COP Week 7 Training
General Wear Tips
-Be sure to trim all excess strings from your uniform every time before you put your uniform on. However, take care to not cut a seam open or cut off a button.
-Before sewing patches onto the BDU, place them in the pocket of the shirt, button the pocket and then wash them together. This will pre-shrink them so they don’t pucker later. Also, when sewing the patches, it is highly recommended that you machine sew them with thread matching the color of the part of the patch you are stitching on..
-Unbutton all of your pockets before ironing the uniform and iron the pocket flaps separately. This will prevent you from scorching the button into the fabric.
-It is recommended that you use spray sizing on your Blues uniform.
-Place a backing behind all pin-on insignia to hold them flat against your Blues Uniform Shirt. To do this, cut out a piece of white cardboard or 1/8” white foamcore (you may need to compress this to fit) to the exact shape of the insignia and place it between the inside of the shirt and the clutch-back fasteners (you will pin the insignia through the backing.)
-When in the Short-Sleeve Shirt Combinations, you will need to wear at least one set of shirt garters at all times. These will keep your shirt tightly tucked in at all times and will help maintain a professional appearance. To wear these, simply adjust the length of the garter to your leg (but short enough so there is no slack), attach one end to the bottom of your shirt, and attach the other end to the top of your sock.
CUSTOMS AND COURTESIES 5
When directed to formally report to an officer, follow these steps:
1. In an office setting, knock on the officer’s door and wait for permission to enter.
2. Walk toward the officer and halt 2 paces in front of them.
3. Salute and report, “Sir / Ma’am, (Grade) (Name) reporting as ordered.”
4. Wait for the officer to return the salute.
5. Remain at attention, unless instructed otherwise.
6. When the meeting is over, the officer will say, “Dismissed.”
7. Come to attention (if not already), and take one step backward.
8. Salute and wait for the officer to return the salute.
9. Perform an about face and exit the area.
When being called forward to receive an award, it is customary to report to the officer and then turn to face the audience as photos are taken.
Accept certificates with your left hand – “take with your left, shake with your right.”
When a large number of people will be reporting to an officer (such as during a graduation ceremony), the event organizers may simplify the reporting procedure to speed the ceremony along. In such cases, the custom is to salute the officer, accept the certificate, shake hands, and move along.
Respect for the United States Flag
- The flag of the United States represents the principles and ideals to which you are committed. It will never be treated with contempt or used as a drapery, as part of an article of clothing, or as a covering for furniture or automobiles. No lettering of any kind should be placed on the flag nor should it be used for advertising purposes.
- Flags flown from stationary flagstaffs on bases are saluted only at reveille, retreat, and special occasions. Small flags and flags on halfstaff are not saluted. Cased and folded flags are not saluted
- Military personnel passing an uncased US flag salute approximately six paces before reaching the flag and hold the salute until they have passed approximately six paces beyond it. Likewise, when an uncased US flag passes by, military personnel salute approximately six paces before the flag is even with them and hold the salute until the flag has passed approximately six paces beyond them.
- When in a group of other flags, the US flag should always be displayed as the highest and/or right-most flag in the group.
- The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
- The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.
- The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.
- The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white, and red, always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below, should be used for covering a speaker's desk, draping the front of the platform, and for decoration in general.
- The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.
- The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling.
- The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.
- The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
- The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.
- No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.
- The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning
- The National Anthem honors the flag and should be accorded the same respect given the flag. You are to show proper respect to the flag and the National
Anthem both indoors and outdoors.
- Indoors. At public or military events, you are required to stand at attention during the playing of the National Anthem whether in uniform or civilian clothes, and remain silent. If in CAP's military-style uniform, you face the flag (if visible) or music but do not salute. In any other CAP uniform or in civilian clothes, you place your right hand over your heart. This does not apply when you hear the National Anthem on the radio or television.
