Commanding a Club on Public Parade
These instructions are to be used when marching in public spaces outside your club meetings. Such as Church parades, fairs, rallies, camporees and public events (i.e ANZAC Day)
- Direct the Club that, prior to falling in, they are to assemble in three ranks at the meeting place or edge of the parade ground and ‘stand “easy”.
- When the club is assembled, the Director / Instructor will designate one Pathfinder to act as the Right Marker.
- The marker detailed then takes up the position of the extreme right-hand Pathfinder of the front rank and stands “at easy”.
On the command “Right MARKER”, the Pathfinder detailed as the Right
- Comes to “attention”
- Marches in quick time to a position three paces in front of, the Director / Instructor, “halts”, and if necessary, turns to face the Director / Instructor.
- Stands “at ease”.
On the command “Pathfinders, On PARADE”,
- The right marker comes to “attention” and simultaneously the club will
Come to “attention”
- March onto the parade ground, and halt on the left of and covering off the marker, and if necessary, turn to face the front.
- All stand “at ease”.
The Director / Instructor then proceeds to direct the procedure of the parade as follows:
“Pathfinders, right DRESS.”
- The Right Marker and the marker for each rank stand fast.
- The remainder take a half pace forward, with the exception right-hand Pathfinder in each rank, turn their head and eyes to the right, keep their shoulders square to the front.
- The front rank, except the Right Marker, will raise the right arm to a horizontal position to the right, hand closed, back of the hand uppermost. (Where Pathfinders are close together prior to dressing, the arm is to be raised in front of the Pathfinder on the right, and then drawn back to the correct position).
- All except the markers then dress by taking short sharp paces until each can see the lower portion of the face of the Pathfinder two positions away, and until the knuckles of the right hand is just touching the left shoulder of the Pathfinder on their right.
- Each Pathfinder of the centre and rear ranks align themselves until each can see the lower portion of the face of the Pathfinder two positions away, and cover off correctly by glancing out of the corner of the eyes at the person in front of them.
- The Director / Instructor (or if on parade, the officer in charge) will check and align the dressing of each rank as necessary by nominating the person out of line and ordering them forward or backwards until they are realigned correctly.
- When the unit is aligned correctly the Director / Instructor will give the order to turn the head to face the front.
On the command “Eyes FRONT”,
a.The head and eyes are snapped to the front, and at the same time, the arms of the Pathfinders in the front rank are cut away to the side.
a.Jumping forward with both feet off the ground at once.
b.Feet and shoulders not held square to the front.
c.Leaning backwards or forwards from the hips when taking up the dressing.
d.Bending at the waist when moving the feet.
e.Incorrect distance, interval and covering.
f.Slapping the thigh with the hand in “eyes front”.
“Pathfinders, open order MARCH.”
- If in two ranks, the rear rank will step back two paces.
- If in three ranks, the rear rank will step back two paces, the front rank will step forward two paces and the centre rank will stand fast.
- Arms will be held steady by the sides throughout the movement.
- Each pace to be 50 cm.
“Pathfinders, close order MARCH.”
- The rear rank will march forward two paces and the front rank will step back two paces.
- Arms will be held steady by the side throughout the movement.
Open Order March (Front View)
Open Order March (Side View)
- Front rank taking paces that are too long when opening the ranks.
- Taking a short pace with the left foot.
- Looking down at the ground.
Falling Individuals Out of Ranks
The command “Fall OUT” is used when one or more individuals are called out of the Club.
On the command “Fall OUT”,
- The nominated Pathfinder comes to “attention”,
- Takes a half pace forward,
- Turns to their right,
- Marches along the front of their rank until clear of the unit, and
- Moves off directly to whatever position has been designated.
Falling Individuals In
On the command “Fall IN”
- The individual marches to their unit by the shortest route, passing to the rear of the rank in which they are positioned,
- Halts adjacent to their position,
- Turns right,
- Steps forward into their rank and assumes the same stance as the remainder of the unit, i.e. “at ease” or “attention”.
Falling Colour Guard Out
If guidons are used by the club, the guidon bearer is not to be a member of the colour guard.
On the command “Colour guard, take POST”,
- The selected Pathfinders take a half pace forward out of their rank,
- Turn right,
- March along the front of their rank until clear of the unit and
- Form up at the rear of the club with the escorts on each side of the colour bearer.
The Director will give the command “Colour guard, left or right TURN. Quick MARCH.”
- The colour guard marches in file, by the shortest route (or a route designated by the Director, as commanded), to a position three paces in front of the flag and marks time.
The Director gives the command “Colour guard, HALT, Left or right TURN.”
- The colour guard is halted in rank three paces in front of the flag.
- At the conclusion of the flag ceremony, the colour bearer resumes position between the escorts.
Falling Colour Guard In.
- At the conclusion of the flag ceremony, the Director gives the commands “Colour guard, left or right TURN. Quick MARCH.”
- The colour guard returns in file by the shortest route (or a route designated by the Director, as commanded).
- They pass to the rear of the rank in which they are positioned,
- Halt adjacent to their position,
- Turn right together,
- Step forward into their rank together and assume the “attention” position.
Numbering is used to designate individuals in the Club.
On the command “Pathfinders, NUMBER”,
- The front rank only will number off from the right to left, the right-hand Pathfinder calling out “one”, and The next “two”, and so on.
- The head and eyes remain still.
- There is no pause between numbers.
- Each Pathfinder in the centre and rear determines his number by taking the number of the front rank Pathfinder he is covering.
- When an error in numbering occurs, the command “As you were” will be given followed by the last correct number called out.
- The Pathfinder designated repeats his number and the drill of numbering continues.
- The command “As you were, Pathfinders, NUMBER” may be ordered, and the Club will renumber from the beginning.
Dismissing the Club
- The command “Dismiss” signifies the end of a parade, period of instruction, etc.
- The club will be in line and at “attention” when dismissed.
On the command “Pathfinders, Dis-MISS”, the club will
- Turns right
- Counts four beats of quick time
- Disassembles and moves from the place of parade