Following in the File &
Aligning Yourself with Your File & Rank
Unless you are a File Leader, this is the soldier
you follow while in your file. That's right! You follow the
soldier directly in front of you. That soldier follows the one
in front of him - and so on up to the File Leader who is flawlessly
taking direction from the officer or sergeant.
You also stay in line with this soldier, not to the right nor
left of an imaginary line drawn from the File Leader back through him to the
Bringer Up. To orient yourself in this line is to dress the file (to use a
modern military term).
In addition, keep an eye on the soldier to your
right (referred to in period texts as the
'sideman'). It is to him you even yourself with the
rank, that is,
you must be no farther back nor farther forward than the soldier to your right.
Align yourself to those to
your front and to your right.
Nevertheless, the adept soldier always keeps his ears trained on
the officer or sergeant. Their words are your commands. The movement
of the soldier in front of you as well as the soldier to your right should
harmonize with what you hear. If perchance they don't, (not as if any File
Leader would screw up) well, the officer or sergeant is the FINAL authority.