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Standing At Attention and At Ease Position

posted Sep 9, 2012, 3:29 PM by Greg Jewett   [ updated Nov 25, 2013, 6:57 AM ]
Scouts who are attending official scout functions, troop meetings, and saluting the flag, should understand and practice the following positions for a professional appearance.
STAND AT EASE

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hen the command "Stand At Ease" yelled out, scouts should stand and perform the following steps:
  1. 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.
  2. 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 (see figure to the right).
  3. Keep the head and eyes facing forward and looking at the person making the call. Remain silent and do not move unless otherwise directed.




STAND AT ATTENTION

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hen the command "Stand At Attention" is yelled out, scouts should stand and perform the following steps:
  1. Bring the heels together sharply on line, with the toes pointing out equally, forming a 45-degree angle. Rest the weight of the body evenly on the heels and balls of both feet. Keep the legs straight without locking the knees. Hold the body erect with the hips level, chest lifted and arched, and the shoulders square.
  2. Keep the head erect and face straight to the front with the chin drawn in so that alignment of the head and neck is vertical.
  3. Let the arms hang straight without stiffness. Make a fist like you are holding a roll of quarters.  Keep the thumbs straight, do not curl them or tuck them inside your first.  Keep the thumbs straight along the seams of the trouser leg (see figure to the right).
  4. Remain silent and do not move unless otherwise directed.
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