AY Honor Drilling & Marching - Advanced Answer Key
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Order Guidon is basically like standing at ATTENTION. The guidon rests on the ground next to your right foot. The staff of the guidon is held between your thumb and index finger and rests against your shoulder. Your right arm should remain behind the staff of the guidon. When doing ABOUT FACE, LEFT FACE, or RIGHT FACE, lift the guidon 1 or 2 inches off the ground while turning and then return the guidon to the ground as before.
Carry Guidon refers to how a guidon is to be held while moving. When FORWARD MARCH is called the guidon is lifted 6 inches off the ground. When the drill instructor calls "FORWARD" you lift the guidon 6 inches with your right arm, then hold the guidon staff with your left arm reaching across your chest while sliding your right hand back down 6 inches to hold the guidon while marching. When the drill instructor calls "MARCH" you then drop your left arm back to your side while stepping forward with your left foot (just as you would when marching any other time). To lower the guidon when finished moving (when the drill instructor calls HALT), take your left arm across your chest to steady the guidon and then let it gently slide to the ground. Once the guidon is resting on the ground again, drop your left arm back to your side.
Present Guidon continues further from the position of "Raised Guidon." On the command of execution for PRESENT ARMS or EYES RIGHT, gently lower the guidon staff forward from the "Raised Guidon" position until it is horizontal with the guidon staff resting under your right armpit. Then return your left hand to your side. When doing EYES RIGHT don't forget to not only present the guidon, but also turn your head to the right as well. When lowering the guidon from presentation, grasp the guidon staff with your left hand and raise it to the position of "Raised Guidon" at the preparatory command. When the command of execution is called, lower the guidon to either the carry position or the rest position.
Raise Guidon is the act of lifting the guidon from the order position. To raise the guidon, lift the staff with your right hand until it reaches your right shoulder. Reach across your chest with your left arm (make sure your palm is facing towards your body) to steady the guidon as it is being raised. Keep your right elbow at your side while executing a command. To lower the guidon, gently let the staff slide to the ground and then return your left arm to your side.