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7 th Maryland – Drill in the Field. Instruction – how and When Steve Giovannini 02 February 2013. How and When to teach/review the basics. Ideally at Company Drill, but …. There are opportunities at events: Immediately after morning roll call

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Instruction how and when steve giovannini 02 february 2013

7th Maryland – Drill in the Field

Instruction – how and WhenSteve Giovannini02 February 2013


How and when to teach review the basics

How and When to teach/review the basics

  • Ideally at Company Drill, but ….

  • There are opportunities at events:

    • Immediately after morning roll call

      • Since roll call should be taken with men at arms

        • Great opportunity to practice manual of arms

        • In particular - review the manual that will be executed at dress parade

    • Between roll call and breakfast

      • Get the boys moving first thing in the morning

        • Put the muskets away

        • Get some coffee

        • Get some marching drill in

    • And any other opportunity schedule allows


With arms in place immediately after morning roll call

With Arms; In place=> Immediately after morning roll call

  • Manual of Arms – Drill By the Motion

    • Pay attention to:

      • individual mechanisms of each motion

      • proper body positions

      • cadence of each motion

    • Square off the motions

      • Don’t “slur” the motions

  • Firing Positions

    • In single rank: Focus on footwork and proper arm positioning

      • As the Front Rank

        • Direct fire

        • Left oblique

        • Right oblique

      • As the Rear Rank

        • Direct Fire

        • Left Oblique

        • Right Oblique

    • In two ranks: Focus on footwork and proper arm positioning

      • While faced to the front

        • Direct Fire

        • Left Oblique

        • Right Oblique

      • Give all soldiers practice in each rank

        • 1. Face by the rear rank. 2. Company. 3. About—FACE.

        • Direct Fire

        • Left Oblique

        • Right Oblique


With without arms in place immediately after morning roll call

With & Without Arms; In place => Immediately after morning roll call

  • Position of the Soldier

  • Eyes right/left

    • Proper movement of head = minimal

  • Alignments

    • Set Guides

      • Left DRESS

    • Set Guides

      • Right DRESS

  • Facings

    • Without doubling

      • half-right FACE (not a command. fundamental motion to: READY, PRIME, ABOUT FACE, right oblique )

      • FRONT

      • half-left FACE (not a command. fundamental motion to: left oblique)

      • FRONT

      • right FACE

      • FRONT

      • left FACE

      • FRONT

      • ABOUT FACE

      • ABOUT FACE

    • With doubling

      • half-right FACE (same as above but without doubling)

      • FRONT

      • half-left FACE (same as above but without doubling)

      • FRONT

      • right FACE

      • FRONT

      • left FACE

      • FRONT

      • ABOUT FACE

      • ABOUT FACE


Without arms on the company street after morning roll call after coffee before breakfast

Without Arms; On the Company Street => after morning roll call; after coffee; before breakfast

  • Cadence

    • Use a metronome

    • In Place, Quick Time, MARCH

    • Double Quick Step, MARCH

  • PACE (rope)

