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JLBC Cadet Corps Close Order Drill: Techniques for Change Step, Eyes Right, and To The Rear

JLBC Cadet Corps Close Order Drill: Techniques for Change Step, Eyes Right, and To The Rear

Cadet Corps is designed to instill a sense of discipline, teamwork, and leadership among young individuals. An integral part of training in any Cadet Corps is mastering the art of close order drill. This requires synchronization, precision, and discipline. Close-order exercises serve several purposes, including instilling discipline, developing leadership, and providing simple, standard movements for military ceremonies and parades.

We'll examine three critical components of the close order drill in this article: Change Step, Eyes Right, and To The Rear. These movements are everyday in many military parades and ceremonies. Understanding the intricacies of these techniques and performing them correctly can enhance the appearance of unity and discipline in the squad.

Change Step

Change Step is used to correct a march when the individual cadet is out of step with the remainder of the group. The command for this movement is "Change Step, MARCH," and it's executed as follows:

  1. Command: On the order "MARCH," take one more 30-inch step with the right foot. Then, in one count, place the ball of the left foot alongside the heel of the right foot.

  2. Execution: In two more counts, step off with the right foot and then with the left foot. The entire movement is executed in three counts.

  3. Control: Maintain a coordinated arm swing throughout the change step.

Eyes Right

This command is used to salute or acknowledge someone or something on the right, typically a reviewing officer during a parade. Here's how it's performed:

  1. Command: The command is "Eyes, RIGHT."

  2. Execution: On the command "RIGHT," all individuals except those on the right flank sharply turn their heads and eyes 45 degrees to the right. The individual on the far right continues to look straight ahead. The officer in charge gives the command, "Ready, FRONT," at which point everyone turns their heads and eyes back to the front.

  3. Control: Keep your shoulders and body square to the front. Don't exaggerate the movement. It should be precise, swift, and uniform.

To The Rear

This command is used to reverse the direction of the march. It is given as the right foot strikes the ground. Here is how to perform it:

  1. Command: The command for this movement is "To The Rear, MARCH."

  2. Execution: On the command "MARCH," the cadet takes a step with the left foot, pivots 180 degrees to the right on the ball of the left foot, suspends the arm swing during the pivot, and steps off in the opposite direction with the right foot.

  3. Control: The upper body remains square to the front, and the pivot must be sharp and precise. Ensure that you pivot on the ball of the foot and not the heel.

In conclusion, the precision and uniformity displayed in the close-order drill are reflections of the discipline, training, and camaraderie within the Cadet Corps. By mastering these movements, cadets contribute to the drill's visual effect and develop a sense of teamwork and mutual understanding, which are essential values in any military or paramilitary organization.

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