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Facing Or Marching To The Rear

Military Handbooks: The Plattsburg Manual

Being in line, line of platoons, or in column of platoons or squads, to

face or march to the rear: 1. Squads right (left) about, 2. MARCH; or,

1. Squads right (left) about, 2. MARCH, 3. Company, 4. HALT.

Executed by each squad as described in the School of the Squad.

If the company is in line of platoons, or in column of squads, the file

closers turn about toward the column, and take their posts; if in l

each darts through the nearest interval between squads.

To march to the rear for a few paces: 1. About, 2. FACE, 3. Forward, 4.


If in line, the guides place themselves in the rear rank, now in front

rank; the file closers, on facing about, maintain their relative

positions. No other movement is executed until the line is faced to the

original front.

Being in column of squads to form column of platoons, or being in line

of platoons, to form the company in line: 1. Platoons, right (left)

front into line, 2. MARCH, 3. Company, 4. HALT, 5. FRONT.

Executed by each platoon as described for the company. If forming column

of platoons, platoon leaders verify the alignment before taking their

posts; the captain commands front when the alignments have been


When front into line is executed in double time the commands for

halting and aligning are omitted and the guide is toward the side of the

first unit in line.