SWORD MANUAL

1. Draw Sword. On the preparatory command, DRAW, grasp the scabbard with the left hand just below the frog, tilting it forward to form an angle of 45 degrees from the deck. Grasp the grip with the right hand and pull the sword out approximately ten inches from the scabbard. (Note: Officer six inches) the right forearm parallel to the deck and left hand holding the scabbard against the side. On the command of execution, SWORD, draw the sword smartly, raising the right arm to its full extent, directly to the front, blade at an angle of 45 degrees, sword in a straight line with arm, true edge down, releasing the left hand from the scabbard. PAUSE FOR ONE COUNT. Bring the back of the blade against the shoulder seam, blade vertical, knuckle bow to the front, the right arm nearly extended, the thumb and fore- finger embracing the lower part of the grip, thumb on the trouser seam, the fingers joined behind the end of the hilt. This is the position of CARRY SWORD. This is a three count movement.

2. Present Sword From Order or Carry Sword. The command is PRESENT, SWORD (ARMS). Executed only when halted at order or carry sword, in two counts. On the preparatory command, PRESENT, raise the right hand to the level of and six inches in front of your neck. Keep the thumb on the left side of the grip, wrist straight, elbow against the body, the knuckle bow to the left, blade inclined forward at a 30 degree angle. On the command of execution, SWORD or ARMS, whip the point down smartly to a position three inches above the deck and slightly to the right of the right foot. Straighten the right arm. The thumb remains on the left side of the grip, knuckle bow against the trouser seam. The blade is inclined down and forward with the true edge to the left.

3. Order Sword From Present Sword. The command is ORDER, SWORD (ARMS). Executed in one count. On the command of execution, SWORD or ARMS, turn the true edge down. In this position, the right arm hangs naturally, thumb on the trouser seam. The blade inclined down and forward, point, three inches above the deck.

4. Sword Salute From Order or Carry Sword. When it becomes necessary to salute, execute present sword. After your salute has been returned, resume order or carry sword.

5. Eyes Right (Left) From Order or Carry Sword. The command is EYES, RIGHT (LEFT). Executed only when halted at order sword or marching at carry sword. Executed in two counts. While marching, both the preparatory command and the command of execution will be given as the right foot strikes the deck. On the preparatory command EYES, execute the first count of present sword. On the command of execution, RIGHT (left), execute the second count of present sword, at the same time, turn the head and eyes 45 degrees to the right (left). If in the right (left) file, keep the head and eyes to the front.

6. Order or Carry Sword From Eyes Right (Left). When executed from the halt, follow the reviewing officer with the head and eyes until they are to the front. When the movement is terminated, turn the true edge down, executing order sword. When executed on the march, the command is READY, FRONT. Both the preparatory command and the command of execution will be given as the left foot strikes the deck. On the preparatory command, READY, turn the true edge down. On the command of execution, front, smartly turn the head and eyes to the front, at the same time, execute carry sword from order sword.

7. Rests with the Sword

a. Parade Rest. Executed normally from order sword. If executed from carry sword, come to order on the preparatory command of parade. Executed in one count. At the command of execution, REST, move the left foot and arm as executed when armed with the rifle. At the same time, lower the point of the sword to the deck. On the command of attention, assume the position of attention, raising the point three inches above the deck, at the position of order sword.

b. At Ease and Rest. Come to order sword, if not already at that position, then execute parade rest as described above. Then you may relax, move about, and when commanded REST, you may talk in a conversational voice. On the preparatory command (Squad, Platoon, or Company), resume the position of parade rest. On the command of ATTENTION, assume the position of attention, at order sword.

8. Return Sword. The command is RETURN, SWORD and may be executed from order sword or carry sword. On the preparatory command, RETURN, raise the right hand to a position six inches in front of, and on line with, your neck. Keep the right thumb on the left side of the grip, wrist straight, elbow held in against the body. The knuckle bow to the left, blade inclined forward at a 30 degree angle. At the same time, with the left hand, grasp the scabbard. Fingers are joined and wrapped around the scab- bard, thumbs wrapped around the inboard portion, tilting it for- ward at a 45 degree angle from the deck. (Note: Officers grasp the scabbard with the left hand just above the upper brass ring mounting, and tilt it forward, then turn it clockwise 180 degrees). Lower the sword point to a position just above the throat of the scabbard. Look down at the opening and guide the point into the throat until the right forearm is parallel to the deck; or until the hilt is ten inches from the scabbard, (officers six inches) and raise the head to the front. On the command of execution, SWORD, push smartly down and release the grip of the sword with the right hand, so it will slide all the way into the scabbard. In the same motion, return the right hand to the right side. Release the scabbard with the left hand and return it to the left side, assuming the position of attention.

6002. THE MARINE NCO'S SWORD

1. The noncommissioned officers of the Marine Corps have several distinctions of which they can be justly proud. They are the only noncommissioned officers in any branch of the regular United States Armed Forces who routinely have the privilege of carrying swords. (Certain units of the National Guard still authorize NCO

swords for ceremonial use when wearing the distinctive uniform of the regiment). In addition, they have the unique position of being the only NCOs ever authorized to carry what is normally a commissioned officers weapon.

2. The present day sword issued to the noncommissioned officers

of the Corps was originally adopted by the War Department on April 9, 1850, as the regulation saber for the foot officers of the infantry. In 1859, just prior to the Civil War, the com- missioned officers of the Marine Corps had adopted the Model 1850 foot officer's sword. They found it more serviceable than their lighter, Mameluke-type saber and particularly welcomed its leather scabbard which was not subject to the many dents their former brass scabbard had been forever acquiring in life aboard ship.