- Outdoors. In military-style uniform, you render the military salute, hold it and remain silent during the National Anthem. In any other CAP uniform or civilian clothes, stand at attention and place your right hand over your heart (Men should remove headdress with right hand and hold it over their heart.)
- On Air Force installations, the flag is lowered at the end of each duty day. Usually, the bugle call "Retreat" is sounded and is followed by the playing of either the National Anthem or "To the Colors." If you are outside, you must stop what you are doing and face the flag. If in the military- style uniform, you stand at Parade Rest, during the sounding of "Retreat" then come to attention and salute during the playing of the National Anthem or "To the Colors." If you are driving a vehicle, you are to stop and sit quietly until the music ends; your passengers also remain silent. This ceremony occurs daily at 1630 local time on the Youngstown Air Reserve Station. Click here to hear the Retreat bugle call.
Pledge of Allegiance
- Honors to the flag during the Pledge of Allegiance are similar to those rendered during the playing of the National Anthem or "To the Colors."
- Military Formations or Ceremonies. You do not recite the Pledge of Allegiance while in military formation.
- Outdoors. When in military-style uniform, you stand at attention, face the flag, remain silent, and salute.
- Indoors. When in military-style uniform, stand at attention, face the flag, but do not salute. You may recite the pledge indoors.
- Civilian Dress. When in civilian clothes (indoors or outdoors), you should stand at attention, face the flag, and recite the Pledge of Allegiance while holding your right hand over your heart. (Men should remove headdress and hold with right hand over their heart.)
- In military-style uniform, you salute the flag as it passes in front of you. In civilian attire, come to attention, remove your hat, and place your right hand over your heart until the flag passes.
DRILL AND CEREMONIES 5
The following commands are typically covered in Week Seven. 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 & CAPP 60-33.
To the Rear
PURPOSE: To turn the unit 180 degrees to the rear while marching. The command is To the Rear, MARCH, given as the heel of the right foot strikes the ground. On the command MARCH, the cadet takes a 12-inch step with the left foot, placing it in front of and in line with the right foot and distributes the weight of the body on the balls of both feet. Then pivot on the balls of both feet, turning 180 degrees to the right, and take a 12-inch step with the left foot in the new direction, with coordinated arm swing, before taking a full 24-inch step with the right foot. While pivoting, do not force the body up or lean forward. The pivot takes a full count and the arm swing is suspended to the sides as the weight of the body comes forward while executing the pivot, as if at the position of attention.
To march in double time from a halt or when marching in quick time, the command is Double Time, MARCH. When halted and on the command MARCH, the airman begins with the left foot, raises the forearms to a horizontal position along the waistline, cups the hands with the knuckles out, and begins an easy run of 180 steps per minute with 30-inch steps, measured from heel to heel. Coordinated motion of the arms is maintained throughout. When marching in quick time and on the command MARCH (given as either foot strikes the ground), the airman takes one more step in quick time and then steps off in double time.
To resume quick time (normal marching) from double time, the command is Quick Time, MARCH, with four steps between commands. On the command MARCH (given as either foot strikes the ground), the airman advances two more steps in double time, resumes quick time, lowers the arms to the sides, and resumes coordinated arm swing. To halt from double time, the command Flight, HALT is given as either foot strikes the ground, with four steps between commands. The airman will take two more steps in double time and halt in two counts at quick time, lowering the arms to the sides. The only commands that can be given while in double time are Incline To The Right (Left); Quick Time, MARCH; and Flight, HALT.
PURPOSE: To change from the left to right or right to left foot within quick time cadence. The command is Change Step, MARCH. On the command MARCH, given as the right foot strikes the ground, the cadet takes one more 24-inch step with the left foot. Then in one count, place the ball of the right foot alongside the heel of the left foot, suspend arm swing, and shift the weight of the body to the right foot. Step off with the left foot in a 24- inch step, resuming coordinated arm swing. The upper portion of the body remains at the position of attention throughout. Cadets should take care not to skip – the natural tendency to bob up and back down should be absorbed by flexing the right knee