Order - in the Files
Order in the files, as with in the ranks, is the appropriate spacing for soldiers when
assembling or receiving instruction from their superiors. It
can also work for maneuvering on the field but is tight.
It is not suitable, however, for marching and may be used in this
situation only for out-of-the-ordinary circumstances. For
cleaner maneuvering and especially for marching, use
Open Order in
Drill instructors of olde found that the most convenient way to
measure the distance was for a soldier in the file to stand
almost to the tip of the sword of his file mate in front.