Thursday, February 03, 2005


Drill & Ceremony Instruction

Learning the Basics

Tomorrow will be our first real experience running as a team. Before we can run as a group, the TAC officers will have to give us some rudimentary Drill and Ceremony training (i.e., D&C training). We have already received some preliminary instruction on forming ranks during the first three weeks. However, from here on, the TAC officers will expect us to take it very seriously.

There are practical reasons for learning D&C. The first and primary reason is safety. Proper formations prevent accidents such as individuals colliding. Also, we must learn to stay together because we will eventually take to running the open roads around Calvary. Secondly, we must look our best as we are representatives of Class 01-05, Dawn-Busters, Calvary Baptist Church and Christians in general.

Take a few minutes to review the following command summary. Being familiar with commands will make training go quickly and smoothly.

Simple Drill & Ceremony Commands

In general, all commands should be given in two parts. The first is a preparatory phrase that gives an indication of what to do. The second part initiates the action. For example, the command to open ranks is Open Ranks, March. The preparatory phrase is Open Ranks. Execution starts on March.

Fall In

This command is one of the exceptions to the two part command rule. This is the command to form ranks. When issued, we are to form four ranks. No more, no less. The squad leaders are to form a four person column to the right of the TAC officer with all others falling in to their left. Always form up in closed ranks (i.e., shoulder-to-shoulder), moving to the right to fill in any gaps. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th squads should line up directly behind members of the first squad.

Fall Out

This is the complement to Fall In. It is the command for dismissal.

Squad, Attention

The command for attention. Heels of the feet should be drawn together with the toes angled out equally to form a 45° angle. Your head and body should be erect with shoulders square to the front. Remain silent and don't move unless otherwise directed.

Open Ranks, March

Once formed up, this command is issued to increase the space between ranks (i.e., squads), NOT between rank members to the left and right. On March, the 1st rank takes two steps forward, the 2nd takes one step forward, the 3rd remains in position, and the 4th takes two small steps back. When stepping off, always lead off with the left foot.

Extend to the left, March

This command is issued to increase the space between individuals within a rank. Those on the far right stand in place and raise their arms so they are parallel to the ground with elbows locked and palms down. All those to their left raise their arms in a like manner while moving to their left until their hands are approximately 12 inches from the person on the right. Arms remain up until the Arms Downward, Move command is given.

Left, Face
Right, Face

This is a two count movement. On the first count, you are to pivot on the heel of the left (Left, Face) or right foot (Right, Face). On the second count, the other foot should be moved next to the pivot foot and Attention resumed.

Half Left, Face
Half Right, Face

Instead of turning a full 90°, turn only 45° in the direction commanded.

About, Face

This is another two count command. On count one, move the right foot back half a step (and slightly behind the left foot) and pivot on the left heel. On count two, place the right foot next to the left and resume Attention.

Forward, March

This command starts the whole team moving forward at a pace of approximately 120 steps per minute (i.e., two per second). Your step should be approximately 30 inches long. Always lead off with your left foot.

Mark Time, March

This is the command for marching in place.

Double Time, March

On issuance of this command, the team should start running at a pace of about 180 steps per minute with a 30 inch step.

Squad, Halt

The command to stop marching. On execution, take one more step with the lead (i.e., left foot) and then place the other foot next to the lead.

As You Were

Another exception to the two part command. This command is issued to revoke the previous command.


Remember reading about the cadences earlier. We'll get to use them tomorrow! Come with a big voice.

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