(a) On the command “stand at ease” each person shall carry the appropriate foot 15cm to 22.5cm to the left or right, so that the weight of their body rests equally on both feet. The shoulders should be level and square to the front and drawn moderately back. The body and neck should be erect, head balanced evenly on the neck, eyes looking straight to the front and at their own height, as in the position of “attention”.

(b) At the same time, they shall carry their hands behind their backs and place the right hand in the palm of the left, thumbs crossed and fingers together, the fingers of the left hand lightly clasping the right hand. The arms shall be extended in a relaxed position so as to allow them to hang easily at full length.