How to Call Commands

Your Command Voice

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Have you considered your command voice? Have you looked at your service’s manual and actually read about what it says on the proper way to call commands? No, it doesn’t say monotone is OK, it doesn’t say the gravel-in-your-throat style is a good style, it says use inflection, be clear and more! Read! Don’t rely on a senior cadet to …

“Root Step” and Command Pronunciation

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When we give commands to a formation, the words and your voice need to have several different attributes (click here for complete information on the command voice). One of the attributes that is never addressed is how to pronounce certain words. The two words that are constantly butchered by cadets and members of the military are Route and Oblique. The …

Hut, Toop, Threep, Fourp?

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In the Air Force the official way to call cadence is not “Left, Left, Left, Right Left” (more on that later). In the USAF drill and ceremonies manual, 36-2203, it states that when calling or counting cadence (AF cadence is 100 to 120 SPM- steps per minute- with a 24-inch step) you say, “HUT, TOOP, THREEP, FOURP; HUT, TOOP, THREEP, …

Ask DrillMaster- Command Voice Question

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Answer: Both the Army and the Air Force teach that commands are to be enunciated, never garbled in any way. Confidence and knowledge of what the commander and the unit is doing is paramount. The commander keeping effective control of the unit through commands is what is required. See this article: http://drillmaster.wpengine.com/your-voice/