|Rest Positions at the Halt
NOTE: Any of the positions of rest may be commanded and executed from the position of attention.
Parade Rest. Parade rest is commanded only from the position of attention. The command for this movement is Parade, REST. On the command of execution REST, move the left foot about 10 inches to the left of the right foot. Keep the legs straight without locking the knees, resting the weight of the body equally on the heels and balls of the feet. Simultaneously, place the hands at the small of the back and centered on the belt. Keep the fingers of both hands extended and joined, interlocking the thumbs so that the palm of the right hand is outward. Keep the head and eyes as in the position of attention. Remain silent and do not move unless otherwise directed. Stand at ease, at ease, and rest may be executed from this position.
Stand At Ease. The command for this movement is Stand at, EASE. On the command of execution EASE, execute parade rest, but turn the head and eyes directly toward the person in charge of the formation. At ease or rest may be executed from this position.
At Ease. The command for this movement is AT EASE. On the command AT EASE, the soldier may move; however, he must remain standing and silent with his right foot in place. Rest may be executed from this position.
Rest. The command for this movement is REST. On the command REST, the soldier may move, talk, smoke, or drink unless otherwise directed. He must remain standing with his right foot in place. At ease may be executed from this position.
NOTE: On the preparatory command for attention, immediately assume parade rest when at the position of stand at ease, at ease, or rest. If, for some reason, a subordinate element is already at attention, the members of the element remain so and do not execute parade rest on the preparatory command, nor does the subordinate leader give a supplementary command.
Dismissing the Squad
With armed troops, the commands are Inspection, ARMS; Ready, Port, ARMS; Order (Sling),ARMS; and DISMISSED.
With unarmed troops, the command is DISMISSED.
Unless otherwise stated (by the person in charge in his instructions prior to the command dismissed), the command dismissed terminates only the formation, not the duty day (AR 310-25).