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STEP: The distance from heel to heel between the feet of a marching person. The half step and back step are 15 inches. The right and left steps are 12 inches. BASIC DRILL COMMANDS Remember that the members of any formation must  respond  in  unison  (together)  to  the commands  given.   Let’s review the basic drill commands: ATTENTION: The position of attention is the basic military position. It indicates you are alert and ready for instruction. On the command ATTENTION, stand with your heels together, feet forming an angle of 45 degrees, head and body erect, hips and shoulders level, and chest lifted. Allow your arms to hang naturally— thumbs 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 commands Parade, REST are given only when the formation is at attention; the movement is executed in one count. On the command REST, move your left foot smartly 12 inches to the left. At the same time, join your hands behind your back with your right hand inside the left, holding the left thumb. Keep your fingers straight while resting your hands in the small of your back. Stand with both legs straight allowing your weight to rest equally on each foot. Do not move and do not talk. Direct your head and eyes as you would in the position of attention. 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 attention. To bring a formation to attention again when it is in any one of the four positions of rest, the person issuing commands gives a preparatory command (such as Company)  before  the command ATTENTION. If at rest or at ease, come to the position of parade rest on the preparatory  command. RIGHT FACE: Right face is a two-count movement started on the commands  Right, FACE. On the command FACE: (1) Raise your left heel and right toe slightly and turn 90 degrees to the right. Keep your left leg straight but not stiff. (2) Bring your left heel smartly alongside the right heel and stand at attention. EYES RIGHT: When given the commands Eyes, RIGHT, smartly turn your head 45 degrees to  the  right  on  the  command  RIGHT.  The commands to turn your head back to the position of  attention  are  Ready, FRONT.  On  the command FRONT, snap your head to the front. During reviews at which the reviewing officer troops (passes down) the line, Ready, FRONT is not given after Eyes, RIGHT. At such times, your head and eyes should follow the progress of the reviewing officer until you are looking straight ahead. Remain in that position as the officer continues down the line. ABOUT FACE: About face is a two-count movement performed on the command: About, FACE.  On  the  command  About, shift  your weight to your left leg without noticeable move- ment. On the command FACE, (1) place your right toe about 6 inches behind and slightly to the left of your left heel; (2) on the ball of the right foot and the heel of the left foot, turn smartly to the right until you are facing the rear. Your feet will be in the position of attention when the turn is completed if you place your right toe properly behind your left heel. FALL IN: On the command FALL IN, the squad forms in line on the left of the right flank member (squad leader). Each member of the squad, except the left flank member, raises the left arm shoulder high in line with the body. Fingers are straight and touching each other, palm down. Each member, except the right flank member, turns the head and looks to the right. To obtain a normal interval, move in line so that your right shoulder touches the fingertips of the person to your right. As soon as you are in line with the person to your right and the person on 7-4



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