Positions & Facing

Positions & Facing

Alright, on your feet! .... no, seriously get up out of your chair for this one. Yes, I'm asking you to participate, so stop shoving food in your face and get on your feet! We're going to make sure you get the basics of standing down. Oh, and shove your chair to the side, preferably outside of falling distance. We'd hate for you to embarrass yourself AND knock yourself out on the chair when you fall.

Positions

Attention:
Soldier's Handbook says: "To take the position of attention place your heels together and on the same line. Allow your feet to turn out equally, forming an angle of 45° with each other. Keep your knees straight but without stiffness. Draw your hips up under you body slightly. Keep your chest up and your shoulders back. Do not allow one shoulder to be higher than the other. Keep your arms straight without stiffness, and hanging at your sides, in such a way that your thumbs are always along the seams of your trousers. Turn the backs of your hands out away from your body and allow your hands and fingers to cup naturally. Always keep your eyes straight to the front. When standing properly the weight of your body will be divided equally between the heels and balls of both feet. When assuming the position of attention, bring your heels together smartly and audibly."

Translation: Put your heels together, toes at 45°, arms at your side with thumbs down the seams of your trousers. Keep your legs straight, but don't lock your knees (you'll pass out). Keep your eyes to the front always (no matter what's in your face screaming at you). 

With Rifle: Basically, the rifle is brought to "QUARTER ARMS" from a more relaxed outstretched position. 
With Carbine, SMG, BAR: Weapon remains slung, grasp the sling at shoulder height with right hand, left at your side. 

Fall Out:
Soldier's Handbook says: "At the command FALL OUT, you may leave your position in ranks but must remain in the immediate vicinity. At the command FALL IN, resume your position in ranks and stand at attention. When on the march, you fall in AT EASE unless you were at attention when the command FALL OUT was given."

Translation: Basically, you're free to roam in the immediate area, talk, sit, chat, drink, eat, etc.. However, be prepared to fall back in at a moment's notice. We're not going to trick you with the whole part about being at attention or at ease when falling back in. At ease will do, we'll call you to attention.

With Any Weapon: Take your weapon with you.


Rest:
Soldier's Handbook says: "While at rest it is required that you keep one foot in place in ranks. At the command REST, except for keeping one foot in place, you may move around and talk."

Translation: Keep one foot planted. This ensures that you keep your spacing in line and can be quickly called back to attention. Good for short breaks.

With Rifle: Rifle is brought from QUARTER ARMS to be outstretched from the body.
With Carbine, SMG, BAR: Right hand may release the sling and hang naturally

At Ease:
Soldier's Handbook says: At the command AT EASE, you are authorized to move around but must keep your right foot in place in ranks. Silence is always maintained while at ease.

Translation: Seriously? A more formal version of REST? Yes, you betcha! 

With Rifle: Rifle is brought from QUARTER ARMS to be outstretched from the body.
With Carbine, SMG, BAR: Right hand may release the sling and hang naturally

Parade Rest:
Soldier's Handbook says: "PARADE  REST is a movement that is executed in unison by all soldiers in ranks. At the command execution REST of 1. PARADE 2. REST, move your left foot smartly 12 inches to the left of your right foot. As at attention, your knees are kept straight without stiffness, and the weight of the body rests equally on both feet. At the same time your foot is moved, clasp your hands behind your back, palms to the rear, the thumb and fingers of your right hand clasping your left thumb. As at attention, you are required to maintain both silence and immobility."New Tab

Translation: A unit does this together in unison, move your left foot to the left by 12 inches. Hands clasped behind you in the small of your back. Besides the change in your arms and footing, you remain at attention.

With Rifle: Rifle is brought from QUARTER ARMS to be outstretched from the body.
With Carbine, SMG, BAR: Weapon remains slung, grasp the sling at shoulder height with right hand, left at your side. 

Facings

Facings are all executed from the halt or at the cadence of quick time. 

Right Face
Soldier's Handbook says: "Sightly raise your left heel and your right toe; turn 90° to the right by pivoting on the right heel. This movement is assisted by pushing slightly with the ball of your left foot. Hold your left leg straight without stiffness. The second part of this movement consists in placing your left  foot alongside of your right and assuming the position of attention."

Translation: Keep your right heel and left toes planted, turn right. Bring your left foot forward. 

With Rifle: At QUARTER ARMS, lift the rifle slightly, turn, place the rifle. At any other position (port, sling, shouldered), just turn.
With Carbine, SMG, BAR: Just turn!

Left Face
Soldier's Handbook says: "Execute the above movement in a corresponding manner to the left and on your left heel."

Translation: Keep your left heel and right toes planted, turn left. Bring your right foot forward. 

With Rifle: At QUARTER ARMS, lift the rifle slightly, turn, place the rifle. At any other position (port, sling, shouldered), just turn.
With Carbine, SMG, BAR: Just turn!

About Face
Soldier's Handbook says: "At the command FACE of 1. ABOUT, 2. FACE, place the toe of your right foot a half-foot length in rear and slightly to the left of your left heel. Do not move your left foot. Keep the weight of your body mainly on your left heel. Keep your right leg straight without stiffness. The second part of this movement consists in turning your body 180° to the right on your left heel and the ball of your right foot. Now place your right heel beside your left foot." 

Translation: Place your right ball of your foot behind your left heel and to the right of it. Keeping your weight on your left heel, turn right completely around. Do it slowly at first then pick up speed as you practice. You will wobble the first time you do this. You should end up with your feet back how they started if you did this right.

With Rifle: At QUARTER ARMS, lift the rifle slightly, turn, place the rifle. At any other position (port, sling, shouldered), just turn.
With Carbine, SMG, BAR: Just turn!



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