3. Following the War between the States, the repeating military rifle made rapid developments. Dominating the battlefields of the world and sounding the death knell of the sword, the foot officer's sword was looked upon as being more of an encumbrance than an asset in the field.

4. Prodded by a desire to reinstate the traditional weapon of their predecessors, especially since its purpose had become more symbolic than utilitarian, Marine officers reverted to their Mameluke sword in 1875 when the Corps entered its so-called "Golden Era". At this time, Marine noncommissioned officers acquired the arm being given up by their commissioned brothers- in-arms. It is this same weapon, with only minor alterations, which SNCOs of the Corps still carry in Marine parade formations. It was a gesture of considerable respect to the Marine non- commissioned officers, for never before had a badge so symbolic of the commissioned officer been turned over to the noncom- missioned ranks.

5. At first glance, the Marine NCO sword in use from 1875 until 1934 was no different than the 1850 officers' model. Only the fishskin covering on the grip had been replaced by black leather and the letters "U.S.M.C." etched on the reverse side of the blade instead of "U.S.", which had appeared on the officers' arm. In 1934, revised regulations called for a slightly more slender blade which eliminated the narrow fuller. A new and decorative etching was inscribed, "United States Marines." Otherwise, it remained identical to the Civil War officers' model, albeit a lighter, somewhat less serviceable version.

6. The commissioned and noncommissioned officers now retain the sword for what it implies to their profession, rather than for the use that it offers. Their primary duty is to lead, not to shoot. The sword thus continues as the personification of military tradition and has been entrusted to those most responsible for maintaining the weapon. Except for the famous Mameluke hilted sword of Marine commissioned officers, the Marine NCO sword rates as the oldest U.S. weapon still in use.


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CHAPTER 7

INSPECTION PROCEDURES

GENERAL RULES 7000

7000. The company (series) is the basic size unit for inspections.

1. The company (series) may be formed for inspection with the platoon in line, or platoons in line, company in column.

2. The first sergeant (series gunnery sergeant) takes the muster report and reports to the commanding officer (series commander), who then commands, POST. The commanding officer will then command, PREPARE FOR INSPECTION. The platoon commanders will salute, execute an about face, and starting with the right platoon when the company is in line (front platoon when the company is in column) will command OPEN RANKS, MARCH. When the front rank of the platoon on the right has been aligned, the next platoon commander will command OPEN RANKS MARCH. The platoon commanders will align their platoons and command, READY, FRONT. They will then place themselves three paces in front of the right flank man. When all platoons have completed these movements, the commanding officer will command, AT EASE, and proceed to the right flank platoon (leading platoon when in column). As the commanding officer approaches a platoon, the platoon commander will come to attention and carry sword. He would then face to the left and command his platoon to attention. He would then face right and once the commanding officer has halted in front of him render a salute and report his platoon in the following manner: "Sir, all present or accounted for"; or "Sir, ( ) recruits absent." After inspecting the platoon commander, the inspector will pass to the left of the platoon commander and proceed to the first man to be inspected. The platoon commander returns his sword if so armed and places himself one pace to the right of and slightly behind the inspector. If the inspector so indicates, the platoon commander may give the rank not being inspected AT EASE. Any persons who are with the inspector will place themselves to the left of the inspector at one pace intervals. The platoon commander will precede the inspector down the front and rear of each rank. He will command the ranks not yet inspected to attention at the appropriate time. Ranks already inspected will be given at ease. When the inspector has inspected all the way down the rear of the last rank, the platoon commander will march directly to a position three paces in front of and one pace to the right of the right flank man and draw sword if so armed. He will then face down the line and command, Platoon ATTENTION. After commanding attention the platoon commander will take one pace forward and execute a right face. He will then receive the critique from the inspector and the inspector will proceed to the next platoon to be inspected. The platoon commander will then execute a left face and command CLOSE RANKS, MARCH, and move to his position (six paces from and centered on his platoon) and give any appropriate command or instructions.

3. Weapons are inspected first, then equipment, and finally dress and appearance.

4. Recruits armed with the rifle will execute inspection arms when the inspector arrives at their position. After inspecting the weapon, the inspector will hand the weapon back in the same manner in which he took it. The person being inspected will grasp the weapon with the left hand at the handguard, and when the inspector has released the weapon, will execute port arms by immediately closing the bolt and pulling the trigger, and will then execute order arms. If a question is being asked while these movements are being executed, the person being inspected should not answer until the rifle is at order arms. If the inspector does not take the weapon for inspection, it should be held at inspection arms until the inspector has moved to the next man, at which time the individual being inspected would execute port arms and order arms as stated previously. Bayonets (if carried) are inspected while proceeding down the rear of the rank. The person being inspected will not assist the inspector in removing the bayonet, however, he should move his left arm slightly to get it out of the way.

5. If armed with the pistol, execute raise pistol when the inspector arrives at your position, and execute return pistol when the pistol is returned by the inspector.


 

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CHAPTER 8

COMPANY DRILL

GENERAL 8000
TO FORM COMPANY MASS 8001
BEING IN COLUMN TO FORM EXTENDED MASS 8002
TO CHANGE DIRECTION IN MASS FORMATION 8003
BEING IN COMPANY MASS, TO FORM COLUMN 8004

8000. GENERAL. Only those portions of company drill which are necessary for satisfactory participation of recruit platoons in battalion and regimental parades are included in this section.

8001. TO FORM COMPANY MASS

1. Halted. The command is COMPANY MASS LEFT (RIGHT), MARCH. At the command of execution, MARCH, the leading platoon stands fast. The rear platoon (s) move to positions alongside the leading platoon (s) at four inch intervals by executing column half left (right) and then column half right (left). Each platoon is halted when its leading rank is on line with the leading rank of the platoon (s) all ready on line. This forms the company in mass with four inch intervals between all adjacent men in ranks.

