Steps & Marching



Steps

Quick Time
The Soldier's Handbook: "Being at the halt at the commands to move forward in quick time are: 1. FORWARD, 2. MARCH. At the command FORWARD, you shift the weight of your body to the right leg without making any noticeable movement. Do not start to move forward. At the command MARCH, step off smartly with your left foot and continue to march with 30-inch steps straight to the front, at the rate of 120 steps per minute. You do this without stiffness and without exaggerating any of the movements. Swing your arms easily and in their natural arcs, 6 inches to the front and 3 inches to the rear of your body."

Translation: The command is FORWARD MARCH, at MARCH, move forward using your LEFT FOOT FIRST! Keep a 30" stride (2' 6") which will maintain interval, also the rate is 2 steps per second. Fairly simple. Keep your arm swing to a minimum, don't mimic the Brits! Also the 30" step is going to feel real short for many of you. It is not a long step!

Double Time
The Soldier's Handbook: "Being, at the halt, or in march in quick time, to march in double time the commands are: 1. DOUBLE TIME, 2. MARCH.

If you are at the halt and the command DOUBLE TIME is given, shift your weight to your right leg without noticeable movement just as you did at the command FORWARD. At the command MARCH, step out and take up an easy running step in the cadence of double time (180 steps, 36" each per minute). At the double time you raise your forearms to a horizontal position at your side, close your fingers, with knuckles out, and allow your arms to swing naturally. Remember to keep your lower arms (forearms) horizontal along your waistline.

If you are already marching at quick time you continue to march at the command DOUBLE TIME. AT the command MARCH you take one more step in the cadence of quick time and then step out at the double. You swing your arms at the same as you did above.

Being at the double time, to resume the cadence of quick time the commands are: 1. QUICK TIME, 2. MARCH. At the command MARCH you take one more step in double time and then commence marching in the cadence of quick time. Allow your arms to drop to your sides and then swing as they should in the cadence of quick time."

Translation: At MARCH, either step out with your left at a easy run, or if already marching take one more step, then step out at the double. The rate is 3 steps a second each of 3' length. Although the rate didn't double the distance almost did (9' verses 5' every second). When returning to quick time, take one more step at MARCH and then resume quick time cadence.

Halt
The Soldier's Handbook: "The halt may be executed as either foot strikes the ground. To halt when marching in quick time the commands are: 1. SQUAD, 2. HALT. At the command HALT, given as either foot strikes the ground, take one more step in quick time and then place your rear foot alongside the leading foot and assume the position of attention.

To halt when marching at the double time, the commands are: 1. SQUAD, 2. HALT. At the command HALT, take one more step in double time, then one step in quick time and then place your rear foot along side the leading foot and assume the position of attention."

Translation
Take one more step and stop, remain at attention.


Mark Time
The Soldier's Handbook: "Mark time may be given either while you are marching or while you are at a halt. Mark time may be executed at quick time or at double time. The commands are: 1. MARK TIME, 2. MARCH.

If you are marching when the command MARCH is given, you take one more step forward and then bring up your rear foot and plant it beside your leading foot with your heels on the same line. You then continue the cadence by alternately raising and planting each foot. You raise your feet 2 inches in marking time. The command MARCH may be given as either foot is on the ground.

If you are at a halt when the command MARCH is given, you alternately raise and plant each foot beginning with your left just as you did above.

You execute the halt from mark time just as you did in quick time or from double time, except that a 2-inch vertical step is substituted for the 30-inch forward step...

If you are marking time, the same commands are given to take up the full step, that is: 1. FORWARD, 2. MARCH."

Translation: At MARCH, take one more step in cadence, then march in place in cadence, but not moving forward, obviously.


Half Step
The Soldier's Handbook: The commands are: 1. HALF STEP, 2. MARCH.

If you are marching at quick time when the command MARCH is given, you take one more 30-inch step, then begin taking 15-inch steps. The cadence does not change.

If you are marching at double time when the command MARCH is given you take one more 36-inch step, then begin 18-inch steps at the double time rate.

FORWARD, HALF STEP, HALT, or MARK TIME may each be executed one from the other either in quick or double time. 

If you are marching at the half step, the commands to take up full step will be: 1. FORWARD, 2. MARCH."

Translation: At the command MARCH, cut your stride in half but keep the same rate. Do so until told to halt, mark time, or FORWARD MARCH is given.


Side Step
The Soldier's Handbook: The commands to take up the side step are: 1. RIGHT (LEFT) STEP, 2. MARCH. These commands are given only from the halt or while marking time. 

1. RIGHT STEP, 2. MARCH - At the command MARCH, you move your right foot 12 inches to the right and plant it. You then move your left foot and place it beside your right, left knee straight. You now continue in the cadence of quick time by starting again with the right foot.

