Drill attention, Stand at Ease, Stand Easy References



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DRILL

Attention, Stand at Ease, Stand Easy


References

The Cadet Training Manual Vol 1, Chapter 2, Section 2

Location

Drill Square

Length

30 minutes

Equipment

None


Beginning of the lesson (5minutes)

Prelims

Introduce yourself, form squad in straight line, inspection

Revision

Aim and purpose of drill

Aim

To teach cadets the positions of attention, stand at ease, stand easy

Incentive

To be able to take part in things such as first and final parade

Reason why

So cadets know the 3 basic movements used on parades


Middle of the lesson (20 minutes)

Explain: Introduction

The 3 movements constantly used on parades are:



  • Attention

  • Stand at Ease

  • Stand Easy


Explain and Demonstrate: Position of Attention

Heels together, feet at 30 degree angle. Knees braced, body erect, weight balanced evenly between ball and heel of foot. Arms straight and held to sides, forearm tucked behind hipbone, wrists straight, hand closed, thumb vertical down seam of trousers. Shoulders held down and back, chest in a normal position, head up touching back of collar, eyes open and still, chin tucked in, mouth closed.


Practise the squad, checking their positions
Common Faults:

  1. A strained position which constricts breathing.

  2. Allowing the body to sag and the shoulders and arms to creep forward.

  3. Roving eyes.

  4. Bending the wrist and failing to close the hands.

  5. Feet or body not square to the front, heels not closed

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Explain and Demonstrate: Stand at Ease from Attention

Stand at – EASE”. Keep right foot still, leg braced back. Bend left knee and drive foot to the ground, 12 inches to the left of right foot. At same time, force arms behind back by most direct method, back of right hand in palm of left, right thumb crossed over left. Fingers straight and together. Transfer weight of body to left so it is evenly balanced. 12 inches is measured from centre of right heel to centre of left heel.


Practise the squad, checking their positions
Common Faults:

  1. Bending at the waist when moving.

  2. Allowing the arms to bend or to leave the body when going behind the back.

  3. Moving the right foot.

  4. Left foot less than 300 mm (12 inches) from the right foot and not at the

correct angle.

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Explain and Demonstrate: Stand Easy from At Ease

Stand – EASY”. Relax whilst in the at ease position.


Practise the squad
Common Faults:

  1. Moving the feet

  2. Adjusting clothing without an order

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Explain and Demonstrate: Stand at Ease from Easy

SQUAD” – Resume the at ease position.

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Explain and Demonstrate: Attention from At Ease

Squad – SHUN”. Keep right foot still, leg braced back. Bend left knee, pull arms to sides by most direct method. Resume position of attention.


Practise the squad
Common Faults:

  1. Allowing the arms to bend or to leave the body when coming to the sides.

  2. Bending at the waist when moving.

  3. Moving the right foot.

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Practise: Collective, Individual, Collective
Summary:

You now know how to stand to Attention, At Ease and Easy



Look Forward:

Turnings at the Halt

(You will learn how to carry out left, right and about turns at the halt)

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