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rank. In the rear rank the third man from the right, followed by the second and first in column, moves straight to the front three steps and one half step, changes direction to the right, moves in the new direction three steps and one half step, when all face to the right in marching, mark time, and glance toward the marching flank. The fourth man marches straight to the front four steps, obliques to the right one step, completes the change of direction to the right, marches four steps in the new direction, and obliques to the right to his new position; as he arrives on the line, both ranks execute forward, march, without command.

Being in line, to turn about and halt: 1. Squad right (left) about, 2. MARCH, 3. Squad, 4. HALT.

The third command is given immediately after the second. The turn is executed as prescribed in the preceding paragraph, except that all men on arriving on the new line mark time until the fourth command is given, when all halt. The fourth command should be given as the last man arrives on the line.

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CHAPTER 9

SCHOOL OF THE PLATOON

At the training stations the platoon is the ordinary unit used for drill purposes and is normally called a company. The regulation school of the platoon is given here and applies to the drill given to companies at training stations. The company commander at the training station corresponds to the platoon leader.

The platoon at full strength comprises a platoon headquarters and six squads.

The platoon headquarters comprises one commissioned officer (platoon leader), one platoon petty officer, two petty officers (platoon guides), two additional petty officers, and four enlisted men (runners).

The platoon in line is formed in double rank. It is divided into squads of four files each, beginning with the right flank. Platoons of more than three squads are divided into two sections. If the number of squads in the platoon is even, the section comprises an equal number of squads; if the number of squads is odd, the right section is the stronger.

The two petty officers of platoon headquarters (platoon guides) act as section leaders, the two petty officers as section guides.

In each platoon men are arranged as far as practicable according to height from right to left, the tallest on the right. Departures from this rule are authorized for the purpose of assigning men to the duties which they are best fitted to perform and in order to maintain the integrity of squads. If any squad contains less than six men, it is either increased to that number by transfer from other squads or from the men in the file closers, or is broken up and its members assigned to other squads or posted in the line of file closers. These squad organizations are maintained by transfers if necessary until the platoon becomes so reduced in number as to necessitate a new division in squads. No squad will contain less than six men.

For purposes of formation at drill, the runners may be used to fill blank files.

Sections and squads are numbered consecutively from right to left in each platoon, and these designations do not change. For convenience in giving commands and for reference, the designations right, center, and left when in line and leading, center, rear when in column are applied to the actual right, center, left, leading, or rear section or squad.

The formations of the platoon are: Line, line of sections, and column of squads, twos or files.

The principal close order formations are the line and the column of squads. The line of sections is a formation taken preparatory to deployment or for purpose of the approach march.

Section drills will be held for the purpose of giving section leaders an opportunity to command their sections.

When the platoon is marching on roads or trails, the file closers take position at the head or rear of the column, as directed by the platoon leader. (See fig. 29.)

CLOSE ORDER

RULES

The platoon executes the halt, rests, facings, steps and marchings, manual of arms, loadings and firings, takes in

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DLATOON LEADER
PLATOON PETTY OFFICER
PETTY OFFICERS(PLATOON GUIDES AND SECTION LEADERS)

PETTY OFFICERS (SECTION GUIDES)
@PETTY OFFICERS (SQUAD LEADERS)

RUNNERS
ENLISTED MEN

ALL EXTRA MEN WILL BE IN THE
LINE OF FILE CLOSEAS

Column of Squads

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