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Marching to the Rear

STEP I

1. Instructional Formation, MARCH. AT EASE. The next movement, which I will name, explain, have demonstrated, and which you will conduct practical work on, is marching to the rear.

2. This movement is used to change the direction of march 180 degrees in a uniform manner.

3. The command for this movement is Rear, MARCH.

4. Rear, MARCH is a two-part command, Rear is the preparatory command, and MARCH is the command of execution.

5. When given, this command is as follows: Rear, MARCH.

STEP II

6. Demonstrator, POST. I will use the step-by-step method of instruction.

7. NOTE: I have posted my demonstrator in the forward march position as this movement can only be executed while marching forward with a 30-inch step.

8. The preparatory command Rear of Rear, MARCH, is given as the right foot strikes the marching surface, the command of execution MARCH of Rear, MARCH, is given the next time the right foot strikes the marching surface.

9. On the command of execution STEP of Ready, STEP, execute a 30-inch step forward with the trail foot. When that foot strikes the marching surface, the demonstrator will receive the preparatory command Rear of Rear, MARCH. Ready, STEP. Rear.

10. On the command of execution STEP of Ready, STEP, execute a 30-inch step forward with the trail foot. This is the intermediate step required between the preparatory command and the command of execution. Ready, STEP.

11. On the command of execution STEP of Ready, STEP, execute a 30-inch step forward with the trail foot. When the foot strikes the marching surface, the demonstrator will receive the command of execution MARCH of Rear, MARCH, Ready, STEP. MARCH.

12. On the command of execution STEP of Ready, STEP, execute a 30-inch step forward with the trail foot, this being the additional step required after the command of execution. Ready, STEP.

13. On the command of execution STEP of Ready, STEP, pivot 180 degrees to the right on the balls of both feet, and step off in the new direction with a 30-inch step. The arms are not allowed to swing outward while turning. Ready, STEP.

14. For instructional purposes, on the command of execution STEP of Ready, STEP, bring the trail foot alongside the lead foot, resuming the position of attention. Ready, STEP. RE-FORM.

15. At normal cadence, this movement would look as follows: Forward, MARCH. Rear, MARCH. Demonstrator, HALT. AT EASE.

16. What are your questions pertaining to this movement when executed at normal cadence or using the step-by-step method of instruction?

17. Demonstrator, ATTENTION. You will now become my assistant instructor. FALL OUT.

STEP III

18. FALL IN. Right, FACE. I will use the step-by-step method of instruction.

19. On the command of execution STEP of Ready, STEP execute a 30 inch step forward with the left foot, allowing the arms to swing naturally, keeping the head and eyes straight to the front. Ready, STEP.