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Rifle Rest Positions


1. Platoon, ATTENTION. RELAX. The next movements, which I will name, explain, have demonstrated, and which you will conduct practical work on, are the rifle rest positions.

2. These positions are used to rest an element for a short period of time, while at the halt, when armed with a rifle.

3. The commands for these positions are Parade, REST; Stand At, EASE; AT EASE; and REST.

4. Parade, REST, and Stand At, EASE are two-part commands, Parade and Stand At are the preparatory commands, and REST and EASE are the commands of execution. AT EASE, and REST are combined commands.

5. When given, these commands are as follows: Parade, REST. Stand At, EASE. AT EASE. REST


6. Demonstrator, POST. I will use the talk-through method of instruction.

7. The rifle rest positions are commanded and executed the same as individual drill with the following additions:

8. On the command of execution REST of Parade, REST, thrust the muzzle forward, simultaneously changing the grip of the right hand to grasp the barrel, keeping the toe of the butt of the rifle on the marching surface and the right arm straight.

9. On the command of execution EASE of Stand At, EASE, execute parade rest with the rifle except turn the head and eyes toward the commander.

10. On the command AT EASE or REST, keep the butt of the rifle in place as in the position of parade rest.

11. At normal cadence, these positions would look as follows: Demonstrator, ATTENTION. Parade, REST. Stand At, EASE. AT EASE. REST. AT EASE.

12. What are your questions pertaining to these positions when executed at normal cadence or using the talk-through method of instruction?

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


14. Platoon, ATTENTION. I will use the talk-through method of instruction.