Usmc drill manual part 2

Usmc drill manual part 2 DEFAULT



CLOSE ORDER DRILL MANUAL

CONTENTS

CHAPTER INTRODUCTION


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 1INDIVIDUAL MOVEMENTS WITHOUT ARMS

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.


CLOSE ORDER DRILL MANUAL

CHAPTER 2

INDIVIDUAL MOVEMENTS WITH ARMS

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 willnot 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

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.

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United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon

The United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon is a 24-man rifleplatoon led by a Captain and Platoon Sergeant of the United States Marine Corps (USMC).

Often referred to as The Marching Twenty-Four, the unit performs a unique silent precision exhibition drill. The purpose of the platoon is to exemplify the discipline and professionalism of the Marine Corps. The Silent Drill Platoon, which first performed in 1948, originally as a one-time show, received such an overwhelming response that it soon became part of the routine parades at Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.

Drill movements[edit]

The Marines execute a series of calculated drill movements and precise handling of their hand-polished 10.5 pounds (4.8 kg) M1 Garand rifles with fixed bayonets. The routine concludes with a unique rifle inspection involving elaborate rifle spins and tosses. All drill movements are done with superfluous spins of the rifle, making the Silent Drill Platoon's drill unique from other Marine units' drill movements.

Selection and training[edit]

Marines are selected from students at the two Schools of Infantry, located at Camp Pendleton, California and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, from interviews conducted by barracks personnel.

A U.S. Marine Corps C-130T Hercules aircraft with the Blue Angels, the Navy's flight demonstration squadron, flies over Marines with the Silent Drill Platoon at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona.

Once selected, Marines are assigned to Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., to serve a two-year ceremonial tour. Beyond their ceremonial duties, the Marines collaterally train in the field as infantrymen. Throughout the year, these Marines hone their infantry skills at the Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia and other bases. The Marines selected must be male and must be between 5'11" and 6'1" (180.3 and 185.4 cm) tall and be in the median of their weight requirements for their height. Uniformity is a key asset.

Experienced members of the Silent Drill Platoon, usually non-commissioned officers, have the opportunity to audition to become rifle inspectors. They must go through inspection tryouts graded by rifle inspectors of the previous year. Only two Marines who audition will become rifle inspectors.

Once the year's Silent Drill Platoon members are selected, they begin their training in Washington, and continue to train at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, perfecting their routine year-round. Throughout the year, they perform at Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., and at numerous events across the United States, and also represent the Marine Corps abroad.

References[edit]

Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.

External links[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Marine_Corps_Silent_Drill_Platoon
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Enlisted Promotions to
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SECTION 1: ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS PRIVATE FIRST CLASS AND LANCE CORPORAL

2100. GENERAL. Marines in the grades of PFC and LCpl are required to exercise an ever-increasing degree of maturity, leadership, and professionalism. No Marine shall be promoted to PFC or LCpl who has not demonstrated these traits and the desire to assume positions of higher responsibility.

2101. PROMOTIONS TO PRIVATE FIRST CLASS AND LANCE CORPORAL IN THE ACTIVE COMPONENT

1. Private First Class. Marines who have served for 6 months on active duty in the grade of Pvt will be promoted to PFC, if the Marine’s service has been satisfactory (as determined by the commanding officer). TIG will be computed from the 1st day of he month of entry on active duty. For example, a Pvt who entered active duty on 27 May 2000 will be promoted to PFC on 1 November 2000. If the Marine’s service has been satisfactory, the TIG and TIS are computed as if the Pvt entered active duty on the 1st day of May. Time spent in the delayed entry program will not be used to compute TIG or TIS for promotion to PFC. Pvts who are hospitalized for periods that preclude normal completion of recruit training will be promoted to PFC while in recruit training, if recommended and not in a promotion restriction status (paragraph 1204 applies), upon attaining 6 months TIG. Although the Marine will be in a paid status as a PFC, the enlistee is not authorized to wear the PFC insignia until completion of recruit training.

a. To eliminate the requirement for commanders to manually determine the eligibility of Pvts by TIG, and to reduce the number of late promotions because of administrative oversight, the Marine Corps Total Force System (MCTFS) will automatically identify the eligible personnel. A select grade of E2 will post to the unit’s Diary Feedback Report (DFR) the month prior to the promotion month for all Pvts who meet the TIG requirement. The select grade will not post if the commander reports a “NOT REC PROM” (not recommended for promotion) entry on the unit diary by the 15th of the month prior to the effective date of promotion.

(1) When a Pvt has a select grade in the MCTFS, the promotion will be effected with a date of rank and effective date of the 1st day of the selected month. This applies to those Marines who are in a transit or leave status on the 1st day of the month. In these instances, or any other circumstances when the promotion is not effected on the 1st day of the month and the Marine is recommended, the command will effect the promotion on the unit diary with the date of rank and effective date of the 1st day of the month reflected in the select grade. The certificate of appointment will reflect the same dates as input on the unit diary.

(2) Pvts who are in a promotion restriction status, per paragraph 1204, will not be promoted. However, Commanders may waive certain restrictions for deserving Pvts (see paragraph 1204).

(3) A Marine who has been administratively reduced to the grade of Pvt for incompetence will be given his or her original date of rank, but may not be promoted to PFC for a period of 3 months (paragraphs 1204.3n and 6001.2f(1) apply). After 3 months, the commander will determine when and if the Marine meets the Marine Corps standards for promotion.

*(4) A Marine who has been punitively reduced (chapter 7 applies) to the grade of Pvt as a result of NJP or court martial must serve the appropriate restriction as required by paragraph 1204.3 or the full 6 months time n grade, whichever is longer, from the date of reduction before becoming eligible for promotion to PFC. b. When a Pvt is not recommended for promotion and the command did not report a “NOT REC” entry on the unit diary prior to the select grade posting to the MCTFS, the command will report a “WILL NOT PROMOTE” entry to remove the select grade for the month concerned. A select grade will continue to post to the unit’s DFR each subsequent month unless a “NOT REC” entry is reported. This entry should be reported NLT the 15th of the month prior to the promotion month. Marines not recommended for promotion require a page 11 counseling entry and a monthly unit diary entry, per the current edition of MCO 1070.12. This will preclude future commands from requesting remedial promotion based on TIG.

c. Refer to Chapter 4 of this Manual for meritorious promotions to PFC.

2. Lance Corporal. A PFC who has 8 months TIG from the PFC date of rank and 9 months TIS from the AFADBD and who is otherwise qualified for promotion, as determined by the commander, may be promoted to the grade of LCpl. A partial month is computed as a whole month for both elements. For example, a PFC promoted with a date of rank of 1 June 2000 and a PFC meritoriously promoted with a date of rank of 2 June 2000 both meet the 8 months TIG requirement on 1 February 2001. A Marine who is appointed a PFC upon initial entry on active duty (contract PFC) with a date of rank of 27 June 2000 meets the 8 months TIG and 9 months TIS requirement on 1 March 200.

a. To eliminate the requirement for commanders to manually determine the eligibility of PFCs by TIG and TIS, and to reduce the number of late promotions because of administrative oversight, the MCTFS will automatically identify the eligible personnel. A select grade of E3 will post to the unit’s DFR the month prior to the promotion month for all PFCs who meet the TIG and TIS requirements. The select grade will not post if the commander Unit’s DFR the month prior to the promotion month for all PFCs who meet the TIG and TIS requirements. The select grade will not post if the commander reports a “NOT REC” entry on the unit diary by the 15th of the month prior to the effective date of promotion.

(1) When a PFC has a select grade in the MCTFS, the promotion will be effected with a date of rank and effective date of the 1st day of the selected month. This applies to those Marines who are in a transit or leave status on the 1st day of the month. In these instances, or any other circumstances when the promotion is not effected on the 1st day of the month and the Marine is recommended, the command will effect the promotion on the unit diary with the date of rank and effective date of the 1st day of the month reflected in the select grade. The certificate of appointment will reflect the same dates as input on the unit diary.

(2) PFCs who are in a promotion restriction status, per paragraph 1204, will not be promoted. However, commanders may waive certain restrictions for deserving LCpls (see paragraph 1204).

(3) A Marine who has been administratively reduced to the grade of PFC for incompetence will be given his or her original date of rank, but may not be promoted to LCpl for a period of 3 months (paragraphs 1204.3n and 6001.2f (1) apply). After the 3 months, the commander will determine if the Marine meets the Marine Corps standards for promotion.

