To Follow The Corporal
Categories: SCHOOL OF THE SQUAD
Military Handbooks: The Plattsburg Manual
Being assembled or deployed, to march the squad without unnecessary
commands, the corporal places himself in front of it and commands:
If in line or skirmish line, No. 2 of the front rank follows in the
track of the corporal at about 3 paces; the other men conform to the
movements of No. 2, guiding on him and maintaining their relative
If in column, the head of the column follows the corporal.
Note that No. 4 rear rank takes the place of the corporal when the
corporal is in front of the squad. This a general rule. When any front
rank man is absent his rear rank man steps up in the front rank. When
the squad is following the corporal No. 4 rear rank remains blank (i.e.,
No. 3 does not step to the left and cover No. 4).