Hello, I’m in an Army JROTC and I have a Federal Inspection coming up. I’m doing the color guard for the AFI and I wondering on what to do during eyes, right. Do I salute the rifle like this picture? Or do I just look to the right and keep marching and it’s just only the flag saluting? If you could reply back to me, I’d appreciate it.
Thank you very much
What a great picture you’ve found! Judging by the uniform, you’ve found a WWI-era Manual of Arms pic, possibly a Boy Scout maybe a Soldier. I really enjoy the history of how certain movements came about that we use today.
This picture, at right, is actually how one salutes, individually- not in a formation, when at Right Shoulder. And, as we all know, the right forearm should be horizontal and not at an angle like in this picture.
So, on with the answer: The Command, Eyes, RIGHT is called at Right Shoulder as two consecutive right steps are taken. When the next left foot strikes the ground, the following happens all at the same time:
1. The Left Rifle Guard, all non-national Color Bearers and National Color Bearer all turn their heads 45-degrees to the right; the Right Rifle Guard looks straight ahead and acts as the guide for the team.
2. The non-national Color Bearer brings his/her color to a 45-degree angle be fully extending the right arm in the three steps after the command (this is what we do on the honor guard), whipping the flag forward in one count does not look appropriate (you are not supposed to whip a color forward when standing still, so don’t do it when marching).
On the command, Ready, FRONT, the team snaps its heads back to looking straight forward and the non-national color bearer(s) bring their colors back to vertical in three steps.
Note: for honor guard, all team members do not swing their arms and shoulders are touching when marching. When halted the team should maintain a 4-inch distance between shoulders to facilitate equipment movement (going to Order, Right Shoulder or Present, etc.). Keep your free arm hanging at your side: you should feel your thigh move back and forth- do not move your hand with the seam of the trousers forward and backward when marching nor up and down when Marking Time. Keep that arm just like at Attention, not locked, but slightly stiffened.
Let me know if you need more info!