*(4) A Marine who has been punitively reduced (chapter 7 applies) to the grade of PFC as a result of NJP or court-martial must serve the appropriate restriction as required by paragraph 1204.3 or the full 8 months time in grade, whichever is longer, from the date of reduction before becoming eligible for regular promotion to LCpl.

b. When a PFC is not recommended for promotion and the command did not report a “NOT REC” entry on the unit diary prior to the select grade posting to the MCTFS, the command will report a “WILL NOT PROMOTE” entry to remove the select grade for the month concerned. A select grade will continue to post on the unit’s DFR each subsequent month unless a “NOT REC” entry is reported. This entry should be reported NLT the 15th of the month prior to the promotion month. Marines not recommended for promotion require a page 11 counseling entry and a monthly unit diary entry, per the current edition of MCO 1070.12.

c. Refer to Chapter 4 of this Manual for meritorious promotions to LCpl.

d. Marines who have returned to active duty after a period of broken service (USMC or USMCR) in the grade of PFC, and have been reappointed to the grade of PFC, may be promoted to LCpl after a minimum period of 30 days observation. The Marine may only be promoted if, on the 1st day of the month the promotion will be effected, the Marine has attained the required TIG/TIS and, in the opinion of the commander, the Marine is capable of performing in the higher grade. If not recommended by the commander, however, the Marine may be promoted the next month that he or she is recommended. Prior service in another branch of the Armed Forces is not applicable for prior service credit.

3. Promotion Waivers. If determined to be in the best interest of the command and the Marine Corps, commanders, as defined in paragraph 1200.3b, may waive an erroneous promotion to PFC and LCpl for Marines who, through no fault of their own, were promoted prior to attaining the required TIG and/or TIS.

a. Commanders may, without reference to this Headquarters, waive erroneous promotions of Marines in the grades of PFC and LCpl who were promoted while under the restrictions listed in paragraph 1204.3f through 1204.3o. However, such waivers should be the exception rather than the rule.

b. Commanders may, without reference to this Headquarters, rescind erroneous promotions of Marines in the grades of PFC and LCpl who were promoted while under the restrictions listed in paragraph 1204.3f through 1204.3o. A “DELETE AS ERRONEOUS” (delete promotion as erroneous) unit diary entry will be made for the promotion entry.

SECTION 2: PROMOTIONS TO CORPORAL AND SERGEANT

2200. GENERAL. Marines in the grades of Cpl and Sgt are required to exercise an ever-increasing degree of maturity, leadership, and professionalism. To a large extent, accomplishment of the ultimate mission — success in battle — depends on the manner in which Marines are developed into small unit leaders and their professional abilities. Consequently, no Marine should be promoted to Cpl or Sgt who has not positively demonstrated the potential, motivation, and maturity to satisfactorily discharge the duties of a small unit leader. Therefore, it is even more critical to ensure that a commander’s recommendation concerning a Marine’s promotion to Cpl or Sgt is a thoughtful, deliberate decision. Each Marine recommended must be worthy of the title “Noncommissioned Officer.” Marines should be recommended for promotion to Cpl or Sgt only after demonstrating they are worthy of the next higher grade.

2201. PROMOTIONS TO CORPORAL AND SERGEANT IN THE ACTIVE COMPONENT

1. Corporal. The CMC will control the number of Marines to be promoted to Cpl through the use of the automated composite score. Promotions will be authorized on the basis of vacancies existing throughout the Marine Corps and will be effected by authorized commanders. Promotions will be effected monthly by primary MOS or intended MOS once the monthly promotion authority MARADMIN is received by the command and the “SELECT GRADE” is reflected on the unit’s DFR. The command will effect the promotion on the unit diary and prepare the certificate of appointment. These promotions will be based on composite scores (CS) which are automatically computed quarterly for each eligible LCpl. The term “eligible” as it relates to promotion refers to any LCpl who meets the 8 months TIG and 12 months TIS requirement by the end of the promotion quarter. The determination of which eligible LCpls will be promoted, subject to the composite score stipulation, is the sole responsibility of the commander.

a. Since TIG/TIS is computed through the end of the promotion quarter, Marines who meet the TIG/TIS requirements during any month during a promotion quarter will have a composite score computed and will be considered eligible for promotion any month during that promotion quarter. Therefore, it is possible for a Marine to receive a select grade prior to obtaining the required 8 months TIG. If the Marine is recommended for promotion by the commander, he or she should be promoted.

b. LCpls who are in a promotion restriction status, per paragraph 1204, will not be promoted.

(1) A Marine who has been administratively reduced to the grade of LCpl for incompetence will be given his or her original date of rank, but may not be promoted to Cpl for a period of 6 months (paragraphs 1204.3m and 6001.2f(2) apply).

*(2) A Marine who has been punitively reduced (chapter 7 applies) to the grade of LCpl must serve the appropriate restriction as required by paragraph 1204.3 or the full 8 months time in grade, whichever is longer, from the date of reduction before becoming eligible for promotion to Cpl.

*c. To be eligible for promotion to corporal, IRR or SMCR Marines who transfer to the regular component (USMC), and prior service Marines (does not include Marines who reenlist under the PSEP; paragraph 2303), must do so by the cutoff date for the promotion quarter. Marines who transfer or join the USMC or USMCR after the cutoff date for the promotion quarter will not be eligible for promotion until the next promotion quarter. “Refer to paragraph 1203 for Marines with a select grade to Corporal/Sergeant who effect an intercategory/intercomponent transfer.”

2. Sergeant. The CMC will control the number of Marines to be promoted to Sgt through the use of the automated composite score system. Promotions will be authorized on the basis of vacancies existing throughout the Marine Corps and will be effected by authorized commanders. Promotions will be effected monthly by primary MOS or intended MOS once the monthly promotion authority MARADMIN is received by the command and the “SELECT GRADE” is reflected on the unit’s DFR. The command will effect the promotion on the unit diary and prepare the certificate of appointment. These promotions will be based on composite scores (CS) automatically computed quarterly for each eligible Cpl. The term “eligible” as it relates to promotion refers to any Cpl who meets the 12 month TIG and 24 month TIS requirement by the end of the promotion quarter. The determination of which eligible Cpls will be promoted, subject to the composite score stipulation, is the sole responsibility of the commander.

a. Since TIG/TIS is computed through the end of the promotion quarter, Marines who meet the TIG/TIS requirements during any month in a promotion quarter will have a composite score computed and will be considered eligible for promotion any month during that promotion quarter. It is possible for a Marine to receive a select grade prior to obtaining the required 12 months TIG. If the Marine is otherwise recommended for promotion, he or she should be promoted. b. Cpls who are in a promotion restriction status, per paragraph 1204 will not be promoted.

(1) A Marine who has been administratively reduced to the grade of Cpl for incompetence will be given his or her original date of rank, but may not be promoted to Sgt for a period of 6 months (paragraphs 1204.3m and 6001.2f(2) apply).

*(2) A Marine who has been punitively reduced (chapter 7 applies) to the grade of Cpl must serve the appropriate restriction as required by paragraph 1204.3 or the full 12 months time in grade, whichever is longer, before being eligible for promotion to Sgt.

(3) A Marine Cpl who has received nonjudicial punishment may not be promoted for 3 months from the date of the nonjudicial punishment.

*c. To be eligible for promotion to sergeant, IRR or SMCR Marines who transfer to the regular component (USMC), and prior service Marines (does not include Marines who reenlist under the PSEP; paragraph 2303), must do so by the cutoff date for the promotion quarter. Marines who transfer or join the USMC or USMCR after the cutoff date for the promotion quarter will not be eligible for promotion until the next promotion quarter. “Refer to paragraph 1203 for Marines with a select grade to Corporal/Sergeant who effect an intercategory/ intercomponent transfer.”

3. A Marine is not promoted until the commander issues a promotion certificate to the Marine. Many errors occur in which a Marine is not promoted by issuance of a promotion certificate because of administrative oversight by the command; i.e., failure to promote on the 1st of the month or erroneously entering “not recommended for promotion” in the MCTFS. When a Marine has a “SEL GRADE” in the MCTFS and the promotion is not effected because of an administrative error by the command, or because of a Marine’s transient/leave status, the command will effect the promotion on the unit diary with a date of rank and effective date of the 1st day of the selected month. The certificate must reflect the same dates as input on the unit diary. The following situations are examples of delayed promotions:

a. If a Marine is actually promoted by a previous commander but the previous command fails to input the promotion in MCTFS, the receiving command will administratively promote the Marine in the MCTFS with a date of rank and effective date of the 1st of the month, as reflected on the promotion certificate.

b. If the 1st of the month occurs on a weekend or holiday, the date of rank and effective date for both the promotion certificate and unit diary entry should reflect the 1st of the month, and the Marine should be promoted on the next working day.

4. Intended MOS Promotions. LCpls and Cpls in formal schools, training/ retraining assignments (including MOS conversions), or who have reenlisted and had a lateral move approved in conjunction with their reenlistment and are serving with a basic primary MOS (e.g., 0200) are considered for promotion in their intended MOS, provided the intended MOS was effective on or prior to the date of the monthly promotion authority MARADMIN. Marines who are promoted under their intended MOS, and later fail to complete the qualifications for that MOS, will be administratively reduced (paragraph 6002.1 applies). A LCpl or Cpl who reenlists and makes a lateral move is no longer eligible to be promoted in his former primary MOS.

