Standard Position to Start almost all movements.
May not talk or Move
Left Arm Hangs straight down to the trousers seam.
May Not move feet
May not talk, but may move limbs and hands.
Heels together and in line. Feet turned out at
an angle of about 45 degrees. Knees straight. Body erect and carried
evenly over the thighs, with the shoulders (which should be level
and square to the front) down and moderately back - this should
bring the chest into its natural forward position without any straining
or stiffening. Arms hanging easily from the shoulders as straight
as the natural bend of the arm, when the muscles are relaxed, will
allow, but with the thumbs immediately behind the seams of the trousers.
Wrists straight. Palms of the hands turned towards the thighs, hands
partially closed backs of fingers touching the thigh lightly, thumb
close to forefinger. Neck erect. Head balanced evenly on the neck,
and not poked forward, eyes looking their own height and straight
to the front.
Keeping the legs straight, carry the left foot
about twelve inches to the left so that the weight of the body rests
equally on both feet ; at the same time carry the hands behind the
back and place the back of one hand in the palm of the other, grasping
it lightly with the fingers and thumb, and allowing the arms to
hang easily at their full extent.
The limbs, head, and body may be moved, but the
man will not move from the ground on which he is standing, so that
on coming to attention there will be no loss of dressing. Slouching
attitudes are not permitted.