Figure 3-30. Litter post carry.
3-33. LITTER ROTATION
When you must change the casualty's direction of travel (from feet first to head
first or from head first to feet first), rotate the litter. The instructions below assume the
rotation takes place while the bearers are in a four-man carry formation.
a. Upon the command "Litter Post Carry, MOVE," the bearers position
themselves as though they were going to perform the litter post carry (figure 3-30). The
bearer at the front of the litter (bearer two turns his head and looks over his shoulder so he
can observe the other bearers.
b. Upon the command "Prepare to Rotate," the two bearers at the ends (bearers two
and three) release the handles and take one step away from the litter, leaving the bearers
at the sides (bearers one and four) supporting the full weight of the litter (figure 3-31).
c. Upon the command "ROTATE," bearers one and four move so as to rotate the litter
180 degrees counterclockwise. The bearers do not change their hold on the litter during
d. Once the rotation is completed, the bearers at the front and rear (bearers two
and three) take a step toward the litter and grasp the litter handles again (figure 3-32).
e. After the rotation has been completed, the command to have the litter squad
perform the desired carry (uphill carry, downhill carry, two-man carry, or four-man carry)