Posted by Victoria S Dennis on February 10, 2008 at 17:26:
In Reply to: The line forms on the right posted by Jack on February 10, 2008 at 17:26:
: What's the meaning and origin of "The line forms on the right"?
It's a military drill instruction. It means that the front-rank man on the right of the squad is the marker for everybody else; he stands still, while the rest of the squad forms up in relation to him. It's generally normal for a military formation to form on the right; but any well-trained squad can, when so ordered, form on the left or the centre. (VSD)