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    Drill commands

    Hello!

    Can anybody please help. I need to translate from Russian two military drill commands:

    1. When the soldiers are ordered to stand in a line in the order of their height - i.e. the tallest one first and the lowest one last.

    2. When the soldiers are already standing in a line and they are ordered to count themselves, i.e. the first in the line says, 'First,' the second says, 'Second,' etc. until the last one says, for example, 'Thirty second.'

    How are these commands called in English and how does the commander (officer) say them?

    Thank you!

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    Re: Drill commands

    I've never served in the military, so I'm not authority on the subject. Perhaps someone who has served in the military can provide more definitive answers.

    Remember, though, that the commands in English may not necessarily be standardized between all English-speaking military forces - even the Wikipedia entry for drill commands references this.


    1. - I don't know what this phrase might be.
    2. - In the American military, this is referring to as 'counting off'. I believe the command is 'Count Off'.

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    Re: Drill commands

    I believe the first one is "Line up" but I'm not totally sure.

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    #4

    Re: Drill commands

    This site gives American and Canadian commands, but it doesn't list standing in order of height.

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    Re: Drill commands

    I have some experience of marching with the army, navy and air force. I have no memory of any command about this.
    Last edited by Tdol; 17-Sep-2015 at 14:19. Reason: ir -> air

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    Re: Drill commands

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I have some experience of marching with the army, navy and air force.
    Wow, you must have been in a lot of trouble!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Drill commands

    The first command is called, "Attention!"
    The second is," Count off!"

    I am neither a teacher nor native speaker, but I think these two commands correspond closely to the Russian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Wow, you must have been in a lot of trouble!
    I just have this thing about uniforms.
    I was a St John ambulanceman too, to add black to the navy blue, air force blue and khaki.

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    Re: Drill commands

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    The first command is called, "Attention!"
    The second is," Count off!"

    I am neither a teacher nor native speaker, but I think these two commands correspond closely to the Russian.
    Neither of them has anything to do with lining up in order of height.

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    Re: Drill commands

    As I understand, there is no such command in the British or US Army. Lining up in order of height was usually mostly in the former socialist countries. The only command which could correspond Russian is "Attention.

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