5. Promotion Waivers. There will be no waivers of erroneous promotions to the grades of Cpl or Sgt for Marines who were promoted prior to attaining the required TIG and/or TIS, prior to attaining the required composite score, or promoted while in a promotion restriction status per paragraph 1204.3. The commander will remove the promotion entry from the MCTFS and restore the Marine’s appropriate grade.

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SNCO Promotions

 

Staff NonCommissioned Officer Promotions

SECTION 2: ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

3200. GENERAL

1. Active Component SNCO Selection Boards

a. To be eligible for consideration, the Marine must:

(1) Meet the minimum eligibility requirements (i.e., TIG/TIS) and the eligibility requirements as listed on the MARADMIN (MCBul 1430) announcing the convening of the regularly scheduled selection board (i.e., JR DOR, AFADBD requirements).

(2) Be serving on active duty with the active component on the date the appropriate regular selection board convenes; throughout the session of the board; and on the date the board report is approved by CMC. Interruption of active service for periods of less than 24 hours for the purpose of reenlistment will not be considered as an interruption of service for selection board purposes.

b. Selection of Marines not satisfying these conditions will be considered erroneous. Such erroneous selections will be reported by the commander and subsequently deleted from the selection list.

2. Reserve Component Selection Boards

a. A single board will be conducted to examine three separate competitive categories, within the reserve component (SMCR, IRR and AR). Reserve Marines in each category will compete for selection only with Marines in the appropriate category (i.e., SMCR with SMCR, IRR with IRR, and AR with AR, except IRR and SMCR GySgts and 1stSgts compete together for selection to SMCR 1stSgt and SgtMaj, respectively).

b. AR Selection Boards

(1) Meet the minimum eligibility requirements (i.e., TIG/TIS) and the MOS eligibility requirements as listed on the MARADMIN (MCBul 1430) announcing the convening of the Reserve SNCO selection board (i.e., JR DOR, AFADBD requirements).

(2) Be serving on active duty with the AR Program on the date the appropriate selection board convenes. Interruption of service for periods of less than 24 hours for the purpose of reenlistment will not be considered as an interruption of service for selection board purposes.

c. SMCR Selection Boards

(1) Meet the minimum eligibility requirements (i.e., TIG/TIS) and the OccFld eligibility requirements as listed on the MARADMIN MCBul 1430) announcing the convening of the Reserve SNCO selection board (i.e., JR DOR, PEBD requirements).

(2) Be an active participant in the SMCR.

(3) Be serving in the SMCR on the date the appropriate selection board convenes. Interruption of service for periods of less than 24 hours for the purpose of reenlistment will not be considered as an interruption of service for selection board purposes.

d. IRR Selection Boards

(1) Meet the minimum eligibility requirements (i.e., TIG/TIS) and the OccFld eligibility requirements as listed on the MARADMIN (MCBul 1430) announcing the convening of the Reserve SNCO selection board (i.e., DOR, PEBD requirements).

(2) Be an active participant in the Individual Ready Marine Corps Reserve and have earned at least 27 Reserve Retirement Credit Points in the anniversary year completed prior to the convening of the selection board.

(3) Be serving in the IRR on the date the appropriate selection board convenes. Interruption of service for periods of less than 24 hours for the purpose of reenlistment will not be considered as an interruption of service for selection board purposes.

3. Commanders are required to notify CMC (MMPR-2) of any changes to an eligible Marine’s category/component that occur within two months preceding the convening of the Reserve SNCO Selection Board and while the board is in session. Marines considered in the wrong component will be considered erroneously selected and deleted from the list of Marines selected with the following exceptions.

a. Reserve component Marines (AR, SMCR, IRR) who effect a category change to another reserve category during the selection board, will retain their selection and be promoted, if otherwise qualified, when their seniority number is reached.

b. Marines who effect a component change after the selection board is adjourned will retain their selection and will be promoted, if otherwise qualified, when their seniority number is reached (USMC or USMCR).

4. Additional Information Regarding Consideration of Marines in the SMCR and the IRR.

a. SMCR Marines ordered to active duty from the Reserve Component (IRR or SMCR) during time of war or national emergency will be considered in the SMCR. If directly or subsequently augmented to the regular component (USMC), they will then be considered by active component selection boards occurring after the effective date of augmentation.

b. Marines assigned to Individual Mobilization Augmentation (IMA) billets, serving on Extended Active Duty (EAD), Active Duty Special Work (ADSW) or in an AR Limited Tour billet will be considered for selection in the SMCR component.

c. Commanders of Marines serving in any of the above billets or categories will ensure the appropriate component codes are entered in the MCTFS. The component code should represent duty type (i.e., C4, B4) and the Reserve component code should represent the Marine’s component (IRR, SMCR).

d. OccFld allocations for the IRR will be the higher of the following two calculations:

(1) Ten percent of the corresponding SMCR allocations, or

(2) The number allocations that were needed within the USMCR but were not allocated to the SMCR due to eligible population shortfalls within the SMCR.

5. SgtsMaj and 1stSgts are the principal enlisted advisors to their commanders. The primary and foremost requisite is outstanding leadership, combined with an exceptionally high degree of professional competence and the ability to act independently as the principal enlisted assistant to the commander in all administrative, technical, and tactical requirements of the organization.

6. MGySgts and MSgts are the technical experts in their fields. The primary prerequisite is outstanding proficiency in the assigned MOS/OccFld, combined with an exceptionally high degree of leadership and supervisory ability and the ability to act independently as enlisted assistants to the commander in all administrative, technical, and tactical requirements of their occupational specialty.

7. Selection boards are charged with selecting those Marines they consider “best and fully qualified” to hold each grade. Therefore, there will be no redesignation of those Marines selected for promotion to the grades of first sergeant or master sergeant from one grade to the other.

8. Consideration for promotion to First Sergeant

a. GySgts are eligible for consideration for selection to 1stSgt based on TIG/TIS. GySgts, regardless of MOS, who meett the minimum TIG and TIS requirements for consideration to 1stSgt at the time the annual Sergeant Major through Master Sergeant Selection Board or Reserve SNCO Selection Board, as appropriate, convenes, will be reviewed to determine if they have indicated a preference for 1stSgt. Those GySgts eligible for consideration for 1stSgt who have indicated a preference for 1stSgt (with an “F”) on the most recent fitness report will compete for 1stSgt. Those GySgts eligible for consideration for 1stSgt who have indicated a preference for MSgt (with an “M”) on their most recent fitness report will be considered as not selected for 1stSgt. (Note: Marines considered for 1stSgt, but not selected, are not considered as passed over for promotion.)

b. Reserve component Marines serving in the SMCR and IRR are eligible for consideration to 1stSgt based on TIG/TIS. Regardless of whether the eligible Marine has indicated a preference to 1stSgt (with an “F”) on the most recent fitness report, to be “fully qualified” for selection to 1stSgt, the Marine must be PME qualified and submit a letter of intent to the president of the Reserve SNCO Selection Board stating his or her willingness to serve in specific 1stSgt billets, prior to the convening date of the selection board, in the format shown in figure 3-2. CMC (RAP) will announce first sergeant billet vacancies via MARADMIN prior to the convening date of the selection board. Eligible Marines who do not submit a letter of intent will be considered less than “fully qualified” for promotion and not selected.

c. To be considered competitive for selection to 1stSgt, a GySgt must generally:

(1) Exhibit a strong ability to read and interpret regulations, communicate verbally and in writing, and be able to research all matters affecting personnel.

(2) Have exhibited a consistent and exemplary standard of military appearance, physical fitness, and personal discipline.

(3) Have demonstrated the ability to function in an independent environment or have successfully completed a tour as a drill instructor, recruiter, Marine Security Guard, or in the Marine Corps Security Force.

d. To be fully qualified for selection to 1stSgt, GySgts must have completed, prior to the convening date of the selection board, the PME indicated in paragraph 3300.1d.

e. GySgts selected for 1stSgt will not be considered for MSgt.

f. Nonselection as a 1stSgt is not considered a failure of selection or a pass over.

g. GySgts who indicate a preference for 1stSgt, but are not selected, will be considered for MSgt (if they meet the published TIG and TIS requirements in their MOS/OccFld).

9. Consideration for promotion to Master Sergeant

a. GySgts who meet the TIG and TIS requirements for MSgt in their MOS/OccFld, and have not previously been selected for 1stSgt, will receive consideration for MSgt regardless of the preference indicated in their most recent fitness report.

b. GySgts must have completed, prior to the convening date of the selection board, the PME requirements listed in paragraph 3300.1c.

c. Failure of selection to MSgt from the promotion or above zones is considered a failure of selection or pass over.