1. LEFT STEP, 2. MARCH - Left step is executed in the corresponding manner, starting with the left foot instead of the right.

The side steps are used for short distances only. The side step is never executed in double time.

To halt from the side step the commands are: 1. SQUAD, 2. HALT. The command HALT being always given when the heels are together. AT the command HALT you take one more 12-inch step to the flank and then bring your feet together and halt. 

Translation: Basically, you move one foot at a time to the left or right by 12 inches. When halting, you take one more 'stride' and then halt, just as with the rest of the steps. 


Back Step
The Soldier's Handbook: The command to take up the back step are: 1. BACKWARD, 2. MARCH. These commands are given only while at the halt or while marking time.

At the command MARCH you take a 15-inch step straight to the rear.

The back step, like the side step, is used for short distances only and never executed at the double time."

Translation: Basically, walk backward 15" (1' 3", half that of a forward stride) at a time. 


Route Step
The Soldier's Handbook: "The command for route step is: 1. ROUTE STEP, 2. MARCH. At the command MARCH you are not required to march at attention, in cadence, or to maintain silence."

Translation: You can walk freely, talk, etc..


At Ease
The Soldier's Handbook: "The command for at ease is: 1. AT EASE, 2. MARCH. At the command of execution you are not required to march at attention or in cadence. You are, however, required to maintain silence."

Translation: Just like route step, but no talking!



Facing in Marching
Column Left:
The command for column left is: 1. COLUMN LEFT, 2. MARCH. The command MARCH being given when the left foot strikes the ground. At the command MARCH, take one more step with the right foot, turn upon this and step out in the new direction with the left foot. Continue in the new direction.

In columns of twos the inside men will do a 90 degree turn described above while the outside men will do two half lefts. The inside men will proceed at a half step until the man on the outside is abreast of him again, they then proceed at the normal pace. 

Column Right:
The command for column right is: 1. COLUMN RIGHT, 2. MARCH. The command MARCH being given when the right foot strikes the ground. At the command MARCH, take one more step with the left foot, turn upon this and step out in the new direction with the right foot. Continue in the new direction.

In columns of twos the inside men will do a 90 degree turn described above while the outside men will do two half lefts. The inside men will proceed at a half step until the man on the outside is abreast of him again, they then proceed at the normal pace. 

From the Halt to the Right
The Soldier's Handbook: "Assume you are at a halt and are required to face to the right and commence marching in that direction. At the command of execution you turn to the right on the ball of your right foot and at the same time you step off with your left foot in the new direction. The length of this step will vary with the movement being executed. It may be a full step or a half step. It may be executed at either quick time or at double time."

Translation: Keep the ball of your right foot planted. Turn right, step out with left foot, march on. 

From the Halt to the Left
The Soldier's Handbook: "Assume you are at the halt and are required to face to the left and commence marching in that direction. At the command of execution you face to the left on the ball of your right foot and at the same time step off with your left foot in the new direction."

Translation: Keep the ball of your right foot planted. Turn left, step out with left foot, march on. 


Left Face
The Soldier's Handbook: "Assume you are now marching and are required to face to the left and continue marching in the new direction. This time the command of execution will be given as your left foot strikes the ground. At the command you advance and plant your right foot. You then face to the left in marching and at the same time step off in the new direction with your left foot."

Translation: Will be given as your left foot hits the ground. Advance your right foot, pivot on this foot, turn left, plant your left forward one stride in new direction, march on. 


Right Face
The Soldier's Handbook: "Assume you are now marching and are required to face to the right and continue marching in the new direction. The command of execution will be given as your right foot strikes the ground. At that command you advance and plant your left foot. You then face to the right in marching and at the same time step off in the new direction with your right foot. Again the length of this step will depend on whether you are marching at the half step, quick time, or double time."

TranslationWill be given as your right foot hits the ground. Advance your left foot, pivot on this foot, turn right, plant your right forward one stride in new direction, march on. 


To the Rear
The Soldier's Handbook: "To face to the rear while marching the commands are: 1. TO THE REAR, 2. MARCH. This command will be given as your right foot strikes the ground. At the command of execution, advance and plant your left foot. You then turn to the right about on the balls of both feet and immediately step off in the new direction with your left foot."

Translation: Basically, while marching forward, when your left foot hits the ground, stop mid-stride, do a right turn, and then proceed forward. 


Change Step
The Soldier's Handbook: "The commands are: 1. CHANGE STEP, 2. MARCH. This command may be given as either foot strikes the ground. The command is used only while marching. 

If the command of execution is given as your right foot strikes the ground, you advance and plant your left foot. You then place the toe of your right foot near the heel of your left foot and immediately step off with your left foot.

If the command of execution is given as your left foot strikes the ground, your change step on the right foot."

Translation: A bit more awkward... See it in person if you can't figure it out. 
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