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��"Left Face" is the left heel

��"Guide right," or "left" as he desires.

"Change step — March." This means a quick change of step by bringing the right foot up to the left and then stepping for- ward again with the left (or conversely). It is similar to the move- ment known among chil- dren as "skipping," but, of course, done only once and not continuously as in skipping. "Route step — March." In this the soldiers keep in line but need not keep in step. Talking is allowed. "At ease — March." This is like "route step" except that talking is no t allowed.

"By the right flank — March." At this com- mand each one turns to the right and marches at right angles to the previous direction. The command "March" must be given as the right foot strikes the ground. Each one then steps forward and turns on the ball of the left foot, then steps in the new direction with the right foot (see diagram). The converse when done to left. "To the rear — March." The command "March" must be given as the right foot strikes the ground. Each one then steps for- ward with the left foot; then turns to right on the balls of both feet; then steps forward in the op- posite direction with the left foot. (This is never done to left.) "Right oblique — March." Each one makes an eighth turn to right and marches in an oblique direc- tion, starting with the left foot. If the command "Halt" is given while marching obliquely each one halts and then turns in the former marching direction. If the command "Forward — March" is given while marching obliquely, all turn and march in the former direction.

���a half turn on and right toe

���Company Movements These maneuvers may be done with few or many men in line, but the following ones must have at least two squads (16 men) and it would be better to have four squads. After the company ex- ecutes "Fall-in," "Right dress," and "Front" the instructor commands "Count off." At this, beginning with the tallest men at the right of both lines they count in rota- tion "One, two, three, four." The first four front line men together with their rear line men constitute the first "squad" (8 men to a squad) ; the second eight are the second squad, etc.

"Squads, right — March." At this com- mand No. I of the front rank of each squad ex- ecutes "Right face" and then "Mark time." The others of the front rank execute "Left oblique" and place them- selves beside No. I on the new alinement. No. 4 of the rear rank steps directly forward 4 steps, No. 3 three steps, while No. 2 and i follow No. 3. This brings them back of their cor- responding front line men upon whom they close to march- ing distance; then all eight without further command march forward in the new direction. (Con- versely to left.) "Right by squads — March." This com- mand sounds much like the preceding one but is executed differently, although it too is used to bring the company from a line to a (squads back of one command "March" squad 1 marches directly forward. The other squads execute "Squads right" (de- scribed above) and then "Column left"

��This position is "Right Dress" with face to the right and the elbows touching the next person in line so he can feel it

��"Column of squads' another). At the

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