(a) “Lift reel” – The Reel Carriers shall go down together to a squatting position by bending their knees, keeping the body erect and grasp the handles of the reel (the disengaged hand shall remain closed and not used for balance). They shall then rise together, lifting the reel on a level plane and in a reasonably firm manner. At the same time the Standard Bearer shall place the butt of the pole at hip level (in the frog) and support the pole with their right hand.

(b) “Down reel” – The Reel Carriers shall carry out the foregoing procedure in reverse, lowering the reel to the sand. At the same time, the Standard Bearer shall place the butt of the pole at the side of their right foot in line with the toes, keeping it upright and close to their side, holding the pole with their right hand, forearm parallel to the ground, elbow close to their side.

(c) “Stand at ease”

  • (i) The Standard Bearer, the Belt Person, and the files on the left of the reel shall carry their left feet about 15cm to 22.5cm to the left; the files on the right shall carry their right feet about 15cm to 22.5cm to the right, so that in each case the weight of the body rests equally on both feet.
  • (ii) The Standard Bearer shall incline the Standard pole to the front with the right arm at the full extent, the left arm in the position of attention, the body remaining steady and the eyes looking straight to the front.

(d) “Attention” – The Standard Bearer, the Belt Person and the files on the left of the reel bring their left feet to the right, and the files on the right of the reel bring their right feet to the left. The Standard Bearer shall bring the pole to the upright as set out in “down reel”.