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What are the three marching steps used in drill?
1- 15 inch step
2- 30 inch step
3- 30 inch step, DOUBLE TIME 180 Steps per minute

What FM covers Drill and Ceremony?
FM 3-21.5

What is a review?
A military ceremony

What are two prescribed formations for platoons?
1. Platoon online
2. Platoon in column

What is the primary purpose of drill and ceremony?
It enables leaders to move an individual or a unit from one place to another in an orderly manner. It also aids in disciplinary training by instilling habits of precision and response to a leaders orders.

What are the 4 rest positions that can be given at the halt?
1. Parade rest
2. Stand at ease
3. At ease
4. Rest

What is the primary value of ceremonies?
To render honors, preserve tradition, and to stimulate Esprit de Corps

What is a rank?
A line, which is only one element in depth

What foot is your leading foot?
Your left foot

What is the only command given from “Inspection Arms”?
“Ready, Port, Arms”

What is an element?
An individual, squad, section, platoon, company or larger unit forming part of the next higher unit

When marching, who is the only person in a platoon that is never out of step?
The platoon guide or leader

What is a file?
A column, which has a front of only one element

If you were marching a squad, when would you give the command "squad halt"?
When either foot strikes the ground

What is a formation?
The arrangement of elements of a unit in a prescribed manner

After weapons have been issued to a unit and all other soldiers have fallen in with their weapons, what is the next command that you should give?
Inspection arms

While passing the colors or while the colors are passing you, when is the hand salute rendered?
Six paces before and six paces after

What is quicktime cadence?
120 steps per minute

What is doubletime cadence?
180 steps per minute

What command is given to reverse the direction of a march?
Rear March

From what position are all stationary movements given?
Position of attention

On what foot would you give the command "Mark time march"?
On either foot

What is cover?
Aligning yourself directly behind the man to your immediate front, while maintaining correct distance

How do you measure a "step”?
Heel to heel

What is depth?
The space from front to rear of a formation including front and rear elements

What is the interval between the preparatory command and the command of execution?
1 step or 1 count

What are the two parts of most drill command?
1. Preparatory command
2. Command of execution

How many steps does each rank take when a platoon is given the command of Open Ranks?
On the command "March", The first rank takes two steps forward, the second rank takes one step forward, the third rank stands fast and the fourth rank take two 15 inch steps to the rear

What are the 5 types of commands in a drill?
1. Two part
2. Combined
3. Supplementing
4. Directive
5. Mass

What position is the unit guidon once a preparatory command is given?
The raised vertical position

What are some examples of a combined command?
• At ease
• Fall in
• Rest

Who determines when reveille will be played in the morning?
The installation commander

Define Cadence
A uniform step and rhythm used in marching

When is the command Right Turn or Left Turn March used?
When marching elements of more than 4 columns abreast

What is an interval?
The lateral space between elements in a formation

What command is given to revoke a preparatory command?
As You Were

Who is responsible for training and appearance of the color guard?
The CSM

What is a Guidon?
A flag that identifies a company, troop or battery

When executing a Rear March, on which foot do you pivot?
Both feet, turning 180 degrees to the right

What are the three methods used to teach Drill?
1. Step by step
2. By the numbers
3. Talk-through method

What 4 movements in marching require a 15-inch step?
1. Half step
2. Left step
3. Right step
4. Backward march

How many steps should separate platoons when a company is formed?
5 steps

Does the National color ever render a salute?
No

What is the only command that can be given from Inspection Arms, when performing drill with the M16?
Ready, Port Arms

What is the "Blue Book"?
A drill manual used by Baron Von Steuben (a former Prussian officer) to train the colonial army. It preceded the FM 3-21.5. It was known as "The regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States". This book was the first Army Field Manual

Can a command be changed after the command of execution has been given?
No

How far in front of the Honor Company or color company do the colors halt?
Ten steps







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