Orders: Give and Take
Reference here is to orders from a commander to a unit of soldiers, and that unit can be from a single file to a regiment. The keystone word here is 'unit,' which the person issuing the command wishes to have operate as a single, cohesive entity. Got that? Cohesive!
To obtain the desired reaction of all members of the unit, commands must be given in a standard manner with fixed and universally understood words. Although a civilian trying to cope with an office meeting will wish to know six aspects of a request: who, how, what, where, when and why, the soldier in a file needs to know ONLY three of those (and best in this sequence):
For military purposes, the other three are unnecessary, superfluous, and an invitation to spontaneous discussion among soldiers:
Sergeant Subtlelus says: