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How to Do Basic Facing Movements in Basic Training

Learn about basic facing movements in this US army basic training video from Howcast with Sergeant Michael Volkin.


Basic Training: Basic Facing Movements, Sgt. Michael Volkin: In Basic training you're going to do a lot of marching and facing movements. Let's review some of the most common facing movements here. Let's start with the position of attention. To come to attention: bring the heels together and ensure the feet are at a forty five degree angle, keep the legs straight; without locking the knees. And the body is erect with the chest lifted, back arched and shoulders square and even. Arms hang straight down along the body without stiffness. Wrists are straight with the forearms, place thumbs which are resting along the first joint of the forefinger, along the seams of the trousers. Hands are cupped but not clinched as a fist, with palms facing away. The weight of the body rests equally on the heels and balls of both feet. Silence and immobility are required. Let's move on to two common facing movements. Left face and right face. Most drill commands have two parts: The preparatory command and the command of execution. The preparatory command states the movement to be carried out and mentally prepares the recruit for it's execution. On the command 'left face', the preparatory command is 'left'. The command of execution tells us when the movement is to be carried out. In left face the command of execution is 'face'. The facing movement 'left face' is always given from the position of attention, and directs the recruit towards the left ninety degrees. The facing movement 'right face', is always given from the position of attention and directs the recruit to the right ninety degrees. A more complicated but common facing movement is the movement 'about face'. The command is 'about face'. Where 'about' is a preparatory command and 'face' is a command of execution. On the command of execution 'face', move the toe of the right foot to a point touching the marching surface, about half the length of the foot to the rear and slightly to the left of the left heel, rest most of the weight on the body of the heel of the left foot. And allow the right knee to bend naturally. Next turn to the right one hundred eighty degrees and the left heel on the ball of the right foot. Resuming the position of attention. The arms should remain at your sides as in the position of attention throughout this movement. This movement is difficult to do at first so practice a couple dozen times before leaving for basic training.

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