COP Week 1 Training


This week covers the basics of what the Civil Air Patrol is, what we do, and what you can get out of your membership. It is also an introduction to some of the training you will receive later on should you decide to continue.


This presentation is conducted in-person at the meeting with questions and answers.


The following commands are typically covered in Week One. These may differ depending upon the speed in which the class learns the information. All of the images are from AFMAN 36-2203 Air Force Drill and Ceremonies.

Position of Attention

The command is Flight, ATTENTION. You will hear it pronounced "Flite, Tench-HUT". To come to attention, bring the heels together smartly and on line. Place the heels as near each other as the conformation of the body permits, and ensure the feet are turned out equally, forming a 45-degree angle. Keep the legs straight without stiffening or locking the knees. The body is erect with hips level, chest lifted, back arched, and shoulders square and even. Arms hang straight down alongside the body without stiffness, and the wrists are straight with the forearms. Place thumbs, which are resting along the first joint of the forefinger, along the seams of the trousers. Hands are cupped (as if holding a roll of dimes) with palms facing the leg and knuckles in contact with the leg. The head is kept erect and held straight to the front with the chin drawn in slightly so the axis of the head and neck is vertical; eyes are to the front, with the line of sight parallel to the ground. The weight of the body rests equally on the heels and balls of both feet, and silence and immobility are required. To obtain proper posture, tighten your upper back and your abdominal muscles while pushing your knuckles slightly toward the ground.

Position of Attention

Present Arms

The command is Present, ARMS. On the command ARMS, the individual raises the right hand smartly following the gig line up at the same time extending and joining the fingers (the transition between cupped and straight hands will be at the belt level). Keep the palm flat and facing the body. Place the thumb along the forefingers, keeping the palm flat and forming a straight line between the fingertips and elbows. Tilt the palm slightly toward the face. Hold the upper arm horizontal, slightly forward of the body and parallel to the ground. Ensure the tip of the middle finger touches the right front corner of the headdress. If wearing a nonbilled hat, ensure the middle finger touches the outside corner of the right eyebrow or the front corner of glasses. The rest of the body will remain at the position of attention.

Order Arms

The command is Order, ARMS. On the command ARMS, the individual reverses the process used for Present Arms and assumes the position of Attention.

Hand Salute

This is used for training purposes only. The command is Hand, SALUTE, and it is performed in two counts. On the command SALUTE, the individual executes a salute as in Present Arms. This is count one of the movement. To complete count two of the movement, bring the arm smoothly and smartly downward, retracing the path used to raise the arm. Cup the hand as it passes the waist, and return to the position of attention.

Present Arms

Parade Rest

The command is Parade, REST. On the command REST, the airman will raise the left foot from the hip just enough to clear the ground and move it smartly to the left so the heels are 12 inches apart, as measured from the inside of the heels. Keep the legs straight, but not stiff, and the heels on line. As the left foot moves, bring the arms, fully extended (with no openings between the body and the arms), to the back of the body, uncupping the hands in the process; and extend and join the fingers, pointing them toward the ground. The palms will face outwards. Place the right hand in the palm of the left, right thumb over the left to form an “X”. Keep head and eyes straight ahead, and remain silent and immobile. Do not lift the leg by bending the knee, instead slightly lift your left foot and move it out 12 inches. Do not scrape the ground. You must come back to the position of Attention before executing any other drill movements from this position.

At Ease

The command is AT EASE. On the command AT EASE, airmen may relax in a standing position, but they must keep the right foot in place. Their position in the formation will not change, and silence will be maintained. Since this movement has no standard position, in our squadron you will cross your hands as in Parade Rest when not adjusting. You must come back to the position of Attention before executing any other drill movements from this position. Whenever you hear the command "Flight", move to the position of Parade Rest. When you hear the command "Attention" (pronounced Tench-HUT), come to the position of Attention.


The command is REST. On the command REST, the same requirements for at ease apply, but moderate speech is permitted. Since this movement has no standard position, in our squadron you will cross your hands as in Parade Rest when not adjusting.

Parade Rest