In step

I was in San Diego, NRTC, in January 1966, Company 065. We had a guy from Colorado in our company who seemed to always get out of step when we were marching. Our company commander used this tactic of giving him a #12 up his rear end each time he got out of step. It didn't work. One had a sore rear end, the other a sore foot. So the chief promoted the recruit to squad leader. That way everyone in his squad could give a boot in the rear, if he got out of step. It worked; he stayed in step. We had a good marching company. This is a big deal because of the many companies marching out in the field at the same time getting ready for graduation from boot camp. When the officers overlook this, and one person gets out of step, it looks terrible. It all worked out.

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