A. Importance of Road Guards
B. Road Guard Procedures
A. Importance of Road Guards
Purpose: ensure the safe, orderly crossing of an intersection by the flight. The road guards leave the flight prior to its arrival at the intersection and with caution enter the intersection and then stop any oncoming traffic. Once the entire flight is safely across the intersection, they return to the flight and continue marching with them.
Primary function: SAFETY. They should have the proper equipment with them to ensure they are clearly visible to all oncoming traffic. During dusk or dark hours, they should be equipped with a flashlight. If possible, road guards should be equipped with a brightly colored orange vest to identify them as road guards and present a clearly visible person to traffic.
B. ROAD GUARD PROCEDURES. On base, formations have the right of way. Formations with ten or more members will post road guards at every intersection. Do not stagnate traffic; allow oncoming cars to pass before posting road guards. If circumstances require marching on the right side of the road, do not overtake moving traffic. Two road guards will march six paces in front of the flight, and two will march six paces in back. Road guards and formation commanders will wear reflective vests or sleevelets.
(a) Prior to entering an intersection, the FLT/CC will command, "Flight, Halt" and "Cover". When the intersection is clear, the FLT/CC will move briskly to the middle of the intersection, execute an about face, and command "2 (3 or 4, depending on the number of lanes of traffic) road guards out." The road guards will fall out at double-time to the appropriate location in the intersection, execute a proper facing movement to face oncoming traffic, then move to a modified position of parade rest with their right hand palm out (or during periods of reduced visibility with the flashlight pointed downward and stationary).
(b) When the road guards are posted correctly, the FLT/CC will direct the formation through the intersection by commanding, "Forward, March". At this time, the rear road guards will proceed to "tap out" the forward road guards, who will resume their positions to the front of the flight. Road guards will move at an adjutants pace when wearing blues and will double time in BDUs or PTUs.
(c) As the front rank of the flight passes the FLT/CC, he/she will execute a left (or right) face to face the flight. As the last rank passes the FLT/CC, he/she will execute another left (or right) face, which will enable him/her to observe the flight safely exit the intersection.
(d) When the flight has safely exited the intersection and there is sufficient room for the rear road guards to resume their proper positions to the rear of the flight, the FLT/CC will command, "Flight, Halt" and "Cover". Next, the FLT/CC will relieve the road guards by commanding, "Road guards in". The road guards will come to attention, execute the appropriate facing movement (left or right) to face the flight, and then resume their proper positions in the flight. After the road guards have cleared the intersection, the FLT/CC will move briskly out of the intersection and assume the appropriate position to command the flight.
(e) In the interest of time, and only at the direction of the FTO or CTA, the FLT/CC may forego halting the flight after the flight has safely exited the intersection. NOTE: FTOs must ensure the flight is proficient in all aspects of transitory drill before authorizing this maneuver.
(f) If the Uniform of the Day (UOD) is BDUs or PTUs, the FLT/CC and road guards will enter and exit the intersection at double-time. If the UOD is blues, the FLT/CC and road guards will move at an adjutants pace.
(g) In group or squadron formations, the lead flight will send out the initial road guards. As each flight approaches the intersection, FLT/CCs will send out road guards to relieve the preceding flights road guards. No more than three individual flight formations or one squadron formation will cross intersections at one time in this manner when one or more vehicles are waiting.
(h) Do not move marching units through or near construction areas under any circumstances.