In Ranks Inspection

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To conduct in-ranks inspections, use the following procedures: a. With the platoon in line formation, the platoon sergeant commands Count, OFF. On the command of execution OFF, all personnel with the exception of the right flank personnel turn their head and eyes to the right and the right flank personnel count off with “ONE.” After the right flank soldiers have counted their number, the soldiers to their left count off with the next higher number and simultaneously turn their head and eyes to the front. All other members of the formation count off in the same manner until the entire formation has counted off. b. After the platoon has counted off, the platoon sergeant commands Open Ranks, MARCH. On the command of execution MARCH, the front rank takes two steps forward, the second rank takes one step forward, the third rank stands fast, and the fourth rank takes two steps backward. If additional ranks are present, the fifth rank takes four steps backward, and the sixth rank takes six steps backward.

NOTE: After taking the prescribed number of steps, the men do not raise their arms. If the platoon leader wants exact interval or alignment, he commands At Close Interval (At Double Interval), Dress Right, DRESS. (See paragraph 7-6 for more information on aligning the platoon.) c. At this point, the platoon is ready to be inspected. Typically, the squads are inspected by the squad leaders; however they may be inspected by the platoon sergeant or platoon leader. (See paragraphs 7-17 and 7-18.) 7-17. SQUAD LEADERS’ INSPECTION

If the platoon sergeant wants the squad leaders to inspect their squads, he will direct INSPECT YOUR SQUADS. Salutes are not exchanged. a. The squad leader marches forward and to the left, inclines as necessary until he is at a point 15 inches in front of and centered on the first man. NOTE: If the members of the platoon are armed, the squad leaders will sling their weapons diagonally across the back with the...
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