Re: Flag Ceremony
Grant O'Neil (poneilgdo@ALPHA2.CURTIN.EDU.AU)
Tue, 17 Dec 1996 21:33:37 +0800
><snip> Way back, when the military was training its soldiers how
>to do flag ceremonies, they assigned numbers to their actions. One was
>for the salute portion and two was the signal to lower the salute. Hence,
>we still use the "two" today to inform people when to lower their salute.
Not so way back. In the Australian army at least, all drill movements are
initially taught "by numbers". I have spent many hours on the parade ground
chanting out the numbers of whatever drill movement we were learning at the
time, or later issuing the words of command "Squad, Calling the time, by
numbers, ..." No doubt someone like Mike Walton could confirm whether the US
military does something similar, but I expect they probably would.
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