Standing Orders of
The Royal Canadian Regiment
(1935)

The RCR Standing Orders
Appendix 3.

Guard Mounting.

Previous to the hour fixed for guard mounting, men for guard will fall in on their respective company parade grounds and will be inspected by their Company Orderly Sergeants. On the “ADVANCE” sounding they will be marched by their Company Orderly Sergeants to the vicinity of the guard mounting parade ground and will there fall out. The non-commissioned officers for guard will move to the same parade ground at the same time.

At the specified hour the Regimental Sergeant-Major will call “GUARD COMMANDERS”, when the non-commissioned officers commanding guards will fall in in a single rank and be inspected by the R.S.M., who, after inspection, will form them up at duty distance. On the command “STEADY”, given by the Regimental Orderly Sergeant, Guard Commanders will turn to their left, order arms and stand at ease.

The R.S.M. will give the command “ON PARADE”. The second-in-command of each guard will fall in on the right of the rear rank, immediately behind the Guard Commander. (Plate I.)

The RCR Regimental Standing Orders; Appendix 3, Plate I: Guard Mounting.

The RCR Regimental Standing Orders; Appendix 3, Plate I: Guard Mounting
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The R.S.M. will give the command “FALL IN”. Guard Commanders will spring to attention, take one and a half paces forward and turn to the right. The R.O.S. will cover them and give the command “STEADY”. Guard Commanders will turn to the front and stand at ease.

The R.S.M. will give the command “DUTIES, ATTENTION, RIGHT DRESS”. When dressing is completed the command “EYES FRONT” will be given by the R.O.S.

The R.S.M. will give the command “DUTIES, STAND AT EASE”. “GUARD COMMANDER, TELL OFF”. Guard Commanders will spring to attention, slope arms, take nine paces forward, halt, turn about and dress by the left, and will then size and number their respective guards from the right and stand them at ease.

The R.S.M. will give the command “GUARD COMMANDERS, FALL IN”. Guard Commanders will resume their position on the right of their guards, halt, turn about, take up their dressing by the right, order arms and stand at ease.

The R.S.M. will give the command “DUTIES ATTENTION”. “FIX BAYONETS”. “OPEN ORDER, MARCH”. “REAR RANK, RIGHT DRESS”. When dressing is completed the R.O.S. will give the command “REAR RANK, EYES FRONT”.

The R.S.M. will give the command “DUTIES, STAND AT EASE”, and, naming the guards from right to left, will ask “Are you present?” Guard Commanders will answer “Present, Sir”, or otherwise. The R.S.M. will then report to the Adjutant “Duties formed up, Present, Sir”, or otherwise.

The Adjutant will then inspect the duties, giving all commands from the centre of the parade. When he has completed the inspection of clothing and equipment he will give the commands “DUTIES, ORDER ARMS”, UNFIX BAYONETS”, “FOR INSPECTION, PORT ARMS”. After inspecting the arms at the port he will give the command “EXAMINE ARMS”, and after completing the inspection at the examine, the commands “EASE SPRINGS”, “ORDER ARMS”, “CLOSE ORDER MARCH”, FIX BAYONETS”, “STAND AT EASE”. He will then indicate to the R.S.M. the man he has selected as C.O.’s orderly, who will be ordered by the latter to fall out.

The Adjutant will then hand over the parade to the Orderly Officer.

The Orderly Officer will direct the R.S.M. to dismiss the Orderly Serjeants, the C.O.’s orderly and the waiting men, and to fall out himself. When these are clear of the parade ground the Orderly Officer will give the commands “DUTIES, ATTENTION”, “SLOPE ARMS”, NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS, TAKE POST”. Guard Commanders will take two paces forward and move around the right flanks of their respective guards to positions two paces in rear of the centre, and the second-in-command of each guard will move up to the position vacated by the Guard Commander. If there is only one non-commissioned officer with any guard the bugler will move into his vacated position by taking two paces to the left.

The Orderly Officer will then give the command “DUTIES, BY THE RIGHT, TO YOUR GUARDS, QUICK MARCH”.

Notes:--

1.         If a guard is formed up in a single rank the second-in-command of the guard will be on the immediate left of the Guard Commander. (Plate II.)
2.         The C.O.’s orderly, when ordered to fall out, will take two paces forward, if in the front rank, and two paces to the rear, if in the rear rank, will turn to the left, move off in quick time and fall in on the left of the waiting men.

The RCR Regimental Standing Orders; Appendix 3, Plate II: Guard Mounting.

The RCR Regimental Standing Orders; Appendix 3, Plate II: Guard Mounting
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