2. Marching. The commands are the same, and the movement is executed in the same manner, except that immediately after the command MARCH, the leading platoon is halted by that platoon leader.

8002. BEING IN COLUMN, TO FORM EXTENDED MASS FORMATION. The command is COMPANY MASS (3 to 6 Paces Left) (RIGHT), MARCH. At the command of execution, MARCH, the movement is executed in the same manner as explained above, except that the rear platoon (s) move to a position alongside the leading platoon (s) at the interval ordered. This formation is used for drills and ceremonies if it is desired to increase the size of the mass in order to present a more impressive appearance. The company in this formation drills in the same manner as for mass formation, maintaining the interval between platoons.

8003. TO CHANGE DIRECTION IN MASS FORMATION. The command is LEFT (RIGHT) TURN, MARCH. The right (left) flank man of the line of guides and platoon leaders is the pivot for this movement. At the command of execution, MARCH, he faces right (left) in marching and picks up the half step. Other first rank men execute a half right (left) face as in marching, advance until opposite their place in line, execute a second column half right (left) and upon arriving abreast of the pivot-man, take up the half step. Each succeeding rank executes the movement on the same ground and in the same manner as the first rank. All take up the half step when in line marching in the new direction. The command, FORWARD, MARCH must be given by the company commander and he will give this command when the entire unit has executed the turning movement. He will march backward, facing the unit when giving this command. During the execution of this movement, guide is toward the direction of turn until the command FORWARD, MARCH is given.

8004. BEING IN COMPANY MASS, TO FORM COLUMN

1. Halted. The command is COLUMN OF FILES (Two's, Three's, or Four's), RIGHT (Left) PLATOON, FORWARD (Column Right [Left]), MARCH. At the command of execution, MARCH, the right (left) platoon marches forward (column right [left]). Each of the remaining platoons follow in column half left (right) or column right (left), on the commands of the platoon leaders.

2. Marching. The commands are the same and it is executed in the same manner, except the right (left) platoon continues to march, remaining platoons halting on their platoon leaders commands.


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CHAPTER 9

INSTRUCTIONS FOR DRILL EVALUATIONS

GENERAL 9000
CONCEPT 9001
CONDUCT OF INITIAL AND FINAL DRILL 9002
DRILL EVALUATORS 9003
GRADING SYSTEM 9004
UNIFORM 9005
DRILL CARDS 9006

9000. GENERAL. Close Order Drill (COD) proficiency in the Recruit Training Regiment will be determined through:

a. Initial and Final Drill evaluation.

b. Performance at parades and ceremonies.

c. Monitoring of scheduled COD periods.

9001. CONCEPT. As previously discussed in this manual, COD instruction is progressive, therefore the evaluation of COD will also be progressive. The evaluation process begins with the monitoring of COD periods, progresses through Initial Drill and culminates with the Final Drill evaluation and the graduation
ceremony.

a. Monitoring of COD periods will be performed continuously by supervisory personnel and by Drill Masters whenever possible. When necessary, immediate corrective action will be taken to ensure that COD periods are conducted in a positive and efficient manner.

b. Initial Drill evaluation will be conducted during the first phase of recruit training. The purpose of the Initial Drill is to ensure that recruits have been instructed properly and are progressing satisfactorily.

c. Final Drill evaluation will be conducted during the third phase of recruit training. The purpose of the Final Drill evaluation is to determine how well recruits have assimilated the COD instruction and to evaluate the overall proficiency of COD within the Recruit Training Regiment.

d. During inclimate weather, both final and initial drill will be conducted in the 4th Bn gymnasium.

9002. CONDUCT OF INITIAL AND FINAL DRILL. Evaluation will be conducted in accordance with this Manual. During the Initial Drill Evaluation, if at all possible, the platoon will be under the command of the newest DI in the platoon team. The Senior Drill Instructor will command his/her platoon for Final Drill evaluation unless excused by his/her Battalion Commander.

a. The Unit Leader will draw sword and command Fall In/At Close Interval Fall In.

b. The Platoon will fall in three paces from and centered on the Unit Leader for Initial Drill and six paces from and centered on the Unit Leader for Final Drill.

c. After the platoon has formed, the Unit Leader will command, REPORT. Squad leaders will follow reporting procedures contained in paragraph 3019 of this manual.

d. After the report has been received, the unit leader will command, INSPECTION ARMS, PORT ARMS and ORDER ARMS.

e. When the platoon has executed ORDER, ARMS the unit leader will face about, PRESENT, SWORD and report the platoon to the senior evaluator. The unit leader will then carry sword. The senior evaluator will give him the drill card.

Example of a report:

SDI SSgt _________ reports platoon _____ all formed for the conduct of initial/ final drill evaluation. Today is TD ____, the count on deck is _____.

f. The unit leader will face about and command the platoon to execute the movements as they appear on the drill card. If Initial Drill is being evaluated, the unit leader will take three paces forward before doing an about face.

g. The unit leader will pause between movements, to give evaluators sufficient time to evaluate the movements.

h. When the platoon has executed the last movement on the drill card, the unit leader will return sword and give the card to the senior evaluator.

i. Platoons will be comprised of three/four squads. Platoons will be sized from front to rear and right to left.

j. "KNEE JACKING" or "SLAMMING HEELS" in the deck will not be tolerated. Platoons will be given a grade of zero for those
movements executed in this fashion.

k. For grading purposes, "Marching Manual" will consist of going from Right Shoulder Arms to Port Arms, Port Arms to Left Shoulder Arms; Left Shoulder Arms to Right Shoulder Arms.

l. For the execution of the movement EYES RIGHT, the recruits will be at Right Shoulder Arms.

