Here is my preferred definition. The quoted text in the title is what an individual wrote to me. We can infer from this ignorant statement that this individual and the organization believes that the US Air Force purposefully wrote the AFMAN to be so vague so as to not allow for successful completion of the mission. The mission here being learning and effectively executing military drill.
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When it came to drill and ceremonies, the newly created service looked at the Marine Corps and Army drill manuals and chose from what it considered the best from each most from the MCO. One thing the USAF eventually left out beginning in approximately the s was the manual of arms for the rifle. Because the Army and Marine Corps had already accomplished that task and Airmen did not have a daily use for rifles like Soldiers and Marines.
We march, have military parades, color guards, and change of command ceremonies, so the USAF creating a drill and ceremonies manual with specifics for the Element, Flight, Squadron, Group, and Wing, was logical. However, both guards of a color guard were armed with sidearms because most teams were manned solely by Air Police. Look at the right arm holds the flagstaff. Notice the flag and staff size. Still, the right arms are holding the flagstaffs at Carry. In the picture from the , spacing is a bit wide, in , our color guard started to conform to Close Interval.
In the manuals from , we see a much more elaborate description of how the color guard is formed and more information on the manual of the staff. Notice in the pictures below that the right arm is still holding the staff and we now have the horizontal right forearm. Even though the manual now states that the team will form at Close Interval, spacing is a bit mixed up depending on the position of the team Carry, Order, etc.
The team is now, wrongly, shoulder-to-shoulder even though the text states the team will form at Close Interval. In each picture, the right hand is still the only one authorized to hold the staff. Notice the flag size in the pictures below. Historically, these teams so far have met the standards. This manual was the standard until it incorporated Change 1 in The version with Change 1 was then the standard until AF Color Guard Order Initially, the manual did not have guidance on spacing and then guidance was developed in the s.
In , we throw in a huge discrepancy. Welcome to Now we see, frankly, a ridiculous display. The larger flag is mounted on the taller staff only. Again, the team is not at Close Interval, which is mandated at the beginning of the colors chapter. AF Color Guard Now, we come to an egregious error that has caused quite a bit of contention. Out of the clear blue sky, the color bearers, for some unknown reason, are holding the staffs with the left hand while at Carry.
There is not reason to use the left hand-only carry technique. Positions of the Flag at the Carry. At the carry, the ferrule of the staff rests in the socket of the sling. The flag bearer grasps the staff with the right hand at the height of the shoulder, only using the left hand to steady the staff in a strong wind. The staff is inclined slightly to the front. Every picture shows the team shoulder-to-shoulder and then, BAM! AF Color Guard used again in Whew! That was a close one!
Wait a minute. That mistake with using the picture of having the color bearers use the left hand at carry is less expensive to fix if you just change the wording! The flag bearer grasps the staff with the left hand at the height of the shoulder, only using the right hand to steady the staff in a strong wind. For good. Here is an easy list of errors to fix: All formation pictures must have the team at Close Interval. Only the right hand holds the flagstaff.
This is not determined by the type of rifle. Share this:.
AFMAN 36-2203 “Does not Promote Success”
Chapter 3 3. Positions and Movements. This chapter explains, by word and picture, certain basic positions and movements. Position of Attention. To come to attention, bring the heels together smartly and on line. Place the heels as near each other as the conformation of the body permits, and ensure the feet are turned out equally, forming a degree angle. Keep the legs straight without stiffening or locking the knees.
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