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UNCLASSIFIED

AIR FORCE DRILL AND CEREMONIAL MANUAL
Issued for use by Air Force personnel and is effective forthwith

KG Dunn
Air Commodore
Chief of Staff - AFHQ
Department of Defence
CANBERRA ACT 2600
25 August 2017

GN Davies
Air Marshal
Chief of Air Force
Department of Defence
CANBERRA ACT 2600
25 August 2017

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© Commonwealth of Australia 2017
This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act
1968, no part may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission
from the Australian Government Department of Defence.
(http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063)
All Defence information, whether classified or not, is protected from unauthorised
disclosure under the Crimes Act 1914, Defence information may only be released in
accordance with the Defence Security Manual as appropriate.
(http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Series/C1914A00012)
First edition 2017

Sponsor
AFHQ Ceremonial
Developer
GL Banning
Warrant Officer Ceremonial AFHQ
Publisher
Defence Publishing Service
Department of Defence
CANBERRA ACT 2600
Effective Date
1 September 2017
Review Date
1 September 2018

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FOREWORD
This manual is a total rewrite of the previous AAP 5135.001—Manual of Drill and
AAP 5135.002— Manual of Ceremonial that combines the two manuals into one.
Information from Defence Instructions (Air Force) (DI(AF) ADMIN 10-05—Air Force
Colours, Standards and Banners, DI(AF) ADMIN 10-13—Battle Honours of the
RAAF, DI(AF) ADMIN 10-18—Badges and Mottoes, DI(AF) ADMIN 10-24—ADF
Ensign Personal flags of senior officers, Car flags and Star Plates and DI(AF) ADMIN
12-11—Procedures for Dining In Nights has also been updated and included. This
has resulted in the Air Force Drill and Ceremonial Manual (AFDCMAN) being a large
document, that will only be issued in electronic format. Should hardcopies be
required, members are to print out the relevant sections for their use.
The customs, traditions, drill and ceremonial of the Royal Australian Air Force
(RAAF) are, in the main, based on those of the Royal Air Force. In turn, the Royal Air
Force has based much of its traditions, etc, on those of the British Army and Royal
Navy. Over the years, the RAAF has changed procedures to meet Australian
requirements, and much of the extremes once associated with ceremonial drill are no
longer part of RAAF Ceremonial. Nevertheless, certain ceremonial drill conventions
are retained not only for their visual effect, but for their importance in developing a
sense of military pride, alertness, precision and efficiency. Even today, the standard
of drill indicates the degree of efficiency and discipline of a military unit.
A common misconception is that drill and ceremonial do not change, ceremonial
procedures and drill are continually evolving, being refined or changed. This manual,
therefore, reflects the evolution of RAAF ceremonial procedures, yet also reaffirms
the traditional aspects of drill, which, in most instances, predated the RAAF by many
years. Also, this manual reflects the increasing requirement for the adoption of triservice ceremonial procedures.
Part 1 of this manual provides the detail of how drill movements are performed by
individuals and collectively. The ceremonial procedures detailed in the following
sections are explained with the assumption that personnel are already familiar with
the basic drill movements described in the chapters of section 1.
Part 2 deals with common unit and base level ceremonial occasions and protocol, as
well as administration of various Air Force customs and traditions. Part 3 details
procedure for major ceremonial events and although intended for Base Warrant
Officers (BWOFF) and Military Skills Instructors (MSI) there is information that may
be useful for all Air Force personnel (eg the origin of the slow march is explained in
Part 3, Chapter 4, - Service Funerals).
The ceremonial in this manual details procedure for parade ground conditions. While
procedures may be varied to conform to local conditions, this manual is to be
followed as closely as possible. Not withstanding the problems faced with mounting
ceremonial parades, Colour Drill, and the procedure for Guards of Honour are not to
be varied.

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The manual is seen as reflecting the continuing evolution of RAAF ceremonial.
Therefore, changes and amendments to procedures will be made as necessary.
Suggestions for changes to this manual are to be forwarded through the appropriate
command to AFHQ Ceremonial.
Throughout this manual items of equipment are identified by their NATO Stock
Number (NSN).

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AMENDMENT CERTIFICATE
Proposals for amendment of Air Force Drill and Ceremonial Manual, are to be
forwarded to:
WOFF Ceremonial
AFHQ
R1-06-B041
Department of Defence
CANBERRA ACT 2600
Amendment
number

Volume/Part

Chapter(s)

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Effected date

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CONTENTS
Part 1: Individual and collective drill movements
Part 2: Common Ceremonial Procedures
Part 3: Complex Ceremonial Events

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AFDCMAN Part 001

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PART 1: INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE DRILL
MOVEMENTS

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Contents
Chapter 1
Drill
General principles
Definition
Purpose
Parades
Introduction
Ceremonial parades
Local parades
Personnel ill on parade
Drill instruction
Introduction
Safety
Instructors
Sequence of instruction
Words of command
Delivery
Timing
Moving off in step with another flight
Inspections
General
Adjustment
Forms of verbal address
General
Vice-Regal and members of parliament
Defence force personnel
Key to figures
Annex 1A
Drill patter and lesson plan
Annex 1B
Key to figures
Chapter 2
Salutes and compliments
Introduction
Origins
Reasons for saluting
Officers
General
Saluting officers of other services
Officers saluting on parade with unarmed personnel
Officers saluting on parade with armed personnel
Officers in command of formed bodies
Officers in attendance
Airmen
General rules
General rules - all ranks
Saluting without headdress
Saluting in conjunction with armed personnel

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1–1
1–1
1–1
1–1
1–1
1–1
1–1
1–2
1–2
1–3
1–3
1–4
1–4
1–4
1–4
1–4
1–4
1–6
1–6
1–7
1–7
1–7
1–8
1–8
1–8
1–8
1–9
1A–1
1A–1
1B–2
1B–2
2–1
2–1
2–1
2–1
2–1
2–1
2–1
2–2
2–2
2–2
2–2
2–2
2–3
2–3
2–3
2–3
2–3

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Ceremonial flags, colours, standards, banners or guidons
National anthem
Last post
Royal salute and general salute as personal salute
Raising and lowering of flags
Funerals
Boarding or leaving her majesty's ships
Two or more personnel
Armed and unarmed flights
Mechanical vehicles
Australian defence force cadets
Saluting when in civilian clothing
Non-saluting areas and variations to saluting requirements
The salute as a sign of respect
Saluting at the halt
Saluting with the hand
Saluting with the rifle
Saluting with the sword
Saluting on the march
Eyes right and left on the march
Eyes right
Eyes left
Saluting on the march with a rifle or sword
Honours and salutes on ceremonial occaisions
Introduction
Salutes - distinguished persons
General rules
Exceptions to the general rules
Salutes - members of federal parliament
Senior officers attending
Musical salutes
Saluting stations and locations
Annex 2A
Saluting entittlements at ceremonial occaisions
Annex 2B
Saluting stations
Chapter 3
Flight drill without arms - at the halt
Introduction
Timing
The position of attention
Stand at ease position from the attention
Attention from stand at ease
Stand easy from stand at ease
Stand at ease from stand easy
Turning at the halt
General
Right turn
About turn
Inclines right and left

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2–5
2–5
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2–6
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2–7
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2–7
2–7
2–11
2–12
2–14
2–15
2–15
2–15
2–15
2–15
2–15
2–16
2–16
2–16
2–16
2–17
2–17
2–17
2A–1
2A–1
2B–1
2B–1
3–1
3–1
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3–1
3–1
3–3
3–5
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