3201. PRIOR SERVICE IN THE SAME OR HIGHER GRADE

1. Marines with satisfactory prior Marine Corps service in the same or higher grade will be considered in the below zone if their prior service reconstructed DOR meets or exceeds the below zone cutoff for their MOS/OccFld. Commanders of Marines who qualify for consideration by virtue of prior satisfactory service will ensure that the Marine understands that consideration will only be in the below zone. The Marine will not be considered in the promotion zone until the current DOR meets the promotion zone requirement. Requests for prior service consideration must be forwarded to the CMC (MMPR-2) in the format provided in figure 3-3.

2. Eligibility to receive consideration by reason of prior service in the same or higher grade is determined after receipt of the selection board convening announcement. If the Marine’s currently assigned DOR and time in service meet the below zone cutoff requirements for the MOS/OccFld, the application of prior service credit is of no benefit.

3. A request for the application of prior service credit to the current DOR assigned upon reenlistment may be granted only until the Marine is promoted to the next higher grade after reenlistment. The following restrictions apply:

a. If the Marine receives the same grade and DOR held on last discharge from the Marine Corps/Marine Corps Reserve upon reenlistment, the Marine is not eligible for prior service credit.

b. The service performed in the current grade or higher grade(s) in the previous enlistment(s) (USMC or USMCR) was satisfactory. Unsatisfactory service will not be included; i.e., if a Marine serves two years as a Sgt and is punitively reduced to Cpl, the service in the grade of Sgt is not considered satisfactory service.

4. If the Marine’s currently assigned DOR does not meet either the below, promotion or above zone cutoff requirements for his or her MOS/OccFld, computation of a reconstructed DOR is conducted in the following manner:

a. Determine the total period of time during previous enlistments (USMC or USMCR) that the Marine served satisfactorily in the same grade, or higher grade, as that to which reappointed.

b. Subtract this sum from the date of reenlistment shown on the current enlistment contract to determine the reconstructed DOR.

c. Consideration for prior service in the same or higher grade may be granted when the resulting reconstructed DOR is at least equal to or senior to the DOR required for the Marine’s MOS (USMC and AR Marines) or OccFld (IRR and SMCR Marines).

5. The reconstructed DOR is only used for determining promotion eligibility. It does not change the DOR assigned in the MCTFS at the time of the Marine’s reenlistment.

6. Prior service in the same or higher grade is no longer applicable upon promotion to one grade above or reduction to at least one grade below, the grade to which appointed at the time of the reenlistment.

7. Since there are no provisions for determining eligibility for promotion consideration by reason of prior service in the same or higher grade in the MCTFS, a request must be submitted each year for such consideration if the Marine does not meet eligibility requirements by reason of the currently assigned DOR and TIS.

8. Requests received too late (after the date specified in the Marine Corps Bulletin announcing the selection board) will be filed without action and do not warrant remedial consideration for promotion.

3202. REQUESTS FOR TRANSFER TO THE FMCR OR RETIRED RESERVE.

Marines who initiate requests for transfer to the FMCR or Retired Reserve (per paragraph 1203) are not eligible for consideration for promotion unless the provisions under paragraph 1203.9 are met.

3203. MEMBERS OF THE MARINE BAND.

Based upon recommendations of the Director, Marine Band, promotion of enlisted members of the Marine Band (PMOS 9811) will be effected by the CMC (MMPR-2), per TIG/TIS requirements stipulated in paragraphs 1202.1, 3, and 4. Due to the unique nature of their duties, PME requirements are waived for members of the Marine Band.

SECTION 3: PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION

3300. GENERAL.

Professional Military Education (PME) is an integral part of every Marine’s professional military development. Our Corps leaders of tomorrow must be educated and prepared to accept the responsibilities of small unit leaders, as well as command and staff assignments, in joint or combined arms environments. To maintain a level of military excellence, SNCOs must focus on the importance of, and actively participate in, Professional Military Education.

1. Participation in and completion of PME appropriate for their grade enhances Marines’ qualifications and competitiveness for promotion. Selection boards will consider Marines who have not completed the appropriate level PME for their grade prior to the convening date of the selection board to be less than fully qualified for selection for promotion. The following Professional Military Education Requirements apply:

*a. Staff Sergeant. To be fully qualified for selection to Staff Sergeant, Sergeants must complete:

(1) The Marine Noncommissioned Officer (MCI Courses in the 03.3K or earlier series) (Note: MCI Courses in the 03.3 series issued subsequent to the discontinuation of the Marine Noncommissioned Officer course do not fulfill this requirement.), or

(2) The Noncommissioned Officer Basic Nonresident Program (MCI Program 7000), or

(3) The Sergeants Nonresident Program/Sergeants Distance Education Program (MCI Program 8000).

(4) The Sergeant Nonresident Program/Sergeans Distance Education Program (MCI Program 8010).

b. Gunnery Sergeant. To be fully qualified for selection to Gunnery Sergeant, Staff Sergeants must complete the SNCO Career Nonresident Program/SNCO Career Distance Education Program (MCI Program 7100).

c. Master Sergeant. To be fully qualified for selection to Master Sergeant, Gunnery Sergeants must complete:

(1) The SNCO Advanced Nonresident Program/SNCO Advanced Distance Education Program (MCI Program 7200); and

(2) The Warfighting Skills Program (MCI Program 7400).

d. First Sergeant. To be fully qualified for selection to First Sergeant, Gunnery Sergeants must complete:

(1) Either the SNCO Career Nonresident Program/SNCO Career Distance Education Program (MCI Program 7100); or The SNCO Resident Course; and

(2) The SNCO Advanced Nonresident Program/SNCO Advanced Distance Education Program (MCI Program 7200); and

(3) The Warfighting Skills Program (MCI Program 7400); and

(4) The Staff Noncommissioned Officer Advanced Resident Course.

2. Successful completion of Drill Instructor, Recruiter or Marine Security Guard school in the grades of corporal through gunnery sergeant can replace the requirement to complete resident PME courses, including the SNCO Advanced Resident course, provided the Marine has also completed the appropriate nonresident program.

SECTION 4: ACCELERATED PROMOTIONS

3400. GENERAL

1. The accelerated promotion program is designed to provide selection opportunity to Sgts and SSgts who do not meet the DOR or AFADBD (USMC and AR) or PEBD (IRR/SMCR) cutoff required for consideration in the below zone. Marines recommended for accelerated promotion will be considered in the below zone with the Marines in their MOS/OccFld who met the established TIG and TIS cutoff for promotion consideration. Accelerated promotion is a form of meritorious promotion and is established to advance deserving Marines based on exceptional, noteworthy, and commendatory performance of duty over a sustained period. The performance should be of the degree which clearly merits promotion over other qualified, senior Marines being considered in the promotion zone and above zone by the selection board.

a. Only those Marines whose DOR does not make them eligible for consideration by the selection board in their MOS/OccFld as announced in the Marine Corps bulletin are eligible for this program. Reporting officials must submit their recommendations per the instructions contained in MCO P1610.7 during the annual reporting period for the respective grade. Recommendations for accelerated promotion of Sgts and SSgts will be considered by the next appropriate annual selection board in the below zone.

b. The selection board will consider Marines recommended for accelerated promotion on fitness reports with ending dates any time since the convening date of the last annual selection board and the current selection board’s convening date.

c. No remedial action will be taken on requests when commands fail to comply with the instructions in MCO P1610.7 and the convening MARADMINs.

2. Marines will be considered for accelerated promotion solely on the basis of fitness report input. This recommendation will be strictly reserved for the Marine who is “the one above,” and who is eminently capable of immediately assuming the responsibilities of the next senior grade. Rationale for such a recommendation will be fully justified and must strictly adhere to the procedures as outlined in the current edition of MCO P1610.7. 3. Marines who are considered and not selected for accelerated promotion will not be presented to a subsequent selection board for accelerated promotion consideration unless again recommended under this program by their present commanders, or until TIG/TIS requirements are met.

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Officer Promotions

 

Officer Promotions

1. There is no formal ceremonial process associated with an officer’s promotion. However, typical promotion ceremonies have evolved through tradition and practice. A standard officer promotion ceremony may be conducted in the following manner:
a. The commission (promotion warrant) is read. A constructive promotion warrant may be read in the event the original promotion warrant has not been received.
b. The officer reaffirms the oath from the presiding official.
c. Presiding officials should be senior to the officer being promoted, if the officer being promoted reaffirms the oath.
d. The officer’s new rank insignia is pinned on by individuals of the officer’s choosing.
2. The commission is not the legal authority to promote.
3. Under no circumstances will an officer be promoted prior to the effective date, regardless of what day of the week the effective date should happen to fall.

