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    Words of Command (Drill)

    Hello All,

    This is a question that I can't seem to find an answer to. When marching a platoon, what would you call? By the left QUICK-MARCH, or by the right QUICK-MARCH. I know that they are cautionary commands, but I'm not entirely sure when to use them..which is kind of embarrassing since I went to Drill and Ceremonial, and I'm the Drill Team Commander of my corps.

    If someone could answer it for me, that would be awesome!
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    I don't think there's a hard-and-fast rule. It's usually the direction you're going to wheel, or the side on which you'll be paying complements.
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    What i'm trying to figure out is what they are used for; are they used to determine which file the cadets are going to keep their dressing with, or is it the side on which the Platoon Commander would be standing.
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    It's for dressing and 1-person files. The platoon commander always stays on the "advance" side of the formation in column of threes.
    Alexander Rodd, PE

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    I'm gonna be of no help, but I just wanted to say I always found it interesting reading about Canadian Drill.

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    "By the left" or "by the right" determines from which side the members of the platoon take their dressing from.
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    Really?

    What do you find so interesting about our drill?
    :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by ICortezz View Post
    Really?

    What do you find so interesting about our drill?
    :P
    I never thought that it would be so different from American Drill. The way you guys call your commands, the way you guys march, those arm swings are so different from the way us American Cadets do our drill. Haha It's interesting for me as an American drill team commander to compare the differences.

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    I never thought that it would be so different from American Drill. The way you guys call your commands, the way you guys march, those arm swings are so different from the way us American Cadets do our drill. Haha It's interesting for me as an American drill team commander to compare the differences.
    The differences in drill between our two countries comes down to its differing histories. Our drill is an evolution of British drill and your drill is an evolution of British drill, altered by a Prussian (von Steuben) and then changed to more closely resemble French Drill (by Winfield Scott). Take all of that and add a heaping helping of Hollywood
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    Quote Originally Posted by deSanMiguel View Post
    I never thought that it would be so different from American Drill. The way you guys call your commands, the way you guys march, those arm swings are so different from the way us American Cadets do our drill. Haha It's interesting for me as an American drill team commander to compare the differences.
    Yeah, your drill is pretty interesting too. I just don't think I could do it because marching with my arms swinging is like second-nature now, and it would feel odd.

    How is it that we call our commands differently?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ICortezz View Post
    Yeah, your drill is pretty interesting too. I just don't think I could do it because marching with my arms swinging is like second-nature now, and it would feel odd.

    How is it that we call our commands differently?
    There was a discussion on just that topic not long ago. Link
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    Quote Originally Posted by a.rodd View Post
    There was a discussion on just that topic not long ago. Link
    I just noticed that you wrote that you're told to have your arms "Waist high".

    Is that how Air Cadets are taught to march? Or is it an error?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ICortezz View Post
    I just noticed that you wrote that you're told to have your arms "Waist high".

    Is that how Air Cadets are taught to march? Or is it an error?
    If you look in the resources subforum you will find a link to the CFP 201 CF Manual of Drill and Ceremonial. It will be a useful resource for you.

    As a preview:

    CFP 201 Chap 3
    MARCHING AND HALTING IN QUICK TIME

    12. As illustrated in Figure 3-2, on the command
    QUICK MARCH BY NUMBERS, SQUAD – ONE,
    squad members shall:

    a. shoot the left foot forward one half pace, toe
    up;

    b. strike the heel on the ground first and keep
    the toe pointed directly forward; and

    c. simultaneously, swing the right arm straight
    forward and the left arm straight to the rear,
    waist high.

    13. On the command SQUAD – TWO, squad
    members shall:

    a. continue marching with subsequent paces of
    standard length;

    b. bring the legs forward successively in a
    straight line;

    c. swing the arms forward successively in a
    straight line from the shoulder, front to rear,
    with hands closed as in the position of
    attention; and

    d. maintain dressing by the directing flank.

    14. During basic training, recruits shall be
    directed to swing arms breast-pocket high in order to
    build agility. Commanding officers may continue this
    direction at their discretion.
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    *jaw drops*



    That's news to me. I never actually knew that before. I figured that Air Cadets marched differently then Army Cadets, and vise versa. I guess we've been wrong the entire time.

    But i've never seen an Army Cadet Corps march with arms 'waist high'. I guess it's just up to the CO then.
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    My old cadet corps marched with arms waist high, I was a publication fiend back when I was RSM. Everything must be by the book, no exceptions (except for safety)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ICortezz View Post
    *jaw drops*



    That's news to me. I never actually knew that before. I figured that Air Cadets marched differently then Army Cadets, and vise versa. I guess we've been wrong the entire time.

    But i've never seen an Army Cadet Corps march with arms 'waist high'. I guess it's just up to the CO then.
    I only found this out about 6 months ago while talking with our Coxswain. There's a few pieces that aren't widely known but are accepted as such because of how basic the movement is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ICortezz View Post
    Yeah, your drill is pretty interesting too. I just don't think I could do it because marching with my arms swinging is like second-nature now, and it would feel odd.

    How is it that we call our commands differently?
    Your commands seem longer to call. Like from the videos I've seen, they seem pretty long. Our drill commands are pretty much short and sweet added with diaphragm.

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