MILITARY MOVEMENT DRILL 2, EXERCISE 2: CROSSOVERS
Purpose: This exercise improves leg coordination and trains Soldiers to move laterally (Figure 10-8).
Starting Position: Straddle stance, slightly crouched, with the back straight, arms at the side with elbows bent at 90-degrees, and palms facing forward or holding weapon. Face perpendicular to direction of movement.
Movement: Cross the trail leg first to the front of the lead leg and step in the direction of travel to return to the starting position. Then cross the trail leg to the rear of the lead leg and step in the direction of travel to return to the starting position. Repeat sequence to the 25-yard stop point. Always face the same direction so that movement of the first 25-yards is to the left and movement of the second 25-yards is to the right.
Figure 10-8. Crossovers
- Pick the feet up with each step. Avoid dragging the feet along the ground.
- Crouch slightly while keeping the back straight.
- Maintain the trunk perpendicular to the direction of travel while allowing the hips to move naturally.
- Rank leaders will face their rank throughout the exercise.