9003. DRILL EVALUATORS. Evaluators for Initial Drill will be assigned by the Battalion Drill Masters. Evaluators for Final Drill will be assigned by the Regimental Drill Master. Assigned evaluators will be thoroughly familiar with the contents of this order and will ensure that their evaluation is based solely on the text of this order. The NAVMC 2691 is to be used as a reference only and will not supersede this order.

9004. GRADING SYSTEM. Platoons will be graded on a 100 point scale for Initial and Final Drill. A platoon can earn a total of 96 points for drill movements and an additional 4 points for overall effectiveness. Overall effectiveness will include appearance, precision, smartness, bearing and motivation. Drill movements will be observed from start to finish by the eval- uators. The evaluators will make written comments on the eval- uator sheet and assign a point value from 0-4 points. A "zero" will be given for any movement that is missed during the drill evaluation, unless the movement is performed prior to the command FALL OUT/DISMISSED. Platoons will not be allowed to "try the movement again" if they have already improperly performed that movement. The same standards will be used for Initial and Final Drill. The scores for all evaluators will be added together and divided by the total number of evaluators. Then 90% of the platoons score and 10% of SDI or DI's score will comprise the total score.

9005. UNIFORM. The uniform for drill evaluation will be as follows:

a. Recruits will wear camouflage utilities with one canteen over the right rear pocket. Shoulder harnesses will not be worn. Service sweater/field coat and gloves may be worn during cold weather.

b. The Battalion Commander will direct the uniform to be worn by all Marines involved with final drill evaluation, to include all evaluators. Existing weather conditions should be a consideration in uniform selection.

9006. DRILL CARDS. Twenty four hours prior to Initial or Final Drill, the company first sergeant/series chief drill instructor will draw the card to be used by the entire company/series.

a. A Sergeant's Major special movement will be drawn by the SDI the morning of final drill evaluation. At the option of the Battalion Sergeant Major, this special movement can be the same for all platoons being evaluated. SDI's will attempt to return their platoons to a position in the vicinity of the reviewing area to execute all special movements.


APPENDIX A

BATTALION PARADE

1. The following information is provided for personnel concerned with recruit graduations:

a. Unit Designation

(1) Each series will be designated as a parade company and will be comprised of two, three, or four platoons.

(2) Each platoon will be designated as a parade platoon and will be comprised of three or four squads. Platoons will be sized from front to rear and right to left.

b. Personnel Designation

(1) Series commanders (or Series GySgts in a enlisted graduation) will be designated as parade company commanders (CoComdrs).

(2) SDIs will be parade platoon commanders (PlatComdrs).

c. Commands

(1) When the Battalion is in column, commands will be given in sequence from front to rear. When the Battalion is on line, commands will be give in sequence from right to left.

(2) Preparatory commands will not be repeated (echoed) by subordinate commanders.

(3) The initial formation will be battalion in column with parade companies in column. All graduation participants will be in position, at parade rest, fifteen minutes prior to the commencement of the ceremony. The battalion staff will form in the reviewing area. The ceremony will begin, upon the arrival of the senior guest (Commanding General or his repre- sentative). When the senior guest arrives, the Narrator will read the opening remarks. When the narrator reads the last line, "Ladies and Gentlemen, the ceremony will begin in a few moments...", the Commander of Troops (COT) will march down the ramp to a position two paces from the final review line, face about and command:

COT STAFF, FALL-IN:

Once the staff is in position the COT will salute the senior guest and direct the ADJ to take his post. The ADJ will march, in the most direct manner, to his position on theparade deck and drawsword. The ADJ'sposition is on the line where the battalion will form, six paces to the right of the first parade company. The ceremony will proceed when the senior guest takes his seat. When the senior guest is seated the COT will face about. Seeing this, the ADJ will command:

ADJ SOUND, ATTENTION:

The band will sound attention. Companies will be called to attention in the prescribed sequence. The CoCmdrs will command:

CoCmdr COMPANY, ATTENTION:

Personnel armed with a CARRY, SWORD sword will execute carry sword on the command of execution sword. Once all troops are at attention, the lead series guidon bearer will execute and ready guidon to signal the ADJ to command:

ADJ SOUND, ADJUTANT'S CALL:

The band plays Adjutant's Call followed by martial music. COT/Bn drill master will simultaneously command:

COT/Drill Master FORWARD, MARCH:

This command will be timed in a manner that will cause the staff and troops to step off on the first note of the music following Adjutant'sCall. The entire battalion will march forward to a pre-determined point and execute a column right on the yellow line designated for the march on and march to a predesignated position Upon their arrival at the predesignated position, CoComdrs will execute a column left with their guidon bearer, march to their position for the ceremony (12 paces from and centered on their company) halt and face about. The staff marches from its position in front of the reviewing area to a position midway between the reviewing area and line of troops and halts facing the line of troops (swords remain in scabbards). Upon the arrival of the platoons at their pre-designated position, plt Cmdrs will command:

PltCmdr PLATOON, HALT:

When all platoons have halted and the music stops, the ADJ moves by the most direct route to a position midway between the line of CoComdrs and COT and faces the battalion. CoComdrs will command in sequence:

CoCmdr LEFT, FACE

On the command of executionFace, all personnel will execute left face. Plt Cmdrs will face half leftas in marching and position themselves six paces and centered on their platoon. Platoon guides will take their position to the right of the first squad leader. The Color Guard will execute a left turn, halt on the line of troops and execute order colors on command from the National Color Bearer. When all companies have executed left face, CoComdrs will command:

