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Drill commands

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US Navy recruits marching in a drill hall
A Polish soldier in the slope arms position.

Drill commands are generally used with a group that is marching, most often in military foot drill or marching band.[1][2][3]

Common drill commands

  • Fall In. Have designated troops move into formation on the parade square and/or ground.
  • Fall Out. Have designated troops to face the commander to be dismissed.
  • Dismissed. Telling designated units to leave the parade square/ground.
  • Attention Have the soldiers adopt the At Attention position
  • Right Dress, - all personnel except the right marker bring up their right arms parallel to the ground. At the same time, all members of the formation snap their heads so they are facing right. After this, they pause, and then shuffle back to a new position, where their hand is extremely close to the soldier's shoulder on their right, unless otherwise specified. The American version of this is called Dress Right, DRESS.
  • Eyes Front, Right Dress, the front rank snaps their arms down and faces forward, while all other ranks simply face forward.
  • Stand at Ease (United States: Parade Rest) has the soldiers in a more relaxed position.
  • Shoulder/Slope/Carry Arms: The rifle is brought on the left or right sides by the shoulder.
  • Present Arms: The soldiers bring their weapons to the front of their bodies, and move adjust their right foot position. Soldiers without weapons use a salute appropriate for their headdress. In the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations, the command is often preceded with a General Salute or Royal/Presidential/National Salute, when appropriate.
  • Order Arms: Soldiers carrying a weapon will lower it to the ground.
A British soldier in the port arms position.


See also


  1. ^ Bailey, Wayne; Caneva, Thomas (30 June 2003). "The Complete Marching Band Resource Manual: Techniques and Materials for Teaching, Drill Design, and Music Arranging". University of Pennsylvania Press – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Burke, Carol (20 July 2018). "Camp All-American, Hanoi Jane, and the High-and-tight: Gender, Folklore, and Changing Military Culture". Beacon Press – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Manning, Roger B. (26 July 2007). "Styles of Command in Seventeenth-Century English Armies". The Journal of Military History. 71 (3): 671–699. doi:10.1353/jmh.2007.0219 – via Project MUSE.
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