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Uniforms

Service Uniforms

 

Change of Command Ceremony

19000. GENERAL

Changes of command in the Marine Corps shall be conducted as prescribed in this Chapter. (The term “sergeant major” will reflect either the unit sergeant major or senior enlisted representative present.)

19001. OCCASION. When practicable, the ceremony set forth below will be held upon the change of command for an organization of battalion or squadron size, or larger units and directors of schools. The ceremony is normally a parade (see chapter 17), however, it may be a review or as simple as a formation of the unit affected.

19002. FORMATION

1. The command is formed for the appropriate ceremony (e.g., unit formation, review or parade) per chapter 16 and 17. When the selected ceremony reaches the point in time when the command is presented to the outgoing commander the sequence of events for the change of command as outlined in this Chapter will be followed.

2. The color guard is normally trooped as part of the sequence of events. However, if the incoming commander is being promoted at the parade or the outgoing commander is retiring or receiving an award during the parade, the color guard marches on with the formation and the colors are brought forward for the promotion/retirement/awards portion of the ceremony.

19003. SEQUENCE OF EVENTS FOR A CHANGE OF COMMAND WITHOUT PROMOTION, RETIREMENT OR AWARDS

1. The standard sequence for a change of command normally begins after the commander of troops has presented the command to the outgoing commander. On occasion, modifications to the normal sequence can take place, such as:

a. The playing of “Honors,” (or)

b. “Trooping the Line” during a Review. Note: In these cases, the commander of troops presents the command after completion of the scenarios described above.

2. The commander of troops, having placed the command at attention and order arms, faces the reviewing area. The incoming commander then takes the designated post in the reviewing area to the left and abreast of the outgoing commander.(See figure 19-1.)

3. Commander of troops commands “Sergeant Major, Deliver the Colors to the Commanding Officer (General).”

4. The sergeant major, who is positioned to the left of the reviewing stand, moves by the most direct route to the color guard, passing the commander of troops and staff on his/her own right.

a. Upon the commander of troop’s command to the sergeant major, the color guard executes carry colors.

b. The sergeant major halts 1 pace in front of and centered on the color guard, and salutes the national colors. Once rendered, the Marine then takes one right step, while at the same time the organizational color bearer removes the organizational colors from the socket. The sergeant major grasps the organizational colors, (left hand at the base near the ferrule, right hand on the staff approximately eye level) and steps off to the right in marching.

c. The color guard remains at carry colors until the organizational colors is returned.

d. The sergeant major then marches to the reviewing area carrying the colors as close to the “carry colors” position as possible without a sling. The sergeant major passes the commander of troops and staff on his/her own right. The sergeant major halts approximately 2 paces in front of the outgoing commander. (See figure 19-1.)

5. Commander of troops commands “Present, ARMS,” as the sergeant major is approaching the staff, the commander of troops then faces the reviewing area.

6. Commander of troops commands “Staff, Present, SWORD.”

a. The staff executes. At this time the narrator will read the orders of the outgoing commander. The sergeant major then delivers the colors to the outgoing commander (the colors remaining in its most upright position), then executes one right step and salutes.

b. On the sergeant major’s salute, the outgoing and incoming commanders face each other. At this time the narrator will read the orders of the incoming commander. The outgoing commander passes the colors to the incoming commander.

c. Both commanders then face front. The sergeant major cuts his/her salute and executes one right step. The incoming commander then returns the colors to the sergeant major.

d. The outgoing and incoming commanders then face each other, exchange salutes and handshakes, and exchange positions (right shoulder to right shoulder).

e. The sergeant major then steps off to the right as in marching and returns the colors to the color guard, passing the staff on his/her right. When arriving at the color guard the sergeant major halts centered on the color guard and returns the organizational colors. The sergeant major salutes steps to the right as in marching and moves by the most direct route from the field, passing the staff on his/her own right. (See figure 19-1.)

7. Commander of troops commands “Staff, Order, SWORD,” as the sergeant major is moving to return the organizational colors, the commander of troops and staff execute. The commander of troops faces the line of troops.

8. Commander of troops commands “Order, ARMS.” The unit executes order arms and/or carry sword.

a. The color guard remains at carry colors and receives the organizational colors from the sergeant major. The color guard then executes order colors. (If honors are to be played as the next sequence, the color guard will remain at carry colors.)

b. After the sergeant major has cleared the parade field the commander of troops will face the line of troops. Note: If the incoming commander rates honors, continue with paragraph 19003.9. If the incoming commander does not rate honors continue with paragraph 19003.12. 9. Commander of troops commands “Present, ARMS.” All execute, present arms/present sword.

10. Commander of troops commands (while facing the reviewing area) “Staff, Present, SWORD.” The staff executes present sword. NARRATOR: “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE RISE FOR HONORS TO RANK AND NAME OF COMMANDER.” (The band plays appropriate honors and gun salutes are fired.) Note: The organizational color bearer salutes on the first note and terminates on the last note (last gun) of honors. After honors are completed the narrator speaks. NARRATOR: “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE BE SEATED.”

11. Commander of troops commands “Staff, Order, SWORD.” The commander of troops and staff execute. The commander of troops goes to carry sword and faces the line of troops.

12. Commander of troops commands “Order, ARMS” and “Parade, REST.” The unit executes. The commander of troops then faces about.

13. Commander of troops commands “Staff, Parade, REST.”

a. The staff and commander of troops execute.

b. The narrator then delivers a microphone (if available), to the outgoing commander. The commander makes remarks then passes the microphone to the incoming commander who makes his/her remarks. After the incoming commander’s remarks the microphone is retrieved. Both commanders return to their positions in the reviewing area assuming the position of attention.

Note: If the reviewing officer or the senior officer present other than the commanders desire to make remarks, they will do so prior to the outgoing and in coming commanders.

14. Commander of troops commands “Staff, ATTENTION.” The staff and commander of troops execute. The commander of troops goes to carry sword and faces the line of troops.

15. Commander of troops commands “Battalion/Squadron, ATTENTION.” The unit executes. The commander of troops then faces the reviewing area. 16. Incoming Commander Commands

a. “DISMISS THE COMMAND” (or)

b. “MARCH THE COMMAND IN REVIEW.” Note: Follow remaining parade sequence for “Dismissing the Command” or “Pass in Review” as explained in chapter 17.

19004. SEQUENCE OF EVENTS FOR A CHANGE OF COMMAND WITH PROMOTION AND/OR PRESENTATION OF AWARDS

1. If the incoming commander is to be promoted as part of the ceremony, the colors are not trooped at the beginning of the parade sequence. The sequence of events begins after the change of command and the command has been presented to the “Promoting/Awarding Official,” who is normally senior to both the incoming and outgoing commanders. After honors, if appropriate, (see paragraph 19003.9) are complete the unit is at order arms.

2. Commander of troops commands “Officer to be Promoted, and All Colors, Center, MARCH.”

a. On the preparatory command “Colors,” the staff executes carry sword. On the command “Center:”

(1) The staff executes a right face, commander of troops commands “MARCH,” the staff marches 8-10 paces, halts, and executes a left face and goes to order sword all on command of the adjutant.

(2) The color guard executes carry colors.

(3) The commander of troops (once the staff has moved), marches to a point, 10 paces in front of the color guard, halts, salutes, and executes an about face.

b. On the command of execution “MARCH:”

(1) The commander of troops and the color guard step off and march forward to a point of approximately 10 paces in front of the promoting official. The commander being promoted then takes their position in front of the colors as described for retirees in chapter 18.

(2) As the color guard passes, the staff executes carry sword, left face and returns 8-10 paces to its previous position, executes a right face, and executes order sword all on command of the adjutant. The commander of troops salutes, and reports to the reviewing officer “Sir/Ma’am, Officer(s) to be Promoted and All Colors are Present.”

3. Promoting official commands “PRESENT THE COMMAND.” The commander of troops returns to carry sword, faces to the right as in marching, while passing the colors he/she executes present sword and returns to their position in the staff. Facing the line of troops.

4. Commander of troops commands “Present, ARMS.” (Faces about and commands) “Staff, Present, SWORD.” (The command is then presented for the “National Anthem.”) After the last note;

5. After the last note, the commander of troops commands “Staff, Order, ARMS.” Commander of troops executes carry sword, faces about and commands “Order, ARMS.” Note: As an option after the promotion or award is effected the “Promoting Official” may make remarks followed by the old and new commanders. Remarks are made at this time in place of remarks immediately following the passing of the organizational colors. If this option is used the commander of troops will place the command at “Parade, REST” until after the remarks then return the command to “ATTENTION,” and follow the remainder of the sequence below.

6. After the promotion or award is presented the reviewing officer moves back to the reviewing area and the sergeant major departs the field. The commander of troops, seeing the reviewing officer back in position goes to carry sword.