CoCmdrs DRESS RIGHT:

On DRESS RIGHT, PltCmdrs will execute an about face. They will then command in sequence:

PltCmdrs DRESS RIGHT, DRESS:

All personnel will execute a Dress Right in the formation. The PltCmdrs will face half (*Note: This is a ceremonial left as in marching, march in Dress, no side steps the most direct manner one pace are required to check to the right of the guide, alignment) pivot on the ball of the left foot and halt. After halting, the PltCmdrs will execute a right face, pause, then face left as in marching, take three steps forward execute right face, pause, face to the right as in marching and take six steps. They will then halt and execute a left face so as to face down the line of troops. When all PltCmdrs are in position, they will command in sequence:

PltCmdr READY, FRONT: COVER:

On the command of executionFRONT, all personnel will smartly and quietly lower their left arm to their side and turn their head to the front. On the command of execution, COVER, members of the second, third, and fourth squads will cover on their respective member of the first squad. Pltcmdrs will position themselves six paces from and centered on their platoon and execute a halt. Once the PltCmdrs are in place, the CoCmdrs will face about at which time the ADJ will command:

ADJ PARADE, REST:

When the battalion has executed parade rest, (the ADJ, COT, and Staff remain at attention) the ADJ will command:

ADJ SOUND OFF:

At the command SOUND OFF, the band plays "Sound Off" in place. Then it marches forward simultaneously with the first note of marching music. It executes a left turn in time to pass across the front of the line of troops midway between the ADJ and the line of CoCmdrs. When the band has passed the left of the line of troops, it countermarches and returns over the same ground back to the right of the line. After it passes the right of the troops, it executes a right turn. When the entire band has passed beyond the front line of troops, it countermarches and halts in its original position. The band stops playing the march at the next ending and then repeats "Sound Off". When the band completes "Sound Off" the ADJ will command:

ADJ BATTALION, ATTENTION:

Battalion comes to attention. The ADJ will command:

ADJ PRESENT, ARMS:

Battalion executes present arms. The recruits execute a hand salute and only the drill instructors in the front rank execute present swords along the CoCmdrs and PltCmdrs The ADJ will face about, present sword and report, "Sir/Ma'am, the parade is formed, the COT will execute a hand salute and command:

COT TAKE YOUR POST:

The ADJ marches around the SIR/MA'AM right of the COT and takes his post in the staff, halts and executes an about face. The COT commands:

COT STAFF, DRAW SWORDS

After the staff draws swords,the COT commands:

COT ORDER, ARMS:

After the battalion has executed order arms the COT commands:

COT RECEIVE THE REPORT:

The ADJ marches to his SIR/MA'AM position and commands:

ADJ REPORT:

CoCmdrs will turn their heads, present sword and report in sequence, "_________, series all present or accounted for ". The ADJ will execute present sword and return to carry sword, after each CoCmdr reports. CoCmdrs will wait until the ADJ executed carry sword, then they will order sword. The ADJ then faces the COT, presents sword and reports,"Sir/Ma'am, all present or accounted for ". The COT presents sword and commands:

COT PUBLISH THE ORDERS:

The ADJ faces about and SIR/MA'AM commands:

ADJ ATTENTION TO ORDERS:

"HEADQUARTERS, MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT, EASTERN RECRUITING REGION, PARRIS ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, DATE , NINETEEN HUNDRED AND . THE OFFICER OF THE DAY TODAY IS___________, THE OFFICER OF THE DAY TOMORROW IS____________. BY ORDER OF NAME , RANK UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, COMMANDING ". After "Commanding", the ADJ pauses briefly and then commands:

ADJ OFFICERS, CENTER, MARCH

On the ADJ's own command of MARCH, he will execute an about face as in marching and will then resume his position in the staff. On the preparatory command OFFICERS; CoCmdrs and PltCmdrs will execute carry sword, Plt guidon bearers will execute carry guidon. On the preparatory command, CENTER, CoCmdrs, PltCmdrs and company guidon bearers will face center. Plt. Guides will take one pace forward and face center. On the command of execution, MARCH, the band plays, CoCmdrs, PltCmdrs and guidon bearers march to the center of the formation, and halt at close interval. CoCmdrs will oblique slightly forward in order to close on a line four paces in front of their guidon bearers. After halting, officers and guidon bearers will face toward the COT. Guidon bearers will execute order guidon. When all personnel are in position, one of the PlatComdrs will say "UP", to signal the senior officer. The senior officer will turn his head over his right shoulder and command:

Senior Officer FORWARD, MARCH:

On the preparatory command FORWARD, guidon bearers will execute carry guidon. On thecommand of execution MARCH, officers and guidon bearers will march forward until they are halted six paces from the COT. The senior officer will turn his head over his right shoulder and command:

Senior Officer OFFICERS, HALT:

On HALT, all officers and guidon bearers will halt and execute present sword and guidons, in four counts. The COT will execute present sword, then command:

COT CARRY, SWORDS:

On the preparatory command CARRY, officers will execute order sword and guidon bearers will execute the first movement to carry guidon. On the command of execution SWORDS, officers will execute carry sword and guidon bearers will execute carry guidon. The COT terminates his/her salute on the same command which terminates those of the officers' party. The COT then commands:

COT POSTS, MARCH:

On the preparatory command POSTS, all officers and guidon bearers face about. On the command of execution MARCH, they step off. When PlatCmdrs are six paces from the line of troops, the senior officer will command:

Senior Officer OFFICERS, HALT:

Officers and guidon bearerswill halt. The senior officer then commands:

