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The inspecting officer will command "AT EASE" after receiving the platoon. Each member of the platoon comes to attention as the inspector approaches. After being inspected, they resume at ease.When the last member of the platoon has been inspected, the platoon commander resumes position three paces to the front of theright element, faces left, brings the platoon to attention and takes one step forward, faces right, and awaits instructions from the inspecting officer. When the inspecting officer leaves, the platoon commander faces left and commands "Close Ranks, MARCH" immediately resuming the post six and centered.The platoon sergeant normally dismisses the platoon.Platoons are only dismissed from the position of attention while on line.•Unarmed troops are dismissed with the command "DISMISSED."
•Armed troops are dismissed with the commands "Inspection, ARMS," "Port, ARMS," and "DISMISSED."There is nothing more impressive than seeing a well- drilled unit march by in parade, for they exude the military virtues of discipline, training, confidence, and most of all cohesion.Those members of such units radiate a sense of pride and belongingthat lends them to self sacrifices for the greater good of their comrades and their unit.Without a word, they impress upon those around them what it means to be part of an cohesive team. Each element depending upon the other for success.To change the direction of march for a platoon in column, the command "Column Right (Left), MARCH" is given from the halt or while marching.When marching, the command of execution is given on the foot in the direction of the turn.The base element is the squad in the direction of the turn, which establishes the pivot point.The base squad leader takes a full 30 inch step, pivoting 90 degrees toward the new direction of march, and takes one more full step, then executes half steps.Other members of each rank pivot in a right (left) oblique and continue to march until on line with new direction of march and thenexecute another oblique, picking up the half step when abreast of the base element.When all members of the same rank have come abreast, that rank will resume a full step.If an exact 90 degree turn is not appropriate, the platoon commander may direct a "Column Half Right (Left), MARCH."
The movement is conducted the same as a column right (left) but reduces the angle from 90 degrees to 45.It may be necessary to conduct two column half movements to maneuver the platoon in the new direction of march.The purpose of this movement is to march the platoon to the flank for short distances.The command is "By the Right (Left) Flank, MARCH" with the command of execution being given on the foot in the new direction of march.All platoon members take a full 30 inch step and then pivot 90 degrees in the new direction of march.The platoon commander executes the movement with the platoon.To return back to the original front, the command is given as before with the original direction (right/left) inserted.