Basic Drill

Note: Each of these drill movements has two parts: the preparatory
command and the actual command.

1. ATTENTION
A. On hearing the command "Flight", assume Parade Rest.
(1) Raise the left leg from the hip just enough for the foot to
clear the ground.
(2) Keeping legs straight but not stiff, smartly move left foot to
the left and place it down 22½° off center line of the body. Heels
are approx. 12" apart measured inside the heels and on line.
(3) Simultaneously, bring your hands to the back of the body,
uncupping them in the process.
(a) Extend and join your fingers pointing them toward the ground; palms out.
(b) Place the back of right hand into palm of the left hand and with right thumb over left so thumbs form an "X", pointing down.
(4) Keep arms fully extended.
(5) Keep your head and eyes forward, maintaining silence and
immobility.
B. On "Attention"; actual words are "Tench Hut":
(1) Smartly bring the left heel together with the right heel so
heels are on line and feet form a 45º angle.
(2) Simultaneously, bring hands to the sides, cupping hands in the
process.
(a) Cup hands so thumbs rest along the first joint of the forefinger with palms facing the legs.
(b) Place thumbs along seam of the trousers.
(c) Arms hang straight alongside the body with wrists straight with forearm.
(3) Body is erect with hips level, chest lifted, back arched,
shoulders square and even.
(4) Legs are straight, knees unlocked.
(5) Eyes are straight forward.
(6) Maintain silence and immobility.

2. PARADE REST
A. On "Parade", mentally prepare yourself.
B. On "Rest":
(1) Raise the left leg from the hip just enough for the foot to
clear the ground.
(2) Keeping legs straight but not stiff, smartly move left foot to
the left and place it down 22½° off center line of the body. Heels
are approx. 12" apart measured inside the heels and on line.
(3) Simultaneously, bring hands to the back of the body, uncupping
them in the process.
(a) Extend and join your fingers pointing them toward the ground; palms out.
(b) Place the back of right hand into palm of the left hand and with right thumb over left so thumbs form an "X", pointing down.
(4) Keep arms fully extended.
(5) Keep head and eyes forward, maintaining silence and immobility until given "Flight Attention"

3. AT EASE
A. Must be at Attention before going to At Ease.
B. On "At Ease", you must conform to the following minimum
requirements: keep your right foot in position and refrain from
talking. You may move around as appropriate (e.g., adjust your hat,
stretch, wipe your brow) but keep in mind the constant need to act
like a professional.
4. AT REST
a. Must be at Attention before going to At Rest.
b. Upon given "At Rest", you may act in accordance with AT EASE as
well as talk. This command is intended to allow members of a
formation to relax even more than AT EASE. However, you must
maintain your relative position in the formation.

5. PRESENT ARMS
A. On "Present", mentally prepare yourself.
B. On "Arms", bring right hand smartly up the front and centerline
of the body, uncupping the hand as it passes the waist.
(1) Extend and join fingers placing thumb along forefinger; keep
palm flat, forming a straight line between the fingertips and elbow.
(2) Tilting palm slightly toward your face, hold upper arm
horizontal and slightly forward.
(3) Ensure the tip of middle finger touches one of the following
contact points:
(a) Right front corner of billed cap.
(b) Outside corner of right front of eyeglasses (if worn) if wearing a non-billed cap or no cap.
(c) Outside corner of right eyebrow if wearing a non-billed cap or no cap.
(4) Remainder of the body remains at Attention.
(5) Hold position until given Order Arms.

6. ORDER ARMS
A. On "Order", mentally prepare yourself
B. On "Arms", smartly lower hand, retracing path used to raise it.
C. Cup hand as it passes the waist, returning hand to the side of
the body.
D. Body is back at Attention.