    • Use a rope

    • Follow-the-leader


Without arms in motion in single rank 1 st evolution march by the flank

Without Arms; In motion; In single rank1st Evolution: March By the Flank

  • Without doubling, Right FACE

  • Forward MARCH

  • Right about MARCH

  • HALT

    • Examine and critique alignment

    • Dress alignment

  • Forward MARCH

  • Right about MARCH

  • HALT

    • Examine and critique alignment

    • Dress alignment

  • Forward MARCH

  • By the Left Flank MARCH

  • HALT

    • Examine and critique alignment

    • Dress alignment

  • Without doubling, Left FACE

  • Forward MARCH

  • By the Right Flank MARCH

  • HALT

    • Examine and critique alignment

    • Dress alignment


Without arms in motion in single rank 2 nd evolution wheel from the halt

Without Arms; In motion; In single rank2nd Evolution: Wheel from the Halt

  • Left wheel, MARCH

  • HALT

    • Examine and critique alignment

    • Dress alignment

  • Right wheel, MARCH

  • HALT

    • Examine and critique alignment

    • Dress alignment


Without arms in motion in single rank 3 rd evolution wheel in motion

Without Arms; In motion; In single rank3rd Evolution: Wheel in Motion

  • Forward MARCH

  • Left wheel, MARCH

  • HALT

    • Examine and critique alignment

    • Dress alignment

  • Forward MARCH

  • Right wheel, MARCH

  • HALT

    • Examine and critique alignment

    • Dress alignment


Without arms in motion in single rank 4 th evolution turns

Without Arms; In motion; In single rank4th Evolution: Turns

  • Without doubling, Right FACE

  • Forward, MARCH

  • Left turn, MARCH

  • HALT

    • Examine and critique alignment

    • Dress alignment

  • Forward, MARCH

  • Right turn, MARCH

  • HALT

    • Examine and critique alignment

    • Dress alignment


Without arms in motion in single rank 5th evolution marching at the oblique

Without Arms; In motion; In single rank5th Evolution: Marching at the Oblique

  • March by the right flank

    • Without doubling, Right FACE

    • Forward, MARCH

    • Left oblique, MARCH

    • HALT

      • Examine and critique/dress alignment

    • FRONT

      • Examine and critique/dress alignment

    • Without doubling, Right FACE

    • Forward MARCH

    • Right oblique, MARCH

    • HALT

      • Examine and critique/dress alignment

    • FRONT

      • Examine and critique/dress alignment

  • March by the left flank

    • Repeat above, facing to the left


Without arms in motion in single rank 5th evolution marching at the oblique1

Without Arms; In motion; In single rank5th Evolution: Marching at the Oblique

  • March by the front

    • Forward MARCH

    • Left oblique, MARCH

    • Forward MARCH

    • HALT

      • Examine and critique/dress alignment

    • Forward MARCH

    • Right oblique, MARCH

    • Forward MARCH

    • HALT

      • Examine and critique/dress alignment

    • Forward MARCH

    • Right about MARCH

      • Repeat oblique maneuvers


Without arms in motion in two ranks 1st evolution march by the flank

Without Arms; In motion; In two ranks1st Evolution: March by the Flank

  • Right FACE

  • Forward MARCH

  • Right about MARCH

  • HALT

    • Examine and critique alignment

    • Dress alignment

  • Forward MARCH

  • Right about MARCH

  • HALT

    • Examine and critique alignment

    • Dress alignment

  • Forward MARCH

  • By the Left Flank MARCH

  • HALT

    • Examine and critique alignment

    • Dress alignment

  • Left FACE

  • Forward MARCH

  • By the Right Flank MARCH

  • HALT

    • Examine and critique alignment

    • Dress alignment


Without arms in motion in two ranks 2 nd evolution wheel from a halt

Without Arms; In motion; In two ranks2nd Evolution: Wheel from a Halt

  • Left wheel, MARCH

  • HALT

    • Examine and critique alignment

    • Dress alignment

  • Right wheel, MARCH

  • HALT

    • Examine and critique alignment

    • Dress alignment


Without arms in motion in two ranks 3rd evolution wheel while in motion

Without Arms; In motion; In two ranks3rd Evolution: Wheel while in Motion

  • Forward MARCH

  • Left wheel, MARCH

  • HALT

    • Examine and critique alignment

    • Dress alignment

  • Forward MARCH

  • Right wheel, MARCH

  • HALT

    • Examine and critique alignment

    • Dress alignment


Without arms in motion in two ranks 4 th evolution change direction

Without Arms; In motion; In two ranks4th Evolution: Change Direction

  • By file

    • Right FACE

    • Forward, MARCH

    • By file left, MARCH

    • HALT

      • Examine and critique alignment

      • Dress alignment

    • Forward, MARCH

    • By file right, MARCH

    • HALT

      • Examine and critique alignment

      • Dress alignment

  • Turns

    • Right FACE

    • Forward, MARCH

    • Left turn, MARCH

    • HALT

      • Examine and critique alignment

      • Dress alignment

    • Forward, MARCH

    • Right turn, MARCH

    • HALT


Without arms in motion in two ranks 5th evolution marching at the oblique

Without Arms; In motion; In two ranks5th Evolution: Marching at the Oblique

  • Obliques: March by the flank

    • Right FACE

    • Forward, MARCH

    • Left oblique, MARCH

    • HALT

      • Examine and critique/dress alignment

    • FRONT

      • Examine and critique/dress alignment

    • Right FACE

    • Forward MARCH

    • Right oblique, MARCH

    • HALT

      • Examine and critique/dress alignment

    • FRONT

      • Examine and critique/dress alignment

  • Obliques: March by the left flank

    • Repeat above, facing to the left


Without arms in motion in two ranks 5th evolution marching at the oblique1

Without Arms; In motion; In two ranks5th Evolution: Marching at the Oblique

  • Obliques: March by the front

    • Forward MARCH

    • Left oblique, MARCH

    • Forward MARCH

    • HALT

      • Examine and critique/dress alignment

    • Forward MARCH

    • Right oblique, MARCH

    • Forward MARCH

    • HALT

      • Examine and critique/dress alignment

    • Forward MARCH

    • Right about MARCH

      • Repeat oblique maneuvers


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