the past few years we have changed the way we form our
Company for the first time in the morning. It seems that
we did it differently each time we got together. The following
procedure will now be used. This is taken from Gilhams
Manual and is the preferred method of the Battalion.
Captain will command the 1st Sgt. to form the Company
at a given spot. The 1st Sgt. will then move to that position
company will form from right to left, faced to the right,
in order of height with the tallest man on the far right.
The 1st Cpl. will always be the second man in line next
to the man on the right. The 2nd Cpl. will either be the
last man on the left, when we have an even number, or
the second to last man when we have an odd number. The
Sgt.'s will inspect the line and make adjustments, placing
new recruits in what will become the front rank (every
even man, 2, 4, 6
the line is set, the 1st Sgt. will command:
In Two Ranks, Form Company.
Company Left Face,
the command "Left Face" the Company will face
to the left, still in one rank. EXCEPT for the 2nd Cpl.,
He will remain faced to the front. At the command "March"
the man to the right of the 2nd Cpl. will step behind
him and face to the front. The next man, 3rd man, will
step next to the 2nd Cpl. And face to the front. The 4th
man will step behind the 3rd man and face to the front.
The Company will continue to form as such while moving
by the left flank.
the formation is complete, the 2nd Sgt. will take his
place as the left guide.
The 1st Sgt. will then command:
In Each Rank,
the Company has counted off, the 1st Sgt. will break the
Company into platoons, sections, and comrades of four. He
will then commence with roll call.