SCHOOL OF THE SQUAD
Close Order Drills
For several days after reporting you will undergo many hours of close
order drill. You will ask yourself, Why is all this mental and physical
strain necessary when these exercises are not used in battle? The
answer is: they are disc...
To Form The Squad
To form the squad the instructor places himself 3 paces in front of
where the center is to be and commands: Fall in.
The men assemble at attention, pieces at the order, and are arranged by
the corporal in double rank, as nearly as...
To Follow The Corporal
Being assembled or deployed, to march the squad without unnecessary
commands, the corporal places himself in front of it and commands:
If in line or skirmish line, No. 2 of the front rank follows in the
track of the corp...
To Deploy As Skirmishers
Being in any formation, assembled: 1. As skirmishers, 2. MARCH.
The corporal places himself in front of the squad, if not already there.
Moving at a run, the men place themselves abreast of the corporal at
half-pace intervals. Nos...
Loadings And Firings
The commands for loading and firing are the same whether standing,
kneeling, or lying down. The firings are always executed at a halt.
When kneeling or lying down in double rank, the rear rank does not load,
aim, or fire.
To align the squad, the base file or files having been established: 1.
Right (left), 2. DRESS, 3. FRONT.
At the command dress, all men place the left hand upon the hip (whether
dressing to the right or left); each man, except the ...
Deploy. To extend the front. A squad deploys when it goes As
skirmishers. A company likewise deploys when it goes from column into
File. Two men, the front rank man and the corresponding man in the
rear rank. The front rank...
Being in line or skirmish line at halt: 1. With dummy (blank or ball)
cartridges, 2. LOAD.
At the command load each front-rank man or skirmisher faces half right
and carries the right foot to the right, about 1 foot, to such posit...
The Oblique March
For the instruction of recruits, the squad being in column or correctly
aligned, the instructor causes the squad to face half right (or half
left), points out to the men their relative positions, and explains that
these are to be ma...
Being deployed: 1. Assemble, 2. MARCH.
The men move toward the corporal and form in their proper places.
If the corporal continues to advance, the men move in double time, form,
and follow him.
The assembly while marching to ...