Rules For Guides
A guide is a noncommissioned officer or a private upon whom the company
regulates its march.
It is not difficult for an inexperienced man learn, with a little
practice, the duties and the correct positions of a guide. Remember the
rule of thumb, The guide and the file closers are on the opposite
flanks when the company is in column of squads. In squads right about
it would be ridiculous for the file closers to move from one flank to
another. Guides are permitted and supposed look around to see if they
are in their proper places; most new men are timid about this.
The following general rules and examples will help you:
The guide of a company or platoon in line is right, unless otherwise
The guide of a company or platoon in column of squads is toward the side
of the guide, who places himself on the side of the company away from
the file closers.
The guide of a deployed line (a skirmish line) is always center unless