FROM SINGLE FILE TO COLUMN OF TWOS:
This movement is done only from a halt, and all
members required to move do so at the same time. The
commands are Column of Twos To the Left, (or Right),
MARCH. On MARCH, the front member stands fast.
Even-numbered members (counting from front to rear)
face half left on the ball of the right foot and at the same
time step off on the left foot. Figure 8-8 shows this
movement. These members take two steps, turning to
the front on the ball of the right foot when that foot hits
the ground. They march forward and halt when abreast
and at normal intervals from the odd-numbered
members that were formerly in front of them.
Odd-numbered members (except the front member)
march forward and halt upon reaching a normal
distance from the members that are now in front of
FROM COLUMN OF TWOS TO SINGLE FILE:
This movement, done from a halt, normally is used to
return a squad to its original position after completing
the movement just described. The commands are
Column of Files from the Right (or Left, depending on
the position of the members), MARCH. On the
command MARCH, the number one and number two
members (now the right and left front members) step off
at the same time. Figure 8-9 shows this movement. The
number one member marches forward. The number two
member pivots to the half right on the ball of the right
foot and steps off on the left foot, takes two steps, and
pivots to the half left when the right foot hits the ground.
The number two member now follows in file and at a
normal distance behind the number one member.
The remaining odd- and even-numbered members
step off in pairs, execute the same movements as
numbers one and two, and follow in file at a normal
Many commands contain the words from
and to, and they may be confusing. Therefore,
remember that when going from a large number
of files to a small number of files, the command
contains the word from.
TO DISMISS THE SQUAD: A squad not under
arms is dismissed by the single command
DISMISSED. The command is given only when the
members are at attention.
NO. 2 MEMBER
NO. 1 MEMBER
NO. 2 POSITION
NO. 4 MEMBER
NO. 3 MEMBER
TO NO. 2 POSITION
NO. 3 POSITION
NO. 4 POSITION
TO NO. 3 POSITION
MOVE UP TO ABREAST
OF NO. 3 POSITION
(FILLED BY NO. 5 MEMBER)
COLUMN OF TWOS
NO. 5 POSITION
Figure 8-8. From single file to column of twos.