Senior Officer POSTS, MARCH:

On POSTS, officers and guidon bearers face in the directionof their respective units, On MARCH, the lead element of each file will step off. Remaining officers/guidon bearers will step off at four pace intervals, (i.e. step,two, three, four, step). All personnel will resume their posts, halt, face and execute order sword/guidon. After the officers and guidon bearers have resumed their posts and the band stops playing, in a voice only loud enough for the staff to hear, the COT commands:

COT BOX THE STAFF:

The senior staff officercommands:

Senior Staff LEFT, FACE:

Officer COLUMN RIGHT, MARCH:

Staff members will face left, execute two column rights, march to their position, two paces from the COT and automatically mark time. When all staff members are in position, the senior staff officer will command:

Senior Staff STAFF, HALT:

Officer RIGHT, FACE:

After the staff has halted and faced right, the COT will command:

COT PARADE, REST:

When the battalion has executed parade rest, the COT will face about and command:

COT STAFF, PARADE, REST:

When the staff has executed parade rest, the invocation and graduation address will be delivered. Upon completion of the graduation address the narrator will announce "Presenting the Awards today is... he is accompanied by..." At this point, the COT will command:

COT STAFF, ATTENTION:

COT CARRY, SWORD:

The staff comes to attention and executes carry sword. The COT will face about and command:

COT BATTALION, ATTENTION:

When the battalion has executed attention, the COT will command:

COT PRESENT, ARMS:

When the battalion has exeuted present arms, the COT will face about and command:

COT STAFF, PRESENT, SWORDS:

When the staff presents swords, the officer designated to present the awards will have taken his/her position and will return the salute. When the salute is returned,the COT will command:

COT STAFF, CARRY, SWORDS:

After the staff executescarry swords, the COT will face about and command:

COT ORDER, ARMS:

(The Color Guard will stay at carry colors). When the battalion has executed order arms, the COT will command:

COT PERSONS TO RECEIVE AWARDS, AND ALL COLORS, CENTER MARCH:

On the preparatory command CENTER, the staff will execute right face, the honor grads and the staff will execute right face. On the command of execution MARCH, the band starts playing, the award recipients will march to their predesignated position eight paces in front of the Color Guard. The Color Guard will take two steps forward and halt. The COT will march to his designated position three paces in front of the award recipients halt, and salute the National Colors. The staff will take thirteen steps (fifteen steps for a joint graduation) halt and execute left face. When the award recipients are in position, they will mark time in order to obtain proper distance and alignment. After the award recipients have obtained proper distance and alignment, a designated award recipient will command DETACHMENT, HALT; CENTER, FACE. When the award recipients have executed center face, the COT will face about and command:

COT FORWARD, MARCH:

The award detachment will march forward, maintaining proper distance, intervaland alignment. When the COT reaches a point three paces from the officer presenting the awards he will command:

COT DETACHMENT, HALT:

After halting and the band stops playing, the COT will present sword and report "Sir/Ma'am persons to receive awards are present". The officer presenting the awards will salute and command:

Officer PRESENT THE COMMAND:

The COT will march around the right flank of the awards detachment, salute the colors as he passes and returns to his post. (The staff resumed their position after the awards detachmentpassed.) When the COT reaches his/her post, he will command:

COT PRESENT, ARMS:

When the battalion has executed present arms, the COT will face about and command:

COT STAFF, PRESENT, SWORDS:

The awards detachment and staff will render appropriate salutes. The band will play the "National Anthem", upon completion of the "National Anthem", the COT will command:

COT STAFF, CARRY, SWORDS:

On SWORDS, the awards detachment will execute order arms and the staff will execute carry swords, the color guard will stay at the carry. TheCOT will face about and command:

COT ORDER, ARMS:

When the battalion has executed order arms, the COT will command:

COT PARADE, REST:

When the battalion has executed parade rest, the COT will face about and command:

COT STAFF, PARADE, REST

The awards will be presented at this time. When the awards have been presented, the COT will command:

COT STAFF, ATTENTION:

COT CARRY, SWORD

Staff comes to attention and carry sword. The COT will face about and command:

COT BATTALION, ATTENTION:

When the battalion has come to attention, the COT will face about. The Narrator will introduce the color guard. The COT will then command:

COT RIGHT, FACE:

COT FORWARD, MARCH

On the command of execution FACE, award recipients, the COT and his staff will execute a right face. On the command of execution MARCH, the award recipients will march to the yellow arrow, execute a column left, followed by another column left and march to a pre-designated position to the left of the reviewing area and halt, the color guard will counter march on the commandof execution MARCH and return to their position on the line, the COT and his staff will take thirteen steps, (fifteen on a duo graduation) halt, execute left face and present sword on command from the COT. After the color guard has passed, the COT and staff will carry swords and return to their original position. After the color guard, COT and staff have returned to their posts, former Marines will be recognized. If a reviewing officer is present, he will be rendered appropriate honors based on the rank of the officer/dignitary. The COT will face about and command:

COT PRESENT, ARMS:

When the battalion is at present arms the COT will face about and command:

COT STAFF, PRESENT, SWORDS:

The staff presents swords. The reviewing official returns the salute, honors are rendered (if appropriate) and the Reviewing Officer commands:

Reviewing MARCH THE COMMAND IN REVIEW:

COT STAFF, CARRY, SWORDS:

The staff comes to carry swords. The COT faces about and commands:

COT ORDER, ARMS:

After the battalion has executed order arms, the COT will face about. (Note: If there is no guest reviewing official, the officer that presented the awards will normally be the reviewing officer. In this case, the present arms sequence is eliminated.) The COT will command:

