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    For people getting waiting for their first RSP, here's some helpful info to get you on the right track

    Drills and Cermonies

    The following are terms that will help

    Element: This is an individual, squad, section, platoon,
    company, or larger unit formed as part of the next higher
    unit.
    b. Formation: This is an arrangement of the unit's elements in
    a prescribed manner such as a line formation in which the
    elements are side-by-side, and column formation in which
    the elements are one behind the other. In a platoon column,
    the members of each squad are one behind the other with the
    squads abreast.
    c. Front: This is a space from one side to the other side of a
    formation, and includes the right and left elements.
    d. Depth: This is a space from the front to the rear of a
    formation, including the front and rear elements.
    e. Distance: This is the space between elements that are one
    behind the other. The distance between individuals is an
    arm's length, plus 6 inches, or approximately 36 inches
    measured from the chest of one Soldier to the back of the
    Soldier immediately to his front.
    f. Interval: This is the space between side-by-side elements.
    g. Rank: This is a line that is only one element in depth.
    h. File: This is a column that has a front of one element.
    i. Guide: This is the person responsible for maintaining the
    prescribed direction and rate of march.
    j. Post: This is the correct place for an officer or NCO to stand
    in a prescribed formation.
    k. Head: This is a column's leading element.
    l. Base: This is the element around which a movement is
    planned or regulated.
    m. Cadence: This is a uniform rhythm or number of steps or
    counts per minute.
    n. Quick Time: This is a cadence of 120 counts (steps per
    minute).
    o. Double Time: This is a cadence of 180 counts (steps per
    minute).
    5. Drill commands are oral orders given by your commander or
    leader, usually in two parts. The preparatory command states the
    movement to be carried out and gets you ready to execute the
    order. The command of execution tells when the movement is to
    be carried out. In the command "Forward, march," the

    I hope this helps in anyway

  • #2
    Re: get ahead for RSP

    Also include FM 3-21.5 Drill and Ceremonies as a reference so interested RSP soldiers can reference diagrams for visual reference.

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    • #3
      Re: get ahead for RSP

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing that. Hopefully others can get use out of this information.

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      • #4
        Re: get ahead for RSP

        I would also tell you to start doing 1 minutes of push ups and sit ups and practice the 1 mile run. What you do now will benefit you at RSP Drill and the first week of Basic Training.

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