The Colors Reverse and Counter March How-to

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We can read in the Army Training Circular (and the Marine Corps Order) how to execute the move and even see the provided diagram, but it sometimes really helps to see exactly what the feet do. The Colors Reverse, called Counter March in the Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard, turns the team around 180 degrees without executing a wheel movement.

TECHNIQUE WHILE MARCHING

Take the above information and put it into this setting: Colors Reverse, MARCH, is called on two consecutive left steps (Counter March, MARCH ends on the left foot in the Marine Corps style) while marching forward, marking time, or while at the halt. Your tempo NEVER changes, it must remain the same no matter what step you are taking.

TECHNIQUE FROM THE HALT

When called from the halt, all services go right into the move, no preparation steps.

ALL STEPS ARE AT THE SAME PACE FOR YOUR SERVICE! Whether you are marching forward at a full step, half step or marching in place, DO NOT SPEED UP, maintain the same tempo all of the time. Use a metronome app on your phone.

Remember: Service color guards, by regulation, must carry, at a minimum, the American flag and the service flag. Teams are not authorized to replace the service flag.

Differences. Why are there differences unique to each service? Tradition, really.

Colors Reverse (Army and AF)

  • RRG- Right Rifle Guard
  • US- US Color Bearer
  • SVS- Service Color Bearer
  • LRG- Left Rifle Guard

(1 Mar 18) The following diagram shows the Training Circular states for the commander. Facing as in Marching (Face-in-Marching) is for all team members.

 

 

 

 

 

Counter March (MC, N, & CG)

The command is given from the halt, while marching or marking time. If given while marching, the command is on two consecutive left steps.

During the movement, the team’s steps will not be exactly half or whole, they will be just a little less to make proper distance and alignment.

  • RRG- Right Rifle Guard
  • US- US Color Bearer
  • SVS- Service Color Bearer
  • LRG- Left Rifle Guard

Outside Flanks.” For the Fleet and cadets: you are not authorized to execute Countermarch using inside flanks, like the color guard of Marine Barracks Washington. You must execute standard flanking movements, “Outside Flanks”, where you pivot on the outside foot, the opposite foot of the direction you are going.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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