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Advantages Of The Attack
(1) You can elect the point of attack while the defen...

The Assembly
Being deployed: 1. Assemble, 2. MARCH. The men mov...

To Follow The Corporal
Being assembled or deployed, to march the squad without...

Care Of The Rifle
Keep the metal part of your rifle covered with a thin...

Examinations
Each applicant for a commission in the Reserve Corps ...

The Officers' Reserve Corps In Peace
During peace the Secretary of War can order any Reser...

Route Step And At Ease
The column of squads is the habitual column of route,...

Distribution Of Troops
The proximity and conduct of the enemy control, to a ...

How The Buttercup Grew Yellow
Long, long ago it is told that the flowers were all ...

Reports To Be Made
Officers in the Officers' Reserve Corps are required ...





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: FOLLOW ME. 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. The i...

Alignments
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 ...

Definitions
Deploy. To extend the front. A squad deploys when it goes As skirmishers. A company likewise deploys when it goes from column into line. File. Two men, the front rank man and the corresponding man in the rear rank. The front rank...

To Load
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...

The Assembly
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 ...