I’m just trying to find consensus or documentation to prevent potential aggro in 6 months time…
What is the correct spacing between the front and rear ranks of a squad in 2 ranks in close order?
AP818 contradicts itself (of course) so I am looking for supporting arguments one way or the other:
In the definitions section on page viii:
CLOSE ORDER (2 RANKS)
The formation of a squad or unit in 2 ranks, at a distance of 2 paces of 75 cm/30 in between ranks. The ranks are termed the “front rank” and “rear rank” and each person in the rear rank covers the corresponding person in the front rank.
In lesson 18 "the formation of a squad/flight"
Movement 2 (On Parade), Points-To-Note #3
If there is less than nine persons to form a squad, they are to be formed up in two ranks with the same intervals between individuals as described [as for 3 ranks, that being 1 pace].
The description in the definitions section seems unambiguous, but I suspect the lesson is newer and is more likely to be correct.