7. Commander of troops commands “POST THE COLORS” and “Staff, Carry, SWORD.” The commander of troops and staff execute carry sword. The color guard executes carry colors.

8. Commander of troops commands “Staff, Right, FACE” and “Staff, Forward, MARCH.” The commander of troops and staff execute.

a. Color guard executes a countermarch and moves back to its position on line of troops, countermarches, halts and goes to order colors. (See figure 18-4.)

b. The commander of troops and staff march forward sufficiently for the colors to pass, halts, does a left face and goes to order sword. When the colors have passed the commander of troops moves the staff back to its position, halts and executes a right face and goes to order sword. However, the commander of troops faces the line of troops, remaining at carry sword. When the color guard is in position, and at order colors, the commander of troops faces the reviewing area.

9. Once the promotion or award is effected the outgoing commander takes his/her post in the reviewing area. The change of command then proceeds as described in paragraph 19003.16.

19005. SEQUENCE OF EVENTS FOR A CHANGE OF COMMAND WITH PRESENTATION OF AWARDS AND/OR RETIREMENT

1. If the outgoing commander is to receive an award and/or retire as part of the change of command ceremony, the colors are not trooped at the beginning of the parade ceremony. The sequence of events begins after the change of command and the commander of troops is facing the reviewing area. The “Retiring Official,” who is normally senior to both the incoming and outgoing commanders takes his/her post in the reviewing area.

2. Commander of troops commands “Officer(s) to be Retired, and All Colors, Center, MARCH.”

a. On the preparatory command “Colors,” the staff executes carry sword. On the command “Center:”

(1) The staff executes a right face, commander of troops commands “MARCH,” the staff marches 8-10 paces.

(2) The color guard executes carry colors.

(3) The commander of troops (once the staff has moved), marches to a point, 10 paces in front of the color guard, halts, salutes, and executes an about face.

b. On the command of execution “MARCH:”

(1) The commander of troops and the color guard step off and march forward to a point approximately 10 paces in front of the promoting official. The commander being retired then takes their position in front of the colors as described for retirees in chapter 18.

(2) As the color guard passes, the staff returns, as described in paragraph 14003.6, executes carry sword, left face and returns 8-10 paces to its previous position, and executes a right face and executes order sword. The commander of troops salutes, and reports to the reviewing officer “Sir/Ma’am, All Officers to be Retired and All Colors are Present.”

3. Reviewing officer commands “PRESENT THE COMMAND.” The commander of troops returns to carry sword, faces to the right as in marching while passing the colors he/she executes present sword and returns to their position in the staff, and facing the line of troops.

4. Commander of troops commands “Present, ARMS.” (Faces about and commands) “Staff, Present, SWORD.” (The command is then presented for the “National Anthem.”)

5. After the last note, the commander of troops commands “Staff, Order, ARMS.” Commander of troops executes carry sword, faces about and commands “Order, ARMS.”

6. The award and/or retirement is affected per the procedures in chapter 18. Note: As an option after the award or retirement is effected the “Retiring Official” may make remarks followed by the old and new commanders. Remarks are made at this time in place of remarks immediately following the passing of the organizational colors. If this option is used the commander of troops will place the command at “Parade, REST” until after the remarks then return the command to “ATTENTION,” and follow the remainder of the sequence below.

7. After the last award and/or retirement is effected the reviewing officer moves back to the reviewing area. The commander of troops, seeing the reviewing officer back in position, goes to carry sword.

8. Commander of troops commands “POST THE COLORS” and “Staff, Carry, SWORD.” The commander of troops and staff execute carry sword. The color guard executes carry colors.

9. Commander of troops commands “Staff, Right, FACE” and “Staff, Forward, MARCH.” The commander of troops and staff execute.

a. Color guard executes a countermarch and moves back to its position on the line of troops, countermarches, halts and goes to order colors. (See figure 18-4.)

b. The commander of troops and staff march forward sufficiently, as described in paragraph 14003.8b, for the colors to pass, halts, does a left face and goes to order sword. When the colors have passed the commander of troops moves the staff back to its position, halts and executes a right face and goes to order sword. However, the commander of troops faces the line of troops, remaining at carry sword. When the color guard is in position, and at order color, the commander of troops faces the reviewing area.

10. Once colors are returned to the line of troops, the outgoing and incoming commanders take their post in the reviewing area. The command is then marched in review or dismissed.

19006. HONORS FOR GENERAL OFFICERS AND HIGH RANKING CIVILIANS PARTICIPATING IN THE CHANGE OF COMMAND

1. It is not unusual for general officers and high ranking civilians to observe change of command ceremony as invited guests. Unless they are participating in the ceremony as the Promoting/Retiring Official, honors are not rendered since the outgoing and incoming commanders during their remarks recognize them. If participating the following procedures will be used.

a. When the selected ceremony reaches the point in time when the command is presented to the outgoing commander the command is instead presented to the general officer. The narrator would introduce the general officer by announcing. NARRATOR: “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE RISE FOR HONORS TO ___________________” (e.g., The Commanding General, Second Marine Division, Major General Smith).

b. The command is presented and honors are rendered. NARRATOR: “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN PLEASE BE SEATED.”

c. The general officer returns to his/her seat in the reviewing stand.

d. The command is then placed at the order and the commander of troops faces the reviewing area. The outgoing commander then moves to their position in the reviewing area and the change of command resumes its normal sequence.

e. The change of command then proceeds as outlined in paragraph 19003.

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Marine Corps change of commands

Sequence of Events

 

Change of Command Ceremony

19000. GENERAL

Changes of command in the Marine Corps shall be conducted as prescribed in this Chapter. (The term “sergeant major” will reflect either the unit sergeant major or senior enlisted representative present.)

19001. OCCASION. When practicable, the ceremony set forth below will be held upon the change of command for an organization of battalion or squadron size, or larger units and directors of schools. The ceremony is normally a parade (see chapter 17), however, it may be a review or as simple as a formation of the unit affected.

19002. FORMATION

1. The command is formed for the appropriate ceremony (e.g., unit formation, review or parade) per chapter 16 and 17. When the selected ceremony reaches the point in time when the command is presented to the outgoing commander the sequence of events for the change of command as outlined in this Chapter will be followed.

2. The color guard is normally trooped as part of the sequence of events. However, if the incoming commander is being promoted at the parade or the outgoing commander is retiring or receiving an award during the parade, the color guard marches on with the formation and the colors are brought forward for the promotion/retirement/awards portion of the ceremony.

19003. SEQUENCE OF EVENTS FOR A CHANGE OF COMMAND WITHOUT PROMOTION, RETIREMENT OR AWARDS

1. The standard sequence for a change of command normally begins after the commander of troops has presented the command to the outgoing commander. On occasion, modifications to the normal sequence can take place, such as:

a. The playing of “Honors,” (or)

b. “Trooping the Line” during a Review. Note: In these cases, the commander of troops presents the command after completion of the scenarios described above.

2. The commander of troops, having placed the command at attention and order arms, faces the reviewing area. The incoming commander then takes the designated post in the reviewing area to the left and abreast of the outgoing commander.(See figure 19-1.)

3. Commander of troops commands “Sergeant Major, Deliver the Colors to the Commanding Officer (General).”

4. The sergeant major, who is positioned to the left of the reviewing stand, moves by the most direct route to the color guard, passing the commander of troops and staff on his/her own right.

a. Upon the commander of troop’s command to the sergeant major, the color guard executes carry colors.

b. The sergeant major halts 1 pace in front of and centered on the color guard, and salutes the national colors. Once rendered, the Marine then takes one right step, while at the same time the organizational color bearer removes the organizational colors from the socket. The sergeant major grasps the organizational colors, (left hand at the base near the ferrule, right hand on the staff approximately eye level) and steps off to the right in marching.

c. The color guard remains at carry colors until the organizational colors is returned.

d. The sergeant major then marches to the reviewing area carrying the colors as close to the “carry colors” position as possible without a sling. The sergeant major passes the commander of troops and staff on his/her own right. The sergeant major halts approximately 2 paces in front of the outgoing commander. (See figure 19-1.)

5. Commander of troops commands “Present, ARMS,” as the sergeant major is approaching the staff, the commander of troops then faces the reviewing area.

6. Commander of troops commands “Staff, Present, SWORD.”

a. The staff executes. At this time the narrator will read the orders of the outgoing commander. The sergeant major then delivers the colors to the outgoing commander (the colors remaining in its most upright position), then executes one right step and salutes.

b. On the sergeant major’s salute, the outgoing and incoming commanders face each other. At this time the narrator will read the orders of the incoming commander. The outgoing commander passes the colors to the incoming commander.

c. Both commanders then face front. The sergeant major cuts his/her salute and executes one right step. The incoming commander then returns the colors to the sergeant major.

d. The outgoing and incoming commanders then face each other, exchange salutes and handshakes, and exchange positions (right shoulder to right shoulder).

e. The sergeant major then steps off to the right as in marching and returns the colors to the color guard, passing the staff on his/her right. When arriving at the color guard the sergeant major halts centered on the color guard and returns the organizational colors. The sergeant major salutes steps to the right as in marching and moves by the most direct route from the field, passing the staff on his/her own right. (See figure 19-1.)

