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Marching Basics

When executed from a halt, all steps and marchings begin with the left foot, except right step and close march

Both the preparatory command and the command of execution are given as the foot in the direction of the turn strikes the ground. For single formations, the preparatory command is normally given as the heel of the left (right) foot strikes the ground, and the command of execution is given when the heel of the left (right) foot next strikes the ground.

For multiple units, time is allowed for the subordinate commanders to give appropriate supplementary commands. The pause between commands is three paces.

Information and Photos Courtesy of U.S. Air Force

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