made. In this chapter, preparatory commands are
bolded and the first letter is capitalized. In
commands of execution, each letter is capitalized.
When both types of commands are combined, such
as FALL IN, AT EASE, and REST, they are
capitalized just like commands of execution.
The command AS YOU WERE cancels a command
or an order started but not completed. On this command,
you resume your former position.
Assume the following positions only when you are
at a halt. One person or an entire formation may execute
ATTENTION. The position of attention is the basic
military position. It indicates you are alert and ready for
instruction. In this position, stand with your heels
together, feet forming an angle of 45, head and body
erect, hips and shoulders level, and chest lifted. As
shown in figure 10-22, allow your arms to hang
naturallythumbs along skirt or trouser seams and
fingers joined and in their natural curl. Keep your legs
straight, but not stiff at the knees. Direct your head and
eyes to the front. Keep your mouth closed, and pull your
chin in slightly. When called to attention, bring the heel
of your left foot to the heel of your right foot.
PARADE REST. The command Parade REST is
given only when the formation is at attention; the
movement is executed in one count (fig. 10-23).
AT EASE. On the command AT EASE, you can
relax and shift about, but keep your right foot in place.
Do not talk. This command may also be given when you
are not in ranks, as in a classroom. You must not talk, but
you may remain relaxed.
REST. On the command REST, follow the same
movement restrictions as you would when at ease, but
you may talk.
FALL OUT. (This command is not a dismissal
order.) Upon the command FALL OUT, leave your
position in ranks but remain nearby. On the command
FALL IN, resume your place in ranks, and come to
Figure 10-23.Parade rest.