7. Commander of troops commands “Staff, Order, SWORD,” as the sergeant major is moving to return the organizational colors, the commander of troops and staff execute. The commander of troops faces the line of troops.

8. Commander of troops commands “Order, ARMS.” The unit executes order arms and/or carry sword.

a. The color guard remains at carry colors and receives the organizational colors from the sergeant major. The color guard then executes order colors. (If honors are to be played as the next sequence, the color guard will remain at carry colors.)

b. After the sergeant major has cleared the parade field the commander of troops will face the line of troops. Note: If the incoming commander rates honors, continue with paragraph 19003.9. If the incoming commander does not rate honors continue with paragraph 19003.12. 9. Commander of troops commands “Present, ARMS.” All execute, present arms/present sword.

10. Commander of troops commands (while facing the reviewing area) “Staff, Present, SWORD.” The staff executes present sword. NARRATOR: “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE RISE FOR HONORS TO RANK AND NAME OF COMMANDER.” (The band plays appropriate honors and gun salutes are fired.) Note: The organizational color bearer salutes on the first note and terminates on the last note (last gun) of honors. After honors are completed the narrator speaks. NARRATOR: “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE BE SEATED.”

11. Commander of troops commands “Staff, Order, SWORD.” The commander of troops and staff execute. The commander of troops goes to carry sword and faces the line of troops.

12. Commander of troops commands “Order, ARMS” and “Parade, REST.” The unit executes. The commander of troops then faces about.

13. Commander of troops commands “Staff, Parade, REST.”

a. The staff and commander of troops execute.

b. The narrator then delivers a microphone (if available), to the outgoing commander. The commander makes remarks then passes the microphone to the incoming commander who makes his/her remarks. After the incoming commander’s remarks the microphone is retrieved. Both commanders return to their positions in the reviewing area assuming the position of attention.

Note: If the reviewing officer or the senior officer present other than the commanders desire to make remarks, they will do so prior to the outgoing and in coming commanders.

14. Commander of troops commands “Staff, ATTENTION.” The staff and commander of troops execute. The commander of troops goes to carry sword and faces the line of troops.

15. Commander of troops commands “Battalion/Squadron, ATTENTION.” The unit executes. The commander of troops then faces the reviewing area. 16. Incoming Commander Commands

a. “DISMISS THE COMMAND” (or)

b. “MARCH THE COMMAND IN REVIEW.” Note: Follow remaining parade sequence for “Dismissing the Command” or “Pass in Review” as explained in chapter 17.

19004. SEQUENCE OF EVENTS FOR A CHANGE OF COMMAND WITH PROMOTION AND/OR PRESENTATION OF AWARDS

1. If the incoming commander is to be promoted as part of the ceremony, the colors are not trooped at the beginning of the parade sequence. The sequence of events begins after the change of command and the command has been presented to the “Promoting/Awarding Official,” who is normally senior to both the incoming and outgoing commanders. After honors, if appropriate, (see paragraph 19003.9) are complete the unit is at order arms.

2. Commander of troops commands “Officer to be Promoted, and All Colors, Center, MARCH.”

a. On the preparatory command “Colors,” the staff executes carry sword. On the command “Center:”

(1) The staff executes a right face, commander of troops commands “MARCH,” the staff marches 8-10 paces, halts, and executes a left face and goes to order sword all on command of the adjutant.

(2) The color guard executes carry colors.

(3) The commander of troops (once the staff has moved), marches to a point, 10 paces in front of the color guard, halts, salutes, and executes an about face.

b. On the command of execution “MARCH:”

(1) The commander of troops and the color guard step off and march forward to a point of approximately 10 paces in front of the promoting official. The commander being promoted then takes their position in front of the colors as described for retirees in chapter 18.

(2) As the color guard passes, the staff executes carry sword, left face and returns 8-10 paces to its previous position, executes a right face, and executes order sword all on command of the adjutant. The commander of troops salutes, and reports to the reviewing officer “Sir/Ma’am, Officer(s) to be Promoted and All Colors are Present.”

3. Promoting official commands “PRESENT THE COMMAND.” The commander of troops returns to carry sword, faces to the right as in marching, while passing the colors he/she executes present sword and returns to their position in the staff. Facing the line of troops.

4. Commander of troops commands “Present, ARMS.” (Faces about and commands) “Staff, Present, SWORD.” (The command is then presented for the “National Anthem.”) After the last note;

5. After the last note, the commander of troops commands “Staff, Order, ARMS.” Commander of troops executes carry sword, faces about and commands “Order, ARMS.” Note: As an option after the promotion or award is effected the “Promoting Official” may make remarks followed by the old and new commanders. Remarks are made at this time in place of remarks immediately following the passing of the organizational colors. If this option is used the commander of troops will place the command at “Parade, REST” until after the remarks then return the command to “ATTENTION,” and follow the remainder of the sequence below.

6. After the promotion or award is presented the reviewing officer moves back to the reviewing area and the sergeant major departs the field. The commander of troops, seeing the reviewing officer back in position goes to carry sword.

7. Commander of troops commands “POST THE COLORS” and “Staff, Carry, SWORD.” The commander of troops and staff execute carry sword. The color guard executes carry colors.

8. Commander of troops commands “Staff, Right, FACE” and “Staff, Forward, MARCH.” The commander of troops and staff execute.

a. Color guard executes a countermarch and moves back to its position on line of troops, countermarches, halts and goes to order colors. (See figure 18-4.)

b. The commander of troops and staff march forward sufficiently for the colors to pass, halts, does a left face and goes to order sword. When the colors have passed the commander of troops moves the staff back to its position, halts and executes a right face and goes to order sword. However, the commander of troops faces the line of troops, remaining at carry sword. When the color guard is in position, and at order colors, the commander of troops faces the reviewing area.

9. Once the promotion or award is effected the outgoing commander takes his/her post in the reviewing area. The change of command then proceeds as described in paragraph 19003.16.

19005. SEQUENCE OF EVENTS FOR A CHANGE OF COMMAND WITH PRESENTATION OF AWARDS AND/OR RETIREMENT

1. If the outgoing commander is to receive an award and/or retire as part of the change of command ceremony, the colors are not trooped at the beginning of the parade ceremony. The sequence of events begins after the change of command and the commander of troops is facing the reviewing area. The “Retiring Official,” who is normally senior to both the incoming and outgoing commanders takes his/her post in the reviewing area.

2. Commander of troops commands “Officer(s) to be Retired, and All Colors, Center, MARCH.”

a. On the preparatory command “Colors,” the staff executes carry sword. On the command “Center:”

(1) The staff executes a right face, commander of troops commands “MARCH,” the staff marches 8-10 paces.

(2) The color guard executes carry colors.

(3) The commander of troops (once the staff has moved), marches to a point, 10 paces in front of the color guard, halts, salutes, and executes an about face.

b. On the command of execution “MARCH:”

(1) The commander of troops and the color guard step off and march forward to a point approximately 10 paces in front of the promoting official. The commander being retired then takes their position in front of the colors as described for retirees in chapter 18.

(2) As the color guard passes, the staff returns, as described in paragraph 14003.6, executes carry sword, left face and returns 8-10 paces to its previous position, and executes a right face and executes order sword. The commander of troops salutes, and reports to the reviewing officer “Sir/Ma’am, All Officers to be Retired and All Colors are Present.”

3. Reviewing officer commands “PRESENT THE COMMAND.” The commander of troops returns to carry sword, faces to the right as in marching while passing the colors he/she executes present sword and returns to their position in the staff, and facing the line of troops.

4. Commander of troops commands “Present, ARMS.” (Faces about and commands) “Staff, Present, SWORD.” (The command is then presented for the “National Anthem.”)

5. After the last note, the commander of troops commands “Staff, Order, ARMS.” Commander of troops executes carry sword, faces about and commands “Order, ARMS.”

6. The award and/or retirement is affected per the procedures in chapter 18. Note: As an option after the award or retirement is effected the “Retiring Official” may make remarks followed by the old and new commanders. Remarks are made at this time in place of remarks immediately following the passing of the organizational colors. If this option is used the commander of troops will place the command at “Parade, REST” until after the remarks then return the command to “ATTENTION,” and follow the remainder of the sequence below.

7. After the last award and/or retirement is effected the reviewing officer moves back to the reviewing area. The commander of troops, seeing the reviewing officer back in position, goes to carry sword.