COT PASS IN REVIEW:

The band changes direction to that of the line of march and halts. The COT commands:

COT CARRY, SWORDS

COT RIGHT FACE

On the command of execution SWORDS, all PltCmdrs and Drill Instructors execute carry swords. After FACE, PltCmdrs move to the front of their platoons in the most direct manner and take their posts. After facing to the right, guides will again face to the right as in marching and assume their positions in front of the 3d/4th Squad Leader. On FACE, the Color Guard executes right turn, and halts. Once the battalion is in column and the drum major's mace is up, the COT will command:

COT FORWARD, MARCH

On the command of execution, MARCH, all personnel will step off, maintaining proper distance, alignment and interval. CoCmdrs/PltCmdrs give the necessary commands to execute column movements along the line of march. The COT will position the staff twelve paces in front of the band, by commanding "By the left flank March, then staff left turn march when on the final review line ", after the band has made its second change of direction CoCmdrs and their guidon bearers will take their position in front of their units, after the first change of direction. All unit commanders will command: EYES, RIGHT when they are six paces from the reviewing officer. They will command: READY, FRONT, when the rear of the unit is six paces beyond the reviewing officer. After the COT and his/her staff executes ready front, the COT will front, the COT will command:

COT STAFF RIGHT TURN, MARCH:

COT STAFF HALT:

COT BOX THE STAFF:

COT COLUMN LEFT MARCH:

COT STAFF HALT:

The staff will be halted to the right of and on line with the reviewing officer. After the staff halts, the COT will ADJ STAFF LEFT FACE, cause the staff to salute the colors when they pass. When the band has executed ready STAFF RIGHT FACE front, the drum major will cause the band to execute a left turn an take it's posit- ion for the completion of the pass in review and the final dismissal. When the last pla- toon has executed ready front, the COT will face left and salute the reviewing officer returns the salute. The COT will carry sword and face back to the front. He then marches his/her staff off the parade deck using the following com- A-14 mands:

COT FORWARD MARCH, RIGHT TURN MARCH; FORWARD MARCH; BY THE RIGHT FLANK MARCH; STAFF HALT; LEFT FACE; STAFF RETURN SWORDS, STAFF DISMISSED

The following actions will cause the staff to exit the parade deck between the last two bleachers. The COT will dismiss the staff behind the bleachers.

Series Commanders will march accompanied by their guides. The guide is one pace to the left and one pace to the rear of the Series Commanders. Series Commanders will march on the final review line to a pre-designated mark and execute two column lefts in secession and march to their position centered on the review- ing area and halt. Prior to halting, the guide will execute a guide right after the second column left. Once halted, the Series Commander and guide will execute a left face and go to order sword/order guidon. After the reviewing officer has marched off, the commanding officer (s) of the graduating company (ies) will draw swords, march to a position approximately ten paces from the reviewing area.

After all platoons have halted and the music stops, PltCmdrs will command LEFT, FACE and COVER, starting with the First Platoon. On the command of execution COVER, all recruits of the Second, Third, and Fourth Squad will cover on their respective member of the First Squad. The Drill Instructors and guides will take their position for the final dismissal. Once the Drill Instructors have halted, the senior drill instructor will give order sword, he then faces about, and goes to order sword himself/herself.

When the CoCmdr is in place, the platoon guidons will be retired. When the narrator says "unit identity", the CoCmdr(s) will carry sword, about face and command GUIDES, RETIRE THE GUIDONS. On the preparatory command GUIDES, the guides will execute carry guidon. On the command of execution, RETIRE THE GUIDONS, guides will take six paces forward, halt and place the tip of the ferrule in the hole provided. Starting with the first platoon, the guidons will be retired in sequence on the heavy beat of the drum roll. The guides will drive the guidons into the holes and return to the position of attention. When the last guide has returned to the position of attention, the CoCmdr(s) will command POSTS, MARCH.

On POSTS the guides will face about, on MARCH the guides will return to their position, halt and face about. In the case of duo graduations, the male CoCmdr will give the aforementioned commands first, followed by the female CoCmdr. After the guidons have been retired, the CoCmdr(s) will face about and order sword.

The band will play the Marines Hymn. After the last note of the Marines Hymn, the CoCmdr(s) will carry sword, face about and direct the series commanders to dismiss their series. The series commanders will present sword, the CoCmdr will present sword and carry sword. After the CoCmdr has executed carry sword, the series commander will execute carry sword and face about. In the case of a duo graduation, the aforementioned action will be executed by the male CoCmdr/series commanders followed by the female CoCmdr/series commander. When the CoCmdrs have completed their movements and the last series commander faces about, they too will face about, return swords, and march to the left and right side of the reviewing stand respectively.

After all series commanders have faced about, the first series commander turns his head and will command: SENIOR DRILL INSTRUCTORS, DISMISS YOUR PLATOON. The SDIs will present sword and then turn their head toward the series commander. The series commander will turn his head to the front, execute present sword, carry sword, about face and return sword. When the series commander executes carry sword, the SDIs will turn their head to the front, execute carry sword and face about.

When the SDIs of the first series have faced about, the remaining series commanders/SDIs will execute the same movements in sequence. When all SDIs have faced about, the first SDI will command PLATOON ----, DISMISSED. The new Marines will take one step back and say "Aye-Aye Sir/Ma'am". The SDI will command RETURN, SWORDS. The remaining SDIs will give the same commands in the prescribed sequence. SDIs will instruct their recruits to remain in position until the music begins to play. SDIs will also ensure that their new Marines do not perform any chants, following the dismissal.

