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Facing Movements


Facing to the flank is a two-count movement for turning to one side or the other. The command is “Left, face” or “Right, face.” The Figure below illustrates “left face.” On the command of execution, “Face,” slightly raise yourself 90 degrees to the left on your left heel. A slight pressure on the ball of your right foot will help you do this correctly. Keep your right leg straight, but not stiff. On the second count, place your right foot beside your left foot, and resume the position of attention. Hold your arms as you would while at attention as you execute this movement. Right face will be executed in the very same way as left face, simply substituting right for left and left for right.

Facing to the rear is also a two-count movement and is illustrated in the figure below. The command is “About, face.” On the command of execution, “Face,” touch the toe of your right foot to the ground about half the length of your foot to the rear and slightly left of the left heel. Rest your weight on the heel of your left foot, and allow your right knee to bend naturally. On the second count, turn 180 degrees to the right on the left heel and on the ball of the right foot, resuming the position of attention. Hold your arms at attention when executing this movement.

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