Right a quick question for all you drill experts out there Imagine you are in a squad of perhaps 12 men. You have a visit from a high ranking officer type and he is handing out gongs and awards like its VE day all over again. Imagine if you will that your name has been called, your little heart has jumped a couple of inches and now your pulse is racing. The problem now is how to leave the squad and return after collecting the award This is the way I was taught, way back when. Come to attention. Right turn. March smartly behind the rank you are in, not swinging the arms ( unless you are a really skinny **** ) March to the front, halt, salute, collect gong, shaky shaky, salute, right turn. Return to the squad March smartly to the left of the squad, make your way down to your place. halt Left turn Thank god you didnt slip and make a right tit of yourself. Thats what I was taught. What I usually see is chaps and chappesses coming out in the same way but returning to the right of the squad. Or even worse if they are on the front rank - marching straight out and collecting then straight back in again What is the correct by the book way ?