8. Commander of troops commands “POST THE COLORS” and “Staff, Carry, SWORD.” The commander of troops and staff execute carry sword. The color guard executes carry colors.

9. Commander of troops commands “Staff, Right, FACE” and “Staff, Forward, MARCH.” The commander of troops and staff execute.

a. Color guard executes a countermarch and moves back to its position on the line of troops, countermarches, halts and goes to order colors. (See figure 18-4.)

b. The commander of troops and staff march forward sufficiently, as described in paragraph 14003.8b, for the colors to pass, halts, does a left face and goes to order sword. When the colors have passed the commander of troops moves the staff back to its position, halts and executes a right face and goes to order sword. However, the commander of troops faces the line of troops, remaining at carry sword. When the color guard is in position, and at order color, the commander of troops faces the reviewing area.

10. Once colors are returned to the line of troops, the outgoing and incoming commanders take their post in the reviewing area. The command is then marched in review or dismissed.

19006. HONORS FOR GENERAL OFFICERS AND HIGH RANKING CIVILIANS PARTICIPATING IN THE CHANGE OF COMMAND

1. It is not unusual for general officers and high ranking civilians to observe change of command ceremony as invited guests. Unless they are participating in the ceremony as the Promoting/Retiring Official, honors are not rendered since the outgoing and incoming commanders during their remarks recognize them. If participating the following procedures will be used.

a. When the selected ceremony reaches the point in time when the command is presented to the outgoing commander the command is instead presented to the general officer. The narrator would introduce the general officer by announcing. NARRATOR: “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE RISE FOR HONORS TO ___________________” (e.g., The Commanding General, Second Marine Division, Major General Smith).

b. The command is presented and honors are rendered. NARRATOR: “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN PLEASE BE SEATED.”

c. The general officer returns to his/her seat in the reviewing stand.

d. The command is then placed at the order and the commander of troops faces the reviewing area. The outgoing commander then moves to their position in the reviewing area and the change of command resumes its normal sequence.

e. The change of command then proceeds as outlined in paragraph 19003.

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Retirement Ceremony

*1. An appropriate retirement ceremony is to be held within the capabilities of the command for Marines retiring (includes transfer to the FMCR, TDRL, and PDRL).

*2. The commander will personally interview and discuss plans for the ceremony with the Marine.

3. While command resources vary, each command will ensure the preference of the Marine is fulfilled to the extent feasible.

4. Commanding officers should take appropriate steps to duly recognize the spouse of a retiring Marine (e.g., by the presentation of a spouse’s letter of appreciation.)

5. Refer to chapter 18 of reference (z) MCO P5060.20, Marine Corps Drill and Ceremony Manual, for information on retirement parades.

6. A retirement certificate, letters, and USMC lapel pin are provided by the CMC (MMSR) for presentation upon retirement.

7. Reference (aa) National Defense Authorization Act of 1999 directed that commanders present a United States flag to active duty Marines upon their transfer to the Fleet Marine Corps/Navy Reserve or retired list on or after 1 October 1998. Reference (ab) National Defense Authorization Act of 2000 directed that commanders present a United States flag to reserve Marines upon their transfer to the retired list awaiting pay on or after 1 October 1999. Commanders are directed to use local operating funds to procure flags (NSN 8345-00-656-1435).

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18003. SEQUENCE OF EVENTS FOR RETIREMENTS

1. After the command has been presented to the reviewing officer, and while the commander of troops is giving the command of “Order, ARMS,” the retirees form to the left of the reviewing stand. The retirees form in a single file at twice the normal distance so that they will be extended interval when halted in front of the reviewing officer. This allows space for their spouses to stand at their left. They march on in reverse order.

2. Commander of troops commands “Person(s) to be Retired and All Colors, Center, MARCH.” On the command “Colors,” the color guard goes to carry colors and the staff goes to carry sword.

a. On the command “Center,” the staff executes a right face.

b. On the command “MARCH,” the staff steps off and moves forward approximately 10 paces, halts, and executes a left face.

c. The commander of troops, once the staff has cleared, marches forward to the color guard, halts 10 paces in front of them, salutes the colors, and faces about.

3. Commander of troops commands “Forward, MARCH.” The commander of troops and color guard march forward towards the reviewing area. The commander of troops commands “Detachment, HALT” so that the detail is halted with the commander of troops approximately 10 paces in front of and centered on the reviewing officer. The color guard remains at the carry.

a. The adjutant commands left face and marches the staff back to its position, where the staff halts, faces the reviewing area and goes to order sword.

b. The retirees march forward, execute a column right, march to a position 5 paces in front of the color guard, halt and execute a right face. They will be at extended interval.

c. The commander of troops, once the retirees are in position, salutes the reviewing officer and reports “Sir/Ma’am, Person(s) to be Retired and All Colors are Present.” The reviewing officer returns the commander of troops’ salute.

4. Reviewing officer commands “PRESENT THE COMMAND.” The commander of troops returns to the carry, steps right in marching and moves to a position in front of the staff, saluting the colors as he/she passes them, and halts facing the line of troops.

5. Commander of troops commands “Present, ARMS.” The unit executes. The commander of troops faces the reviewing area.

6. Commander of troops then commands “Staff, Present, ARMS.” The commander of troops and staff execute present sword. NARRATOR: “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN PLEASE RISE FOR HONORS TO OUR NATIONAL COLORS.”

a. The color guard riflemen execute present arms on the command of the staff, from the carry.

b. On the first note of the “National Anthem” or “To The Color” the retirees and reviewing officer executes a hand salute and the organizational color bearer presents colors.

c. After the last note of the “National Anthem” or “To The Color” the organizational color bearer returns to the carry position. The retirees and reviewing officer terminates their salute.

7. Commander of troops commands “Staff, Order, SWORD.” The commander of troops, staff, and color guard go to the order. The commander of troops then goes to carry sword and faces the line of troops.

8. Commander of troops commands “Order, ARMS.” The unit executes. The commander of troops then faces the reviewing area and goes to order sword. NARRATOR: “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE BE SEATED.”

9. The reviewing officer, assisted by the sergeant major now moves forward and presents the awards, if any, and effects the retirements.

a. As the reviewing officer arrives in front of each retiree the narrator reads the award citation, if any, and the reviewing officer attaches the medal over the left breast pocket of the recipient.

b. The narrator then reads extracts from the retirement orders, (e.g., Transferred to the retired list (FMCR) after 20 years of service, Date of retirement, etc.). At this time each retiree is presented a national flag.

c. The reviewing officer then moves to the next retiree by stepping to the left in marching, taking approximately 1 1/2 steps, halts and faces the next recipient. After the last retirement has been effected, the reviewing officer moves back to the reviewing area and the sergeant major departs the field. (If spouses are to be recognized the sergeant major will remain and assist the reviewing officer). If spouses are not recognized the reviewing officer followed by the retirees may make remarks.

10. Once the last retirement order is read and if there will be recognition of the spouses and remarks by the reviewing officer and retirees, the commander of troops will come to the carry, face about and order parade rest. The commander of troops will then face about and give the staff parade rest.

11. Marines assigned to do so, now escort the spouses of the retirees to the left of their husband/wife, and stand behind the spouse they escorted.

a. The narrator then reads the spouses citation (Optional).

b. After all spouses have been recognized the Marines assigned as escorts will return the spouses to their seats.

c. At this time the reviewing officer moves back to the reviewing area and the sergeant major departs the field. The reviewing officer followed by the retirees may make remarks at this time.

d. Once all remarks have been made the reviewing officer returns to the designated position in the reviewing area.

e. The commander of troops, seeing the reviewing officer back in position, comes to attention, and goes to carry sword.

12. Commander of troops commands “Staff, ATTENTION,” faces about and commands “(Size of Unit), ATTENTION.” Commander of troops faces about and commands “POST THE COLORS” and “Staff, Carry, SWORD.” The commander of troops and staff execute carry swords. The color guard executes carry colors.

13. Commander of troops commands “Staff, Right, FACE” and “Staff, Forward, MARCH.” The commander of troops and staff execute.

a. Color guard executes a countermarch and moves back to its position in formation, countermarches, halts and goes to order color.

b. The commander of troops and staff march forward sufficiently as prescribed in paragraph 14003.4c through 14003.4f for the colors to pass, halts, does a left face and goes to order sword. When the colors have passed the commander of troops moves the staff back to its position, halts and executes a right face and goes to order sword. However, the commander of troops faces the line of troops, remaining at carry sword. When the color guard is in position, and at order colors, the commander of troops faces the reviewing area.

c. The retirees on command of the commander of troops march to their position in the reviewing area, and form a line at normal interval, to the left of the reviewing officer.

20. The ceremony would then continue as prescribed for a review (see chapter 16), a parade (see chapter 17) or unit formation. (e.g., the command be marched in review, dismissed, etc.)

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