3-29. FOUR-MAN CARRY
The four-man carry (figure 3-28) is the carry normally used to transport a litter
casualty when the terrain is generally smooth and level.
a. The bearers position themselves as described below prior to performing the
(1) The leader of the litter squad (bearer one) positions himself at the litter
handle nearest the casualty's right shoulder, normally at the back of the litter. This
position allows him to observe the casualty and to direct the three other members of
the squad. In figure 3-28, bearer one is the leader of the litter squad.
(2) The other three-squad members position themselves at the remaining
(3) All bearers face the direction of travel and kneel on one knee (the knee
near the litter).
b. On the preparatory command "Prepare to Lift," each bearer grasps his litter
handle with the hand closest to the litter and places his other hand on his raised knee.
c. On the command of execution "LIFT," all bearers rise together, lifting the
litter and keeping it level.
(1) Each bearer uses the hand on his knee to help support and balance
himself as he rises.
(2) Leg muscles, not back muscles, are used when lifting a litter. This
helps to prevent back injury.
d. After the bearers are standing, they are in position for the four-man carry.
The command to proceed is "Four-Man Carry, MOVE." This command is also used to
change to the four-man carry from another carry without lowering the litter.