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Right Shoulder Arms from Order Arms

STEP I

1. Platoon, ATTENTION. AT EASE. The next movements, which I will name, explain, have demonstrated, and which you will conduct practical work on, are right shoulder arms from order arms, and order arms from right shoulder arms.

2. Right shoulder arms is used as an alternate carry position for the rifle. Order arms from right shoulder arms is used to return the rifle to the position of order arms.

3. The commands for these movements are Right Shoulder, ARMS and Order, ARMS.

4. Right Shoulder, ARMS and Order, ARMS are two-part commands, Right Shoulder and Order are the preparatory commands, and ARMS is the command of execution.

5. When given, these commands are as follows: Right Shoulder, ARMS. Order, ARMS.

STEP II

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

7. Right shoulder arms from order arms is a four-count movement. On the command of execution ARMS of Right shoulder, ARMS, this being count one, grasp the barrel of the rifle with the right hand and raise it diagonally across the body, keeping the right elbow down without strain. Simultaneously, with the left hand, grasp the handguard just forward of the slipring, ensuring that the rifle is about four inches from the waist. By-the-numbers, Right Shoulder, ARMS.

8. On count two, move the right hand from the barrel and grasp the heel of the butt between the first two fingers with the thumb and forefinger touching. Ready, TWO.

9. On count three, without moving the head, release the grasp of the left hand without changing the grasp of the right hand, twist the rifle so that the sights are up, and place the weapon onto the right shoulder, moving the left hand to the small of the stock to guide the rifle to the shoulder. Keep the fingers and thumb of the left hand extended and joined with the palm turned toward the body. The first joint of the left forefinger touches the rear of the charging handle. Keep the left elbow down, and the right forearm horizontal with the right upper arm against the side and on line with the back. Ready, THREE.

10. On count four, sharply move the left hand back to the left side as in the position of attention. Ready, FOUR.

11. Order arms from right shoulder arms is a four-count movement. On the command of execution ARMS of Order, ARMS, this being count one, without moving the head and without changing the grasp of the right hand, press down firmly and quickly on the butt of the rifle with right hand and twist the rifle so that the sights are up, and guide it diagonally across the body and about four inches from the waist. Simultaneously, grasp the rifle with the left hand at the handguard just forward of the slipring. Order, ARMS.

12. On count two, move right hand up and across the body, approaching from the right front of the front sight assembly, and firmly grasp the barrel without moving the rifle; keeping the right elbow down without strain. Ready, TWO.

13. Counts three and four are executed the same as order arms from port arms. Ready, THREE. Ready, FOUR. Right Shoulder, ARMS. Ready, TWO. Ready, THREE. Ready, FOUR. Order, ARMS. Ready, TWO. Ready, THREE. Ready, FOUR.

14. At normal cadence, these movements would look as follows: Without-the-numbers, Right Shoulder, ARMS. Order, ARMS. AT EASE.

15. What are your questions pertaining to these movements when executed at normal cadence or using the by-the-numbers method of instruction?

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

STEP III

17. Platoon, ATTENTION. I will use the by-the-numbers method of instruction.


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