Basic Drill and Ceremonies



to come to attention bring the heels together smartly and online place the heels is near each other as the confirmation of the body permits and ensure the feet are turned out equally forming a 45-degree angle keep the legs straight without stiffening or locking the knees the body is erect and hips level chest lifted back arched and shoulders Square and even arms hang straight down alongside the body without stiffness and the wrists are straight with the forearms place thumbs which are resting along the first joint of the forefinger along the seams of the trousers or the sides of the skirt hands are cupped but not clenched as a fist with palms facing the leg the head is kept erect and held straight to the front with a chin drawn in slightly so the axis of the head and neck is very cool eyes are to the front with the line of sight parallel to the ground the weight of the body rests equally on the heels and the balls of the feet and silence and immobility are required parade rest the command is parade rest on the command rest the airman will raise the left foot from the hip just enough to clear the ground and move it smartly to the left so that the heels are 12 inches apart as measured from the inside of the heel keep the legs straight but not stiff and the heels on line as the foot moves left bring arms fully extended to the back of the body on the cupping the hands in the process and extending and joining fingers pointing them towards the ground the palms will face outwards place the right hand in the palm of the left right thumb over the left to form an X keep your head and eyes straight and remain silent and immobile at ease the command is at ease on the command IDs Airmen may relax in a standing position but they must keep the right foot in place their position in the formation will not change and silence will be maintained right face the command is right face on the command face raise the right toe and the left heel slightly and pivot 90 degrees to the right on the ball of the left foot and the heel of the right foot assisted by slight pressure on the ball of the left foot keep legs straight but not stiff the upper portion of the body remains a detention this completes count one of the movement next bring your left foot smartly forward ensuring heels are together and on line feet should now be forming a 45 degree angle which means the position of attention has been resumed this completes count two of the movement left face the command is left face on the command face raise the left toe and the right heel slightly and pivot 90 degrees to the left on the ball of the right foot and the heel of the left assisted by slight pressure on the ball of the right foot keep legs straight but not stiff the upper portion of the body remains at attention this completes count one of the movement next bring your right foot smartly forward ensuring heels are together and on line feet should now be forming a 45 degree angle which means the position of attention has been resumed this completes count two of the movement about-face the command is about-face on the command face lift the right foot from the hip just enough to clear the ground without bending the knees place the ball of the right foot approximately half a shoe lengths behind and slightly to the left of the heel distribute the weight of the body on the ball of the right foot and the heel of the left foot keeping both legs straight but not stiff the position of the foot has not changed this completes count one of the movement keeping upper position of the body at the position of attention pivot 180 degrees to the right on the ball of the right foot and the heels left foot with a twisting motion from the hips suspend arm swing during the movement and remain as though a detention on completion of the pivot hill should be together and on line the feet should form a 45 degree angle the entire body is now at the position of attention this completes count two of the movement half right face then when instructions are given for 45-degree movements the command half-right face may be used the procedures described for right face are used except each person executes the movement by facing 45 degrees to the right the same procedures are used for half left face and salute this is used for training purposes only the command is hand salute is performed in two counts on the command salute the individual raises the right hand smartly in the most direct manner all at the same time extending and joining the fingers keeping the palm flat and facing the body place the thumb along the forefinger keeping the palm flat and forming a straight line between the finger tips and elbow tilt the palm slightly toward the face hold the upper arm horizontal slightly toward the body in the parallel to the ground ensure the tip of the middle finger touches the right front corner of the headdress if wearing an envelope at ensure the middle finger touches the outside corner of the right eyebrow for the front corner of glasses the rest of the body will remain at the position of attention this is count 1 of the movement the complete count 2 of the movement bring the arms smoothly and smartly downward retracing the path used to raise the arm cup the hand as it passes the waist and return to the position of attention present arms and order arms the command is present arms on the command present arms the airmen execute the first count of hand salute the command is order arms on the command of order arms count two of hand salute is performed

Michael Martin

12 Responses

  1. I'm an English teacher and I work for a military school (I'm not military) and this video was SO helpful to teach them to present the class in English! Thank uuuu

  2. Just finished my Basic Drill test for JROTC. Very instructive and clear video. I wish I would have found this a while ago 😛

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