Note: For the purpose of the dismissal sequence, company commanders and series commanders refer to the actual company/ series commander, or in the case of a staff noncommissioned officer graduation, the terms apply to those personnel filling the respective billets.


APPENDIX B

INDOOR GRADUATION CEREMONY SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

Fifteen minutes before the ceremony is scheduled to commence the Company Staff, Senior Drill Instructors and Drill Instructors will be in position in the right wing of the stage. The Color Guard will be in position in the right wing of the stage, behind the drill instructors. The Distinguished Graduates will be on the left wing of the stage, and the remainder of the Series will be in the center row of seats in series order. The band will be playing at this time and will continue to play until signaled to stop by the narrator.

When the C.G. or his representative arrives the narrator will read the opening remarks and introduce a short film. When the film is over, the narrator will briefly explain the ceremony and say "Ladies and Gentlemen, The ceremony will begin with the series being called to attention for the entry of the official party. The guests are asked to remain seated." The company 1stSGT will command "Sound attention". The band will sound attention. The 1stSGT will command "COMPANY, ATTENTION". The Company will come to the position of attention. The 1stSGT will Command "SOUND ADJUTANT'S CALL". The band will sound adjutant's call, followed by martial music. The 1stSGT will command "FORWARD MARCH". The official party will march forward until they arrive on their marks on the stage. The Distinguished Graduates will take two steps forward, halting on their marks. After the official party has halted and the music has stopped, the 1stSGT will command, RIGHT, FACE. All personnel in the official party will execute a right face. (Distinguished Graduates will not face at this time.)

The Narrator will say "Ladies and Gentlemen, please rise while Chaplain ________________ delivers the Invocation and remain standing for our National Anthem". Seated Recruits will come to attention on "rise". When the Chaplain says "Let us pray/pray with me.", all personnel will bow their head. When the Chaplain say "Amen", all personnel will return to attention and the National Color Bearer will command, CARRY, COLORS; FORWARD, MARCH. They will then march to a position even with the center of the stage and execute a RIGHT TURN. Once the turn has been completed, the National Color Bearer will command COLORS, HALT. At this time the Colors will be in position in the center of the stage behind the row of Drill Instructors. The National Color Bearer will then command PRESENT, ARMS. On this command, all personnel on the stage will execute a hand salute. The Color Guard will present arms. The narrator will say, "Ladies and Gentlemen, our National Anthem." On the first note of the National Anthem the Organizational Color Bearer will render appropriate honors (Dip) and on the last note of the National Anthem return to the carry. The National Color Bearer will command "ORDER, ARMS". On this command, all personnel on stage will execute order arms. The narrator will then say "Thank you, please be seated" and all personnel in the audience will sit down. National Color Bearer will then command "PARADE, REST". The Color Guard and all personnel on stage will execute parade rest.

The narrator will introduce the officer delivering the graduation address. Each Battalion Commander will deliver the address to their own Battalion, if possible. After the graduation address has been delivered, the narrator will say, "I would like to introduce the staff of today's graduating Company. Please hold your applause until all of the staff have been introduced." At this point the 1stSGT gives the command "STAFF ATTENTION". All the members of the company staff and all drill instructors will come to the position of attention. When each individual is introduced they take a step forward. When these introductions have been completed the narrator will say "Ladies and Gentlemen, the staff of Company _________". This is the recruits' cue to applaud. As the audience applause quiets, the 1stSGT will command "RIGHT FACE" and "FORWARD MARCH". The staff will march off the stage.

The Narrator will then read the DI Pledge and proceed with the introduction of the drill instructors. As each SDI/DI is introduced he/she will take one step forward and execute parade rest. Once all the drill instructors have been introduced, the narrator will say "Ladies and Gentlemen, the drill instructors of company _______". This is the cue for the recruit to applaud. The narrator will read the speech for the former Marines in the audience, inviting them to stand. Once they have stood, the narrator will say "Please join us in thanking them for their dedicated service to the Corps and Country". This is the cue for the recruits to applaud. The narrator will then announce: "Ladies and Gentlemen, ___________ will now present the awards. He is accompanied by ____________. Please hold your applause until all of the awards have been presented" The Company Honor Graduate will give the command "LEFT FACE" to the Distinguished Graduates on the left side of the stage. The personnel presenting the awards will proceed to a predesignated location. As each award recipient is introduced, he will march to a position approximately one pace (30 inches) in front of the person presenting the awards and execute a hand salute. The person presenting the award will respond with a verbal greeting only, since he/she is uncovered. The person presenting the awards will then place the medallion around the Honor Graduates neck, give out the award binder and shake his/her hand. Upon hearing his SDI's name, he/she will face to the left as in marching, proceed to a predesignated position at the front of the stage, halt and execute left/right face. As each award recipient proceeds on the stage, the next award recipient will proceed to the position vacated by the preceding award recipient. This procedure will continue until all awards have been presented.

The narrator will conclude these introductions with "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Distinguished Graduates of Company _________."

This is the cue for all recruits to applaud. The narrator now makes announcements concerning refresh- ments, joining your new Marine, etc. The narrator will then say "Ladies and Gentlemen please rise for the Marine's Hymn and the final dismissal". On "Please Rise", all personnel will rise and stand at the position of attention. The National Color bearer will call the staff to attention. The band will then play the Marines Hymn. During the playing of the Marines Hymn, the graduates will sing all three verses, sounding off with a loud Marine Corps "OOH-RAH" at the conclusion of the third verse. At the conclusion of the Marines Hymn, the SDI's will dismiss their platoons in sequence. When each platoon is dismissed, the Marines will say "Aye-Aye, Sir/Ma'am" and execute an appropriate facing movement that will cause them to face outboard towards the bulkhea