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1

What are the three marching steps used in drill?

15in step
30in step
30in step, DOUBLE TIME 180 steps per minute
(the 18in step is used when formally stacking arms, it is executed on the command of
execution of ARMS in STACK ARMS.)

2

What FM covers Drill and Ceremony?

FM 3-21.5

3

What is a review?

A military ceremony used to:
Honor a visiting, high-ranking commander, official, or dignitary, and or permit them to observe the state of training of a command.
Present decorations and awards.
Honor or recognize unit or individual achievements.
Commemorate events.

4

What are two prescribed formations for platoons?

line
column
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / 7 / PDF 73)

5

What is the primary purpose of drill (drill and ceremony)?

The purpose of drill is to enable a commander or non-commissioned officer to move his
unit from one place to another in an orderly manner; to aid in disciplinary training by
instilling habits of precision and response to the leader’s orders;and to provide for the
development of all soldiers in the practice of commandingtroops.
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / 1 / PDF 13)

6

What are the 4 rest positions that can be given at the halt?

Parade rest
Stand at ease
At ease
Rest
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / 4-2 / PDF 34)

7

What is the primary value of ceremonies?

To render honors, preserve tradition, and to stimulate Esprit de Corps
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / Glossary / PDF 288)

8

What is a rank?

A line, which is only one element in depth
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / Glossary / PDF 289

9

What foot is your leading foot?

Your left foot

10

What is the only command given from "Inspection Arms"?

“Ready, Port, Arms”
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / 5-1 / PDF 46)

11

What is an element?

An individual,squad, section, platoon, company or larger unit forming part of the next
higher unit
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / Glossary / PDF 288)

12

When marching, who is the only person in a platoon that is never out of step?

The platoon guide is the person responsible for maintaining the prescribed direction and rate of march.
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / Glossary / PDF 288)

13

What is a file?

A column, which has a front of only one element
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / Glossary / PDF 287)

14

If you were marching a squad, when would you give the command "squad halt"?

When either foot strikes the ground

15

What is a formation?

The arrangement of elements of a unit in a prescribed manner
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / Glossary / PDF 288)

16

After weapons have been issued to a unit and all other soldiers have fallen in with their
weapons, what is the next command that you should give?

Inspection arms

17

While passing the colors or while the colors are passing you, when is the hand salute
rendered?

Six paces before and six paces after

18

How many steps per minute is quick time?

120 steps per minute
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / 4-5 / PDF 40)

19

How many steps per minute is double time?

180 steps per minute
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / 4-5 / PDF 40)

20

What command is given to reverse the direction of a march?

Rear March
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / 4-8 / PDF 40)

21

From what position are all stationary movements given?

Position of attention

22

On what foot would you give the command "Mark time march"?

On either foot
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / 4-11 / PDF 41)

23

What is cover?

Aligning yourself directly behind the man to your immediate front, while maintaining
correct distance
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / Glossary / PDF 288)

24

How do you measure a "step"?

Heel to heel
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / Glossary / PDF 289)

25

What is depth?

The space from front to rear of a formation including front and rear elements
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / Glossary / PDF 288)

26

What is the interval between the preparatory command and the command of execution?

1 step or 1 count

27

What are the two parts of most drill command?

Preparatory command
Command of execution

28

How many steps does each rank take when a platoon is given the command of Open
Ranks?

On the command "March", The first rank takes two steps forward, the second rank takes
one step forward, the third rank stands fast and the fourth rank take two 15 inch steps to
the rear
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / 7-16 / PDF 87)

29

What are the 5 types of commands in a drill?

Two part
Combined
Supplementing
Directive
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / 3 / PDF 27)

30

What position is the unit guidon once a preparatory command is given?

The raised vertical position

31

What are some examples of a combined command?

At ease
Fall in
Rest
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / 3-3 / PDF 28)

32

Define Cadence

The uniform rhythm in which a movement is executed, or the number of steps or counts
per minute at which a movement is executed. Drill movements are normally executed at
the cadence of quick time or double time. Quick time is the cadence of 120 counts or
steps per minute; double time is the cadence of 180 counts or steps per minute.
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / Glossary / PDF 288)

33

What is Close Interval?

The lateral space between soldiers, measured from right to left by the soldier on the right
placing the heel of his left hand on his hip, even with the top of the belt line, fingers and
thumb joined and extended downward, with his elbow in line with the body and touching
the arm of the soldier to his left.
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / Glossary / PDF 289)

34

What is Double Interval?

The lateral space between soldiers, measured from right to left by raising both arms
shoulder high with the fingers extended and joined (palms down) so that fingertips are
touching the fingertips of the soldiers to the right and to the left.
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / Glossary / PDF 289)

35

What is Normal Interval?

The lateral space between soldiers, measured from right to left by the soldier on the right
holding his left arm shoulder high, fingers and thumb extended and joined, with the tip
of his middle finger touching the right shoulder of the soldier to his left.
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / Glossary / PDF 289)

36

What command is given to revoke a preparatory command?

As You Were
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / 3-1 / PDF 27)

37

Who is responsible for training and appearance of the color guard?

The CSM

38

What is a Guidon?

A guid on is a swallow-tailed flag carried by companies, batteries, troops, and certain
detachments.
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / K-4 / PDF 280)

39

When executing a Rear March, on which foot do you pivot?

Both feet, turning 180 degrees to the right
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / 4-8 / PDF 40)

40

What are the three methods used to teach Drill?

Step by step
By the numbers
Talk-through method
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / 2 / PDF 17)

41

What 4 movements in marching require a 15-inch step?

Half step
Left step
Right step
Backward march
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / 4-10 / PDF 41)

42

How many steps should separate platoons when a company is formed?

5 steps

43

What is the "Blue Book"?

A drill manual used by Baron Von Steuben (a former Prussian officer) to train the
colonial army. It preceded the FM 3-21.5. It was known as "The regulations for the
Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States". This book was the first Army
Field Manual
(FM 3-21.5 July 2003 / 1-1 / PDF 14)

44

Can a command be changed after the command of execution has been given?

No

45

How far in front of the Honor Company or color company do the colors halt?

Ten steps