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c. Individual weapon is slung across the back, muzzle pointed down and facing toward the inside of the boat.

d. Crew served weapons, radios, ammunition and other bulky equipment is lashed securely to the boat to prevent loss if the boat should overturn. Machine guns with hot barrels are cooled prior to being lashed inside the boats.

e. Radios and batteries are waterproofed.

f. Pointed objects are padded to prevent puncturing the boat.

99. COMMANDS.  Commands are issued by the coxswain to ensure the boat is transported over land and controlled in the water. All crew members learn and react immediately to all commands issued by the coxswain. The various commands are as follows:

a. "Short Count......count off," Crew counts off their position by pairs, i.e., 1,2,3,4,5 (passenger #1, #2, if applicable) coxswain.

b. “Long Count----count off,” Crew counts off the position by individual, i.e., 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10, (Passenger #1, #2, if applicable), coxswain.

c. “Boat Stations”, Crew takes positions along side the boat.

d. “High Carry----Move”, (used for long distance move  overland).

(1) On the preparatory command of “High Carry”, the crew faces the rear of the boat and squats down grasping carrying handles with the inboard hand.

(2) On the command “Move”, the crew swivels around, lifting the boat to the shoulders so that the crew is standing and facing to the front with the boat on their inboard shoulders.

(3) Coxswain guides the crew during movement.

e. “Low Carry----Move”, (Used for short distance moves overland).

(1) On preparatory command of “Low Carry”, the crew faces the front of the boat, bent at the waist, and grasps the carrying handles with their inboard hands.

(2) On the command of “Move”, the crew stands up straight raising the boat approximately six to eight inches off the ground.

(3) Coxswain guides the crew during movement.

f. “Lower the Boat----Move”, Crew lowers the boat gently to the ground using the carrying handles.

g. “Give Way Together”, Crew paddles to front with number 2 setting the pace.

h. “Hold”, Entire crew keeps paddles straight downward motionless in the water stopping the boat.

i. “Left side hold (Right)”, Left crew holds, right continues with previous command.

j. "Back paddle", Entire crew paddles backward propelling the boat to the rear­.

k. “Back Paddle Left" (Right), Left crew back paddles causing the boat to turn left, right crew continues with previous command.

l. "Rest Paddles", Crew members place paddles on their laps with blades outboard. This command may be given in pairs (e.g., "Number 1's, rest paddles").


a. When launching, the crew will maintain a firm grip on the boat until they are inside it: similarly, when beaching or debarking, they hold on to the boat until it


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