Purpose: This exercise develops the ability to move laterally (Figure 10-5).

Starting Position: Straddle stance, slightly crouched, with the back straight, arms at the side with elbows bent at 90-degrees and palms facing forward. Face perpendicular to the direction of movement.

Movement: Step out with the lead leg and then bring the trail leg up and toward the lead leg. The Soldier always faces the same direction so that for the first 25-yards he is moving to the left and for the second 25-yards he is moving to the right.

Figure 10-5. Laterals

Check Points:

  • Pick the feet up with each step. Avoid dragging the feet along the ground.
  • Crouch slightly while keeping the back straight.
  • Avoid hitting the feet and ankles together on each step.
  • Rank leaders will face their rank throughout the exercise.

Precaution: N/A

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